Staff will receive a 0.4 per cent pay rise following the conclusion of national negotiations for 2010. Unite, GMB and Unison accepted the employers’ offer of 0.4 per cent. Although UCU and EIS did not accept the offer, the University does not wish to delay the pay rise further. The revised rates, as well as back pay from August 2010, will be applied in this month’s pay run. For the new rates, please visit the Payroll Office and salary information website.
Top 20 for employers
For the first time, the University has been ranked in the top 20 Higher Education institutions targeted by the greatest number of leading employers. The study was carried out by High Fliers Research and highlights the interest in Exeter graduates from top employers such as the BBC, Foreign Office, Microsoft and KPMG.
Fastest growing European companies
The University has been named as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Europe. New rankings, commissioned by the non-profit organisation, Europe’s 500, and compiled by Dun & Bradstreet, placed the University 62nd out of millions of businesses across the continent and 23rd in the UK for generating stable growth and jobs. This follows the nearly 50 per cent rise in the University’s turnover from £153 million in 2007 to £227 million in 2010, and the increase in employees from just over 2,500 to more than 3,000.
University joins SETsquared
The University has joined SETsquared, a collaboration with Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey. The partnership has a 10-year track record of developing routes to market for academic research. It has supported around 650 companies over the past decade and the 7,400 academics working at the partner universities are responsible for about 9 per cent of the UK’s Higher Education research budget.
New £1.1m funding
The University has been awarded £1.1million under the Universities Modernisation Funding stream. The funding will be used to develop an integrated Research Management and Administration System (RMAS). Once implemented, this will provide Exeter and others with the tools to streamline the research support process, enabling them to manage an increased number of research projects.
“Positive About Disability” status
The University has achieved the Positive About Disabled People “Two Ticks” status. “Two Ticks” is a nationally recognised symbol, awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have demonstrated a positive attitude towards employing disabled people.
Representation in India
A contract for the University’s first office in India, to be sited in Bangalore, was signed before Christmas, with interviews for prospective staff being held this month. This follows on from last year’s opening of project offices in Beijing and Shanghai.
Alcohol awareness workshops
The University is taking steps to help students understand the negative impact of alcohol overuse, in partnership with Addaction, a leading alcohol treatment charity. From this month, students whose alcohol use results in anti-social or risky behaviour may be referred to an Alcohol Awareness Workshop where they will be encouraged to consider the consequences for their health, relationships, academic performance and long-term career prospects. Relevant staff will be provided with further information shortly, including on the referral process. For further information, please contact Liz Murphy at E.Murphy@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 723034.
New SR1 system
Human Resources has developed an electronic SR1 system to streamline the ‘authorisation for recruitment’ process. The e-SR1 system will speed up approval, removing the need to circulate paper copies for signature. The new system is being rolled out gradually, with Academic Services undertaking initial user testing. For further information and to view user manuals, please visit the Recruitment and Selection pages. To arrange training, please contact Lizzy Wright 01392 723121, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scam HMRC email
An email purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs (email@example.com) has recently been sent to University email addresses. The subject is “Submit Your Payment Refund” and the message invites the recipient to complete an online application in order to receive a tax refund. This is a scam email and should be ignored.
New recycling scheme
The University, in partnership with Coca-Cola Enterprises, has launched a new recycling scheme. This has involved the siting of 200 recycling collection points around the Exeter campuses to encourage students and others to recycle bottles, cans, paper and card. This follows on from research showing that students would like to see more focus on recycling in public, rather than just through home waste collection.
Tremough Post-Offer days
The Tremough Campus Post-Offer Days will take place on Saturday 19 February, Saturday 12 March, Saturday 26 March and Friday 1 April. Bookings for attendance are up from the same time last year.
Friends of RAMM
Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) re-opens later this year following a substantial re-development. The University already works with RAMM as part of its programme of supporting cultural activity in the South West but staff, of all specialisations, are also invited to support the re-launch individually. One way of doing so is by joining the Friends of the Museum (FEMAG), the FEMAG Committee or by offering assistance directly to RAMM. For further information, please contact Leslie McLoughlin of IAIS and a FEMAG Committee member.
You e-Develop launched
Staff Learning and Development has launched a new online resource centre to help support staff learning and development. You e-Develop provides access to thousands of articles, presentations, checklists, self-assessments, ideas for team exercises and much more. To access the new service, please visit the Staff Learning and Development homepage.
Met Office research aircraft tour
Professor Jim Haywood is kindly providing a guided tour of the Met Office/NERC BAe146 research aircraft on Monday 28 February at Exeter airport. The aircraft is fitted with state-of-the science atmospheric measurement equipment including optical particles counters. Full details can be found at: http://www.faam.ac.uk/. There are 24 places. To register, please email: J.M.Haywood@exeter.ac.uk, copying in Beth Beasant.
Cricket for staff
The Erratics Cricket Club for University staff and friends welcomes new members, men and women, erratic and able alike, for social cricket in some of the most beautiful parts of Devon. Please see www.erratics.org.uk or just come along to nets in the Cricket Centre at the Sports Centre, Streatham Campus, on Friday evenings: 6-7pm from 25 February to 11 March, and from 5-6.30pm from 18 March to 1 April.
