eNews 10 January

eNews: Celebrate Our Staff, New Year Honours, car parking changes and more

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Celebrate Our Staff 

Poetry, safeguarding cultural heritage and the origin of ‘footy’ feature in our regular series celebrating colleagues across the University. With books, awards and a celebration of dedication to Leeds, read what academic and professional colleagues have achieved during the past month.  

Celebrate Our Staff is open to all colleagues and we love to hear what has been achieved by members of our University community. Fill out our nomination form to make a submission for the next roll of honour.   

Colleagues celebrate New Year Honours 

“It’s always a proud moment to see the achievements of members of our University community recognised and celebrated in the New Year Honours, and I warmly congratulate our colleagues.” 

Professors Paul Emery, Peter Giannoudis and Mark Wilcox will receive New Year Honours recognising their ground-breaking work in the health sector. 

You’re invited | Staff and Senior Leaders Forums 

Join our Interim Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Hai-Sui Yu and the University’s leadership team for a new series of all-staff Forums. 

Hear an update from Hai-Sui, ask your questions and contribute to the discussion. 

Bookings will open approximately 6 weeks before each event and you will receive an email invitation.  

Vice-Chancellor’s blog 

In his new blog, Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President, looks ahead to the new year, including the National Student Survey. 

Climate and sustainability 

Using stories to communicate about sustainability and climate issues 

“Stories help us make sense of the world around us.” 

Co-produced by Dr Rory Padfield, from the School of Earth and Environment, the Critical Sustainability Stories (CriSS) Tool is designed to help make sense of the complexities of the climate crisis and the sustainability challenges society faces today. The CriSS Tool supported Opera North’s Green Season last year and is in the process of being introduced to various professional storytellers, including the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). 

Register | COP28: What went well, what went badly and what comes next? 
12 noon to 1pm, 24 January 

Hear from colleagues and students following their involvement with the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28). The event will outline the outcomes of COP28, priorities for COP29 and how the University community can align with both. Register and attend the COP28 session on Zoom

Sustainable Labs on Tour 

The Sustainable Labs programme is launching a roadshow tour of campus where you can find out more about the work colleagues do there. Lab spaces use 3-10 times more energy than other campus spaces and require a range of resources. Come along and learn some simple actions that reduce resource, energy and cost. 


Annual report highlights University’s key achievements 

“Guided by our 10-year strategy – Universal Values, Global Change – we’ve maintained our course and steady momentum towards our ambitious goals.” 

Alastair Da Costa, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, outlines progress made towards the University’s key strategic aims during the past 12 months in his foreword to the 2022-23 report and accounts. Read about the year’s highlights, which, in addition to the many education and research successes, include: 

  • progress towards our Climate Plan targets 
  • the inaugural Knowledge Equity Network summit 
  • hosting Digital Universities UK 2023 
  • the launch of HELIX, our brand new innovative technologies hub; and 
  • climbing 11 places in the QS World University rankings. 

All Staff Email | Message from the Chair of Council 

An All Staff Email was sent to all colleagues from Alastair Da Costa, Chair of Council, about an update on the recruitment of the next Vice-Chancellor and President. 


Professor Selina Stead to lead Australian Institute of Marine Science 

“I am delighted to have been appointed to AIMS to apply my research experience in protecting some of the most beautiful and endangered environments in the world. We are at a turning point in ocean health, and I will give all my energy to this role.” 

Congratulations to Professor Selina Stead, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University, who has been appointed to lead Australia’s tropical marine research agency as its new Chief Executive Officer. Selina will leave at the end of the month. 

Staff reward  

Annual reward process   

The annual process for managers to nominate team members for Additional Scale Increments (ASI) or Discretionary Increments (DI) is open until 12 January. Managers can present recommendations by completing an online form to reward employees who are demonstrating a consistent and sustained level of performance, above and beyond the expectations of them in their role. Your local HR team will be able to advise about the process and assist with applications.  

Campus life 

Social Media Policy 

The University has published a Social Media Policy, which supports colleagues in embracing the benefits of social media and guarding against posting content that might be considered confidential, defamatory or illegal. 

Immediate changes to car parking on campus 

Owing to a significant increase in demand, it has been necessary for the University to temporarily pause the issuing of new car parking permits. Blue Badge permit applications aren’t affected by this. Colleagues can continue to arrange day parking through the University’s permit system

Staff Festival 2024 | Nominate your chosen charity 

Nominations are open until 5pm on 26 January to choose the charity to benefit from this year’s Staff Festival. All colleagues, family and friends are invited to join us on campus on 28 June for an enjoyable afternoon of activities, full details of which will be announced nearer the time. 

