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News archive – January 2022

Director of EDI recognised in HM The Queen's New Year Honours
(01 Jan 2022)
Congratulations to Banji Adewumi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours

Are you returning with any new gadgets?
(04 Jan 2022)
If you're returning to the University with a new phone, laptop or tablet, or if you need help with your password, IT Services have plenty of guidance for you.

Keeping our campus safe
(04 Jan 2022)
A message from Professor Nalin Thakkar, Chair of the Campus Management Group

'Golden Mummies' opens in Shanghai
(04 Jan 2022)
Manchester Museum’s landmark ‘Golden Mummies of Egypt’ exhibition opens in Shanghai, following huge success in Beijing

Start the new year with a clearer view of your pension
(05 Jan 2022)
USS consultation ends on Monday, 17 January – have your say and use the modelling tool to see how changes will impact you

Mediators wanted!
(05 Jan 2022)
University looking for volunteers to join our in-house mediation scheme – full accredited training given

Car parking update: pay as you go scheme
(05 Jan 2022)
The pay as you go (PAYG) permit scheme is now in operation

Volunteers needed: knee pain and osteoarthritis trial
(05 Jan 2022)
Are you aged 45 years or over and suffer from knee pain?

Hybrid working survey
(05 Jan 2022)
Share your feedback on hybrid working (Monday, 5 to Friday, 21 January)

Multivariant COVID vaccine booster shows early promise
(05 Jan 2022)
The first results of an early trial of a multivariant COVID-19 vaccine booster, launched in Manchester in September 2021, has shown it is driving a comprehensive immune response

Rewarding Exceptional Performance open for nominations
(06 Jan 2022)
The annual Rewarding Exceptional Performance Scheme is open for nominations from Thursday, 6 January

2022 Diversity Calendar now available
(06 Jan 2022)
The 2022 calendar takes on a different format to reflect our current working practices and will be online with a limited number of hard copies available later in January

Sustainability Challenge photography competition: open for entries
(06 Jan 2022)
Encourage your students to take part

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics
(06 Jan 2022)
Find out the latest walk-in clinic details in Manchester

Wood Street Mission Lottery winner
(06 Jan 2022)
Announcing the winner of the January 2022 draw

New Challenge Leads for Sustainable Futures
(07 Jan 2022)
Announcing the appointment of leads for the five Sustainable Futures Challenge Areas

Staff discount at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
(07 Jan 2022)
From January 2022 University staff can book standard double rooms at the Hyatt Regency, Oxford Road at the discounted rate of £73 B&B per night

Our University’s financial performance 2020/21
(07 Jan 2022)
A message from Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor and John Cunningham, Chief Financial Officer (interim)

Online conference: Zines and self-publishing in Chinese cultures
(07 Jan 2022)
Registration is open

Update on Semester 2
(07 Jan 2022)
A further update on plans for Semester 2 and January assessments, which has also been shared with students

Kilburn Building IT walk-up support desk closure
(07 Jan 2022)
In light of the high rates of infections due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and to protect our telephone service while many staff are working from home, the walk-up IT support desk in the Kilburn Building will remain closed until further notice, although this will be reviewed on a weekly basis

Our alumni and supporters recognised in HM The Queen's New Year Honours
(07 Jan 2022)
Congratulations to all of our alumni and supporters who have been recognised

Updated guidance for COVID-19 testing
(10 Jan 2022)
Important change to COVID-19 testing

Learning Through Research Internships 2022 – call for proposals
(10 Jan 2022)
Careers Service programme provides students with an insight into the work of academic researchers – application deadline Thursday, 3 February

There’s still time to enter the Making a Difference Awards
(10 Jan 2022)
With just one week until the deadline, make sure you enter or nominate someone for our Making a Difference Awards by 17 January

Our University’s Zero Carbon Masterplan
(10 Jan 2022)
Join our Environmental Sustainability Team to discuss how we will achieve our goal of becoming a Zero Carbon Campus by 2038

Don’t fall victim to phishing attacks
(10 Jan 2022)
Email fraudsters use increasingly sophisticated measures to try and scam people – posing as trusted contacts and asking you to make online purchases are just some of the ways this can happen

Huge fossilised marine reptile skeleton discovered in Rutland reservoir
(11 Jan 2022)
The excavation of the fossil, which is longer than a double decker bus, was co-led by Manchester's ichthyosaur expert Dr Dean Lomax

