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News archive – July 2015

Wood Street Mission Lottery draw
(01 Jul 2015)
Announcing the lucky winner for July

Delays on rail network from Manchester Piccadilly
(01 Jul 2015)
All trains at Manchester Piccadilly are currently suspended because of overhead wire problems

Mexican students visit Manchester
(01 Jul 2015)
The Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) and the University of Manchester Research School (UoMRS) was launched on the 22 June following the signing of a landmark agreement with CONACyT earlier this year.

Communications and briefings for Welcome and Orientation 2015
(01 Jul 2015)
This is a brief update on planned communications from central teams to students coming to the University in September, and an invitation to information sessions about Welcome and Orientation activities

Albert Square transforms to Festival Square
(02 Jul 2015)
From 3 July, Albert Square becomes Festival Square - the home of Manchester International Festival - for 18 days

Staff benefits update
(02 Jul 2015)
It’s July already and this week's offers will help you to enjoy the heatwave – if it’s still with us!

The University of Manchester's Whitworth named Museum of the Year 2015
(02 Jul 2015)
The University of Manchester's redeveloped Whitworth art gallery has been awarded the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015. The £100,000 prize is the largest arts award in Britain and the biggest museum prize in the world.

Free FuelSmart driver training, 6–10 July: save fuel, save money!
(02 Jul 2015)
After a successful programme last year, we are pleased to announce that the University has managed to secure another group of free places on DriveSense’s FuelSmart training

End of support for Windows Server 2003
(02 Jul 2015)
Support for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Operating System will end on Tuesday 14 July 2015.

Check out the new visual content library
(03 Jul 2015)
How to source images now

eMentor provides online learning resources for all
(06 Jul 2015)
This new website was launched to provide support for leaders and managers in response to feedback from the Staff Survey 2013

UniForum Benchmarking Exercise
(06 Jul 2015)
The University has agreed to participate in a cost benchmarking exercise of its professional support services with a number of other Russell Group institutions

Making IT happen – Thank you
(06 Jul 2015)
Many thanks to everyone who’s been in touch with the new IT Support Centre – keep your feedback coming!

The Flare International Festival of New Theatre 2015
(06 Jul 2015)
Six day festival of radical new theatre, 13-18 July 2015

The concept of Kanban – accelerating your service delivery
(06 Jul 2015)
The practice of Kanban, widely used in manufacturing and software development for many years, is becoming more widely prevalent in IT environments

Ties with Mexico strengthened
(08 Jul 2015)
The University of Manchester recently hosted the Tiles of Knowledge, an event organised to celebrate the Mexico-UK Bilateral Year 2015.

Steven Pinker explains why writing well still matters
(08 Jul 2015)
The award-winning cognitive scientist, public intellectual and Professor of Psychology at Harvard University will give a talk on 'The Sense of Style' on 1 September (6.30pm-8.30pm) in University Place

View progress on 'Make a Difference: Think Sustainability' signature programme
(08 Jul 2015)
University staff are invited to a lunchtime event in the Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum on Wednesday, 15 July (12-2pm)

Vote for The Whitworth as Best Arts Project in National Lottery Awards
(08 Jul 2015)
After all the excitement of last week’s success at the Museum of the Year awards, it’s time to start talking about another award we’ve been shortlisted for – Best Arts Project in the National Lottery Awards!

Staff benefits update
(08 Jul 2015)
We seem to have gone from heatwave to monsoon conditions within days: to keep the summer feeling, we have fantastic offers for hair and beauty, campervan hire and news on the latest prize winner!

University hosts international youth employment event
(09 Jul 2015)
Reaching out to disenfranchised young people

Careers Service support for international students recognised as best in UK
(09 Jul 2015)
University wins NUS/UKCISA 2015 Internationalisation Award in "Best Careers Support for International Students" category

Kiddivouchers update
(09 Jul 2015)
Current Childcare Voucher Scheme remains open while Tax-Free Childcare delayed

Review of Life Sciences and Cognate Disciplines
(09 Jul 2015)
The Board of Governors approves the recommendations and principles put forward by the Review Group asked to consider the future of life sciences and cognate disciplines at the University

Charity leader awarded Outstanding Alumni Award
(09 Jul 2015)
Oxfam’s humanitarian director inspired as Manchester student

