Staff Briefing - week ending 2 December 2011

Edition 522

Staff Briefing home

University news


Development opportunities, courses and workshops


Add an Entry

University news

Day of Industrial Action – 30 November (Further Information)

Following last week's notice (sent via Staff Briefing) to all staff regarding the TUC national day of action, to be held on 30 November, below are a number of points of clarification, providing extra detail and to follow up on the Prime Minister’s statement that firms should allow parents to bring children into work on the day of action.

Declaring Your Involvement in Industrial Action

In making contingency plans for the day of action managers are entitled to ask colleagues if they intend to participate in the action.  However, while managers can ask the question, they can not compel any colleague to declare their intentions in advance of taking any action and must not seek to do so.

In cases where managers are unsure as to whether colleague(s) took part in the action they can ask for clarification after the event and employees are expected to respond honestly.  The trade unions have confirmed  that they have asked members to be honest in their responses if asked.

Entitlement to Participate in the Action

Only members of the trade unions which have a strike mandate (UCU, Unison and GMB)can legitimately take part in strike action.  Unite have a mandate for action short of strike action.  

Take children to work

Following a number of queries after David Cameron's statement that firms should allow parents to bring children to work during next weeks pension strike by public sector workers, the University position is as follows.

The notice issued to staff yesterday stressed the importance of colleagues notifying their line manager as soon as possible if they believe that they may need to make special arrangements on the day due to the wider disruption caused by industrial action. This includes in the event of childcare. Managers will need to exercise judgement in such situations. It is unlikely, however, that bringing children to work will be practical and affected staff should seek to agree alternative arrangements, such as annual leave, with their manager where necessary and wherever possible.

Please direct any queries on these matters direct to Mr Adrian Pearce, University Secretary, in the first instance.  


Finance and HR moving back to Richmond Building w/c 28 November

Wages & Salaries, Creditors and the rest of Finance will be unavailable today (Monday 28) until Tuesday afternoon on 29 November, when we will be back on D Floor Richmond.

HR will be unavailable Tuesday pm and all day Thursday 1 December.


Board games wanted

If you are having a sort out before Christmas, and come across any board games in good condition or jigsaws that you no longer want, the international office have a good home for them. 

They are running a Christmas vacation project, thanks to the Braduate Fund, for students who will be staying in Bradford over the Christmas vacation, and the board games will be used for games afternoons.

If you have any games to donate, please bring take them to the Hub, for the attention of Sue Baker or contact to arrange collection.  

Thank you.


National HE STEM at the University of Bradford: Working with Looked After Young People

The NE Spoke of the HE STEM programme in conjunction with Choices Together, a consortium of NE universities that work with Looked After Young People to increase their opportunities and possibilities for higher learning,  have revised the programme of delivery for this particular group of young people and added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to it. STEM is now used to underpin approximately 75% of the activities the young people undertake and in doing so has seen some great results. These results include better enjoyment and commitment by the young people, and better involvement in group work and problem solving. For the staff, the benefits have included new contacts at the universities, knowledge of STEM and a more engaging programme. Subsequently the universities of Huddersfield, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Leeds and York are working to ‘STEMify’ their provision also.
Please see page 23 of this link:


Join the Metro Card Scheme

February 1 2011 is the next start date for anyone wishing to join the Metro Card Scheme.

Download a Metro Card application form

Completed application forms must be sent by post or emailed to Human Resources by 15 December 2011 at the latest.  Please note; new members  will be required to bring two passport size photographs for your application to be processed.

Contact:  Sarah Bentley in HR on ext: 3093 or     


School of Health Studies Christmas Appeal

Thank you to everyone who helped us to raise over £530 for BBC Children in Need through our cake sale and other fundraising activities.

This Christmas, the School of Health Studies will once again be collecting gifts this year for children who will be spending Christmas in Bradford or Airedale hospitals.

If you would like to contribute, please bring your wrapped gift (labelled with the sex/age of the child it is suitable for) to Reception in the School of Health Studies by Wednesday 14th December. Alternatively we would be grateful for any donations which would enable us to buy more gifts.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to Claire Pryke –


100 Objects Special Collections

39. Figure in a Landscape: Jacquetta Hawkes and Barbara Hepworth.  A 1953 poetic documentary about the Yorkshire-born sculptor, script by archaeologist and poet Jacquetta Hawkes.



Launch of the new Sustainable  Enterprise Centre 13 Dec 12.00-1.30pm

Lunch in Richmond D2 12-12.30pm
Followed by presentations in the John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre

Have you noticed the hoardings being put up next to Ashfield Building?  Wondered what was going on?   Find out more at the internal launch of the new Sustainable Enterprise Centre.  Find out more about how you can get involved and benefit from  the development of the centre’ activities in  terms of research, teaching or enterprise.

