Subject: Campus Update

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Campus update
Campus Update is a fortnightly all-staff email keeping you up to date with news from around the University. Here, you'll find important messages for staff, as well as some highlights from our community and events.
The Vice-Chancellor's blog  December 2018
In her last blog of 2018, the Vice-Chancellor reflects on some of her personal highlights of the year, and offers her thanks and season's greetings to everyone in our community.
Guardian University Awards 2019
Applications are open for the annual Guardian University Awards, which celebrate excellence and innovation across the higher education sector. The discounted early bird period runs until 31 January 2019, and all applications close on Friday 15 February 2019. Awards include research impact, teaching excellence, the student experience and internationalisation.
Campus Solutions implementation: transition period
As we move to complete the final implementation of Campus Solutions across December, Professor Andy Long, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, has written to all staff asking for help and support in ensuring a smooth transition so that this new system is operational from the new calendar year.
The Lifestyle discount programme
Contracted staff at UoN can now access the University's new Lifestyle discount programme, which provides access to over 6,000 discounts and offers at local and national retailers. This expanded offer replaces the Edenred discount site. Don't forget, you also now have access to the Employee Assistance Programme (a confidential 24/7 service offering advice and support on a range of personal and workplace issues).
Supporting new and expectant parents
The University has committed to the Working Forward pledge, a national campaign run by the Equality and Human Rights Commission that focuses on improving practice to support expectant and new parents. New guidance for staff and managers to help support breastmilk expressing at work is now available, and dedicated facilities have been identified to provide a private, hygienic and secure area for breastfeeding staff and students to express and store breastmilk, or to feed their baby if they prefer to use a private location.
Reverse mentoring scheme
To support equality, diversity and inclusion the University is starting a new 'reverse mentoring' scheme, 'ReMEDI', which staff are invited to participate in. Reverse mentoring is when a person in a senior position is mentored by someone in a more junior position. The ReMEDI project will pair University staff and students from black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds with senior staff and student leaders who are white or from a different ethnic background. The project aims to give staff and students in leadership roles a better insight into what it is like to be a BME member of staff or student at the University.
Wonder 2019  express your interest in delivering an activity
The next Wonder event will take place on Saturday 15 June 2019, providing a stimulating day of discovery, play and learning, that showcases the best of what we do at the University. This year's event will be themed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of the Elements. We're currently inviting activity proposals which link subjects to the elements — whatever the field of study and interest. If you'd like to get involved this year, please let us know by submitting a proposal by Friday 15 February 2019.
Disability December
Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, has written a new blog about Disability December and the impact that living with a disability can have upon working or studying.
WasteNott campaign: first progress report
The first WasteNott report shows some early progress in our drive to reduce single-use plastic waste at the University of Nottingham  including that the use of reusable cups on campus has saved more than 10,500 disposable cups being thrown away since the start of session.
Spotlight on... our international campuses
The University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNMC) has appointed Professor Andy Chan as the Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering following the recent merger of the two faculties. Read more on the UNMC news site.

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) Symphony Orchestra has been awarded first place in the 2018 Zhejiang College Student Art Festival, in both the orchestra and choir categories. Read more on the UNNC news site.

Event of the week Wild Campus: book launch and presentation
Join us 6pm-7:30pm, Tuesday 18 December for the launch of 'Wild Campus'  a new book exploring the amazing variety of wildlife in the urban green spaces around the University of Nottingham.
And finally...
Actor, dancer, model and Mencap campaigner Sarah Gordy MBE is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham during today's Faculty of Arts winter graduation ceremony. In doing so, she will become the first person with Down's Syndrome to be recognised with an honorary degree by a UK university. Sarah is an inspirational role model who has challenged attitudes and preconceptions towards people with learning disabilities through high profile roles in theatre, film and television.
But that's not all...
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