Zoom into 2022 with our Be Active class schedule
(11 Jan 2022)
Be Active Zoom live group exercise will be back again for the second semester

Book your place on the next Sustainable Futures seminar
(11 Jan 2022)
The next seminar will take place on Thursday, 27 January from 2pm to 3:15pm

Advice on research activities this semester
(11 Jan 2022)
Message from Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research, and Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice President for Social Responsibility and Chair of the Campus Management Group

Email and Teams: communicating effectively with colleagues
(11 Jan 2022)
With many of us continuing to work from home or adopting hybrid working patterns, we'd like to remind colleagues of effective use of email and other communication tools

Bone density screening available at the Sugden Centre
(11 Jan 2022)
You can book an appointment on Tuesday, 29 March

Could you be an academic tutor for our Manchester Access Programme?
(11 Jan 2022)
Academic staff members and PhD students can apply

RESOLVED: Issues accessing Blackboard and My Manchester
(11 Jan 2022)
IT Services are investigating issues accessing Blackboard, My Manchester and some Library resources.

Prosper recruits second cohort of postdocs
(12 Jan 2022)
Following a competitive application process, 86 postdocs from our University, the University of Liverpool, and Lancaster University have been invited to join Prosper’s second career development pilot, conditional on the agreement of PIs and funders

Learn, Lead, Progress: Develop your digital skills with the Jisc Discovery tool
(12 Jan 2022)
Find out how to expand your digital knowledge and skills

Students' Union Exec Elections
(12 Jan 2022)
Nominations open for Students' Union Executive Officer roles on Monday, 7 February

Widening Participation 2021 highlights
(12 Jan 2022)
Find out more about our widening participation activities during 2021 in our latest publication

International Women's Day, Tuesday 8 March 2022
(12 Jan 2022)
Get involved in our plans for a week-long programme of events

Last chance to have your say on USS pensions
(13 Jan 2022)
USS consultation ends this Monday, 17 January – have your say and use the modelling tool to see how changes will impact you

Launching this month: The Microsoft 365 Digital Champions Network
(13 Jan 2022)
Last chance for the opportunity to join

Staff benefits update
(13 Jan 2022)
Start of the year activities and savings

Igniting Creative Sparks for national #MadeAtUni campaign
(13 Jan 2022)
How our University is contributing to the nation's creative excellence

Origins of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony uncovered
(13 Jan 2022)
The famous opening theme of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which can be represented by the rhythm da-da-da-dumm, can now be seen in a new light thanks to the investigations of Professor Barry Cooper

Nominations open for the Volunteer of the Year Awards 2022
(13 Jan 2022)
Find out how to make your nominations

Open Call Out: Manchester Histories Festival 2022 (9–12 June 2022)
(13 Jan 2022)
Deadline for entries Friday 11 March 2022

Purchase of gift vouchers
(14 Jan 2022)
New process will be in place from Monday, 17 January

Reminder: 30 minute Blackboard downtime tonight
(14 Jan 2022)
In preparation for the upcoming exam period, we are increasing Blackboard capacity to accommodate the anticipated higher volume of student and staff access.

New network for women
(14 Jan 2022)
A message from Adèle MacKinlay and Rachel Cowen about exciting opportunities to join @WAM – Women at Manchester

Would you like to be involved with the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter?
(14 Jan 2022)
Advance HE is now inviting expressions of interest in Chair and Reviewer roles for the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter

Summer School opportunities for undergraduates
(14 Jan 2022)
A series of virtual events sharing summer school opportunities for undergraduates will take place from 31 January to 2 February

Working from home: using display screen equipment safely
(14 Jan 2022)
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently reviewed its guidance on homeworking, and in particular the use of display screen equipment

General Assembly election for Professional Services staff Grades 1-5
(14 Jan 2022)
Announcing new General Assembly members, plus further ballot details for remaining vacancy

Your chance to participate in the election of our new Chancellor
(17 Jan 2022)
Our University is electing a new Chancellor this year

Are you a good listener, non-judgemental and able to keep calm?
(17 Jan 2022)
Volunteer to join our in-house mediation scheme – attend our webinars on 28 January and 11 February to find out more

