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Onstream home (/onstream/) / Onstream highlights 17 January 2019 The National Student Survey (NSS) 2019 launching soon! The National Student Survey (NSS) 2019 will launch at Brookes during the week commencing 4 February. We need your help to promote the survey and encourage students to have their say on their experience at Oxford Brookes. The NSS is mostly aimed at undergraduate students and students in their final year of a course leading to undergraduate qualifications or credits. We need to achieve a response rate of at least 50% at an institution level and in our subjects of study (combined with at least 10 respondents per cohort) in order for publication. Last year we achieved an excellent overall response rate of 75%. Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student and Staff Experience), said: “Last year, I was delighted to present awards to the many courses which achieved a satisfaction score of 90% or more in the NSS 2018. We have been working hard to improve the student experience and meet our overall institutional goal of 90% satisfaction. We now need your help to raise student awareness of the 2019 survey.” Encouraging student participation Ipsos MORI, which undertakes the NSS, communicates with students directly to promote the survey. However we as a University are in the prime position to encourage participation. On Monday 4 February, eligible students will receive an email from Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, making them aware of the survey and Associate Deans for Student Experience (ADSEs) will be coordinating direct engagement with students at Faculty level. A range of University-wide activities to promote participation in the NSS will take place and a dedicated communications toolkit will shortly be available on our staff webpages providing colleagues with materials to help promote student participation. Brookes Union will also be advertising the NSS in its own communications. To encourage students to participate, the University will make a £3 donation to charity for each completed survey. We've selected four local charities to support - OSARCC (Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre), Homeless Oxford, Restore, and Prospect Hospice - and donations will be split equally amongst them. LGBTQ+ History Month 2019 - History: peace, reconciliation, activism Celebrate, support and learn about diversity by joining this year’s LGBTQ+ events this February and March as part of the national LGBT History Month. Colleagues across the University, Brookes Union, University of Oxford and local community groups have once again put together an exciting programme of events in celebration of the national LGBT history month with the theme of History: peace, reconciliation, activism. (https://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/) This year Oxford Brookes has adopted the acronym LGBTQ+ to reflect inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning plus all other sexual orientations and non-conforming gender identities. Programme highlights: Open Lecture: On Wednesday 13 February at 6pm Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids UK will be in conversation with our Chancellor Dame Katherine Grainger - “Changing Tides: Trans journeys together - as parents, allies, advocates”. (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/events/lgbt-history-month---- changing-tides--trans-journeys-together---as-parents--allies-- advocates/) Join us for a thought-provoking discussion of current issues for young people and their families and the roles of parents and allies. Raising the Pride Flag: Headington Hill Hall, Thursday 31 January at 5pm. Flags will fly throughout February at all campus sites. Look out for other visible signs of our support for rainbow identities. Documentary: OBU Documentary Club (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/uploadedfiles/faculty_of_technology,_design_and_environment/obu_documentary_club/site_assets/obudoc%20progra 19-s2.pdf) will be screening Mr Gay Syria, Headington Campus, Thursday 14 February at 7pm. Quiz night: Oxford City Amnesty International (https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/oxford-city)group is hosting a quiz night at Brookes Sport Headington, Thursday 21 February, at 6.30pm. Get those thinking caps on and help raise money for the work of Amnesty International.