Thurs, 17 February, 11.30am-2pm
Workshop: Designing and adapting buildings to meet the challenges posed by climate change. Aimed at engineers and architects. Free of charge. Reservations: Pete Hodges 01392 722321.
Location: Council Chamber, Northcote House, Streatham.
Thurs, 17 February, 4.15pm
Human Geography Research seminar: Dr Kathryn Yusoff, ‘Speculative Humanism’: Ideas of animality, ‘concepts’ and the human through Pleistocene cave art’. Further information: see Geography website or from: Dr Mark Paterson.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham.
Mon, 21 February, 1-2pm
Sustainability Seminar series: Dr Linda Price, Queen’s University, Belfast, on ‘Family Farming: Culture, Suicide and Rural Support in the UK and Canada’.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham, and via video to Seminar K, Daphne du Maurier Building, Tremough.
Tues, 22 February, 1pm
Seminar: Professor Stephen Ball, University of London, on: ‘Teachers as actors/teachers as subjects: dealing with policy contradictions and contradictory policies!’
Location: BC114, St Luke’s.
Tues, 22 February, 6pm
Film and discussion: ‘Utopia or dystopia? New technologies, medicine and society’. Screening of Never Let Me Go, based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, followed by a discussion led by Dr Christine Hauskeller, Egenis, and Dr Oonagh Corrigan, University of Plymouth and Peninsula College of Medicine, and chaired by Professor Steve Hughes, Egenis. Tickets, from the Picturehouse, £7 (£6 concessions, £5 members).
Further details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Exeter Picturehouse Cinema, Bartholomew Street West, Exeter.
Wed, 23 February, 10.30am-4.30pm
Workshop: Showcasing R&D applications of CARS Microscopy. Aimed at the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biomedical and biochemical sectors. Free of charge. Reservations: Pete Hodges 01392 722321. To try out our CARS microscope on the day, or for technical questions, please contact Dr Julian Moger, email@example.com or 01392 724181.
Location: Innovation Centre, Streatham.
Thurs, 24 February, 4.15pm
Human Geography Research seminar: Dr Adrian Franklin, University of Tasmania,
‘An improper nature? Introduced animals and ‘species cleansing’ in Australia’.
Further information: see Geography website or from: Dr Mark Paterson.
Location: Rm 128, Amory Building, Streatham.
Fri, 25 February, 9am-1pm (plus afternoon lab tours)
Bridging the Gaps: College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences (EMPS) showcase. An opportunity for those in all Colleges to find out about EMPS research and to discuss ideas with potential collaborators over lunch. To attend all or part of the event, please contact Helen Butler, 01392 726208.
Location: Room 103 (lunch in 107), Harrison Building, Streatham.
Sat, 26 February, 12noon-4pm
Family Fun Day: The Bill Douglas Centre hosts activities, for families and children of all ages, including animation, shadow puppets, flick book making and a computer animation workshop.
Location: Bill Douglas Centre, Old Library building, Streatham.
Mon, 7 March, 6pm
Sustainability seminar: Dr John Blewitt, Aston University, ‘I say, I say, I say. What has eight wheels and flies?’ Education for Sustainability.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham.
Wed, 9 March, 4pm-6pm
CCSF Networking Seminar: Climate Change and Health. Professor Michael Depledge, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, on ‘Climate Change, Health and the Value of Nature’ and Dr Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on ‘Health Perspectives on Adaptation to Climate Change’. Free of charge. Further information from: H.L.Chapman@exeter.ac.uk.
Location: XFi Lecture Theatre, Streatham. Video link to Seminar Room C, Daphne du Maurier Building, Tremough.
Thurs, 17 March, 5.15pm
Nicholas Orme Lecture in Medieval History 2011: Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, University of Oxford, on ‘Reformation Perspectives on the Middle Ages’. Free public lecture open to all.
Location: Rm 106, Harrison Building, Streatham.
Northcott Spring highlights
Wed 16 and Thurs 17 February, 7.30pm
Richard Alston Dance Company. Post show talk Wed 16. Tickets from £10. Concessions half price in some price bands. Age: 10+.
Sat 19 and Sun 20 February
Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play, presented by Watershed Productions. Sat 10.30am, 12.30pm; Sun 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Tickets from £10. Age: 3yrs+. www.charlieandlola.com.
Sat 19 February, 7.30pm
A Wild Life Exposed: Chris Packham, the wildlife presenter. Tickets: £15. Age: 10yrs+. www.chrispackham.co.uk
Mon 21 and Tues 22 February, 7.30pm
Speaking in Tongues, the thriller by Andrew Bovell that inspired the film Lantana. Presented by the Uncommon Players. Tickets: £12 with half price concessions on some seats. Age: 16yrs+.
Thurs 24 - Sat 26 February, 7.30pm, and Sat 26, 2.30pm
Beauty and the Beast from Mars: Musical comedy from Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre Company. Special 2-for-1 mid-term ticket offer for University staff. Post show talk: Thursday 24. Tickets: £12 with concessions half price.