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News archive – December 2021

Watch live: Open meeting with the Professional Services Leadership Team
(01 Dec 2021)
Today, 1 December, 11am-12pm

Staff elections to the General Assembly - reminder
(01 Dec 2021)
Nominations are now open – closing on Monday (6 December)

Join our next book club meeting
(01 Dec 2021)
The next date is Friday, 17 December at 12:30pm

Change in network connectivity settings
(01 Dec 2021)
IT Services have recently made some changes to network connectivity settings to improve the security of the network.

Join a Christmas walking tour with Invisible Manchester
(01 Dec 2021)
Proceeds from tickets sold will help support those affected by homelessness

Learn, Lead, Progress – Planning and supporting your career development
(01 Dec 2021)
Thinking about your next career opportunity, and preparing for it

Car Parks Office: opening times until the Christmas break
(01 Dec 2021)
The Car Parks Office will have revised opening times in the lead-up to Christmas while they prepare for the introduction of the pay-as-you-go parking scheme

Translational Research at Manchester 2021 – Event Programme Released
(01 Dec 2021)
Sir Richard Leese to deliver keynote at the first Translational Partnership Award celebration event on 8-9 December

North West business leaders welcome major report from The Productivity Institute
(01 Dec 2021)
Business leaders in the North West are championing plans from productivity experts to accelerate the levelling up agenda in the region

Staff benefits and wellbeing update
(01 Dec 2021)
Update on Giving Tuesday, our Vivup benefits platform, Christmas shopping weekend at Jodrell Bank, wellbeing and Christmas appeals

Send season's greetings with our festive e-card
(02 Dec 2021)
Send a card that's festive, free and environmentally friendly

Want to understand changes to your USS pension?
(02 Dec 2021)
Book now for our open meeting with an independent pensions expert on Wednesday, 8 December – and use the modelling tool to see how changes will affect you

Unions announce balloting of members on industrial action
(02 Dec 2021)
Message from Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development

Join colleagues in marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities
(02 Dec 2021)
The annual day aims to promote the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities, as well as increase awareness of disability issues

Dr Sadia Habib wins Manchester Culture Award
(02 Dec 2021)
Dr Habib won in the Promotion of Equality and Social Justice category

COVID-19 vaccination volunteers needed
(02 Dec 2021)
Be part of the COVID-19 response

Be Active fitness classes during December and January
(03 Dec 2021)
Our Zoom and face-to-face schedule will help keep you fit and active during the winter months

Street food market returns to campus
(03 Dec 2021)
The popular Levy Market will be on campus on Tuesday, 7 December with all your street food favourites

Donate a Christmas gift to this year's Wood Street Mission Christmas Appeal
(03 Dec 2021)
The deadline is approaching if you wish to donate a gift

Webinar: Understanding stress
(03 Dec 2021)
Join our one-hour webinar on Tuesday, 14 December at 11am

Flexible Learning: give your views on shaping our Digital Learning Environment
(06 Dec 2021)
As our University moves to blended and flexible learning at a greater scale, we want to ensure that the Digital Learning Environment (DLE) is able to provide the right digital infrastructure to support excellent teaching and learning

Deadline approaching for Leaders in Teaching Programme 2022 applications
(06 Dec 2021)
Applications must be received by 6pm on Monday, 13 December

Help support a local foodbank for women
(06 Dec 2021)
Emmeline’s Pantry is a Manchester foodbank for women in need. It's the last few days of their Christmas Appeal and they need donations more than ever.

Staying COVID-safe for festive celebrations
(06 Dec 2021)
Guidance for COVID-safe social activities over the festive period

Our plans for teaching and learning in Semester 2
(06 Dec 2021)
All students returning to on-campus study

Last chance before the deadline: apply to be a Microsoft 365 Digital Champion
(07 Dec 2021)
Staff and researchers are invited to apply by 11pm on Friday 10 December, for a chance to become one of our Microsoft 365 (M365) Digital Champions. Apply today to make a difference.

