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Professor John Curtice, School of Government & Public Policy, received the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award at the Times Higher Education Awards. The award was made in recognition of Professor Curtice’s academic career in psephology – the study of elections and voting – and his extensive media and public engagement work, which has been widely credited with making complex political issues accessible to a wide audience. He was particularly commended for his exit polls for the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, which accurately forecast the outcomes despite being at odds with widespread expectations. The Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award is made annually to a person who, in the opinion of Times Higher Education, “deserves to be honoured for his or her contribution to higher education above and beyond their own professional role.”


The government has published further detail about the administrative procedures for EU nationals to obtain ‘settled status’, post-Brexit. EU colleagues are encouraged to look at the five-page Technical Note: Citizens’ Rights – Administrative Procedures in the UK, which covers matters including the practicalities of the proposed application process and the proposed criteria for granting settled status. Please note, however, that the proposal has not yet been agreed with the rest of the EU. Further updates will be provided when available. In addition, we are currently exploring the possibility of additional Brexit information/advice sessions for EU staff, to take place in 2018.


Recent media reports have highlighted concerns about interpersonal safety issues across the Higher Education sector. The Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) Project based in the School of Social Work & Social Policy, funded by the Scottish Government, is undertaking research to develop a national Higher Education Toolkit to address this. Strathclyde is the pilot institution and we are collecting views from all staff and students through our online survey. All staff are invited to access the short survey online; hard copies of the survey are available to collect from the reception area in the Lord Hope Building foyer. For more information, please visit the ESHE web page or contact us by email. The survey closes on Monday 18 December.


Key University dates, including details of closures and access arrangements during the Christmas and Year period, are available to download. For further information, please email Liz Doherty.


The University Christmas e-card is again available. To send the card, simply type your festive message into the body of an email and embed a link to the card, eg Season’s Greetings from the University of Strathclyde.


A group of Strathclyde Business School students are running a toy appeal to provide disadvantaged children in Glasgow with a gift at Christmas. Please bring unwrapped presents to the Library reception desk until Wednesday 13 December. If you have any queries, please contact Iain Mitchell in the University's Widening Access Team.


The University is committed to safeguarding staff and students. Information on what to do if you are caught up in an attack incident, wherever you may be in the world, is now available on the University website. Such events are rare, but it pays to be vigilant and to know what to do to keep yourself safe. A short information film produced by the National Police Chiefs Council advises three easy to remember steps: 

·         Run – to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there is nowhere to run…
Hide – remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.
Tell – the Police by calling 999, or the equivalent emergency number, when it is safe to do so.

The film can be viewed on the Safety Services Security web page. Further details on emergency arrangements can be found on the Safety Services Emergency Arrangements web page, or by contacting Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing, ext 2726.


Sustainable Strathclyde are looking for staff teams to participate in their exciting ‘JUMP’ pilot. This is a new, innovative engagement platform, allowing staff to engage with wellbeing and sustainability activities on an individual and team basis. JUMP is an instrument that facilitates positive change by empowering staff and students to put University's values and goals into action. The Sustainable Strathclyde team have been engaging with various departments across the University to ensure that the pilot programme is a success and are looking forward to expanding their engagement activities to a wider audience. The pilot will launch in February 2018 and run until July. If your team, or you as an individual, are interested in taking part,  please email the Sustainable Strathclyde team by Friday 15 December. For more information and to see the live platform example, visit the JUMP project web page.


Volunteers from the Library are working to fill another shipping container with useful things for the Malawi Millennium Project. Last year’s ‘Library in a Box’ – filled with furniture, shelving and books – was donated to Mzuzu University Library, which was destroyed by fire in 2015. This year, we’re appealing for donations of academic books. Although the Malawian libraries subscribe to electronic resources, unreliable power/internet access means they still need printed material. We are looking for books in good condition and published within the last 10 years, covering any of the following subject areas: Humanities & Social Sciences (including Law, Education); Sciences (including Computing, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences); Medicine and Nursing; Business (including Accounting, Finance). Collection boxes are located in:

·         Library Levels 2 and 3

·         McCance Level 3 (entrance to Theatre MC301)

·         Students’ Union foyer

Our volunteers will sort, pack and address donated books for distribution.


·         The Wee Shop Christmas Sale – hoodies, mugs, polo shirts, and more, have all been reduced. The sale continues until Friday 15 December in the Wee Shop on level 3.

·         Free Coffee – join us for a free Starbucks coffee between 11.30am and 2.30pm in Recharge (Level 4) on 12 January. This is a great chance to find out more about the Union, meet the sabbatical officers and hear our dedication towards enhancing the student experience. For more information, get in contact.


