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EIU Newsletter March 2022


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

News and updates

International Women's Day

There are a variety of events taking place across the University to celebrate International Women’s Day. The campaign for 2022 #BreakTheBias is about calling out bias, smashing stereotypes, breaking inequality, and rejecting discrimination.

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

Islam Awareness Week 8-12 March

Join the Muslim Staff Network on Thursday 10 March at 12:00-13:30 for an event to showcase and celebrate Muslim staff and student contributions at Leeds. This will be a series of lightning-presentations followed by networking over light refreshments.  It is a ticketed in-person event and the venue will be made available upon registration.  Please register your attendance on the Muslim Staff Network Eventbrite page.

Ramadan 2022

Please refer to the updated Ramadan guidance to find out more about supporting staff and students observing Ramadan this year, which takes place from 2 April to 1 May.

In case you missed it

Gender Pay Gap Report 2021

Our Gender Pay Gap Report for the period 1 April 2020 - 3 March 2021 has now been published. The ‘Gender pay gap’ refers to the average salary of all women employed by an organisation, compared to the average salary of all men employed by that organisation, in this case, the University of Leeds.

Public Sector Equality Duty Data 2022

Public Sector Equality Duty Data have now been published for the period 1 August 2020 - 3 July 2021. The data cover both students and staff and provide information at an aggregated rather than individual level. The staff equality data reports include information relating to recruitment, promotion, staff in post, turnover, retirement and parental leave. The student equality data reports include information relating to admissions, registered students and degree classification.

Awareness and religious dates 

March 2022

1 Mar – Shrove Tuesday – Christianity
2 Mar – Ash Wednesday – Christianity
2–20 Mar – Nineteen Day Fast – Bahai
3 Mar – University Mental Health Day
7–13 Mar – Islam Awareness Week
8 Mar – International Women’s Day
16–17 Mar – Purim – Judaism **
18 Mar – Holi – Hinduism
18 Mar – Hola Mohalla – Sikhism
20 Mar – Naw Rúz (New Year) – Bahai
25 Mar – Spring term ends
28 Mar–3 Apr – World Autism Acceptance Week
31 Mar – International Transgender Day of Visibility

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: Monday 28 March 15:30 – 16:30. 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.