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Annual ‘Handmade’ Christmas Market this Thursday and Friday

The University’s Annual Christmas Celebration will be held on Thursday 12 December from 4:30pm in the Students’ Union Hangar at our St. John’s Campus.

Now an established tradition, the Communications and Participation department and friends will host a Christmas Market. You will find all your usual holiday favourites, including a wonderful array of handmade crafts, gifts, stocking fillers, decorations, cards and baking as well as fresh holly and mistletoe. See below for a sneak peek!

Take the chance to purchase unique and beautifully made items and cross a few names off your Christmas list. There will be lots of new things in the market this year, including festive bunting, preserves, wreaths, paper poinsettias, homemade dog treats and more!

In honour of our naming as the UK’s most Sustainable University last month, we’ve renewed our focus on ‘reuse and recycle’. We’ve been busy making fabric wrapping paper and reusable gift bags as well as crafting items from innovative supplies, such as donated wool and clippings from the Grounds Team.

If you can’t join us on the 12th, we’ll be holding a second stall on Friday the 13th in the St. John’s reception from 11am to 1pm. We’ll be adding to our collection of crafts with a ‘re-gifting’ bric-a-brac section. Do you have have well-meaning but perhaps unwanted gifts from last year lurking at the back of a cupboard? Bring them in and add them to the stall  and help to raise funds for a good cause. We’ve already started a collection of toys and games, all unused and in their original wrapping, ready to be put to good use.

We will also be raffling a luxury Christmas Hamper, with treats from Fortnum and Mason, M&S and other interesting shops.

If you can’t attend either event, but are interested in buying an item or purchasing raffle tickets, please get in touch with us on communications@worc.ac.uk

All proceeds will go to the University’s Charity of the Year.

Many thanks to everyone who has already donated such beautiful crafts. There is still time to contribute – you can drop off your creations and your ‘re-gifting’ items to the Communications and Participation office in Woodbury or bring them along on the day!

Changes to firstpoint’s opening hours in December

firstpoint will close for staff training on Wednesday 18th December.

Opening hours over the Christmas period will be 9.00am-4.30pm from Monday 16th December until Monday 23rd December.

firstpoint will close at 12.00pm on Tuesday 24th December and reopen at 8.30am on Thursday 2nd January.

The PCs and study areas will remain open as normal, with access via the 24 hour entrance.

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University’s Annual Carol Service

Dear students, staff, families and friends,

You are warmly invited to the University of Worcester’s annual Carol Service, on the evening of Tuesday 10 December. The service will be held in the beautiful setting of Worcester Cathedral, with arrival at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Join in traditional carols, and enjoy readings, drama, dance and music performances by students; the perfect way to start the Christmas season and not to be missed!

A collection will be made during the service, with proceeds going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Cure Leukaemia, and the Students’ Union’s Charity of the Year, Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide.

The theme of the service is ‘The Gift’.  You may wish to take the opportunity to visit the University Christmas tree in the cloisters before the service, which will be decorated to match this theme, suggested by the Student Wellbeing Champions, as part of the University’s Health & Wellbeing activities. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Carol Service.

Carol Service

The Gift

The theme for this year’s University Carol Service is “The Gift”, which will take place on Tuesday 10 December at 7.30 at Worcester Cathedral.

In collaboration with this event, the Student Wellbeing Champions, Student Services, have continued this theme to the Christmas tree in the main reception, St John’s Campus and their tree at the ‘Christmas Tree Festival’ at the Cathedral. The trees have been designed and decorated to celebrate the joy of giving with all the decorations being hand made by the Student Wellbeing Champions, using repurposed, sustainable materials.

We would like to encourage you to join us in gifting something back to our local community. On campus, we would welcome you to take a tag from the Christmas tree and donate the list of items to Worcester Foodbank. At the Cathedral, we are asking members of the community to “gift” something to others whether it be time, volunteering, a smile etc.

Contributing to our community, recognising the help that others need and giving without the expectation of acknowledgement or thanks are enriching acts. There is evidence to suggest that even the smallest acts of kindness and generosity can have a big impact on not only the recipient but also the giver.

Any food items that you would like to donate can be bought to firstpoint, Peirson Study and Guidance centre. Please ensure that packets are unopened and all food is within its ‘use by’ date.

