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.
University-wide Race Equality Charter survey to take place in May
Staff and students are invited to contribute their views to the University’s largest-ever survey into racial equality on campus. The Race Equality Charter Survey launches on Tuesday 7 May and will help inform how the University can better support the learning experience and working environment for black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and students. It will also support the University’s application for Race Equality Charter (Bronze) status in summer as part of its commitment to support equality, diversity and inclusion.
Brexit
Currently, the UK remains a member of the European Union with its associated rights and responsibilities until Thursday 31 October 2019 or sooner if a Withdrawal Agreement is ratified. As the potential date of the UK's exit from the EU approaches, this continues to be an unsettling time for staff and students in our community, as much as the nation at large. The University’s Brexit webpages have been updated with the latest information, including dedicated sections for staff, students and researchers, and will be updated as further information becomes available.
Times Higher Education Awards
Nominations are now open for the annual Times Higher Education Awards. The annual 'Oscars of Higher Education' celebrate excellence in research, teaching, student support and international practice across the sector. Colleagues are encouraged to consider nominations that would profile the excellence found across our University. 
Performance Related Reward: focus groups
Staff are invited to join further focus groups in early May to help shape potential changes to Performance Related Reward, following valuable insights received from staff during the initial workshops in January. These latest sessions will share the developing Performance Related Reward work and invite further feedback and input from colleagues.
Mental wellbeing — Minding the Mind 2019
Staff are invited to attend a series of workshops and events to support mental health as part of the University’s fourth annual Month of the Mind. Workshops include exercises and techniques to address insomnia, anxiety and improve mental wellbeing.
Study support assistance
The University is trialling a new project, which sees the recruitment of 10 Study Support Assistants during the revision and assessment period. These colleagues will be available across student service centres to provide students with advice on managing coursework and revision schedules, and for coping with exam stress.
Information security training
Colleagues will now have received an email from 'UoN Information Security' containing a new set of training modules to support information security across the University. Please spare 30 minutes to study the new modules, which cover data protection and destruction, and data security while travelling.
Clearing and Adjustment — volunteers welcomed
The Admissions team is currently planning for the annual Clearing and Adjustment event. Recruitment is a key part of the University's business and the team is looking for administrative staff volunteers to work on our Clearing Hotline in August. The continued support from administrative staff from across the University is always a big factor in helping run a successful Clearing and Adjustment operation and we really appreciate any help that colleagues can provide.
Spotlight on... our international campuses
  • The University of Nottingham Malaysia held its second staff engagement day on Tuesday 26 March 2019. Read more.
  • The University of Nottingham Ningbo China celebrated its 15th birthday in style at an event in early April. Read more.
Event of the week: Gender equality in science — why is it still so slow?
The progression of women academics across nearly all scientific organisations is significantly hindered when compared to men. Recent years have seen some progress in understanding the principle factors behind this phenomenon. There has also been progress in schemes designed to address the lack of women in senior scientific positions. These schemes have also met with some resistance which, in itself, has been revealing of the reasons why there is such a difference in the progression rates of men and women in science. In this lecture, Professor Paul Walton, University of York, discusses why these resistances arise, what can be done about them, and what they reveal about gender inequality in universities. This event takes place at 2pm, Wednesday 24 April. Booking is required.
And finally...
Scientists in the UK and Malaysia have discovered the world's tallest tropical tree, and possibly the largest flowering plant, measuring over 100 metres high  laid down, it would extend beyond both goals on a football pitch. The team found the tree in the rainforests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, and have undertaken a novel three-dimensional exploration of the remarkable find.
But that's not all...
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