Manchester Museum's Indigenise Speaker Series returns for 2022 - book your place
(17 Jan 2022)
You are invited to a talk with Dr Njabulo Chipangura, Manchester Museum's new Curator of Living Cultures

Re-opening of the McDougall Prayer Hall
(17 Jan 2022)
Following some recent access issues, the prayer hall will re-open on Monday 17 January

Widening Participation training for staff
(17 Jan 2022)
New course so colleagues can help us achieve our goal of ensuring there are ‘no barriers for studying and no barriers for learning’

Updated COVID-19 guidance – self-isolation cut to five days
(17 Jan 2022)
The minimum self-isolation period for people testing positive for COVID-19 in England has been cut to five full days

Making hybrid work more inclusive – new workshops
(17 Jan 2022)
Book now – more of our popular focus groups and shared learning sessions now available

Roots & Branches - Campaign to support Carbon Literate museums launches
(17 Jan 2022)
The first ever museum sector-specific Carbon Literacy toolkit will launch on 24 January 2022. This is a part of Roots & Branches, a unique environmentally driven partnership project between Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, Museum Development North West and The Carbon Literacy Project.

Our University’s Zero Carbon Masterplan
(18 Jan 2022)
Join our Environmental Sustainability Team to discuss how we will achieve our goal of becoming a Zero Carbon Campus by 2038

Last chance to take part in a university reputation survey
(18 Jan 2022)
You are invited to take part in a short online survey about university reputation, managed by The World 100 Reputation Network - deadline to complete is noon on Thursday, 20 January

A magnificent Manchester Christmas Dinner
(18 Jan 2022)
The Manchester Christmas Dinner 2021 for care leavers was another great success

UCU re-ballot on pensions fails to reach threshold for strike action
(18 Jan 2022)
Message from Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development

PS Hybrid working pilot – last chance to have your say
(18 Jan 2022)
Survey closes at 5pm Friday, 21 January

Learn Mandarin with Manchester Confucius Institute
(18 Jan 2022)
Enrolment is now open for our extensive range of Mandarin courses, beginning in February

Could you take part in a COVID-19 research study?
(18 Jan 2022)
You could help further scientific understanding of COVID-19 treatments or research on vaccine boosters

Free eye examinations and discounted glasses at the Optometry Teaching Clinic
(19 Jan 2022)
Book now for a free eye examination (eye test)

Join us at our market research briefing
(19 Jan 2022)
Suitable for colleagues who work with, or are interested in, market research and evaluations

Book your place on our February Wellbeing webinars
(19 Jan 2022)
Our regular webinar series on topical wellbeing and health topics returns in February

Manchester Museum announces Little Greene partnership
(19 Jan 2022)
Manchester Museum has announced Little Greene as the official paint sponsor for its ambitious capital development project, hello future

Reminder: Purchase of gift vouchers
(19 Jan 2022)
New process for purchase of gift vouchers came into effect from Monday, 17 January

Viewpoint: Richard Smith
(19 Jan 2022)
Don't look up. Look inwards and outwards.

Free contact lens fittings and check-ups
(19 Jan 2022)
Book now for a free contact lens trial/check-up, performed by the final year Optometry students supervised by fully-qualified staff

Could you be a school governor?
(19 Jan 2022)
Find out more about becoming a school governor at our next webinar

Chancellor joins Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their first 2022 engagement
(19 Jan 2022)
Our Chancellor Lemn Sissay OBE shared his experiences of living in care at the Foundling Museum

Staff benefits and wellbeing update
(19 Jan 2022)
Wellbeing, discounts and free tickets for the baby and toddler show!

Meet the graduate who is dedicating his career to caring for others
(20 Jan 2022)
Nursing graduate Adam Mellor is fulfilling his ambition to deliver quality healthcare to the people of Greater Manchester

Rewarding Exceptional Performance open for nominations
(20 Jan 2022)
Find out how to submit a Rewarding Exceptional Performance Scheme nomination

Webinar: Introduction to the upcoming Highly Restricted Data Service
(20 Jan 2022)
Colleagues from the Research Lifecycle Programme (RLP) invite you to find out more about the Highly Restricted Data Service and the costs associated with it.