Mindfulness for the festive season
(07 Dec 2021)
Book on a one-hour meditation session

Staff election to the General Assembly
(07 Dec 2021)
Four appointments confirmed and nominations period extended until 14 December 2021

Climate Network meeting - Thursday 9 December 2021, 1pm - 2pm
(08 Dec 2021)
Plastics: the 6R Protocol and wider applications

Watch live: SLT open meeting on pensions
(08 Dec 2021)
Today, 1pm – 2pm

Send season's greetings with our festive e-card
(08 Dec 2021)
Send a card that's festive, free and environmentally friendly

The Manchester graduate devoting his career to tackling climate change
(08 Dec 2021)
Matt Petinaud, an Environmental Science graduate, has made his dreams of protecting and preserving the environment a nine-to-five reality

Could you become a school governor?
(08 Dec 2021)
Becoming a school governor supports local communities and gives you an opportunity to develop new and existing skills

Staff benefits and wellbeing update
(08 Dec 2021)
How to support local Christmas appeals, last minute shopping, wellbeing, mental health support and how to access our employee assistance programme now and over the holiday period

Wood Street Mission Lottery winner
(08 Dec 2021)
Announcing the winner of the December 2021 draw

Guidance on international travel
(08 Dec 2021)
What you need to know about self-isolation and quarantine if you're planning international travel

Join our training session to learn basic life support
(08 Dec 2021)
The session is on Wednesday, 15 December from 4pm until 5:30pm

Radical Readers December book group: Beyond Black History Month
(08 Dec 2021)
Black History Month might be assigned to October – but the aims of the campaign, including awareness and recognition, remain pertinent year-round

Updated Government guidance
(08 Dec 2021)
The Government has announced new COVID-19 guidance in response to rising cases of the Omicron variant

Sustainable Futures Seminar Series 2022
(09 Dec 2021)
Sustainable Futures has launched the first set of events, as part of the 2022 Seminar Series

Professor David Olusoga awarded prestigious President's Medal
(09 Dec 2021)
The British Academy has awarded Professor David Olusoga the President’s Medal, its most prestigious accolade, for telling diverse stories from Britain’s past

Call for Applications: Aurora Leadership Development Programme for Women
(09 Dec 2021)
The programme supports women into leadership roles

Government guidance - update
(09 Dec 2021)
Update following announcement of new COVID-19 guidance in response to rising cases of the Omicron variant

Update for staff following government announcement – 10 December
(10 Dec 2021)
Campus will remain open and in-person teaching and research will continue

Postponement of Winter Graduation Ceremonies to March/April 2022
(10 Dec 2021)
Message from Nancy Rothwell and Nalin Thakkar

Golden Mummies of Egypt to open in Shanghai
(13 Dec 2021)
Manchester Museum’s landmark exhibition moves from success in Beijing to Shanghai

Last chance to visit Manchester Museum Shop
(13 Dec 2021)
It’s your last chance to visit Manchester Museum Shop on Friday, 17 December before it temporarily closes as part of Manchester Museum’s redevelopment

Making hybrid inclusive for all
(13 Dec 2021)
Hybrid working update

COVID update – make sure you get boosted
(13 Dec 2021)
Booster jabs now available to everyone over 18 years old

StellarHE leadership programme: applications now open
(14 Dec 2021)
StellarHE is a leadership development programme for diverse leaders (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) in higher education

Furniture store Christmas and New Year closure
(14 Dec 2021)
Our furniture store will have revised opening times

Volunteers needed: Help the homeless with Mustard Tree
(14 Dec 2021)
Christmas is a season of giving, so there’s no better time to volunteer

Book now: Open meeting with the Senior Leadership Team
(14 Dec 2021)
Thursday 16 December, 12-1pm

Guidance to the end of Semester 1
(14 Dec 2021)
A message from Professor Nalin Thakkar, Chair of the Campus Management Group and Professor April McMahon, Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students

Help shape communications for the Womens Higher Education Network
(14 Dec 2021)
The Womens Higher Education Network is looking for volunteers

Building access on campus from week commencing 20 Dec
(14 Dec 2021)
Selected buildings on campus will require a swipe card to access from Monday 20 December