Smeaton300 | Creative programme to celebrate inspiring civil engineer  

The University is celebrating the 300th anniversary of Leeds-born civil engineer John Smeaton’s birth with an events programme taking place throughout 2024, led by arts organisation Foxglove, the Cultural Institute and the School of Civil Engineering. Learn more about this unsung civil engineering superhero and the exhibitions, performances and activities taking place to celebrate his legacy.  


Last chance | Cultural Engagement strategy consultation  
12.30-3pm, 17 January  

Don’t miss the opportunity to help shape the future of cultural engagement at the University. Contribute to the final iteration of the strategy during this interactive session, covering research, student education, employability, civic engagement and campus experience for both staff and students. You will hear from Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President, and Professor Ben Walmsley, Dean of Cultural Engagement and Director of the Centre for Cultural Value, and lunch will be provided.  

Launch | Podcast for academics 

Leeds University Business School has launched a new podcast, ‘The Business of Policymaking’. The podcast aims to demystify the world of policymaking, debunk some myths about the evidence-based policymaking process and shine a light on the impact academic research can have on policy. 

Disruption on New Woodhouse Lane  
Until 19 January 

Leeds City Council is conducting improvement works in New Woodhouse Lane, Inner Ring Road Slip and Portland Way, Monday to Friday from 7.30pm to 6am. Parking restrictions, full road closures and diversions will be in place. The route will open as normal outside of these times. Contact the Highways Helpline on 0113 2224407 for further information. 

Footpath diversion 

Alternative routes through campus are being signposted following closure of the footpath at the back of the LC Miall building in Clarendon Way due to safety reasons. Updates will be communicated via eNews and the staff Twitter/X account

Fresh Start Festival 
29 January to 4 February 

The Fresh Start Festival is back for 2024 – a week of food, fun, friends and opportunities. Help students make the most of everything life at Leeds has to offer by checking out our range of information and templates to use in your own communications. 

Attend | Veganuary celebration 
12 noon to 1.30pm, 30 January 

As part of Fresh Start Festival, we’re organising an end of Veganuary celebration event for students to encourage and support more people to eat plant-based food and consider the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. We’re looking for staff representation at this event, so please contact Rachael O’Connor if you’re interested. 


Leeds alumni magazine 2024 

From Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer’s time at Leeds to Corinne Bailey Rae’s defiant new musical direction, check out the latest Leeds magazine, packed full of campus news and alumni stories from across the globe. 

Did you know? 

Every Leeds graduate will know the Clothworkers' Court arch. But did you know The Clothworkers' Company were vital to funding the institutions that later became the modern university? 
Ahead of the 150th anniversary of Textiles at Leeds, we've taken a look back at the industrial past of the department, its present work on sustainability, and the future of textiles in the global economy. 


New monthly deadline for changes to staff pension contributions 

The Pensions team has introduced a new deadline of the 10th of each month for making any changes to staff pension contributions. Starting in February, any change requests received after this will be made the following month. 

USS Pensions update 

What you pay towards the USS Pensions scheme and what you get is changing. USS circulated an update before Christmas and we’ve prepared a USS Pensions summary on For Staff.  


Generative AI guidance for taught students published 

An email sent to all colleagues by Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, outlines our Generative AI Guidance for taught students

Register | Student Education Conference (SEC) 2024  
11-12 January  

Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) has announced SEC2024 is open for registration. Check out the full SEC2024 programme showcasing the breadth of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research activity across our institution and register for the SEC2024 sessions you’d like to attend

Sign up | How do we foster a greater sense of belonging for students?   
2-3.30pm, 1 February  

Join the latest online Access and Success Insight Session to discover how we’re ensuring all students feel like they belong and matter at Leeds. Hear insights from Academic Lead for Personal Tutoring (APT), Rachael O’Connor, and read the case study outlining how we’re raising the bar for APT


Funding opportunity for Early Career Researchers 

Apply for the Early Career Researcher Development Fund from the Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, which is offering grants of up to £25,000 per project exploring challenges related to vulnerability and policing. The deadline is 4pm on 15 January. 

Apply | Laidlaw Leadership and Research programme 
Want to help your students change the world? Applications for the Laidlaw Leadership and Research Programme close on 29 February. Further information and communications resources (including PPT slide, email template and more) can be found on the Student Communications SharePoint to help you share this incredible opportunity with your students. 