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University Christmas tree poster 20190512

New Learning and Teaching Strategy – staff consultation meeting

As colleagues will be aware, following publication of the new University Strategic Plan, we have been working on a new Learning and Teaching Strategy.  Drawing on the discussions regarding graduate attributes and the round table and world café sessions from the Learning and Teaching conference in June, we now wish to consult with colleagues about the key strategic goals and initial thinking about priorities.

A staff consultation meeting will take place on:

Thursday 19th December 2019 – 14.30 to 15.30 (to be held at SJC, BY G197).

As room capacity is limited, please book into sessions via the Staff Development webpages. Colleagues are welcome to bring their own refreshments.

Creating a Hedgehog Friendly Campus

As a part of this year’s Green Impact Project, one of our teams are working towards helping the University of Worcester become a hedgehog friendly campus. The Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign is dedicated to creating the perfect home for Worcester’s urban hedgehogs, right in the heart of the university campus.

Did you know?

Hedgehogs are commonly found in fields, hedgerows, woods and gardens. However, due to habitat destruction from farming and urban development, the number of hedgehogs across Britain has experienced a sharp decline.

Hedgehogs can grow up to 30cm long and weigh up to 1900g. They are mainly active at dusk and at night, so this is the perfect time to spot them wandering around gardens in search of a snack.

A hedgehog’s favourite foods include beetles, caterpillars, and earthworms. If you see a hedgehog which needs help, you can feed it tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based), minced meat, chopped liver, or scrambled egg.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society have created a map of hedgehog sightings all across the UK which you can report your own sightings on. They also encourage you to create a hedgehog hole in your garden which allows Hedgehog’s to pass through instead of using roads which you can also upload to the map. Follow this link to take a look https://bighedgehogmap.org/.

If you want to find out more about hedgehogs and be involved with helping our spikey friends on campus, visit https://www.greenimpact.org.uk/hedgehogfriendlycampus/ to register and make sure to follow our Twitter @UWhedgehoghaven for regular updates and information.

SCALE Project: Volunteer Recruitment

SCALE is an Erasmus+ funded project developing a toolkit of resources to support lecturers when working with degree-level students with learning needs and disabilities. It is led by a team at the University of Worcester, working with partners in Italy, Poland and Spain.

The project team has gathered a range of resources, and is recruiting volunteers to evaluate a selection of these through a short survey and a focus group. The survey can be done flexibly over coming weeks. The focus group will be held at the University of Worcester on Wednesday 11th December from 2.00 pm. Participation is open to members of support services and academic staff.

If you are interested in participating in either the survey or the focus group please contact scale@worc.ac.uk. For more information please contact Sharon Smith s.smith@worc.ac.uk or Richard Woolley r.woolley@worc.ac.uk in the School of Education.

Further details of the project are available at: https://www.worc.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/education-research/scale-project.aspx

Guidance on Email Best Practice

In recent years email has become a key form of communication for many of us both within the organisation and with external partners.  Whilst email is an efficient and effective communication tool it needs to be managed to ensure that it is assisting us in our work rather than overwhelming us.

To help us make a positive change to the email culture in the University we are issuing Guidance on Email Best Practice.  The Guidance sets out suggestions and ideas for managing your inbox and how to make the use of email more efficient and reduce the number of emails we send and receive.

The Guidance is not a formal Policy but a set of good practice that you are encouraged to adopt.  The Guidance does not alter the existing requirements set out in the Regulations for the use of IT Services and Resources or the Information Security Policy

We recognise that some of the suggestions in the Guidance may mean colleagues using elements of Outlook they haven’t explored before and to assist with this help and support is available from the IT Helpdesk  as well as through a Help Guide on Keeping your Mailbox Tidy

We hope that colleagues will adopt some, if not all, of the suggestions in the Guidance and help us change the email culture in the University.

The Guidance will shortly be published on the IT webpages

Guidance on Email Best Practice

Workshop Examining the Role of Personal Academic Tutoring

Share and Inspire Session: Examining the Role of Personal Academic Tutoring Through the Lens of Transactional Analysis

Joanne Augustus and Dawn Goodall
11th December 2019 – 13:30 – 15:30
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This experiential workshop is designed to support PATs to support their tutees through an awareness of unconscious interactions that can occur. You will be guided through different examples to support a move away from the unconscious cycling of the drama triangle, towards a creative Winner.