Work on the new £5.2m Centre started on main campus in early November. This new development will  create   an International Centre of Excellence for sustainable enterprise drawing on the numerous strengths across the University.  It will provide an academic base for research and knowledge transfer, business engagement, graduate enterprise and schools outreach work. Proposals for follow up meetings to establish working groups on different themes to help shape the work programme for the Centre will be outlined.  

The Vice-Chancellor Mark Cleary and Sarah Dixon, Dean of the School of Management, will host this informal launch event which provides details on the academic vision for the centre and  the BREEAM outstanding  building itself.

Booking is essential via    Please reply using  SEC launch and indicate any dietary requirements. 

This project is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and European Regional Development Fund


7th Annual Rosa Parks Symposium

Thursday 1st December 2011

9.30am to 4.30pm

Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford

The University's Centre for Inclusion and Diversity in collaboration with the Equality and Diversity Unit, Bradford Council, University of Bradford Students’ Union and Schools Linking Network celebrates the life of Rosa Parks on an annual basis and reflects on the implications of her contributions to the race equality agenda.

Click here for more details about this year's event


Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture on 29 not 30 November

On Tuesday 29/11 (rather than 30/11 as advertised) Anthony O’Hear will give a lecture as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series, which will be a critical examination of the place of sport in the rest of life. The lecture is entitled: Not a Matter of Life & Death and will take place in E1, Richmond Building, starting at 4pm.


Applied Health and Social Psychology Group Seminar - Cancelled

Due to industrial action the presentation by Dr Jo Ashby on alcohol misuse and coercive treatment on Wednesday 30 November is cancelled.

This will be rearranged to take place in Semester 2. The next seminar to be presented by Dr John McAlaney entitled 'Changing perceptions of polydrug use of university students through a multi-national e-intervention: Project SNIPE' will take place from 2.30 - 3.30 pm on Wednesday 14 December in D42, Richmond.

The group includes a number of researchers from across the University. Members of this group aim to draw upon psychological principles and theory to research how a range of issues impact upon health and wellbeing.

For further details about the group please see:

Contact Dr Sally Johnson if you have any queries:


Business and Management Careers Fair, School of Management

Wednesday 30th November 2011, 11am to 3pm

Please note the Fair will still be going ahead despite potential industrial strikes. 

There are 20 recruiters attending (general graduate training schemes as well as specific business and management, schemes, industrial placements and internships).  There will also be a number of company presentations throughout the day so please encourage your students to attend. 

Further details can be found at:


Duncan Petrie What is a film school for? At National Media Museum

Monday 5 December at 6pm
On Location, National Media Museum, Bradford
Duncan Petrie

Over the last decade, the education and training of practitioners in film and television in the UK has been dominated by a skills agenda embodied by Skillset/UKFC training strategy ‘A Bigger Future’ which was initiated in 2003. Whatever the pros and cons of the strategy, it paid no attention to the historical role and contribution made by films schools in the UK and elsewhere, a context that arguably could have informed the policy in quite useful ways.

In this presentation Duncan Petrie will attempt to identify elements of that missing context by considering the development and role of some of the more high profile films schools in Britain, notably the National Film and Television School, the London Film School and the Royal College of Art.

Professor Duncan Petrie has authored six books including The British Cinematographer (BFI, 1996), Screenining Scotland (BFI, 2000) and Shot in New Zealand (Random House, 2007). He has also edited many books, most recently The Cinema of Small Nations (Edinburgh University Press, 2007), co-edited by Mette Hjort. He is co-principal editor of the Journal of the British Cinema and Television and is a member of the editorial board of Studies in Australasian Cinema.


Christmas Cabaret at Theatre in the Mill

Friday 9 December, 7.30pm, Call 01274 233200 or email

Acclaimed performers Rachel Dean and Matthew Bellwood invite you to join them for two very different interpretations of Christmas.

A special night of story, dance and music. Nativity is a full-body collision with the enduring power of the myth and magic of the Virgin Mary. 

Dance artist Rachel Dean uses movement, song and things that sparkle to create an irreverent and at times surprisingly devotional solo performance.

St Nicholas and the Wicked Butcher is the tale of a quest to save three tiny children from a villainous Parisian butcher. Alongside a Christmas ghost story, Matthew Bellwood's telling of this grisly and bizarre tale promises to be as engaging as his audiences at Opera North and the Edinburgh Festival have come to expect.

Plus Christmas treats including carols from the Leeds Women's Institute choir.

'So inspiring we ran outside afterwards to make snow angels!'

Audience feedback on Nativity

Find out more and book


What's going wrong in the world of finance? The Maddening Rain at Theatre in the Mill

A gripping new play by Nicholas Pierpan. Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 November at 7.30pm.


Green Drinks first time on campus – 7 December at Student Central bar area

Green Drinks is a regular free social for environmentally-minded people in Bradford. There will be short talks introducing some of the many environmental initiatives that are being run in the University and more widely in Bradford, and plenty of opportunity to chat and network.

