Staff Briefing - week ending 27 April 2012

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Bradford Dementia Group – featured on tonight’s BBC Panorama

Paul Edwards from Bradford Dementia Group, School of Health Studies, features in this evening’s BBC Panorama, ‘Undercover: Elderly Care’ at 8:30pm. The programme shows hidden-camera footage that reveals the substandard treatment of an elderly woman, at a care home passed as excellent by the national regulator. Paul spends time with presenter Fiona Phillips advising on how care for the elderly could be improved.

The footage was captured, using a hidden camera, by the resident's daughter, who speaks for the first time on TV about what happened. The incident led to five employees being sacked, with one pleading guilty to assault.

Join the debate online

During and after the programme Paul Edwards, Jo Crossland and Sharon Jones will be taking part in a live debate on twitter and facebook, engaging with the public about the concerns raised in the programme.  If you would like to take part, you can do so by following #Panorama on Twitter or joining the Bradford Dementia Group Facebook page.


National Student Survey Response Rates by School

As of Wednesday 2 April 65% of eligible students at Bradford had so far completed the NSS 2012.

Below for information are the response rates by school with the percentage increase from the previous week.

There are still 4 weeks left in the survey period and all staff are urged to continue to promote the survey in order to reach the 70% whole University target.


Response Rate %

Student responses

Health Studies

73% (+1%)


Life Sciences

69% (+0%)


Lifelong Education and Development

63% (+0%)



62% (+1%)


Social and International Studies

62% (+4%)


Engineering Design and Technology

61% (+2%)


Computing Informatics and Media

55% (+6%)


For more information about the National Student survey at the University visit:


Preparing you for your career - Video


See more videos on the University's official YouTube channel


RAG 2012 The Best So Far

Thank you to all staff who got involved in, and supported us, in making this year’s Raising and Giving week such a huge success. From the bakers to the knitters; the footballers to the leg waxers; the donators of tombola items  to the supporters of the tombola ; to the badminton players and bike riders and all of you who took part in Hat Day.

Working together with our students we have raised a MASSIVE £10,000 and the money is still coming in!

We could not have done this without your support so, again, thank you.

Well done also to Ian Palmer who won the hat day raffle and Cathy Manchester who won the best hat competition.

Ethics and Environment Officer


Travel and Expenses Policy Changes

An updated Travel and Expenses Policy is now available on the Finance web pages with a new quick guide to what’s allowable and what’s not.

You need to be aware of several important changes that have been made to the Policy:

  1. The Travel and Expenses policy applies to all funds administered by the University including externally funded, research grants and personal accounts.
  2. The University’s nominated travel agents must be used for all rail, flight and hotel bookings. This is so the University can comply with new travel data and carbon reporting requirements. More efficient on-line booking to payment systems are currently being evaluated to assist travellers with booking their trips through the nominated agents.
  3. First Class travel is now not allowable and permitted class of travel has been clarified for long haul flights.
  4. Attention is drawn to the sustainable travel framework so questions are asked such as, can the trip be avoided?    

Travel Policy    

Quick Guide              


Bradford University Music Society Groups

Come and have a go at one of the Bradford University Music Society groups - open to staff and students:

For more information see -

Or BUMS Facebook at -

Or Email -


100 Objects Special Collections

No. 51. A 1930s mystery: notebook of an Independent Labour Party trip to Russia in 1932.


Advice and Support Group for Staff Who are Carers

The next session will be taking place on Tuesday 8th May 2012 (11:30 – 13:00).

The group meets every other month and offers a chance for you to share your concerns and experiences with others in similar situations and at the same time get some practical information and advice to help you look after your loved ones.

To attend the next session details and further information.



The Bradford Briefings - Find out about the impact of our research

The Bradford Briefings are a new series of events designed to highlight the work of our researchers to staff across the University. Rather than academic events, theses informal lunchtime briefings will give staff the chance to find out more about a particular topic and how researchers here at the University are having an impact.

Geraldine Boyle on Dementia 10 May, 12:30-1:30pm in Richmond N3

Malcolm Dando and Simon Whitby on Bio-Security 14 June, 12:30-1:30pm in Richmond N3

Register your interest in either of these events please email


Seminar - Investigating cognitive deficits in First Episode and Chronic Schizophrenia patients

The Bradford Cognition and Brain Group (BCBG) are pleased to announce that Dr. Mike Harte (University of Bradford) will be giving a seminar on Wednesday 25th April (1pm-2pm) in Richmond H33.