Through conducting 26 semi-structure interviews with Personal Academic Tutors who have at least one years’ experience, 3 themes were identified; Self; Others/ Systems; Resilience. In asking where next e.g. the provision of information or training, the researchers then re-examined the themes through the lens of Transactional Analysis (Stuart and Joines 1987).

The session will involve:

  • Explore Karpman’s concept of a drama triangle in the context of how individuals move between the roles of Victim, Rescuer and Persecutor in their role as a PAT (1968).
  • Consider ways to support PATs to move from Drama Triangle to the Winners Triangle.
  • Evaluate the transferability of this workshop to PATs across the University.

You can sign up for this session on the staff development page.  Lunch will be provided on the day.

University Business School’s Christmas Charity Recital – CANCELLED

Regretfully some last minute scheduling conflicts mean that the Christmas Charity Concert planned for Wednesday 11th December in support of Acorns Children Hospice has had to be cancelled.

Sincere apologies for everyone who took the time registering their interest, and thank you to all who volunteer their time to this worthy cause.

A full refund will be arranged for those who have bought tickets.

Christmas Present Collection for Local Refuges

Following successful collections in previous years, we are looking for donations of Christmas presents for women, children and young people who will be spending the festive period in refuges. The donations will be distributed by West Mercia Women’s Aid to a number of refuges in the region.

The children and young people we are collecting for are between the ages of 1 and 15 years old. We request that donations are brand new or in a giftable condition.

Please bring your donations to Esther Dobson in BB 077 by

Monday 16th December 2019.

Due to essential checks before the items are distributed, please don’t wrap your donations.

 Thank you!

Christmas Present Collection 2019

Personal Academic Tutoring (PAT)

The Personal Academic Tutoring system at the University of Worcester sits at the heart of the student experience and impacts directly on student retention and attainment. We have been developing a model of PAT referred to as ‘working in partnership’ that we know is founded on best practice. As a result a number of useful resources and case studies have been produced. We have also updated the guidance on the University PAT webpages.

The webpages include:

  • a link to the policy
  • guidance – the role of the PAT; the role of the student; guiding principles; working in partnership; theoretical underpinning of working in partnership model
  • examples of practice, including three short videos by UW staff and a student

a.       Maddie Burton, Senior Lecturer, Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health, discussing the development of PAT/tutee relationships through writing retreats

b.       Paula Gardener, Senior Lecturer and Practice Lead for Paramedic Science and Tom Hancock, Course Leader for Paramedic Science discussing how they have adapted the WiP model to meet the needs of their students

c.       Karen Bubb, Year 1 Cohort Lead for Primary Initial Teacher Education and Ross Southall, a third year student, discussing the benefits of vertical tutor groups

  • details for other resources – books; links to useful websites; journal articles.

Staff are encouraged to revisit the policy and use these resources as part of their efforts to improve retention on courses and also positively add to the wider student experience.

 

Association for Dementia Studies Blog: Highlights of 2019

This week’s ADS blog reflects on some of our highlights from 2019, so to find out what we’ve been up to have a look at https://adsdementiablog.wordpress.com/

To contact the Association for Dementia Studies please use dementia@worc.ac.uk

Connect with us on twitter @DementiaStudies and on Facebook @adsuow

Association for Dementia Studies

 

Share and Inspire: The Role of Personal Academic Tutors

Share and Inspire: The Role of Personal Academic Tutors

11th December 2019 – 13:30 – 15:30
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Do you have personal tutees who take up a lot of time and emotional energy in terms of support?  Ever feel it is a constant struggle to keep them ‘on course’?   Not sure where the boundaries are for personal academic tutors in providing support?

This share and inspire is for you.  You will come away with a new framework for thinking about and managing your relationships with personal tutees that gives you a stronger sense of direction and helps your personal tutees to take control too.

