Staff Briefing - week ending 2 November 2012

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Unprecedented interest in this years’ Graduate Recruitment Fair - 21 November

This year, interest for companies has been unprecedented with over 50 companies confirmed to attend including KPMG and Siemens who will be delivering keynote presentations. In addition, 15 organisations are running workshops and three companies are using the opportunity to interview prospective staff.

Please help us to spread this great news by telling your students and graduates. The Fair will be held on Wednesday 21 November 2012 (10.30am to 3.30pm) in Student Central

For more information keep checking our website and Facebook account


Study Abroad Fair Wednesday 31 October

Students and staff are invited to come along to learn more about study and work abroad:

Wednesday 31 October 2012

13.15 – 18.00, Student Central

Find out more about Study Abroad


Bradford Briefing: Modern Skincare: from snake-oil to high-tech science?

Have you ever wondered whether that expensive moisturiser is really worth all that money? Professor Des Tobin, Director for the Centre for Skin Sciences, will be discussing the scientific advances in modern cosmetics and his recent work with Boots on their new anti-aging serum.

Professor Tobin sits on the Alliance-Boots’ Skin Adviser Panel alongside fellow scientific researchers, and dermatologists from across Europe, to advise the company on areas of future research and development for their skin care brands.

Thursday 1 November in Richmond Building, D3 (foyer).


New Learning & Teaching Professional Development & Recognition Scheme

The University has recently received accreditation from the Higher Educational Academy for a new scheme that aims to offer staff involved in teaching and learning support who are beyond the initial professional development requirements of their early career with:

Registrations are now open for the first intake in January which begins with an induction day on Tuesday 8 January 2013, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  The registration form and full details of the scheme, including the scheme handbook, are available from  If you require further information or wish to discuss registration, please contact the scheme co-ordinator, Ruth Whitfield, ext 3336.


Equality Monitoring Seminar

Thursday 22nd November, 10am –1pm, in Escalate, F Floor, Richmond Building

(A Light lunch will be available)

The Equality and Diversity Unit in partnership with the Staff Equality Networks are hosting a seminar which will examine the organisational benefits of collecting equality monitoring data about our staff and students. The seminar will take place on Thursday 22nd November 2012.  We hope to have external speakers from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) and Stonewall, a leading equality charity, to deliver presentations on the value of collecting data and our legal responsibilities.  The seminar will also provide an opportunity for participants to take part in facilitated roundtable discussions.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest via


Technology Enhanced Learning - Scholarship Webinar Series

1.00 pm to 2.00 pm 5 November 2012 - Reserve a place
The second in our Scholarship Webinar Series will focus on Technology Enhanced Learning, one of the seven principles of the new Curriculum Framework (pdf).  Pre-reading/resources will be available soon.
The UK Professional Standards Framework and Chapter B3: Learning and teaching of the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education recognise the need for reflection, evaluation of professional practice and educational scholarship.  The Centre for Educational Development's Scholarship Webinar Series provides an opportunity for scholarly discussion with peers across the University.  Engagement with the Scholarship Webinars is also one of the requirements of the new Learning & Teaching Professional Development & Recognition Scheme.


Contestants wanted for BBC Radio 4's 'Third Degree'

'The 3rd Degree' is a quiz show that pits three Undergraduates against three Dons in a general knowledge/specialist subject quiz. It is hosted by Steve Punt and is recorded on location at a different University each week with the audience composed of students and Dons of the University.

The 3rd Degree has the underlying rigour of a formal quiz, but combined with a light-hearted quest to discover how the students will fare against their elders and betters....but being a BBC Radio 4 quiz, both the questions and the scoring are actually approached in a rigorous fashion and taken seriously.

If you would be interested in taking part, please email in the first instance.


National Stress Awareness Day - Activities

National Stress Awareness day will be taking place on Wedensday 7 November.


Venue and booking – or just turn up


Information Stands – materials supplied by Occupational Health, The Counselling Service, UCU, NUS


Atrium and Student Central


Meditation – learn how to calm yourself and improve your sleep. 
1.00 – 2.00

Activities Room Student Central Book via Counselling Service

Managing Stress through Relaxation – run by the Counselling Service (Friday 9th November)

Book through staff development


Wellbeing Board – come and tell us what aids your sense of Wellbeing




Pick your top Wellbeing related activities or services at the University




Taster sessions in Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Neck and Shoulder massage    10.00 – 3.00


Atrium – book early!


