Course Leader Network Event

“Course Leadership and Course teams – the National Picture”, led by Dr Rowena Senior, Aston University

Rowena will cover Academic development and CPD provision being put in place to meet the needs of Course Leaders. She will also consider how Course Leaders (and course teams) might work most effectively together to deliver excellent student experiences.

When: Wednesday 16 May, 12.30 – 14.00, lunch will be provided
Venue: EE2021

Registration

Staff will need to register via the online booking system on the University’s website which is located in the Your Online Services once you have logged in to the staff page.

Comms Charity Nail Bar, this Friday afternoon

Fancy a treat ahead of the weekend? Communications colleagues will be hosting a nail bar this Friday, 3-6pm. Come along to Woodbury WB 112 to get your nails painted, from only £5 – there’ll be lots of colours to choose from! All money will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Book your appointment slot by emailing communications@worc.ac.uk

Varsity 2018 is here!

We’re now into the second week of Varsity and are gearing up for one of the standout events – Arena Day!

Hundreds of spectators will be in attendance as teams from Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Futsal, Basketball, and Netball take part in a bumper day of fixtures at the University Arena. Hopes are high for #TeamWorc as our athletes look to regain the Varsity trophy and bring it back home to Worcester.

A full list of fixtures can be viewed on the #TeamWorc Facebook page or on the Students’ Union website.

Staff interested in attending any of the events can buy their tickets directly from the Students’ Union Welcome Desk.

#TeamWorc #RatherBeASauce

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Recruitment underway for 2018-19 Institute Reps

Recruitment is underway for Institute Reps for the 2018-19 academic year.

If you know a student who has been a good Course Rep, or who you think would be ideal for the role, please encourage them to consider being an Institute Rep and take on the challenge of representing students at Institute level.

Students interested in the role will need to complete a short application and attend an interview with the SU and relevant Academic Rep Coordinator.

Successful applicants will be eligible to claim a bursary of £150 per semester in recognition of the time and commitment required.

Any students interested in the role should visit https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice or email Euan Morrison – VP Education at e.morrison@worc.ac.uk for more information. Applications close 27 April.

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Library news

Library news: essay mills and plagiarism

Essay writing services are targeting our students on the streets outside our campuses and via social media. Please can all academic staff take the opportunity to remind students at all levels that using essay writing services is completely forbidden. A recent blog post by Library Services addresses the issue and directs students towards the many services and resources available that can help them to complete their assignments by themselves.


Library news: trials of new resources; services for alumni

We are currently trialling a variety of new resources. Please take a look and let us know your feedback on the survey for each resource:

Martindale’s and Stockley’s Drug Reference and Interactions: Martindale is the complete drug reference, Stockley’s is the most comprehensive reference book on drug interactions available. The trial is live until 24 April.

Feedback questionnaire for Martindale’s. Feedback questionnaire for Stockley’s.

New York Times: every issue from the very first to the present day. The trial is live until 22 April.
Please follow the log in instructions if you want to access NYT off-campus. You have to register on-campus first. Feedback questionnaire.

Sage Research Methods Core: what every researcher needs. Find resources to answer your research methods and statistics questions. The trial is live until 21 April. Feedback questionnaire.

Sage Video Education Collection: over 500 videos offering a practical view into a full range of teaching settings and situations, from early years to educational leadership. The trial is live until 21 April. Feedback questionnaire.

Social Work Toolkit: develop the knowledge, core skills and confidence to succeed on your social work course and placements. The trial is live until 20 April. Feedback questionnaire.

Services for alumni

Library Services have emailed all final year students confirming which library services will continue to be available for them after they have graduated. These include borrowing rights for books as well as continued access to a selected set of journals. More information is available on the Library Services website: library.worc.ac.uk/services/alumni


Library news: resource list rollover

We are rolling over Resource Lists (Talis Aspire) at 4pm on Friday 11th May for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is where we take your 2017/18 list and copy it to the new academic year.  Do not make any changes to your lists from the above date and time until you have been notified rollover is complete.

After rollover the new 2018/19 list will be available in draft and should be sent for review and published by 1st August for Semester 1 so that new items can be ordered in time.

What do I need to do now?

  • Ensure all your current 2017/18 lists are published.  Anything in draft will not be rolled over, though Library Services will endeavour to do a final check to catch anything.
  • Do not make copies of your new list and attach to the new academic year – this is automatically done for you.
  • Do not make any changes to your lists from 4pm on Friday 11th May until rollover is complete (maximum rollover time is 48 hours). You will receive an email to confirm rollover has completed.

What do I do after rollover?