Exhibition: moving into March there will be an exhibition on Activism (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/public-art/glass-tank/events/oxford-human- rights-festival-2019--activism/) from 4 to 22 March as part of the Human Rights Festival and an Open Mic Poetry Night on 19 March in the Glass Tank. These are just a few highlights from the month, take a look at the full programme online. (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/staff/human- resources/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/lgbtq--history-month/) All allies and supporters are encouraged to wear rainbow lanyards and set up an ally email signature, featured below. Contact Jayne Stuart firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or Jane Butcher firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) for more information. Give volunteering a go: the new staff volunteering policy is here Thanks to colleagues’ great efforts and feedback during last year's successful staff volunteering pilot, the staff volunteering policy has been revised for the first time in ten years. Be a force for good at Brookes The University is proud to support colleagues who want to give back to their local communities. Whether you already volunteer on a regular basis and want to try something new or you want to dip your toes in for the first time, the new staff volunteering policy is a great opportunity to give volunteering a go. Volunteering brings many benefits; it has a direct impact on the charities and groups supported (which often rely on volunteers), whilst for staff it can provide opportunities for development, increase awareness of community challenges and give a chance to meet new like-minded people. Ten years, two policies The University has had a staff volunteering policy in place since 2009 but take-up has been limited. In April and May 2018 the staff volunteering pilot provided an opportunity to explore colleagues’ attitudes towards volunteering and how to best support them in the future. Feedback from the pilot highlighted that changes to the staff volunteering policy were needed to make it easier to use. Thanks to the efforts of colleagues across the University, the policy has now been revised, providing staff with one day of paid leave for volunteering per year (which can be split into hours) and an additional 16 hours of matched paid leave, meaning that each extra hour requested needs to be matched with an hour of your own leave. The full policy and guidance document can be found on the HR webpages (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/services/hr/handbook/workinghours/volunteering/). Team volunteering No changes were made regarding team volunteering days; where the volunteering activity is undertaken as a team building event, staff will not be expected to match a day’s volunteering with a day’s leave of their own. For upcoming staff volunteering campaigns and opportunities, please keep an eye out in Onstream (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/). External opportunities can also be found year-round on Oxonvolunteers. (http://oxonvolunteers.org/) Free refills, the big donation equation and more sustainability galore From fighting plastic pollution to cutting carbon emissions, Brookes continues to make significant strides in improving sustainability on our campuses and beyond. As we start the New Year, here are some of the highlights of our accomplishments to date: Join the refill revolution and fight plastic pollution Plastic bottles make up a third of all plastic pollution in the sea. In the UK over 38 million disposable plastic bottles are purchased every day, of which 15 million are not recycled. Reusable water bottle use can greatly reduce plastic waste. This is why Oxford Brookes now provides water refill points at all of our catering outlets, in addition to our existing water fountains on campus. This is part of the Refill Oxford campaign which launched on Wednesday 15 January. Get the Refill App (https://www.refill.org.uk/get-the- refill-app/) and see the 130+ free Refill points in cafes, pubs, restaurants, bus stops, hospital and community centres all over city. Save money and do your part to help fight plastic pollution. Students help divert 19 million tonnes from waste stream
Thanks to our end of year 'Donate it, Don't Waste it' campaign across our halls of residence, Oxford Brookes has continued to increase our year-on- year contribution to the British Heart Foundation’s Pack for Good Campaign. The campaign, which encourages students in halls of residence to donate unwanted items instead of throwing them in the bins when they leave their accommodation at the end of the year, saw over 2,400 bags of items collected valued at £33,500. Environmentally, this is equivalent to diverting over 19 tonnes (the weight of three elephants!) worth of items from the waste stream and saving 195kg of CO2 emissions. Sustainability Report 2017-18 For more highlights on sustainability accomplishment at Brookes, including our record low carbon emissions and new micro-hybrid bus rollout, please check out our annual report (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/Sustainability/Site- assets/Documents/Annual-reports/Sustainability-Report/). And in case you missed the story in the last Onstream, Oxford Brookes has now switched to 100% recycled paper (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/dec/brookes-switches-to-100- -recycled-paper/?type=roundup). Banish the January blues with this year’s Feel Good Festival From Monday 28 January, act on those new year’s resolutions by taking part in this year’s Feel Good Festival (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/feel-good- festival/) (28 Jan - 8 Feb 2019). Places are filling up fast so make sure you secure your space! Explore the full festival programme and book tickets (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/feel-good- festival/) online. The Festival is back by popular demand; here are some reflections from colleagues about last year's iteration: “I attended the workshop on feeling better at