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EIU Newsletter July 2022

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

News and updates

100 Black Women Professors Now – Self Nomination

Following the success of the Women’s Higher Education Network ‘100 Black Women Professors NOW’, the University of Leeds is running the programme again in 2022/23 starting in September.

This is a unique, 12-month career accelerator programme for women academics who self-identify as Black African, Black African-Caribbean, or mixed race with Black heritage, and are currently Grade 7 or above.

Participants will benefit from:

    • A network of lifelong relationships with other colleagues (including the Black women academics in the pilot programme) who can provide support, guidance and sponsorship thorough different career transitions
    • A pragmatic look at career progression to date and gap analysis
    • A practical, realistic ‘12-month career plan’ for continuation after the programme
    • Raised professional profile across the sector and beyond

Please complete the brief self-nomination form and send to Zenah Holding by the end of Friday 8th July. Please contact Louise Bryant if you would like to know more about the programme.

Promotion Achievement

Congratulations to Lisa Dionne-Morris, Lisa is now a Professor of Public & Industry Understanding of Capability Driven Design. Lisa is a participant in the 100 Black Women Professors Now programme cohort one.


What is AccessAble?

AccessAble is a practical resource to help students, visitors and staff plan their journey to and around the University. The tool is easy to search and filter for detailed guides about routes to / from buildings including parking and walking distances and the accessibility features within facilities such as hearing loops and accessible toilets. The information has been checked in person, on site, by trained surveyors. Guides include facts, figures and photographs about University buildings and services such as teaching rooms, sports venues, conference spaces and meeting rooms. Use the AccessAble website or download the free AccessAble mobile app.

In case you missed it

New Parent and Carer Peer Support Network

Help is available for parents or carers looking for extra support through the Microsoft Teams-based Parent and Carer Peer Support Network. The group started in the School of Medicine and is now expanding to invite anyone across the University to join. Contact Gemma Traviss-Turner or James Willmoth for further information and to be added to the Teams group.

Awareness and religious dates 

July 2022

1- 12 July   Hajj – Islam*
9-13 July   Eid al-Adha – Islam*
10 July   Martyrdom of the Bab – Bahai
11 – 24 July   Degree ceremonies
13 July   Dharma Day (Asalha Puja) – Buddhism
14 July   International Non-Binary People’s Day
18 July – 17 August   South Asian Heritage Month
30 July   Muharram/Islamic New Year – Islam*

*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.


Business Disability Forum

The Business Disability Forum (BDF), we have renewed our membership! It is a brilliant resource for HR Mangers, Line Manager and all staff interested in disability inclusion at the University of Leeds. Membership includes access to the BDF resource library includes toolkits with in-depth information, guidance, research, blogs and podcasts on a range of topics such as mental health, neurodiversity, inclusive communications and Covid-19. 

Your membership also allows you to contact the BDF’s confidential Advice Service, where a team of expert advisors can provide guidance and practical problem-solving help on a range of issues. 

You can access your BDF membership by registering on the BDF membership signup webpage using your University of Leeds email address 

Business in the Community 

The university has renewed its membership with Business in the Community (BITC). BITC focuses on improving responsible practice to create beneficial impacts in the workplace and community.

You can access skills building workshops, networking events, webinars, and toolkits to develop your skills and knowledge on the BITC website. BITC focuses on a number of areas including:

      • Diversity and Inclusion
      • Employment and Skills
      • Health and Wellbeing
      • Inclusive Recruitment
      • Stakeholder Engagement

If you are interested in building and developing new skills and strengthening your knowledge of best business practices, use the self-register form to get access to all members resources. You can find out more, including how to set up your login, on the EIU BITC webpage.

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: Monday 18th July, 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.