Digital developments 

Research Ethics is changing 
Phoenix – the online research ethics application system – is being released to two faculties (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and Engineering and Physical Sciences) on 17 January. Paper-based applications will no longer be accepted after this date. You will need to apply through Phoenix. Look out for the latest updates and news regarding online drop-in sessions by visiting the Research Ethics webpages

New way to request timetable changes 

Submit the timetable change request form if you need to amend your personal or module teaching timetable, rather than contacting your school/faculty timetable team directly via email or Teams. Access to the form, together with guidance and FAQs, can be found on the Timetable Changes SharePoint page. (Please note, not applicable to the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry or Healthcare). 
Stream videos are moving 
Videos stored in Stream (Classic) will begin to be moved to Stream (on SharePoint) from next month. To help us prepare, please delete any videos you no longer need. When the migration takes place, existing links to videos will continue to work and permissions will remain the same. Please note new uploads to Stream (Classic) were disabled in February 2023 

Survey | Share your feedback on Minerva 

We’d like to know what you think about Minerva to ensure we deliver the best experience to you and your students. Please complete our Minerva Staff Survey by 31 January so we can better understand your views. 

Register | ‘Get Started with Minerva’ training session  
11 January and 7 February  

Sign up for an online ‘Getting Started with Minerva’ training session, aimed at staff and postgraduates who are new to Minerva and will use the platform to deliver or support learning and teaching. Book for the 11 January Minerva session or the 7 February training.  

Learning and development 

Keep up to date with the latest learning and development opportunities from the University on our For Staff website, including: 

  • LinkedIn Learning 
  • Career development for researchers 
  • Management Essentials sessions 
  • Development drop-in sessions 
  • Exploring academic personal tutoring (APT) at Leeds 
  • Adult Learner Drop-in 
  • Pedagogical Power of PebblePad workshops      

Staff networks 

Join | Working Class Network 

4-5pm, 29 January 

Join the Working Class Network for its first online meeting of the year to hear from two students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures about their Working-Class Student Experience poster. Join the Working Class Network MS Teams area to access the event invite.   

Launch | Aurora Alumni Network 

With a large community of colleagues having completed the Aurora Women’s Leadership Development Programme, OD&PL is now collaborating with the Women at Leeds Network and past Aurorans to establish an Aurora Alumni Network, kicking things off with a launch event on 16 January. 


Part of the Furniture: The Library of John Bedford  
9 January to 21 December 

Rare and beautiful books – selected from the library of antiques dealer John Bedford – chart the evolution of furniture design over the centuries in the new exhibition in Treasures of the Brotherton. Book your free ticket for our celebration event, which takes place at 5.30pm on 6 February. 

Look ahead to Lunar New Year  
10.30am to 3.30pm, today (10 January) 

Join the Business Confucius Institute in HELIX for a programme of Lunar New Year cultural activities, language tasters and engagement events aimed at generating excitement for its Spring Festival. 

Last chance | Professional Services Open Meeting  
1-2pm, 15 January 

There’s still time to sign up for the next Chief Operating Officer session with Rachel Brealey. At the third event in this well-received series, Rachel will share updates on work being undertaken in response to the Employee Engagement Survey. She will be joined by the Director of Digital Education Service (DES), Dr Megan Kime, and Chief Information Officer, Dan Simms. You can join online via Microsoft Teams if you’re unable to attend in person. 

Register | Developing a Sustainable Health and Social Care Workforce 
5.45-7.30pm, 18 January  

With the UK’s health and social care workforce under unprecedented strain, join a panel discussion focused on innovative solutions. Panellists including Lord Nigel Crisp, former NHS Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, will explore how we can ensure a sustainable health and social care workforce for the future. Register to attend the N8 event in person.   

Register | LIFD fifth birthday celebration  
12 noon to 6.45pm 25 January and 9am to 3pm 26 January  

Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics (LIFD) is inviting colleagues to attend the LIFD fifth birthday celebration event. This in-person event is open to internal and external colleagues and is free to attend. Venue details and a finalised schedule will be shared following registration. 

International Concert Series 
2 and 3 February 

The University of Leeds International Concert Series launches its 2024 season next month. Soprano Julieth Lozano and pianist Ricardo Gosalbo perform a free concert from 1.05-1.55pm on 2 February. Musicians Jonathan Leibovitz, Maciej Kulakowski and Ariel Lanyi take to the same Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall stage at 7.30pm on 3 February to perform works by Fauré, Brahms and Beethoven. Tickets are priced £10 or free for students. 

Tell us your story    

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Keeping up to date    

You can keep up to date with our latest news on the For Staff website and the staff Twitter/X account.    

With best wishes,    

The Internal Communications and Engagement team    


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