work - lots of practical solutions e.g. tapping and aromatherapy. I particularly enjoyed the creativity workshop. Lots of ideas to create balance with your work life. A number of us expressed interest in carrying on the idea with a group that meets regularly." - professional services colleague, 2018 “An opportunity to take some time out and revitalise for a short time. Totally different to what I expected!” - workshop attendee, 2018 Why not take some time away from your desk next month for Feel Good Festival? Whether you want to learn something new, get active or find some calm at the start of the new semester, the Feel Good Festival is back to support your well-being aspirations. Oxford Brookes to cover EU settlement fee for staff UPDATE - On 21 January, the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-to-the-house- of-commons-on-brexit-21-january-2019) when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Please read the latest Onstream article (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2019/jan/eu-settlement-scheme- update/) for further information on this. Further to an Onstream article in November (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/nov/update-on-the-eu- settlement-scheme/?type=roundup), we are pleased to announce that all current EU staff working for the University will receive financial support in applying for settlement (https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens- families). Any new EU staff who join us on or before 29 March 2019 will also be eligible to claim the £65 fee as a taxable expense. Furthermore the University will also allow claims to the same level for those EU staff who, since 1 January 2018, have applied successfully for British citizenship. Many staff took advantage of a now closed pilot phase to settlement, which was open to many EU staff in the HE sector late last year. However any staff who did not apply during this pilot will be able to apply for settled status from 30 March 2019 and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. Provided they are an employee of Oxford Brookes on or before 29 March 2019 they will be able to claim back the application fee from the University. Reimbursement of the application fee/contribution to citizenship costs will have to be a taxable expense under HMRC rules and any such claims will need to be supported with appropriate proof. Further details will be provided on how to make the claim and HR will again write to affected staff once this becomes available. This Onstream article will also be updated once this information is available. Brexit remains an area of concern for many staff and the University understands that this may be an anxious time for a number of colleagues. We will always seek to assist our EU staff as best as we reasonably can and any new information will be added to our Brexit FAQs (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/news/brexit-faqs/). HR colleagues also continue to be available to provide support and guidance as appropriate.
The Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference 2019: call for proposals Conference co-chairs Berry O'Donovan from Oxford Brookes Business School and Dr George Roberts from the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development are pleased to open the call for proposals to the 2019 Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference. This year’s conference will take place on Thursday 13 June and the deadline for proposals is Monday 4 March. The conference theme is Rising to the Challenge, reflecting a higher education climate of new challenges - such as changes in student expectations and motivations and increased competition among institutions - as well as opportunities. The conference aims to explore, celebrate and share innovation, creativity and alternative perspectives on teaching and learning. There will also be keynote speeches from Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience and Professor Ray Land, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Emeritus Fellow of University College, Durham University. The conference will provide a space for academics, professional services staff, as well as students, to address the theme within the following streams: learning gain and curriculum innovation engagement and satisfaction assessment and feedback beyond the classroom resilience and wellbeing. There are four categories of sessions which you can submit: longer sessions of up to 60 minutes, shorter sessions of 30 minutes, PechaKucha - a fast and furious presentation style using a total of 20 slides displayed for only 20 seconds - and poster sessions. One of last year’s presenters said about the Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference 2018: "A really enjoyable and valuable day. I left with lots of ideas to take into my own teaching practice. I also was pleased to have the opportunity to present my research. Thank you." For more details, please see the conference website (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/ocsld/conferences/brookes-learning-and- teaching-conference/2019/call-for-proposals/). Proposals should be submitted by 4 March 2019. New Director of Human Resources confirmed Ruth Davies has been appointed as the new Director of Human Resources. She will take up the role, including membership of Vice-Chancellor’s Group (VCG), in March. Ruth is currently Executive Director of HR at the University of Gloucestershire. Her achievements include developing and implementing a new People and Culture strategy, developing Academic Career Pathways, leading a university change programme and championing opportunities for black and minority ethnic (BME) students and students with disabilities. Ruth has held a variety of previous roles, including Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Public Health Wales, Director of Human Resources to the States of Jersey, Director of HR and Communications at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Deputy HR Director at the Environment Agency. Ruth studied at University College London