School Learning and Teaching Co-ordinators participated in a pilot of the session and all unanimously agreed it is really useful for Personal Academic Tutors

You can sign up for this on the Staff Development page and lunch is included

Inclusive Learning by Design – Inaugural Meeting

One of the Institutional Priorities for the forthcoming academic year is a focus on Inclusive Design.  A key indicator of success for embedding this priority area includes ‘Increased confidence of staff in application of principles of learning design, blended learning, accessibility and inclusion’. A new interdisciplinary Research Group entitled Inclusive Learning by Design aims to strengthen collegiate capacity in this area by providing a forum for those who are currently researching their inclusive learning, teaching, assessment and student experience practices, for example by investigating application of universal design principles and practices.

Inclusive Learning by Design will also offer an avenue for new or emerging researchers who may wish to use design based inclusion as a focus for reflective praxis and research. The group will provide opportunities to engage with University colleagues as well as opening doors to national and international networks of practitioners and researchers active in this field.

The inaugural meeting for the Inclusive Learning by Design will be officially opened by Professor Eleanor Bradley, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at 16:30 Wednesday 11th December in BYG 198.

All colleagues and students welcome from across all disciplines and all Services.

Please contact Stacey Styles at s.styles@worc.ac.uk if you would like to come along.

Research Funding Drop-In Clinics

Are you looking for funding for your next research project or do you just fancy an informal chat about how research funding works and where to find it?

Then come along to our Research Funding Drop-In Clinics.

The first one is Thursday 5th December 2019, 12:00-14:00, Room EE 2035

Further drop-in clinics:

 

Thursday 16th January 2020

12:00-14:00 | Room EE 1100

 

Thursday 13th February 2020

12:00-14:00 | Room EE 2035

 

Thursday 12th March 2020

12:00-14:00 | Room JL G013

 

Thursday 21st May 2020

12:00-14:00 | Room EE 1100

 

Thursday 2nd July 2020

12:00-14:00 | Room JL G017

 

Colleagues from the Research Office will be present to answer questions and explore options. No need to book – just come along!

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Staff Development: LGB Matters

Date: Wednesday 11th December

Time: 12:00-14:00

Room: JLG014

Overview; this workshop will increase awareness and understanding of the challenges for colleagues and students who identify as Lesbian, Gay and/or Bi-Sexual. Sexual orientation is one of the 9 ‘protected characteristics’ within the Equality Act and as a University we have a duty to foster good relations between persons who share relevant protected characteristics and those who do not share it.

Participants; members of staff and students.

Learning Outcomes: Develop knowledge of changing demographics, define key terms, evaluate teaching/courses for inclusivity, characterise an ally.

Prior experience required; none.

Preparation before the session; complete the on-line ‘Diversity and Inclusion in HE'(log into LearnUpon from your staff page, using Chrome or Firefox).

Future opportunities; join the Allies programme for the LGB Staff Network.

Session facilitator; Rachael Bullingham, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science who has been supporting colleagues and students to enhance their understanding of LGB matters in various settings. Rachael’s research area is homophobia.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis l.curtis@worc.ac.uk.

Staff Development: Becoming a Mentor

Date: Thursday 19 December

Time: 10:00-12:00

Room: WB023

Description: mentoring has been recognised as an important activity that helps to support people who are new to the University, moving into a new role or returning from a period of absence.

Participants; all members of staff who have an interest in supporting and developing others.

Learning outcomes; this workshop will explain the mentor role, the process of mentoring, and consider some of the skills required.

Prior experience required; some experience of working in the University.

Preparation before the session; none required, although the policy on mentoring is available on the HR webpages.

Future opportunities; mentors might wish to develop their skills into becoming an internal coach. The skills for mentoring are applicable to many other activities that colleagues undertake.

Session facilitator; the session will be facilitated by Gill Slater, Head of OD. Gill has been a mentor to people in different roles and helped to develop the overall scheme here and in other organisations.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis l.curtis@worc.ac.uk.

 

Staff Development: Using the ‘Coaching Approach’

Date: Tuesday 17 December

Time: 10:00-13:00

Room: JLG018

Description: Overview; in this practical workshop we will consider the use of a coaching approach in your interactions with others. Coaching has been defined as The art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another (Downey, 2003).

Participants; those who have an interest in applying coaching skills with others; this might include colleagues with whom you work and also students. Also welcome to those who are aspiring to have management responsibilities.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; to complete the Online training ‘Diversity in the Workplace’, available in LearnUpon.