New Head of Learning and Development
(09 Jul 2015)
Jonathan Winter, currently Head of HR for the Faculty of Life Sciences, has been appointed Head of Learning and Development

University mentor awarded Outstanding Alumni Award
(10 Jul 2015)
Property development director returns to campus to advise business school, inspire students – and now to collect award

Double win for University at HEIST Awards 2015
(10 Jul 2015)
The We Get It and World Leading Minds campaigns have carried off Gold and Bronze Awards respectively in the premier awards for marketing in the FE and HE sectors

Hospice sends certificate of thanks for £3000 raised at festival stall
(10 Jul 2015)
Francis House Children's Hospice has acknowledged the help given from all areas of the University to raise funds for its work at the recent Didsbury Festival

Reminder: End of support for Windows Server 2003
(10 Jul 2015)
If you are still running Windows Server 2003 or below, contact the IT Support Centre as soon as possible.

Part-time CertTESOL course available at the Language Centre
(10 Jul 2015)
The University Language Centre is currently accepting applications to the new Part-time CertTESOL course which starts in September

Medical graduate provides a lifeline for remote Peruvian villages
(13 Jul 2015)
Graduation held no fear for a University of Manchester medic who has sailed up the Amazon and treated a snakebite victim in a jungle village

Planned outage to personal file storage and other services from Friday 17 July
(13 Jul 2015)
A number of services, including personal network storage (P:drives) will be unavailable at the weekend

Retention and secure disposal of documents
(13 Jul 2015)
As we come to the end of the academic year, many of us will be reviewing the files and records held, confirming what data needs to be kept (and for how long), and what can be destroyed, to make way for the next set of data

Dates for release of NSS and PTES results
(13 Jul 2015)
The results for the 2015 NSS (The University of Manchester only) and PTES will be released from week commencing Monday, 3 August

Registration for Summer Intensive Mandarin School is now open
(13 Jul 2015)
The intensive Beginners Summer School is for complete beginners who want to experience an intense two weeks of learning the four language skills in Mandarin; listening, speaking, reading and writing

Digital entrepreneur and diversity champion receives Outstanding Alumni Award
(13 Jul 2015)
First Asian woman to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion returns to campus

Participate in University research
(13 Jul 2015)
By volunteering to take part in research studies and trials, members of staff can play a very real part in supporting our students and our research

Do you take payments for events or courses?
(13 Jul 2015)
Estore is quick, easy – and here to help

Have you completed your Diversity in the Workplace Training?
(13 Jul 2015)
The Equality and Diversity Unit are hosting a guided session on Wednesday, 29 July from 2pm where you can come along and complete the training with an E&D advisor on hand to answer any questions you may have

Electronic music pioneer receives Outstanding Alumni Award
(13 Jul 2015)
Audio technology leader returns to campus where he first developed equipment for his impoverished band

Cancer survivor beats odds to graduate
(15 Jul 2015)
Prize winning sportswoman gets her zoology degree

Family fun day
(15 Jul 2015)
University hotel Chancellors plays host

University research group presents to the United Nations
(15 Jul 2015)
Sociologist Dr Tine Buffel discusses our research around ageing in cities

Research IT Newsletter out now
(15 Jul 2015)
The monthly IT Services for Research newsletter is aimed at colleagues from all faculties who are involved in academic and research activities, or supporting IT roles

Fantastic four receive Outstanding Alumni Awards
(15 Jul 2015)
Honours for electronic music pioneer, digital entrepreneur and diversity champion, University mentor and charity leader

The Whitworth shortlisted for UK’s most prestigious architecture prize
(16 Jul 2015)
Our redeveloped art gallery up for Riba Stirling Prize for the UK's best new building

A new name – and a new home – for Staff Learning and Development
(16 Jul 2015)
University staff courses to move to Roscoe Building

Staff benefits update
(16 Jul 2015)
This is the last week of school term for many children in the area and the summer holidays really start for many of you! So here are some ideas to keep you or your children occupied and simply pamper yourself!