where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology. She subsequently gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and is a Fellow of CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. Confirming the appointment, Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer said: “I am delighted that Ruth Davies has agreed to take up this senior role at Oxford Brookes. Her experience is impressive and diverse, underpinned by a strong commitment to supporting staff to perform to the best of their ability in support of organisational success. I very much look forward to welcoming Ruth to the University.” Ruth said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been offered the position of Director of HR at Oxford Brookes and I am very much looking forward to joining the team. I strongly believe that investing in developing individuals and teams and creating the kind of working environment in which people can succeed is essential for a successful organisation. I look forward to working with colleagues across the University to build on the success already achieved at Oxford Brookes and to being part of an even more exciting future.” You can also read details of the appointment of the new Director of Estates and Campus Services in the following Onstream article (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/dec/university-appoints-new- director-of-estates-and-campus-services/?type=roundup). University appoints new Director of Estates and Campus Services
Mary Pierre-Harvey has been appointed as the new Director of Estates and Campus Services (ECS). She will take up the role on 11 March 2019. Mary is currently Assistant Director of Strategic Estates at the Palace of Westminster. There she is responsible for the leadership of major capital projects across the Parliamentary estate, including the conservation of Westminster Hall, overhaul of the cast iron roofs, external courtyards stonework conservation and encaustic tiles replacement programme. Mary studied at the University of Greenwich where she gained a BSc in Quantity Surveying. She subsequently completed an MSc in Architecture: Construction Economics and Management at University College London. Mary has held a variety of previous roles including Director of Estates at Harrow School, Head of Property at Maggie’s Centres, Head of Estates at English Heritage and Corporate Property Manager at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Speaking on the appointment, Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, said: “I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Mary Pierre- Harvey to this senior University role. Mary has an impressive track-record of managing and developing large scale estates in the public and private sector. She arrives at an important time for the University estate, with a number of significant developments underway or soon to commence. I wish her every success in the new role and look forward to working together in the spring." Mary said: "I am thrilled to be joining the Oxford Brookes University family in 2019! My entire career has been spent in the construction and property industry and I look forward to using this experience to help my new team build on its success and to deliver the ECS strategic masterplan." The University has also recently appointed a new Director of Human Resources, reported in the following Onstream article (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2019/jan/new-director-of-hr- confirmed/?type=roundup). (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2019/jan/new-director-of-hr- confirmed/?type=roundup) More new spaces open in Sinclair as building nears completion The refurbishment of Sinclair moved a step closer towards completion this week as the newly completed fourth floor opened. Students and staff have now moved to the new spaces, which will enable new approaches to teaching, research and study within the building. The University’s psychology activity is now based there, with brand new research and testing labs. These purpose-built areas will support research, including into visual cognition and memory, effects – and measuring – of brain stimulation, and tracking and analysis of movements of the body. A large, dedicated computer lab, with specialist software is also located on the floor to support psychology students with their studies and research. In addition, some activity from the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences is also housed on the fourth floor, further supporting vital research into cell modelling, alongside additional student computer study areas. The completion of this floor means that all but one area of the Sinclair building has now been refurbished as part of a more than £21million investment in the building. The ground floor is the final area to be refurbished. Beginning in January, new space for the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work will be created, which is expected to be complete in summer 2019. Access changes from January As the ground refurbishment commences, access into Sinclair will change: Access into Sinclair from the Gibbs side (currently adjacent to the contractor’s compound) will close – expected end January. A temporary entrance from the Central Courtyard directly into the west (JHBB) end stairwell is likely to be created – expected end January. The fire exit at the base of the JHBB-end stairwell will become an entrance – expected early January. Access from Clerici into the ground, first and second floors will remain open and unchanged. There will be no access through Sinclair from Central Courtyard towards Gibbs The Study Abroad and Exchanges team: making international connections for staff and students Last academic year, Oxford Brookes sent and received students to and from 150 different partner institutions across the world. They also work with a number of staff on ‘staff mobility’ visits to a number of international partners. These visits are great opportunities for students and staff to develop skills, exchange knowledge with other cultures and build connections with a global academic community.