Lecturer named Young Woman Engineer of the Year
(15 Dec 2021)
Aerospace Systems Lecturer Dr Ciara McGrath has been named the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year

Be Active Christmas and New Year exercise classes
(15 Dec 2021)
Keep active over the festive period by joining our fitness classes

Reminder about Semester 2 teaching resources from the Library
(15 Dec 2021)
Submitting Reading Lists

Send season's greetings with our festive e-card
(15 Dec 2021)
It's not too late to send a card that's festive, free and environmentally friendly

Sign up to receive the Pankhurst newsletter
(15 Dec 2021)
Keep up to date with the Institute's latest news and events as well as funding and fellowship opportunities

WATCH: Want to understand changes to your USS pension?
(15 Dec 2021)
Recording of our open meeting with an independent pensions expert on Wednesday, 8 December now available – and use the modelling tool to see how changes will affect you

Switch off this Christmas
(15 Dec 2021)
Our University is switching off this Christmas, and you can help

Watch live: Open meeting with the Senior Leadership Team
(16 Dec 2021)
Today, 12-1pm

Coronavirus Special Leave for 2022
(16 Dec 2021)
Message from Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development

Staff benefits and wellbeing update
(16 Dec 2021)
It’s been another challenging year but we have delivered an improved suite of benefits for you.

Wellbeing help and resources over Christmas and the New Year
(16 Dec 2021)
Message from Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development

Car parks update: Christmas/New Year closure plus PAYG scheme launch
(16 Dec 2021)
Find out about access to campus car parks, plus the launch of the pay as you go scheme

Income Office closure
(16 Dec 2021)
Update

IT support over the Christmas break
(16 Dec 2021)
If you have any IT queries over the break, IT Services are still here for you.

Changes in People and Organisational Development
(17 Dec 2021)
Changes from Monday, 20 December

Nominate a colleague for a Distinguished Achievement Award, 2022
(17 Dec 2021)
Faculties and all members of staff are invited to nominate individuals or teams at the 2022 Distinguished Achievement Awards

Support for students over the Christmas closure
(17 Dec 2021)
Information and help for students on and off-campus

Widening Participation 2021 Highlights
(17 Dec 2021)
We're pleased to announce the launch of our Widening Participation 2021 Highlights publication

Take part in a university reputation survey
(17 Dec 2021)
You are invited to take part in a short online survey about university reputation, managed by The World 100 Reputation Network

Watch the recording of our latest SLT open meeting
(17 Dec 2021)
The latest SLT open meeting took place on Wednesday, 16 December

A Jurassic effort for Stan's Secret Santa
(17 Dec 2021)
The Manchester Museum received more than 350 donations for their Stan's Secret Santa campaign

Nominations open: Honorary degrees, Medals of Honour and national honours
(20 Dec 2021)
Your chance to honour remarkable individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society and embody our values

Reminder: work your pension out and have your say
(20 Dec 2021)
USS consultation ends on Monday, 17 January – have your say and use the modelling tool to see how changes will impact you

Join us at our next Book Club meeting
(20 Dec 2021)
Next meeting Friday, 28 January 2022, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Making hybrid work more inclusive – new workshops
(20 Dec 2021)
Book now – more of our popular focus groups and shared learning sessions now available

Let’s hear it for our Tree Musketeers!
(20 Dec 2021)
Our students plant over 100 trees to help fight climate crisis

2021: Our University in review
(21 Dec 2021)
We take a look back at another unprecedented and challenging year and the colleagues’ stories that made it

WATCH: Nancy and Patrick thank all our staff
(21 Dec 2021)
Our President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nancy Rothwell and Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Hackett give an end of year message, thanking colleagues for all of their hard work

Change to Fit Note procedure for sickness absence
(21 Dec 2021)
The Government has made a temporary change to the Fit Note Scheme (formerly known as ‘sick notes’)

50,000 Actions over Christmas and the New Year
(22 Dec 2021)
Visit our 50,000 Actions Portal for seasonal ideas and inspiration to live more sustainably and take care of our planet

Christmas and New Year closure: additional information
(22 Dec 2021)
Our University will close today (Wednesday, 22 December) and will reopen on Tuesday, 4 January 2022