FD bulletin

FD Bulletin – June 2024

Email sent to all FD staff from Ann Allen, Director of Campus Innovation and Development, on Tuesday 4 June. 

We are in one of the busiest times of the year for staff and students, with exams and assessments underway, plus planning for graduations. Many of you will be involved in this one way or another. Thanks in advance for everything you do to make this happen.

Action: Staff Pulse Survey

Last year the University ran an extensive staff survey to understand what matters most to you, what’s working and what’s not. It covered a range of themes including equity, diversity and inclusion, ways of working and leadership, and an action plan was published in December.

The FD has made excellent progress to build on learning from its own results, particularly through the publication of the People & Culture strategy and the excellent work of the Staff Voice group. You can read about those initiatives and all the other activity related to our staff survey results in this Spotlight on the Facilities Directorate published on the Employee Engagement Survey Hub.

The University is shortly launching a ‘pulse’ survey in June, a follow-up, shorter set of questions to sense-check how people are feeling and what they think about actions being taken following the staff survey. Senior teams – including the FD’s – want to hear from you so we can make informed choices about what happens next, and identify where to prioritise focus.

Look out for more information through the weekly eNews staff bulletin. As with the staff survey, you’ll receive an email linking to the questionnaire and paper copies will be available. Your heads of service can answer any questions. Please take this opportunity to let us know what you think.

Staff Voice update

Following neatly on…I was delighted to hear from Staff Voice reps at the FD senior management team meeting last month. Reps also presented at the Residential Services away day. If you’re interested in Staff Voice presenting to your team, please contact your Staff Voice representative.

It was fantastic to hear about their ‘you said, we did’ approach, including:

  • Cutlery and cleaning supplies restocked in staff kitchens areas and a refresh of the showers in the FD building. Decaf coffee now supplied at all catered meetings.
  • The physical and virtual Staff Voice suggestion boxes you’ll find across campus now have a process in place to manage the suggestions and ideas to ensure everything is read and considered.
  • Awareness raising continues with posters, flyers and banners across campus in FD staff areas.
  • The group will be at this year’s Staff Festival – go and say hello!

Senior team update

I’m delighted to share that following a competitive recruitment process, Michael Longstaff has been appointed Deputy Director for Campus Services and Engagement and Sam Glenister-Batey has been appointed Deputy Director for Commercial and Business Development. These are key roles in Rob Wadsworth’s area of the FD.

We will also be welcoming Geoff Brown to the University as Head of Community Safety & Campus Security from Monday 2 September.

We will share an update on recruitment to a third role in Rob’s area – Deputy Director for Campus Experiences, Residences and Sport – as soon as we can.


The University and LUU had much to celebrate at the recent Leeds Sports Awards including a highly commended award for our Head of Swimming Jacob Greenhalgh in the Performance Coach of the Year category. The University sponsored the Inspirational Community Champion award, lending its support to celebrating sport in the wider community.

The North Hill Well Wood Project – a joint initiative from Residential Services, Unite and others – has been awarded a Wildlife Gardening Award by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in recognition of the work undertaken for encouraging wildlife on site. Congratulations to Mike Leonard and team. You can read more about Mike’s work in this article.

Working with students

We recently collaborated with LUU on a new green plaques initiative to support and celebrate student achievement. As you know – and as I said in my introduction to our business plan – we are here to support the University Strategy and to help students flourish and succeed. I’m really pleased that we could be a part of this and my thanks to Leigh Marklew and Matt Shevlin in the comms team for all their work.

Technicians Network

I wanted to draw your intention to this group, which has a really useful focus on skills exchange and professional development. The term ‘technician’ is very broad and in the FD might include colleagues in Print & Mail, Energy, Grounds & Gardens, Energy and Sustainability. Meeting colleagues with similar roles is always helpful, so please do get involved if it sounds relevant to you. Romain Cames from Sustainability is closely involved and I’m sure would be happy to answer any questions. You can find out more about upcoming sessions on the Technician Network intranet pages.

Finally, I hope you’ll be able to attend the Staff Festival on Friday 28 June. Bookings are open for workshops ranging from cocktail making to upcycling! Let’s hope the sun is shining!


Ann Allen
Director of Campus Innovation and Development