Recently, the team’s activities have included: The End of Semester Exchanges Event 2018 On the 6th December, the team concluded their drive to promote study abroad opportunities with this Exchanges Event. All first-year students were invited to a festively decked-out Terrace to enjoy mulled wine, Christmas cookies and lots of helpful information. Students who had been on exchanges were on hand to talk about their experience with partner universities across Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. Students on exchange at Oxford Brookes from those partners also gave a unique insight, alongside representatives from external organisations BUNAC (https://www.bunac.org/uk) and Omprakash (https://www.omprakash.org/). Feedback for the event was excellent, with students finding the variety of information very helpful and volunteers reporting students being more engaged than ever. The exchanges team hope the event will boost the number of students applying to study abroad for 2019/2020. Applications close on February 7th, so do spread the word about study abroad opportunities (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/international/study-abroad- and-exchanges/going-from-brookes) if you work with students. A visit from Rutgers University The team was pleased to welcome Hyacinth Miller to Oxford Brookes recently. Hyacinth is the Study Abroad Director for the Department of Political Science, Rutgers University (the State University of New Jersey). Hyacinth Miller (left) with Chrissie Steenkamp (center) and Doerthe Rosenow (right) Her visit cements in a successful exchange relationship for International Relations and Politics students between the two universities. The visit provided an opportunity for Hyacinth to take a tour of our Headington Campus, meet the Exchanges and Study Abroad team and discuss best practice with Chrissie Steenkamp and Doerthe Rosenow (Exchange Coordinators from International Relations and Politics). The Study Abroad and Exchanges supports many staff in visits abroad as part of its staff mobility scheme. Look out for more info in the next issue of Onstream. If you know a student or member of staff who may be interested in an exchange, please do point them in the direction of the Study Abroad and Exchanges team (http://www.brookes.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-and- exchanges/)! Brookes People story: Sue Lawrence a lasting impression of Brookes Sue Lawrence has been a familiar face at Brookes for over a decade, working as a cleaner. Members of staff, particularly in the Gibbs building, appreciated her going the extra mile; for example, opening office windows in the early morning and putting on fans during last summer’s heatwave. She was also noted for her knowledge about Brookes, her tact and flair while interacting with students, as well as her warmth and sense of humour. Sue reflected on her time at the University, before retiring last December.
How long have you worked at Brookes? "I’ve worked at Brookes for 13 years, I started over at Headington Hill Hall site - I was supervisor at Headington Hill Hall for eight and a half years. I’ve worked in Gibbs for three and a half years, before that I was working in Clerici, until it was closed down for refurbishment. I see everyone arrive in the morning, they start to arrive from 7am. I see academics, admin and facilities staff. I’ve found everyone really friendly and good to talk to. I’ve been told by many people that they will miss me when I retire." What’s your daily routine? "I start at six o’clock in the morning. I get up at four thirty and catch the bus in at five thirty to get here to start work. I finish at nine and then go home, but I never feel like doing much when I get home! It’s so dark in the mornings at the moment - I love the summer months, it’s the best time of year. Summer mornings are the best time of day." Is your husband retired? "Yes, he retired a few years ago now and is looking forward to me retiring now - he thought I was going to retire at 60, but I didn’t!" Do you have any plans for your retirement? "Christmas will feel like an extended holiday at first. I do not have any plans - I’ll see what happens first. We help look after our grandchildren, so I expect them to keep us busy!" --- Delia Redding, Deputy Site Manager EFM, has known Sue for some time and said: "Sue has been at Oxford Brookes for a long time and will be missed by all. Sue always has a smile whenever you see her and is always willing to help out when needed. I am sure that Sue will enjoy her well earned retirement and will be able to spend more time with her family." Staff Stories Onstream seeks to showcase the great contribution of Brookes staff through profiles of colleagues. With your help, we are keen to reflect staff from all parts of the University. If you would like to suggest yourself or a colleague, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) Furthermore, colleagues are also welcome to request recognition packs which offer resources to help say thank you for a job well done or to recognise someone whose work goes above and beyond what is required. Please visit the staff experience webpages (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/staff/staff-recognition/) to view the resources available. Onstream round-up of the year 2018 2018 was another busy year for both staff and students here at Brookes. On Headington Campus we completed building work on Clerici and the external spaces, as well as almost finishing work on Sinclair. We also held a fantastic third Brookes People Awards ceremony, celebrated the NHS turning 70 and saw the return of the award-winning #helloBrookes summer enrolment campaign. Just some of the year’s highlights, which have been brought to you during the course of the year in Onstream, are featured below. We hope you enjoy this round-up of top stories from 2018. January Clerici Cafe and new spaces open (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/jan/clerici--come-and-see- inside!