Future opportunities; there is a 2 day programme where coaching skills are further developed and participants can then become an ‘internal coach’.

Session facilitator/s; this workshop will be supported by members of the HR team and others who have experienced the benefits of using a coaching approach.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis l.curtis@worc.ac.uk.

 

Staff Development: Appraiser Training- Part 1

Date: Tuesday 17 December

Time: 09:15-12:45

Room: WB023

Description: this workshop will explain the appraisal process used at the University, look at some of the issues that can influence the success of conducting them. There will also be an opportunity to practice some of the skills required to make the process effective.

Participants; colleagues who appraise others with direct or indirect line management responsibility will find this workshop invaluable. Also welcome to those who are aspiring to have management responsibilities.

Learning outcomes; to understand the objectives of appraisal; to consider the links with other policies and procedures; to explore the skills required for effective appraisal; to prepare for and practice an appraisal meeting.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; to complete the Diversity in the Workplace module in LearnUpon.

Future opportunities; Skills Gym – Working with others, Skills Gym – Difficult Conversations and how to approach them, team development opportunities can be explored. In addition, there are a range of workshops being planned for those who lead and manage others.

Session facilitator/s; Niki Smithson, Training and Development Manager.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis l.curtis@worc.ac.uk.

Staff Development: Appraiser Training- Part 2

Date: Wednesday 18 December

Time: 09:00-12:15

Room: WB023

Description: this workshop look at the feedback and listening skills linking with the skills developed in the Appraiser Training Part 1. The session will focus on exploring how to enhance the appraisal experience for both employee and line manager. There will also be an opportunity to practise setting effective objectives, linking with the University’s strategic/departmental plans.

Participants; this workshop would be beneficial for colleagues who appraise others. Also welcome to those who are aspiring to have management responsibilities.

Learning outcomes; to consider some of the skills and techniques that help to make the appraisal process effective; to understand the benefit of setting objectives and linking them with wider team, departmental and organisational objectives; to prepare for and practise an appraisal meeting.

Prior experience required; you need to have attended Appraiser Training Part 1. Preparation before the session; to complete the Diversity in the Workplace Online training module in LearnUpon.

Future opportunities; Skills Gym – Working with Others; Skills Gym – Difficult Conversations and how to approach them; Becoming a Mentor. In addition, team development opportunities that can be tailored to training needs.

Session facilitator/s; Niki Smithson, Training and Development Manager.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis l.curtis@worc.ac.uk.

TEL Training – Advanced Turnitin

December 11, 10:45 – 12:15           

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There are still some spaces left on our course, Advanced Turnitin, which takes place on Thursday.

This course will cover the more advanced features within Turnitin, including rubrics and quick marks. Before taking this course you should be familiar with the basics of Turnitin, as these will not be covered.

If you are interested, please sign up via the staff development workshops page.

Video Resource for Students – Interpreting Turnitin Feedback

The Technology Enhanced Learning unit have produced a short video guide for students demonstrating how to find and interpret feedback in Turnitin. This can be found on the Student Support Resources page of the TEL Unit Website. You are welcome to share this with your students or add to your Blackboard pages.

This video will also soon appear on the My Blackboard page for all students.

Christmas savings on TOTUM Cards

totumTOTUM Cards are currently available for just £9.99 per year for a three-year card. That means you can save on the cost of your card before you’ve even started saving through all the great deals and discounts available through TOTUM.

This deal is only available during December, so make sure you sign up to TOTUM now to get saving on all your Christmas shopping. Visit www.totum.com to buy your card today to a wide variety of discounts at local and national retailers.

Students’ Union collecting donations for Worcester Foodbank this ‘Festive Fortnight’

Worcester Foodbank expects its highest ever demand from local people in need this December, with this year’s festive period predicted to be their busiest ever.

As part of the Students’ Union’s ‘Festive Fortnight’ (an annual week dedicated to festive themed volunteering and fundraising), we’re appealing for staff and students at the University to donate items to the foodbank between 2nd – 13th Decemeber, which you can drop off point the SU Welcome Desk.