Green Drinks is informal, relaxed, fun and free!

Wednesday December 7 at Student Central bar, from 7pm onwards. All welcome.

To find out more – see, find Bradford Green Drinks on Facebook, or contact Bradford Green Drinks organiser, Tel. 07970 489 077. If you have any questions or would like to get involved more with environmental projects on campus please email or


Bradford Guest Lecture Series at the School of Management: Adrian Nixon

MBA Debating Chamber, Sir Titus Salt Building on Monday 5 December, 6.15pm sign in for 6.30pm start with networking after in the Heaton Mount Bar.

Guest Speaker:  Adrian Nixon (MBA Alumnus, MD Nixor Limited). “The Future: A User’s Guide...Socioeconomic, Science and Technology Trends 2011 – 2030.

Predicting specific future events is fraught with difficulty and this presentation aims to avoid the prediction trap by exploring potential trends over the next 20 years based on examination of events and research occurring at the moment.

Further details can be found at:


Development Opportunities, Courses and Workshops

Peer Supported Review of Teaching Practice (PSRTP)

Following the pilot implementation during 2009/10 session, Senate 4 2010/11 agreed the roll-out of Peer Supported Review of Teaching Practice (PSRTP).  PSRTP is intended to be a mutual process in which all staff members involved can expect to benefit. Its purpose is to promote dialogue about teaching in order to raise the status of teaching and improve teaching quality.  If you are interested in learning more, why not book on to one of the development workshops? The first is on Thursday 1 December.


Development opportunities for staff

Staff Training Opportunities

Course ID Details/Booking form Start date Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Start time End time Venue Leaders
01010313 Using Site Manager for Moderators 05-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010639 Being a Great Peer Reviewer 05-DEC-11 - - - 14:00 15:00 01.58, JBPRIESTLE Centre for Educational Development
01010415 Access Essentials 05-DEC-11 06-DEC-11 12-DEC-11 13-DEC-11 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010693 Electronic Plagiarism Detection Turnitin 06-DEC-11 - - - 13:00 15:00 L24, RICHMOND Centre for Educational Development
01010386 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 07-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 11:00 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
EVAC111207 Evac+Chair Training 07-Dec-11 - - - 09:30 12:30 D1, Richmond Building Steve Wiggins
01010368 NVQ IT Half Workshop 08-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010257 Making Word Forms 08-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010565 Assertiveness Group 09-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 15:00 , STUDENT CE Staff Development Unit
01010547 Communication And Counselling Skills 1 09-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 13:00 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011011 Site Manager Upgrade Drop In 09-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 10:20 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010721 Intro to QMP for Online E-Assessment 09-DEC-11 - - - 10:00 12:00 L24, RICHMOND Centre for Educational Development
01011012 Site Manager Upgrade Drop In 09-DEC-11 - - - 10:30 11:20 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011013 Site Manager Upgrade Drop In 09-DEC-11 - - - 11:30 12:20 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011018 New Staff Induction 12-DEC-11 - - - 13:20 16:50 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011014 Site Manager Upgrade Drop In 12-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 14:20 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011015 Site Manager Upgrade Drop In 12-DEC-11 - - - 14:30 15:20 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011016 Site Manager Upgrade Drop In 12-DEC-11 - - - 15:30 16:20 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010273 Using Site Manager for Contributors 13-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010718 Getting Started in BlackBoard 13-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 15:30 L24, RICHMOND Centre for Educational Development
01010614 Being a Great Module Leader (Webinar) 13-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 11:00 , Centre for Educational Development
01010609 Understandng Yourself & Embracing Change 15-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 16:30 , RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01010261 Writing for the Web 15-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010615 Being a Great Personal Acad Tutor (Web) 15-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 11:00 , Centre for Educational Development
01010567 Assertiveness Group 16-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 15:00 , STUDENT CE Staff Development Unit
01010387 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 16-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 10:59 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010396 ECDL Tests 16-DEC-11 - - - 11:00 12:00 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010369 NVQ IT Half Workshop 19-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training



Job Vacancies at the University

Current Internal Job Vacancies at the University can be found on the Information for Staff section of the Human Resources website (UoB username and password required).

The page is password protected so you need to click on the Internal Job Vacancies link on the left hand side and you will be prompted for your details.


How to add an entry to the briefing

Please keep entries concise (around 150 words maximum) with, if necessary, a link to further details on the web. Please check entries carefully for accuracy, grammar and timeliness before sending.

Entries will not routinely be repeated but a further entry is welcome when additional information or clarification is provided for publication.

Please also ensure information is signed off and suitable for general public consumption. Deadline for entries is (generally) 12 noon each Friday.

Email: with the title "For the briefing" in the email subject.