/?type=roundup) February National Student Survey campaign launches (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/feb/national-student-survey- (nss)-2018-to-launch-at-oxford-brookes-next-week/?type=rolling) Brookes Science Bazaar turns 10 years old (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/feb/10-days-to-go-until-the- 10th-brookes-science-bazaar/?type=roundup) The first Student Records System milestone is approaching (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/feb/the-first-student-records- system-milestone-is-approaching/?type=roundup) March Staff volunteering pilot project launched (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/mar/join-the-staff- volunteering-pilot-project/?type=roundup) April
The return of the award-winning #helloBrookes social media campaign (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/apr/it-s-time-to-say-- hellobrookes-in-our-2018-video-campaign/?type=roundup) May New Staff Experience Recognition Pack Launches (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/may/the-recognition-pack-- the-new-staff-experience-initiative-/?type=roundup) Clerici and Sinclair Building Refurbishment won Design through Innovation award (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/may/clerici-and- sinclair-building-refurbishment-win-design-through-innovation-award/? type=roundup) June Brookes ranked number one in the UK for teaching and research (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/jun/brookes-ranked-number- one-in-the-uk-for-teaching-and-research/?type=roundup) July Brookes staff join NHS 70 celebrations (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/jul/brookes-staff-join-nhs-70- celebrations/?type=roundup) August Oxford Brookes’ launch new ‘Hello Clearing’ Campaign (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/aug/an-update-on-clearing- and-a-level-results-day-activity/?type=roundup) September Highlights from the third Brookes People Awards ceremony (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/sep/highlights-from-the- brookes-people-awards-ceremony-2018/?type=roundup) Oxford Brookes unveils brand-new bus designs (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/sep/all-aboard-as-oxford- brookes-unveils-brand-new-bus-designs/?type=rolling) October First entrepreneurship education conference at Brookes (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/oct/evolve-conference---full- programme-announced/?type=roundup) November Helena Kennedy: demolition work is underway (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/oct/helena-kennedy-- demolition-to-start-in-november/?type=rolling) December Brookes switches to 100% recycled paper (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/dec/brookes-switches-to-100- -recycled-paper/?type=rolling) Chancellor Dame Katherine Grainger visit to Brookes (https://intranet.brookes.ac.uk/onstream/2018/dec/chancellor-dame- katherine-grainger-inspires-with-public-speaking-and-research-on-visit-to- brookes/?type=rolling) Keep in touch with all the latest staff news, events and updates on the Staff Twitter page (https://twitter.com/brookesstaff?lang=en) and browse the ‘#BrookesStaff: 2018 Highlights (https://twitter.com/BrookesStaff/status/1076100311482286081)’ twitter moment. As we move forward into 2019, don't forget to check Onstream regularly for news, events and staff experience information. Thank you for all your contributions; please continue to send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com). Update on Staff Open Forums - feedback and save the dates The latest series of Open Forums took place across all our campuses in September and were attended by around 90 colleagues who participated in valuable discussions. These informal sessions for colleagues were led by Anne-Marie Kilday, PVC Student and Staff Experience and Helen Ellis-Jones, Deputy Director of HR, and provided an opportunity to discuss the 2018 Staff Survey results and feed into the action planning process. The issues most frequently raised at the Forums covered: Catering (Wheatley) Parking and travel to work Volunteering Voluntary Severance Scheme Visibility of the Vice-Chancellor’s Group Timetabling Consultation around change