University helps youngsters dig up the past – and gain confidence
(16 Jul 2015)
Young people with disabilities work alongside our undergraduates on archaeological dig

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Centre wins Heritage Lottery Fund grant
(16 Jul 2015)
Project to mark courageous schoolboy’s legacy commemorates 30th anniversary of his death

Review of Life Sciences and cognate disciplines
(16 Jul 2015)
Implementation of recommendations following the first meeting of the Review of Life Sciences and Cognate Disciplines Implementation Oversight Group, which took place earlier this week

Medical student overcomes brain tumour to take up cancer hospital placement
(17 Jul 2015)
A Manchester medical student who graduated last week, returned as part of a placement to the radiotherapy department that treated her brain tumour

OFFA approves University’s Access Agreement
(17 Jul 2015)
The University’s Access Agreement for 2016/17 has been approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Psychologist honoured with BPS President’s Award
(17 Jul 2015)
Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph, from the Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit in the School of Psychological Sciences, is to receive the British Psychological Society’s 2015 President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.

Psychologist honoured with BPS President’s Award
(17 Jul 2015)
Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph, from the Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit in the School of Psychological Sciences, is to receive the British Psychological Society’s 2015 President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.

Help us test the Support Centre online – win a £20 Amazon voucher
(20 Jul 2015)
We are looking for staff and students to explore and feed-back on our “Support Centre online” to highlight where we can improve the service for you.

Hear leading thinkers on sustainability
(20 Jul 2015)
Public events on Thursday, 23 July (1.30-2.30pm) as part of Manchester Museum’s Sustainability Summer School

24:7 Big Festival Weekend
(20 Jul 2015)
24-26 July 2015 at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama.

Staff volunteers wanted for Undergraduate Open Days on 3 and 10 October 2015
(20 Jul 2015)
Be a part of our Undergraduate Open Day team and inspire the next generation of students to choose The University of Manchester

Has your child recently flown the nest to university?
(20 Jul 2015)
The Undergraduate Student Recruitment Team is looking for a small number of staff to support an enhanced engagement with parents as part of our next Open Days on 3 and 10 October

Two Manchester academics announced as patrons of Athena SWAN
(20 Jul 2015)
Professor Helen Beebee (School of Social Sciences) and Professor Sir Cary Cooper (MBS) have been announced as patrons of the scheme to advance gender equality

Triple triumph for Manchester at HEIST Awards 2014
(21 Jul 2015)
Three University teams scooped awards at the ‘Oscars’ for higher education marketing, which took place on 10 July at the Palace Hotel in Manchester

Say thank you with a card
(21 Jul 2015)
Any member of staff can send a simple ‘thank you’ card via email to colleagues who have helped them – in a big or a small way

Rare Elizabeth Gaskell manuscripts go digital for the first time
(22 Jul 2015)
The only known complete handwritten manuscript of one of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels will feature in the world’s largest online collection of her works which went live last night – giving the public free unlimited access to it for the first time

Mentors sought for 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program
(22 Jul 2015)
The Global STEM Alliance is recruiting female mentors who are dedicated to supporting the development of young women in STEM

Accident reporting at the University: do you know how?
(22 Jul 2015)
All staff, students and their representatives are obliged to report accidents under the University’s Health and Safety Policy Statement 2013/14

Help the University produce socially responsible graduates
(22 Jul 2015)
Enthusiastic staff, both academic and PSS, and PGR students, are needed as Volunteer Facilitators for groups of students taking part in Sustainability Challenge 2015 on 22 September

Staff benefits update
(22 Jul 2015)
Why not give yourself five minutes to check out what benefits and discounts are available to you?

Manchester joins campaign for women in science, technology and engineering
(23 Jul 2015)
WISE up to membership benefits – and award opportunities

Planned network outages to some buildings
(23 Jul 2015)
As part of the Kilburn Building Data Centre move, network access for some buildings will be temporarily unavailable while connections are moved to the new network room.

Callling all staff University societies and clubs
(23 Jul 2015)
Do you belong to a University society or club that wants to attract more staff members?

Senior Managers courses
(24 Jul 2015)
The Staff Training and Development Unit offer two courses aimed at Senior Managers, which have been designed to support you in your management role: Senior Managers 360 Feedback Programme and Coaching Skills for Senior Managers.

Have you ever felt out of control or stressed by emails?
(27 Jul 2015)
Email Hell to Email Heaven is a highly-entertaining and practical session that will revolutionise your use of email.