Upcoming Events   



STEP Courses

·         How to use Myplace – reflective learning activities – Tuesday 19 December


Staff Development Training

·         Learn to Live, Live to Learn, Lunchtime Series


Strathclyde Carers’ Group Meeting – Tuesday 19 December

The group allows staff carers to network, provide feedback on University support for carers and hear speakers on topics of interest. Lunch will be provided, so please register attendance and dietary requirements via the online booking system. New carers are encouraged to come along and to ensure that their Pegasus record is updated to record their carer status. Staff who no longer have caring responsibilities and do not wish information directly about carer support should also update their details on Pegasus. 1pm – 2pm, Chaplaincy, Level 2 Graham Hills building (50 George Street).




STEP Courses

·         Academic Development Information Session – Tuesday 9 January

·         SFHEA Peer Support Network – Friday 12 January

·         Myplace groups and groupings – Tuesday 16 January

·         Work with students who have Asperger’s Syndrome – Wednesday 17 January


Teaching and Learning Online – Monday 15 January

Teaching and Learning Online (TALON) allows participants to experience being an online student while at the same time exploring the implications and opportunities of teaching and learning in Moodle (Myplace) and other technologies. Participants take part in a number of weekly online tasks and discussions, with tutors from the Education Enhancement Team. This six-week course, taught entirely online, can be completed as a stand-alone staff development option to gain experience in teaching online, or as Part 1 of the accredited Teaching and Learning Online module which forms part of Strathclyde’s programme in Academic Practice, Researcher development and Knowledge exchange (SPARK).  For further information and to book please visit the TALON website



This Week    


Malawi Millennium Project Coffee Morning

Colleagues are invited to support the Malawi Millennium Project and join us from 10am – 3pm in Court Senate Room 2, Collins Building for a gift bag of Coffee Core’s chocolate-covered coffee beans, hot drinks, cakes and Tunnock’s biscuits. Pay £10 on the door.


Staff Development

China – Cultural Awareness and Language Taster Session


STEP Workshop

Pedagogy and Publication Network



STEP Courses

Use Feedforward to Enhance Feedback

SFHEA Peer Support Network


Book Launch

“The Deindustrialized World, Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places”, edited by Steven High, Lachlan MacKinnon and Andrew Perchard. 4.30pm – 7pm,

Scottish Oral History Centre, room GH221/222, Graham Hills Building. To attend, please email Claire McConnell (indicating dietary requirements). Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 



STEP Course

Academic/teaching FHEA applicants – peer support network


Tier 1 GE Visa Business Model Canvas Workshop

This workshop, hosted by the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN), is a requirement for any final-year undergraduate, MSc or PhD students who wish to apply for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa in July 2018. The session will allow participants to define the elements of their business model and will provide an overview of the Tier 1 GE Visa process. Colleagues are encouraged to make this opportunity known to students for whom this is relevant. For more details and to register, please visit the event booking web page.



STEP Courses

Myplace – grade visibility

Teaching, Assessment and Feedback with Technology



Developing and Motivating Teams


NSS Improvement Framework Forum 2

Student Voice and Planning for NSS 2018 (12noon - 1.30pm)


Health & Safety Training

Use of Evacuation Chair


EPRC European Policy Seminar

Dreamers or Cassandras? Intellectuals and the Design of European Monetary Union. Professor Kenneth Dyson, Cardiff University. European Policies Research Centre, level 9, Graham Hills Building (40 George Street entrance). 12noon – 1pm. Buffet lunch following seminar. Free to attend but places are limited. Please confirm attendance to Alyson Ross.


School of Education Seminar

Social Differences in Educational Outcomes: the role of family social class and school social mix. Professor Emer Smyth, Economic and Social Research Institute and Dr Markus Klein, School of Education. 4.30pm, room LH226a&b, Lord Hope Building.



STEP Course

Playful Learning Group


Health & Safety Training

Departmental Fire Safety


Centre for Energy Policy Energy Conversations

Do the Scottish people care enough about climate change to ‘do their bit’ in meeting our ambitions? Panellists include Teresa Bray, Chief Executive (Changeworks); Dr Graeme Sweeney, a leading authority on energy, fuels and climate change; and Ragne Low, Programme Manager (ClimateXChange). 6pm – 8pm, Stenhouse Wing, Strathclyde Business School. Free to attend, registration essential on the event booking web page.


AFRC Event – Innovate UK Briefing

Innovate UK is to invest up to a total of £19 million to support innovation across the manufacturing and materials and infrastructure systems sectors in the November 2017 dual-strand sector competition. Funded projects will target opportunities that offer significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovations. For more information and to attend, please visit the Innovate UK website. Alternatively, register for the live webinar on 12 December.



STEP Course

Staff part-time Doctorate support network





RKES Portal
Timetabling Project
Myplace Staff User Group
Development and Training    

University Events
Internationalisation Information Portal
University Chaplaincy

Single Campus Project

IT Systems Status Updates

Education Portal

Equality & Diversity



Daily Press Updates
Timetabling Project Updates
Learning Enhancement Network
Scholarship Updates
Strathclyde on Facebook
Strathclyde on Twitter




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