You can read further details of the questions raised here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5mBga- rqolDVTdGUDlHWXd1dHhWNnhJYkZUUlpnMDhFNU5r/view? usp=sharing).These areas will form the focus of the Staff Experience agenda and will be taken forward by the Staff Experience Steering Group. (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/staff/staff-experience/) Open Forums 2019 Save the dates for open forum sessions this semester: Wheatley: Tue 2 April, PG203, 12.00-13.00 Swindon: Wed 3 April, JOF 1.08, 12.30 - 13.30 Harcourt: Thu 4 April, F114, 14.00-15.00 Headington: Wed 10 April, JHB204, 11.00-12.00 Marston Road: Mon 15 April, MR119, 14.00-15.00 Submit a question Colleagues can continue to raise any points about the findings of the 2018 Staff Survey or submit questions about staff experience via the ‘virtual question box’ (https://docs.google.com/a/brookes.ac.uk/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAsnyruUO7Z0H1GhBLdRO7- 2w2leo7QkzIkFLtNFVkfNy45A/viewform?pli=1). All questions will receive a response from Anne-Marie Kilday and the Vice-Chancellor’s Group. Unimart Accommodation / Property to let Affordable Accommodation Tuesday, 26 March 2019 Homeshare Oxford carefully matches up older people who live in Oxfordshire, and who are looking for help or companionship at home, with another person who needs affordable accommodation, and can lend a hand. In return for the accommodation the Sharer gives the Householder up to 10 hours of their time each week as a combination of companionship and practical help. Each Homeshare match is individual and carefully agreed. It may include some cooking and light housework, help with computers and technology, maybe some shopping or gardening, spending time together over a meal or cup of tea as well as occasional trips out. The reassuring presence of another person in the house overnight is often an additional benefit for the Householder. A Homeshare match does not involve any personal care. For further information go to https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/our- services/homeshare-oxford/ Contact: Sue Holton Tel: 01865485158 Mob: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Affordable Accommodation Tuesday, 26 March 2019 Homeshare Oxford carefully matches up older people who live in Oxfordshire, and who are looking for help or companionship at home, with another person who needs affordable accommodation, and can lend a hand. In return for the accommodation the Sharer gives the Householder up to 10 hours of their time each week as a combination of companionship and practical help. Each Homeshare match is individual and carefully agreed. It may include some cooking and light housework, help with computers and technology, maybe some shopping or gardening, spending time together over a meal or cup of tea as well as occasional trips out. The reassuring presence of another person in the house overnight is often an additional benefit for the Householder. A Homeshare match does not involve any personal care. For further information go to https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/our- services/homeshare-oxford/ Contact: Sue Holton Tel: 01865485158 Mob: Email: email@example.com Classified for sale Trek FX 7.4 Hybrid Bike Thursday, 28 March 2019 New in Feb 2014 and used as my primary means of transport to and from work right up to Nov 2018 when I got my new bike. Only replaced due to me needing a bike that was more aligned to off road tracks. Quite lightweight and nimble around the city and quite fast on the open road as it has more of a flatbar fitness/road bike geometry to a full-on hybrid. Condition is pretty good for age as it had frame protection tape applied to it shortly after purchase but there is a few marks here and there f
Contact: Kieran Denton Tel: Mob: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Acer Chromebook R11 (2016 model) Wednesday, 27 March 2019 This is a 11.6 in Chromebook in 'Denim White', in excellent condition with a 360 degree hinge that allows it to be converted into a tablet. It has a 720p HD screen and a good selection of ports including HDMI and USB 3.0. It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (around 22GB is usable). It can also run many Android Apps available on the Google Play store. It will also accept full sized SD cards. Google will support this device with updates for until at least June 2021. The only thing I should mention is the internal microphone has never worked well, so I suggest using this with an external microphone or headset if you wish to use it for video calls etc. I have really enjoyed using this device for the last two years and have only replaced it because I wanted one with more RAM on board. I'm looking for £100 for this (it was around £270 new). I would request payment is made electronically rather than cash. Contact: Ray Stimpson Tel: Mob: Email: email@example.com
Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam Wednesday, 27 March 2019 Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam – 1080p recording About three years old and in full working order. Only replaced due to upgrading to dual channel front and rear dash cam. Full details found at the Nextbase website linked below. Comes with box, cables, manuals, suction mount and 32GB microSD card. Hardwire kit available online and at Halfords if you don’t want to use the included plugin 12V adapter. £50 ono Contact: Kieran Denton Tel: Mob: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Air purifier Wednesday, 20 March 2019 Air purifier with remote controller in a very good condition. I am asking for £25. Collection from Kidlington or Headington/Wheatley. Contact: Hanna Czarnecka-Nagy Tel: 01865 485704 Mob: Email: email@example.com Room to let Thursday, 14 March 2019 Good sized single room OX3 close to JR and OBU headington is a 25 min walk away. Mixed family and let household. Use of shared kitchen, lounge/diner, washing machine and WIFI. Fully furnished. Non smoker thank you. No household pets but dogs visit regularly. Sunday to Thursday considered. £550 per calendar month, all bills inc. Contact: Annamaria Plescia Tel: 07442504156
