Memos for: Staff

University Mail – Personal Package Collection Arrangement.

Members of staff are reminded that due to increasing volumes of mail, the University mail system should be used for official business only. In particular at this time of year, the University mail system should not be used for personal items of mail.

Personal Deliveries – Due to an increasing volume of personal deliveries (online store purchases) being made to the University Mail Room, a collection service will be implemented with effect from Monday 27th November 2017.

Staff will receive an email from the Mail Room advising them that a package has been delivered for them and they will be required to collect the parcel from the Mail Room within 48 hours.  Staff will be required to provide their valid staff ID card for collection.  Please note, parcels will only be handed over to the addressee as detailed on the parcel.   Parcels not collected within the 48 hour time frame will be returned to sender.

Any questions relating to the above, should be directed to David Hamilton, Mail Room Supervisor, in the first instance.

Your assistance with these revised arrangements is appreciated

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Evening Language Enrolments

Enrolments are now open for evening languages in semester 2, with courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish available. Details are on: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/  with instructions on how to enrol on the booking form.

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New IT Services e-newsletter

IT Services have created a new staff e-newsletter to keep you up to date with IT news, project work and information to help you make the most out of their services.

To view the first edition and/or subscribe, click on the link below: http://mailchi.mp/a0a7a6e847cc/it-services-newsletter-1-october-131555

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Access Control office closure on 5th December 2017

An advance notice that the Access Control office will be closed all day on Tuesday 5th December 2017 (08:45-17:00).
Requests received on that day for new or replacement ID cards and access changes will not be processed until Wednesday 6th December.
Requests for unplanned maintenance/repairs on doors with access control will not be dealt with on the day unless the issue is considered a health and safety or security concern.
In the event of an access control emergency, please call extension 2755.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Universal Short Title Catalogue: Creating and Exploiting a Major Bibliographical Resource

Staff and postgraduates are invited to a seminar to be led by Professor Andrew Petergree and Dr Graeme Kemp, 15 November 2017, School I, St Salvator’s Quad

The Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) is intended as an analytical tool, encompassing as many of the books published in the first age of print as we can possibly document.  It first went on line in 2011, at which point it covered the period from the beginning of print until the end of the sixteenth century.  For that period it contained information on some 362,000 identified bibliographically distinct items, and information on the location of some 1.3 million surviving copies.

Since that time we have been working to extend coverage into the seventeenth century. With this material now on line we currently provide information on some 722,000 bibliographically distinct items, and three million copies. Our extension into the seventeenth century provides an opportunity to reflect, both on what has been a long journey, and on our plans for the future of this unique digital resource.

Book Your Place

This seminar is open to all University of St Andrews staff and postgraduates. Admission is free but places must be booked in advance. Book your place by email to stlc@st-andrews.ac.uk

The seminar starts at 15:00 and will take place in School I in St Salvator’s Quad. Refreshments will be provided following the seminar.

About the Graduate School Digital Humanities Seminars

St Andrews is already active in Digital Humanities, with impressive numbers of researchers from both Arts and Science schools working, often collaboratively, on a range of impactful digital humanities projects. The purpose of the seminars is to demystify the digital humanities and encourage humanities researchers at every level to consider the digital potential of their own current or future projects. Hosted by the Graduate School at St Leonard’s College the seminars are open to all University of St Andrews staff and postgraduates.

More information about the Graduate School Digital Humanities Seminars.

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YAS@St Andrews Lunchtime Discussion – Interdisciplinary Research

The St Andrews members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) invite University staff to a lunchtime discussion with Prof Derek Woollins (VP Research) and Prof Andrew Murphy (Director, Graduate School) on the topic of interdisciplinary research.

We will be focusing not only on generating new ideas for future cross-disciplinary collaborations, but on how to convert these ideas into funded projects and on methodologies for successful interdisciplinary collaboration. We will also discuss what the University currently does to support interdisciplinary research, and what its future strategy might be.

If you would like to attend, please register here by 5pm on Wednesday 6th December. Further enquiries can be directed to Duncan Forgan (dhf3) or Alice König (arw6).

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Scotland, Europe and the End of Enlightenment

Why did so many European luminaries who had lived through the turmoil of the French Revolution turn to Scotland as a state that might represent a model for the future of the world?

On Wednesday 22nd November 2017, Professor Richard Whatmore, School of History, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture.

Professor Whatmore will explain why so many figures at the end of the eighteenth century felt that the Enlightenment had failed, and that a new beginning was necessary in politics, economics, religion and culture. Europe had been torn apart by war and revolution. Scotland appeared to offer grounds for optimism, being characterized by economic development, religious peace, and a distinctive sense of identity.

The Lecture is open to the public and all are welcome.

date:    22 November 2017

time:    5.15pm

venue: School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle

The Principal will take the chair.

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HR revised Grievance Policy

Human Resources, in consultation with our recognised Trade Unions (UCU, UNISON and UNITE), has developed a new/revised Grievance Policy which can be found here: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/policy/hr/#G

The key issues to highlight are:

  • A single document now covers all employees.
  • Emphasis on resolving disputes and complaints informally where possible.
  • Inclusion of section on mediation.
  • More user friendly and less bureaucratic.

 

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Participants wanted – Seeking Dads: For Online Child Food Study

If you are a dad of a child aged 2-4 years, we invite you to take part in a study to help understand the influence of different factors on food intake in children. The study involves completing an online questionnaires (20 minutes), and a brief task at the University of St Andrews (15 minutes). We offer a £10 Amazon voucher for completing the study.

Contact Dr Sharon Carstairs at childfoodstudy@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information and to take part.

UTREC approval code: MD12886

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Innovation Grant & PG Conference Fund (apply by 13th November)

Staff and research postgraduate students are invited to apply for funding to support:

  • Innovative projects to develop transferable skills training resources or activities for research postgraduate students (up to £2000).
  • Conferences organised by and for research postgraduates (up to £1000 of matched funding).

For more information and how to apply, see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod/funding/innovation/ The deadlines for this academic year are: 13th November and 12th March.  Students apply via the online funding portal, staff email applications directly to CAPOD.

The sorts of Innovation Grant projects that have been funded in the past include a new text-encoding workshop, an animal handling skills course, and developing a new online academic journal, but the aim is to encourage a creative approach to transferable skills development, so let your imagination run wild!

If you are interested in running an academic conference for postgraduates to present their research, you can apply to the PG Conference Fund.  Key conditions are that GRADskills will only match funding already awarded, and applicants must attend the Conference planning for postgraduates workshop or have similar training or relevant experience.

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