On behalf of the foodbank, we’re also appealing for Christmas presents, which too can be dropped off at the SU Welcome Desk:

Yes please:
– Presents for children aged 0-18 years old
– Unused/unopened/new
– Keep Presents unwrapped

No thank you:
– No more than £15
– No clothing items
– No electronics/video games/or anything that requires batteries

To find out more about Festive Fortnight, or to view a list of suggested items/those most in demand, visit bit.ly/wsufestivefortnight.

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Don’t Rent Yet Campaign

The Students’ Union is encouraging students to wait before committing to housing contracts with the message ‘Don’t Rent Yet’. Students are often pressured to sign contracts before they are ready and end up living in unsuitable accommodation. This is despite there being a surplus of student housing in Worcester.

We would like to ask University staff to spread the ‘Don’t Rent Yet’ message to all Worcester students, and encourage them to attend the Housing Fair in The Hangar during Refreshers Week. The Fair gives students the opportunity to meet with local landlords and browse properties available. The SU will also be on hand to provide help and advice for any students with queries or issues surrounding accommodation.

#DontRentYet

Don't rent yet

Lovetree Yoga – Back on 10 December

Vinyasa yoga with Lovetree Yoga is back as usual on Tuesday 10 December, 5:15-6:15pm in Gym 1! Book and pay for your class online as usual at https://www.momoyoga.com/lovetreeyoga/.

Don’t forget to wear your favourite Christmas jumper and some spare change to donate to the fundraising efforts of Save The Children!

Contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or get in touch on Facebook and Instagram.

Christmas Jumper Yoga Dec 2019 Fundraising Poster

Musical Instrument Lessons

Would you like to learn to play a musical instrument in 2020?

Worcester Ukulele Club is delighted to offer a beginners workshop where you will learn a little about the UK’s most popular musical instrument and learn to play a few basic chords and perform a few songs.

When    Sunday 19th January 2020.

Time      10:30 – 12:30

Where  Worcester University, Cotswold Room, St Johns Campus.

WUC Workshop Jan 2020

University’s Annual Carol Service

Dear students, staff, families and friends,

You are warmly invited to the University of Worcester’s annual Carol Service, on the evening of Tuesday 10 December. The service will be held in the beautiful setting of Worcester Cathedral, with arrival at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Join in traditional carols, and enjoy readings, drama, dance and music performances by students; the perfect way to start the Christmas season and not to be missed!

A collection will be made during the service, with proceeds going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Cure Leukaemia, and the Students’ Union’s Charity of the Year, Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide.

The theme of the service is ‘The Gift’.  You may wish to take the opportunity to visit the University Christmas tree in the cloisters before the service, which will be decorated to match this theme, suggested by the Student Wellbeing Champions, as part of the University’s Health & Wellbeing activities. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Carol Service.

Carol Service

December Timesheet/Expenses Payroll Deadline

Please note that the December payroll deadline for approved online timesheets, online expenses and claim forms is Friday 13th December. Please remember this is the date for all claims to be approved and passed to payroll, therefore, please make sure all claims are submitted before this date to allow time for approvers to approve before the deadline; for confirmation of submission deadlines, please speak to your department directly.

The December pay day will be Friday 27th December.

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes from the Payroll Department

Guidance on Email Best Practice

In recent years email has become a key form of communication for many of us both within the organisation and with external partners.  Whilst email is an efficient and effective communication tool it needs to be managed to ensure that it is assisting us in our work rather than overwhelming us.

To help us make a positive change to the email culture in the University we are issuing Guidance on Email Best Practice.  The Guidance sets out suggestions and ideas for managing your inbox and how to make the use of email more efficient and reduce the number of emails we send and receive.

The Guidance is not a formal Policy but a set of good practice that you are encouraged to adopt.  The Guidance does not alter the existing requirements set out in the Regulations for the use of IT Services and Resources or the Information Security Policy

We recognise that some of the suggestions in the Guidance may mean colleagues using elements of Outlook they haven’t explored before and to assist with this help and support is available from the IT Helpdesk  as well as through a Help Guide on Keeping your Mailbox Tidy

We hope that colleagues will adopt some, if not all, of the suggestions in the Guidance and help us change the email culture in the University.

The Guidance will shortly be published on the IT webpages

Guidance on Email Best Practice