Mob: 07932923594 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org IKEA armchair £75 Monday, 11 March 2019 IKEA armchair in a very good condition. Collection from Kidlington. Contact: Hanna Czarnecka-Nagy Tel: 01865 485704 Mob: Email: email@example.com Motor for sale Classified for free Notices Finding time to write Tuesday, 19 March 2019 Looking for some space to write your research, report, grant application, or Senior Fellowship of the HEA Claim? Take advantage of OCSLD's new Writing Days, which will take place on the first Thursday of every month during semesters. The supportive environment of a Writing Day will help
you plan to meet your deadlines and increase your productivity. You should come along with a project to work on and your laptop, ready to crack on independently. Upcoming dates: 2 May 2019, Simon Williams Building, Room W2.08, Wheatley Campus 6 June 2019, Room JHB 302, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane 4 July 2019, Room CLC 2.03, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Before you attend: Please confirm that you can bring along a laptop and any resources you need to write. If you need to borrow a device, see: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/library/library-services/borrowing/google- chromebooks/ Please bring along some lunch or refreshments for yourself. Please book to attend. Fraud and Cyber Prevention Fair Sunday, 10 March 2019 What does a large yellow sofa, a shark and an award-winning member of the Inner Magic Circle all have in common! they will all be at Oxford Brookes University on Wednesday 20th March. This event which is being run by Thames Valley Police and supported by Oxford Brookes University to raise awareness of the increase in cyber fraud and scams currently taking place in our communities. With one in ten people now falling victim of some form of scam often taking place online or on the telephone, this is a unique opportunity to engage with the top leading experts in this country. The Forum area will hold host to a variety of fraud prevention organisations, who are there to provide face to face advice and answer any questions you may have. Three engaging lunchtime presentations will also be taking place in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre with Trading Standards, Take Five to Stop Fraud and the Thames Valley Police Specialist Detective in this area of expertise. Questioning the givens of academic writing across the disciplines. Thursday, 07 March 2019 What is academic writing? In this symposium we undertake a transdisciplinary stance to examining the tightly regulated practices of disciplinary writing. So doing, we will shed light on some of the hidden dynamics and tensions within. Our intention is to position academic writing as an object of inquiry from different methodological and epistemological perspectives such that alternative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to this central aspect of both student and educator everyday life might be facilitated. Whilst this will be a one-off event, we intend it to be the first step in building a research community focused on exploring different approaches to theorising and teaching writing in and across the disciplines. Starting at 10 am and finishing at 3.30 pm, the day will include: · two transdisciplinary panels on theorising and teaching writing in and across the disciplines · workshop sessions to spark ideas, dialogue and collaboration · morning coffee and lunch Venue: JHB 303, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, OX3 0BP For all queries contact: Juliet Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Questioning the givens of academic writing across the disciplines. Thursday, 07 March 2019 What is academic writing? In this symposium we undertake a transdisciplinary stance to examining the tightly regulated practices of disciplinary writing. So doing, we will shed light on some of the hidden dynamics and tensions within. Our intention is to position academic writing as an object of inquiry from different methodological and epistemological perspectives such that alternative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to this central aspect of both student and educator everyday life might be facilitated. Whilst this will be a one-off event, we intend it to be the first step in building a research community focused on exploring different approaches to theorising and teaching writing in and across the disciplines. Starting at 10 am and finishing at 3.30 pm, the day will include: · two transdisciplinary panels on theorising and teaching writing in and across the disciplines · workshop sessions to spark ideas, dialogue and collaboration · morning coffee and lunch Venue: JHB 303, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, OX3 0BP For all queries contact: Juliet Henderson email@example.com Act and Fun Children's Drama Club Wednesday, 27 February 2019 Do you children require a digital detox? At Act and Fun Drama Club, Saturdays, 10 am, Corpus Christi Church Hall, Margaret Road, Headington. Children are encouraged to release their creativity and have fun with drama, storytelling and role playing. Please contact for more information. Gaining self-confidence for public speaking Wednesday, 27 February 2019 Do you lack confidence when speaking in public? Would you like 1 to 1 sessions to help you gain confidence? 13th Theatre Company can help. 13th Theatre Company received a Do It Award from
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