Staff Briefing - week ending 9 December 2011

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 11th Learning, Teaching & Assessment Conference

Our forthcoming conference is entitled Improving Student Attainment and a call for papers aligned to the following themes will be issued shortly:

Please book the date in your diary and watch out for more details coming soon.

9.00 am – 4.30 pm Wednesday 11 July 2012


Say Merry Christmas to Colleagues and Students

The Season of Goodwill is almost upon us and we're creating a ‘Merry Christmas from the University of Bradford’ video for you to send to friends, family and colleagues around the world.

We want as many people as possible to be part of the video so you are invited to come along to the Atrium on Tuesday 6 December between 12noon and 2pm with your teams to say a short message to camera, whilst adorned in some Christmassy paraphernalia (which we will provide – or you can bring your own!)

We will be inviting International students (and staff) to say messages in their language giving a truly international flavour to the production.
No need to book – just turn up, but be prepared to wait a bit if we are inundated!  We may also roam the campus for participants – so watch out!

Questions?  Email:


Save Time Using Microsoft Word templates

Microsoft Word templates with pre-defined styles (along with a tutorial) have been designed to help you to use Word efficiently to create accessible documents (as long as they are used correctly).

Three templates are currently available.

1. Document with Normal Headings
2. Document with Numbered Headings
3. Document with Numbered Headings and Numbered Paragraphs (particularly useful for policy documents).

Please find them at:

(Username and password required).


National HE STEM at the University of Bradford: Greening for HE

As part of the STEM initiative the School of Engineering, Design & Technology’s Outreach Team is running a programme of eco workshops for undergraduate students from under-represented groups from of all disciplines at Universities throughout the UK.    

The programme introduces them to the challenges engineers face in addressing climate change. The project also investigates possible solutions to man-made climate change.

Participants in the workshops road test some of the engineering solutions to climate change by taking part in the following activities:-

In addition to considering Engineering solutions, the participants also consider the social, economic and creative aspects of a reduced carbon lifestyle.

Sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering


For students: Panic Free Exams – learn to manage exam anxiety

A workshop for students to learn, and share tips to make it all less stressful.

Tuesday 13th December 2011 at 12.30 – 1.30
Tuesday 10th January 2012 at 12.30 – 1.30

In the Activities Room, Union Mall, Student Central. To secure a place contact the Counselling Service on 01274 235750 or email or you can simply come along on the day.


Planning our 50th Anniversary

The University is starting to plan activities to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016. Part of the planning process is a survey of alumni, to seek their views and find out how we can involve them in the celebrations.

If you are a Bradford graduate, you may have already received an email containing a link to the survey. We would be very grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to let us have your views. If you are a graduate of the University and would like to complete the survey but have not received your invitation, please contact


New Car Park Barriers at the School of Management

The new car park access control barriers located at the entrance to the Emm Lane and Heaton Mount car parks at the School of Management will be brought in to service today, Monday 5 December. They operate in exactly the same way as those located at city campus so many users will already be familiar with them.

The barriers will be staffed by the Security and Car Parking team from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December to help staff, students and visitors to the site who may experience difficulties operating the barriers.

All staff and students are reminded that if bringing a vehicle on to campus they will need to be in possession of their staff card in order to gain entry. The barriers are operated by holding your card against the square grey coloured card reader that is located under the intercom speaker which is located on the post at the barrier. There is also a high level speaker to facilitate access by larger vehicles.

Visitors to the campus car parks can gain access by pressing the button on the intercom which will connect them to the main security control room at city campus from where access will be given remotely. All staff responsible for arranging visitors and deliveries to site, to communicate the new access control arrangements.


Rewards for regular users of Inprint & Design

The University has agreed that commencing this year consistent users of Inprint’s services will be rewarded with a percentage of profits distributed back to Schools after audited Accounts.

Inprint & Design are celebrating 10 years as the first true shared service in print within the public sector. It was formed in 2002 by the merger of the University & College’s  individual print rooms and became a Limited Company jointly owned by both Institutions. Over the last 9 years Inprint have delivered over £1m profit to each institution and at the same time brought £2.4m of new income from external sources.

Inprint & Design is responding to changes in the current environment by evolving into a communications company, rather than simply providing Print.  They need the help of both staff and management to discuss their future needs, so that they can invest in skills, software & equipment, and remain relevant to customers in the future.

Contact Inprint & Design



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


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


Omar Souleyman at Student Central

Syrian superstar on Sublime Frequencies records, as seen at ATP and Glastonbury Festivals and collaborating with Bjork. 

Saturday 10th December 2011, 7.30pm

Student Central, University of Bradford

Tickets: £12 full, £10 concessions, £8 students

Buy tickets online 


The Eurozone: a Greek (and European) tragedy?

Wednesday 14 Dec, 1pm in Chesham C4.02 

A talk by Dr Mark Baimbridge, Division of Economics, SSIS followed by a Q&A session with Dr Baimbridge and Dr Gary Slater

All staff and students welcome.


Development Opportunities, Courses and Workshops

Places still available courses next week

Please note, there are still places available on the following courses, to book a place or for further information, please see below:

New Staff Induction (12th December 2011)

Understanding Yourself & Embracing Change (15th December 2011)


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
01011018 New Staff Induction 12-DEC-11 - - - 13:20 16:50 To be included with joining instructions 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
01010718 Getting Started in BlackBoard 13-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 15:30 L24, RICHMOND Centre for Educational Development
01010273 Using Site Manager for Contributors 13-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010614 Being a Great Module Leader (Webinar) 13-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 11:00 , Centre for Educational Development
01010615 Being a Great Personal Acad Tutor (Web) 15-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 11:00 , Centre for Educational Development
01010261 Writing for the Web 15-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 12:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010609 Understandng Yourself & Embracing Change 15-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 16:30 To be included with joining instructions Staff Development Unit
01010567 Assertiveness Group 16-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 15:00 To be included with joining instructions 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
01010314 Using Site Manager for Moderators 20-DEC-11 - - - 13:30 16:30 F29, RICHMOND IT Training
01010619 HE Academy Fellowships (Webinar) 20-DEC-11 - - - 09:30 10:30 , Centre for Educational Development
EVAC111221 Evac+Chair Training 21-Dec-11 - - - 13:00 16:00 D1, Richmond Building Steve Wiggins
01010388 ECDL/ITQ Workshop 21-DEC-11 - - - 15:00 16:30 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.


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