Taster physio sessions by the Physio Clinic staff and students
11.00 – 1.00  and  2.00 – 3.00


Student Central Activities Room – book early!


Sleep Wall – tell us what helps you to sleep (and what hinders).  Complete the Sleep Hygiene questionnaire and find out how to improve your sleep (and feel better!!)


Student Central

Yoga session – learn some basic techniques or practice what you know already for improved Wellbeing    1.15 – 2.15

Unique, University Sports Centre – just turn up


Awards Ceremonies Staff Reply Form Deadline

The Awards Ceremonies Staff Reply Form now available at

This form is to book your place in the academic  procession and for academic dress orders. 

Please can you ensure you have completed the form no later the 2 November 2011 as robes/place in procession cannot be guaranteed if the form is received after this deadline.



Staff and students throughout the university will be taking part in Movember, and growing moustaches for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer.

To join the university team, or donate to this great cause, visit

Or for more information on the charity and the work they do, visit

Look out for Mo’s around campus next month and lend your support!


Join the Northern Rail Scheme

1st December is the next start date for anyone wishing to join the Northern Rail Scheme.
Completed application forms must be sent by post to Human Resources by 15 November 2012 at the latest.  Please note: new members will be required to bring one passport size photograph for your application to be processed.  For full details and an application form please refer to the Ecoversity website.

Contact:  Sarah Bentley, HR Administrator on ext 3093 or


100 Objects Special Collections

71. Why Study at Bradford? Social Science ’71 and Other Historic University Prospectuses.  Great images!


Development Opportunities, Courses and Workshop

IT Courses for Staff

In response to feedback, the IT Training team are trialling a series of shorter topic-based courses as part of the 2012-13 programme.  For details see:  Further courses will be added throughout the year.


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
01011680 NVQ IT Half Workshop 01-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011719 Building Positive Working Relationships 01-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011670 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 02-NOV-12 - - - 13:30 14:59 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011653 ECDL Tests 02-NOV-12 - - - 15:00 16:00 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011850 Scholarship Webinar Series 05-NOV-12 - - - 13:00 14:00 WEBINAR, ONLINE Centre for Educational Development
01012070 Windows for ECDL 05-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011851 Using Online Classrooms at Bradford 06-NOV-12 - - - 13:00 14:00 WEBINAR, ONLINE Centre for Educational Development
01012072 Email at Bradford 06-NOV-12 - - - 13:30 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011448 Make Your Documents Accessible 06-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011705 Int'nal Students & Tier 4 - the basics 06-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 , HEATONMT Staff Development Unit
01012066 Research Ethics Approval Process 07-NOV-12 - - - 12:30 14:00 D0.24, HORTON Research & Knowledge Transfer Support
01011711 Stress Awareness Workshop 07-NOV-12 - - - 13:30 16:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011710 Stress Awareness Workshop 07-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011671 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 07-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 10:59 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011636 Assertiveness 08-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011713 Managing Stress Through Relaxation 09-NOV-12 - - - 12:30 13:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011646 Presentation Skills (2 days) 12-NOV-12 16-NOV-12 - - 09:30 16:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011672 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 13-NOV-12 - - - 13:30 14:59 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011654 ECDL Tests 13-NOV-12 - - - 15:00 16:00 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011594 Costing Your Research Grant 14-NOV-12 - - - 14:00 16:00 D2, RICHMOND Research & Knowledge Transfer Support
01012058 Conducting Performance Reviews 14-NOV-12 - - - 14:00 16:00 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011638 Assertiveness Group 14-NOV-12 - - - 14:00 15:30 , Staff Development Unit
01011619 Fire Safety and Practical Fire Training 14-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 D3, RICHMOND Health & Safety Services
01011717 Mental Health: Fitness to Practise/Study 14-NOV-12 - - - 10:00 11:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011715 Dealing with Student Safety and Welfare 15-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F27, RICHMOND Staff Development Unit
01011785 Risk Management 15-NOV-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 D2, RICHMOND Health & Safety Services



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.


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