SPORTICIPATE summer timetable: the flexible way to get fit
(27 Jul 2015)
Over the summer, Sporticipate has teamed up with Active Manchester to offer you some discounted fitness classes

Do you take payments for events or courses?
(27 Jul 2015)
Estore is quick, easy – and here to help

Oxford Road transformation: bus priority works and Precinct bridge demolition
(27 Jul 2015)
Access along Oxford Road will be disrupted during August and September by the first stage of the bus priority works and the demolition of the Precinct bridge

Do you send emails out to large groups of people?
(28 Jul 2015)
As part of reducing the impact of potentially compromised IT accounts, we put limits on the number of email addresses which can be used from a personal University account.

Manchester Museum repatriates skull of Japanese soldier
(28 Jul 2015)
On 6 June, Manchester Museum handed over the skull of a Japanese WWII soldier to Japanese authorities

Help MECD to collect unused toiletries for local charity, Lifeshare
(28 Jul 2015)
Deodorant, shampoo, toilet roll - your toiletries are needed!

Shared Sky Exhibition at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
(28 Jul 2015)
From 27 July to 31 August, Jodrell Bank will be hosting the SKA Shared Sky Exhibition featuring celestial artwork by indigenous artists from South Africa and Australia, where the Square Kilometre Array will be located

Blackboard and Start of Year 2015
(28 Jul 2015)
You should now be thinking about accessing and preparing your Blackboard course space (Bb course) for the new academic year

Come along to next meeting of UoM Busy Bees WI
(28 Jul 2015)
On Thursday, 6 August 2015 (12.45pm) in Oxford Room, St. Peter’s Chaplaincy, Oxford Road

Windows Server 2003 disconnections
(29 Jul 2015)
As previously communicated, Microsoft ended support for Windows 2003 Server on Tuesday 14 July 2015.

Purchasing IT equipment – changes to the process from 1 August
(29 Jul 2015)
From Saturday 1 August 2015, the budget for IT equipment spend (excluding software and telecoms equipment) will be consolidated and owned by the Directorate of IT Services.

Proud to support Pride
(29 Jul 2015)
The University has officially launched its participation in Manchester Pride 2015

Want to be part of the creative and innovative Manchester Science Festival?
(29 Jul 2015)
Want to meet like-minded people? Love working with the public? Apply to become an Event Volunteer for Manchester Science Festival 2015

Come along to Corridor Manchester's August cycle event
(29 Jul 2015)
On Wednesday, 5 August (8–9am) at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Take a look at the new Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences website
(29 Jul 2015)
The Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences (MHS) has launched an all-new responsive website following eight months of work to implement a new design and refreshed content

Football match raises funds for Arthritis Research UK
(29 Jul 2015)
The annual (Jane) Worthington Cup football match between the two Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Centres of Excellence based at the University of Manchester took place earlier this month

Join GM Academic Health Science Network's public involvement group
(29 Jul 2015)
GM AHSN are setting up this group in order to build in public involvement and engagement as a core part of their activity and to facilitate members of the public to become actively involved in their work

University Choir and Orchestra Society seeks Musical Director
(30 Jul 2015)
Can you lead our soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers?

Updates on Oxford Road transformation
(30 Jul 2015)
Access along Oxford Road will be disrupted during August and September due to bus priority works and Precinct bridge demolition

Changes to IT Services
(30 Jul 2015)
IT Services (ITS) is embarking on a major transformational change programme which is essential to meet the University’s future needs

University’s knitters have Coronation Street in stitches
(31 Jul 2015)
Colleagues to ‘yarn bomb’ the soap opera’s tour with their colourful designs

Royal Society honour for Manchester scientist
(31 Jul 2015)
The Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science – has announced the appointment of 19 new Wolfson Research Merit Award holders, including Manchester’s Jonathan Lloyd.

Royal Society honour for Manchester scientist
(31 Jul 2015)
The Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science – has announced the appointment of 19 new Wolfson Research Merit Award holders, including Manchester’s Jonathan Lloyd.

Royal Society honour for Manchester scientist
(31 Jul 2015)
The Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science – has announced the appointment of 19 new Wolfson Research Merit Award holders, including Manchester’s Jonathan Lloyd.