General Assembly election for Professional Services staff Grades 1-5: update
(20 Jan 2022)
An update on General Assembly election

Income Office reopening
(20 Jan 2022)
The Income Office (G003, John Owens Building) will re open on Monday, 31 January

Stolen bike recovered
(20 Jan 2022)
University security team would like to trace the owner of a mountain bike recovered on our main campus

Video meeting backgrounds
(21 Jan 2022)
We have a number of branded backgrounds which you can use in your Teams or Zoom calls

Students' Union: Meet the Mayor
(21 Jan 2022)
On Monday, 31 January, the Students' Union are hosting Greater Manchester's Mayor Andy Burnham

COVID-19 safety guidance following government announcement
(21 Jan 2022)
Guidance for staff following government Plan A announcement

Coming soon: Risk and compliance tool for international research
(21 Jan 2022)
Research Services, in partnership with the Research Lifecycle Programme, are developing a tool to help researchers navigate an increasingly complex risk and compliance landscape for research, particularly when undertaken in an international context.

Graphene scientist wins prestigious science prize
(21 Jan 2022)
Congratulations to Professor Sarah Haigh

Do you want to help talented local young people go to university?
(24 Jan 2022)
Our Manchester Access Programme needs tutors – academic staff members and PhD students can apply, deadline Sunday, 6 February

University Staff Golf Society back in business
(24 Jan 2022)
Meet like-minded colleagues and make new friends that suit you to a tee

Email and Teams: communicating effectively with colleagues
(25 Jan 2022)
With many of us continuing to work from home or adopting hybrid working patterns, we'd like to remind colleagues of effective use of email and other communication tools

Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop series
(25 Jan 2022)
The series brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, policy makers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software

Reminder: Purchase of gift vouchers
(25 Jan 2022)
New process for purchase of gift vouchers came into effect from Monday, 17 January

Our University’s response to USS consultation
(26 Jan 2022)
A message from Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development on our staff consultation on Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Learn, Lead, Progress: P&DR preparation for Academic and Research Staff
(26 Jan 2022)
How prepared are you for an engaging and rewarding P&DR conversation?

‘Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency for Human Control’
(26 Jan 2022)
Register to attend - with Dr Andreas Theodorou, Umeå University

Trial of wearable health technology for cancer patients opens
(26 Jan 2022)
A new trial opens in Greater Manchester to test cutting-edge wearable technologies involving patients who have received cancer treatment

Staff benefits and wellbeing update
(26 Jan 2022)
Free complementary therapies course, wellbeing updates, Unidiscounts and free tickets for the baby and toddler show!

Dover Street road closure
(27 Jan 2022)
The closure will allow construction work to take place

Lifting of COVID restrictions - further guidance for staff and students
(27 Jan 2022)
A message from Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility and Chair of the Campus Management Group

Celebrate LGBT+ History Month
(27 Jan 2022)
Events and activities are taking place throughout February to celebrate our LGBT+ community

Student Experience Programme update
(27 Jan 2022)
Update for colleagues in Professional Services teams

Our award-winning food market reopens in University Place
(27 Jan 2022)
The Market has reopened following the Christmas and New Year closure period

Meet Murray... Manchester Museum's therapy dog
(28 Jan 2022)
The Border collie puppy is currently undertaking training to become a therapy dog

Kilburn Building IT Support Desk reopening
(28 Jan 2022)
IT Services' in-person Support Desk will be reopening on Monday 31 January, after previously being closed due to high rates of the Omicron variant of COVID-19

University and College Union (UCU) further industrial action
(28 Jan 2022)
Pay and working conditions

University appoints Henry Brothers for Chemistry Building refurbishment project
(28 Jan 2022)
Contractor Henry Brothers has been appointed to deliver a £12m refurbishment scheme of the Chemistry Building

Flexible Learning - feed in to shape our future strategy
(31 Jan 2022)
Use this online form to tell us your views and suggestions for key strategic themes

Join our next book club meeting
(31 Jan 2022)
Next meeting Friday, 25 February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Teaching Assistants temporary sick pay provisions
(31 Jan 2022)
Arrangements for sick pay for Teaching Assistants (TAs) have been extended

UNISON ballot on pay fails to reach threshold for strike action
(31 Jan 2022)
Message from Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development

Book now: Open meeting with the Senior Leadership Team
(31 Jan 2022)
Monday 14 February, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Coming soon: 2-factor authentication for students
(31 Jan 2022)
From Wednesday 9 March 2022, all students (whether on or off campus) will be required to use 2-factor authentication to log in to Blackboard, University email and Microsoft 365.