The title of the talk is "Investigating cognitive deficits in First Episode and Chronic Schizophrenia patients using the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB)". All are welcome!

Please contact Dr Gill Waters if you would like more information.


Mik Artistik's Ego Trip at Theatre in the Mill

Friday 4 May 2012, 8.30pm, Theatre in the Mill

Mik Artistik's Ego Trip are a strange and wonderful beast of a band juggling stand up, rock and performance art effortlessly ..and even gettin funky with it.

It's an incredibly daft, joyful and sometime poignant affair, as Mik tumbles around the stage ,spluttering lyrics, occasionally tripping over leads , or sprinkling straws over the audience, while the elegant engine of Benson Walker on bass and Jonny Flockton on guitar hold down the melodies.
They've drawn wild and enthusiastic crowds at Glastonbury for the last five years as well as storming appearances at Port Eliot, Latitude, Leeds Festival in the same period. They've received airplay on Radio 1,Radio 4 and on Jarvis Cocker's show on 6...and even played the London Fashion show!

Check these gents... they're a life changing experience!

Tickets: £6 in advance £8 on the door.

Box office: 01274 233200


Campus Biodiversity Tour - Weds 25 April 12.30pm

Ever thought our City Centre Campus is short of wildlife and biodiversity?
You'd be wrong!  Our grounds team work very hard to improve this and have loads to show off.  For a bit of a low down see here -

Fancy a lunchbreak and walk around with the grounds team come along to student central next weds at 12.30pm (weather permitting).  To book a place please email


Launch of M Y Alam's New Novel , Red Laal

Thursday 26 April 2012, 6 – 8pm at the Norcroft Centre

The launch event, hosted by the Yorkshire Post's Arts Correspondent Nick Ahad, includes a screening of the short film Finding Polish (based on a short story by M Y Alam) dramatisations (directed by Iain Bloomfield) and some readings from the new book.
Demand is expected to be high so please reserve a place.
Please RSVP by Monday 23 April 2012 to call 01274 233200 (between 11am and 5pm weekdays)


PeaceJam lecture - Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Friday 27 April, 5pm Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford

Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel will speak on ‘Challenges to Human Rights in the 21st century’.

Doors open from 4pm and free tickets are available at

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel was active as a Christian pacifist and advocate for the poor when he spoke out against the Argentine military junta that took power in 1976 and against which Britain found itself at war in the Falklands/Malvinas islands 30 years ago. He was imprisoned and tortured until released following an Amnesty International campaign.  Adolfo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his leadership in campaigning for human rights and democracy in Latin America.

This lecture forms part of the University of Bradford-backed PeaceJam project, where young people work with Nobel Peace Prize winners to become effective peacemakers themselves.
For more information see:


Bradford International Film Festival talk by Writer and Critic Owen Hatherley

Wednesday 25 April, 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum

In Lindsay Anderson's The White Bus, a vehicle carries middle class passengers around to see the parts of the city they usually ignore - factories, council estates, slums. In post-war cinema, the urban landscape of the North of England was intensely explored, as a place undergoing rapid modernisation and change, from the new housing estates of The White Bus to the technocratic new coffins in Billy Liar. By the 1970s, these had become unpleasant if often thrilling dystopias, in films like Get Carter or The Offence; but by the 1980s, in the likes of A Very British Coup, that same landscape could represent a space of resistance. Today, that space is evoked as ambiguous nostalgia, in the likes of This is England '86 or Red Riding; but there are few attempts to get to grips with the present urban landscape, and the perhaps equally drastic redevelopments of the last decade. This talk will consider a few examples and pose the question of why the contemporary architecture of the UK seems so unappealing for filmmakers.

Owen Hatherley is a regular contributor to Building Design, New Statesman and New Humanist and has also written for The Guardian, Icon, Socialist Worker and Socialist Review. His book A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain was published by Verso in 2010.


TIMECODE a Seminar Series in Media

Run by the Communication Culture and Media research group in the Bradford Media School, School of Computing Informatics and Media (SCIM), this regular seminar series explores the increasingly important relationship between media, technology, culture and society. 

SCIM has a long tradition of operating across artistic and scientific academic disciplines and is expanding its creative portfolio. Hosted by the National Media Museum, and supported by their superb facilities, the series recognises the importance of the National Media Museum as a forum for these critical debates.

