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EIU Newsletter April 2022


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News and updates
In case you missed it
Awareness and religious dates 
Support and services

News and updates

Equality and Inclusion Team update

The EIU is happy to welcome Zenah Holding who joins the team as the Equality and Inclusion Co-ordinator. 

100 Black Women Professors Now

University of Leeds is one of the six institutions collaborating with WHEN on the programme design and development of the 100 Black Women Professors (100BWP NOW) initiative. The aim of this programme is to promote equity of opportunity to create equality in the academic world and the journey starts with the first 100 Black women academics that will pioneer the path of change.

Ramadan 2022

Ramadan Mubarak to all our staff and students observing this period of reflection and spiritual renewal. This year Ramadan will be observed from Saturday 2 April to Sunday 1 May with Eid-al-Fitr falling on the three days after Ramadan ends. Many Muslim staff and students at the University will be fasting during daylight hours each day of the entire month of Ramadan. Guidance is available about support for staff and students during Ramadan and colleagues can also contact the Muslim Staff Network for further information.

In case you missed it

International Women’s Day

LinkedIn Learning has highlighted a collection of videos inspired by International Women’s Day 2022 for this year’s theme #BreakTheBias. You can watch the videos on LinkedIn Learning with your free University account.

Awareness and religious dates 

April 2022

2 Apr – Ramadan begins – Islam*
2 Apr – 
World Autism Awareness Day
10 Apr – Palm Sunday – Christianity
10 Apr – Rama Navami – Hinduism
14 Apr – Vaisakhi – Sikhism
14–19 Apr – University Closed
15 Apr – Good Friday – Christianity
15–23 Apr  Pesach (Passover) – Judaism**
16 Apr – Theravada New Year – Buddhism
17 Apr – Easter Sunday – Christianity
21 Apr – First Day of Ridván – Bahai
22 Apr –  Stephen Lawrence Day
25 Apr – Summer term begins
27–28 Apr – Yom HaShoah – Judaism**
29 Apr – Ninth Day of Ridván – Bahai

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. Please see the Ramadan Guidance for more information.

**Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date. Please see the Jewish Religious Observance guidance for more information.

Support and services

Meno-Pause for Thought Café

Meno-Pause for Thought Cafés are informal meet-ups hosted monthly on Teams, which create time and a safe, respectful, and confidential space to discuss the menopause. The cafés are open to everyone irrespective of age or gender and no one is advised to follow any particular course of action in them. 

Next session: Tuesday 26 April – 12:00-13:00. To book your place visit the Meno-Pause for Thought Café Eventbrite webpage.

Staff Networks

Staff peer support networks are organised by staff for staff, providing a safe space for colleagues to reach out to others within the University who identify with a protected group or who have specific interests. They provide a safe, welcoming and practical platform, where exchanging information, generating and sharing views and new ideas can be expressed in an informal environment. The networks also enable peer support, networking opportunities and social activities. Current staff networks are as follows:

Bipolar Disorders Staff Network

Chronic Pain and Fatigue Network

Disability, Accessibility and Mental Health Staff Network (DAMH)

Leeds11 Network

LGBT+ Staff Network

Muslim Staff Network

Women at Leeds Network 

We hope you find this newsletter useful. We welcome your feedback. Please contact us with any comments or suggestions for future newsletter items.