All seminars are FREE and begin at 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0870 70 10 200

For more information on the series contact: Mark Goodall
( Tel +44 (0)1274 236071


Understanding Dementia: Seeing the Person Lecture

Wednesday 25 April 2012 – 18.00-19.00 – JSB lecture theatre, University of Bradford

This lecture hosted by the University of Bradford internationally renowned centre of excellence Bradford Dementia Group, will provide an overview of what dementia is and how it can impact on the person, emphasising the importance of knowing the person and their unique needs.
To book or for further information contact the community engagement team by email: tel: 01274 234009.


Making Diversity Interventions Count: 2nd Annual Conference

Thursday 21st June 2012
Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford

With contributions from a wide range of eminent national and international speakers, this popular conference will feature the latest research and development and the synthesis and application of knowledge.
The conference also provides a platform for the Barbara Burford annual memorial lecture.

To book a place or for further information please go to


Development Opportunities, Courses and Workshops

Places still available on courses: April-June

There are still places available on the following courses coming up between now and June, for more information, or to book a place, please follow the links below: -

25 Apr (pm)

University Governance

New members of staff, or any others who wish to familiarise themselves with the University's decision-making structure.

26 Apr

Customer Focus: Customer Service: How Good Are You?

Frontline staff, or any member of staff wishing to improve their 'customer focus'. Participants will review their approach to customer service, discover different ways in which they can increase the level of customer service they provide, and identify actions for improvement. 

27 Apr

Mental Health: Fitness to Practice / Study

Mental Health issues can affect a student's fitness to practice/study, especially in cases where there are implications for the safety of patients, carers, service users or colleagues. This session will consider various implications.

1 May

New Staff Induction

New members of staff.

2 May (am)

Sexual Orientation in the Workplace

Recommended for managers, to increase awareness of sexual orientation and related legislation.

2 May (pm)

Customer Focus: How to Handle a Complaint

Frontline staff, or any member of staff wishing to improve their 'customer focus'. Frontline staff, or any member of staff wishing to improve their 'customer focus'. Through a series of exercises and discussion, participants will identify why people complain and explore ways of dealing with complaints more effectively. 

10 May

Customer Focus: Turning Customer Problems into Opportunities

Frontline staff, or any member of staff wishing to improve their 'customer focus'. Complementing the workshop on 'How to Handle a Complaint', this workshop will explore how to handle difficult customers.

23 May

An Introduction to Coaching Skills

Individuals and managers who wish to learn how to use coaching skills within the workplace

11 and 15 June

Presentation Skills (2 days)

All members of staff


Staff Training Course on International Students and Tier 4 of the Points Based System

Please note that a training course will run three times a year on the basics of Tier 4 and how it impacts upon the University.  The course will aim to assist staff in identifying when an International Student requires referring to the PBS Team/International Student Advisor/Visa Advice Team.  The course is aimed at any staff member (both academic or administrative) who has contact with International students as part of their role.  For further details on the course aims, dates and to book a place please visit:


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
01011309 Managing Difficult Conversations 30-APR-12 - - - 13:00 15:00 To be confirmed with joining instructions Staff Development Unit
01011374 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 30-APR-12 - - - 09:30 11:00 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011396 ECDL Tests 30-APR-12 - - - 11:00 12:00 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010582 New Staff Induction 01-MAY-12 - - - 13:20 16:45 To be confirmed with joining instructions Staff Development Unit
01010963 How To Handle A Complaint 02-MAY-12 - - - 14:30 16:00 To be confirmed with joining instructions Staff Development Unit
01010592 Sexual Orientation in the Workplace 02-MAY-12 - - - 09:30 12:30 F27, Richmond Building Equality and Diversity
01010828 Costing Your Research Grant 02-MAY-12 - - - 10:00 12:00 D2, RICHMOND Research & Knowledge Transfer Support
01011382 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 09-MAY-12 - - - 15:00 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010966 Turning Customer Problems Into Opps. 10-MAY-12 - - - 09:30 11:00 To be confirmed with joining instructions Staff Development Unit
01010324 Using Site Manager for Moderators 14-MAY-12 - - - 13:30 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010462 Managing People and Performance (2 days) 16-MAY-12 17-MAY-12 - - 09:30 16:30 To be confirmed with joining instructions Staff Development Unit
01011376 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 18-MAY-12 - - - 09:30 11:00 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01011397 ECDL Tests 18-MAY-12 - - - 11:00 12:00 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.


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