  • After rollover, go to http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk and log-in. You cannot see your new draft list unless you are logged in.
  • Find your 2018/19 list and add to My Lists. (We recommend you remove your 2017/18 lists from My Lists when the current academic year is complete).
  • In the Edit view of your 2018/19 list, make any needed changes, then press Request Review (so we can order anything necessary) and then press Publish (to make the list visible to students). Please note lists should be updated by 1st August for Semester 1 so that new items can be ordered in time.
  • If you will be teaching a module with an existing Resource List and need to change ownership of the list you can do so by clicking Edit and then Assign List Owner, and selecting Assign to me in the pop-up box. You do not need any additional editing rights to make these changes but will need to have created a profile in Talis Aspire.
  • If the module lead for 2018/19 is not known at the end of this academic year, then the outgoing module tutor should take responsibility for publishing the rolled over Resource List. The incoming tutor should not change the Recommended for Purchase text, or remove any Essential Reading. They can add Essential and Further Reading and otherwise shape the list structure to suit their teaching.

Is that it?

  • Yes, except for making any necessary changes to URLs in your module guides or handbooks. The URL should be in the format http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk/search.html?q=ABCD1234, where ABCD1234 is your module code
  • The new Resource List will be linked into the 2018/19 Blackboard module once available.

Need any help?

We have webpages with step-by-step guides and videos available here.

Your Academic Liaison Librarian is also on hand to help you with any enquiries, either via email, over the phone, or visiting you in your office.

Race Day at Worcester Racecourse

RAG and the Students’ Union are delighted to announce the return of the Student Race Day on Thursday 10 May!

After the success of the RAG Worcester Race Day in 2017, our RAG Committee has arranged a further Race Day on Thursday 10 May at Worcester Racecourse. The 10th May marks the season opener in the Worcester racing calendar and promises to be an exciting afternoon, with a total of seven jump races.

Students and staff from the University of Worcester are all invited. Tickets are available for staff at the discounted price of £12 and include entry, and one free drink and a pie. Each ticket sold will see 80p donated to our chosen RAG charity, The Alzheimer’s Society, with the intention of raising a total of £300 on the day.

Further information and terms & conditions are available via the Students’ Union website – www.worcsu.com

Race Day A3 (Staff Final)

International nurses day 2018

Institute of health and society pre-registration nursing is holding its 11th nurses day event.

Tuesday 8 May 10.00-14.00 main reception St John’s Campus.

Come and have a health check-up given by student nurses, in a screened area. Have your blood pressure, peak flow (measurement of exhaled breath), temperature taken.

Also visit our mental health awareness stall.

We look forward to seeing you.

Hive events

Readings from #MeToo: rallying against sexual assault and harassment.

Just a little reminder about the event going on TOMORROW, Tuesday 17th April. I shall host Deborah Alma, the editor of the very recently published #MeToo anthology for an evening of poetry and discussion. There will be readings from the collection and a discussion about the therapeutic and restorative effects of poetry. This event is free, and will take place in the Studio at The Hive, 7.00pm-8.30pm. We warmly invite colleagues, students and members of the public to join us; please feel free to share this information widely with your networks. Books will be available for purchase. Further details about the anthology can be found below. We hope to see you there.

All best wishes,

Katy Wareham Morris.

#MeToo

Fair Acre Press have recently published a women’s poetry anthology, #MeToo celebrating the new language created by the global movement, which finally meant voices were heard and recognised; a collection that ranges from devastating truths to defiant upsurges of emotions against power, manipulation and control. This is a collection about sisterhood and hope; two small words speak of a million stories. The #MeToo movement is a breakthrough in women’s liberation, demanding a new direction; this book is an artefact of those changing times. All of the proceeds from the book are going to Women’s Aid.

Deborah Alma is Honorary Research Fellow at Keele Univeristy and the Emergency Poet. She is editor of Emergency Poet – an anti-stress poetry anthology and The Everyday Poet – Poems to live by. Her pamphlet, Tales of the Countryside is published by The Emma Press (2016), and her first full collection, Dirty Laundry is being published by Nine Arches Press in May 2018.


Author Spotlight – Alex Christofi – Thursday 26 April

Alex ChristofiJoin us for an evening talk with Betty Trask Prize-winning author Alex Christofi. Alex will be talking about his latest novel Let Us Be True. Let Us Be True charts the lives of two extraordinary characters through an era of great uncertainty, from the war and its aftermath to the deadly unrest of 1960s Paris, and his journey to becoming a published writer.

Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm to 9pm

£5 per person (free for students)

Book tickets


Henry Normal – Raining Upwards – Wednesday 16 May

poetry on loan‘Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines’ – Hannah Verdier, The Guardian.
The show Raining Upwards is both funny and poignant, exploring everything from before the big bang, to life, the universe, infinity and beyond.

Wednesday 16 May, 7 – 8.30pm.

£10 per person. £5 for concessions.

Book ticket


Writing comedy for TV and Film – a workshop with Henry Normal – Wednesday 16 May

Participate in a workshop with the hugely talented Henry Normal who has been working in TV and film for 25 years. Henry was co-writer of the Royale Family, Mrs Merton, Paul Calf, Coogan’s Run and the film the Parole Officer as well as producer of Gavin and Stacey, the Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy and the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa and Philomena. Needless to say, Henry knows his comedy!

Wednesday 16 May, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

£15 per person (price includes a free ticket for Henry’s ‘Raining Upwards’ performance in the evening)

Book ticket

Pilates classes and Physiotherapy

Pilates Classes

206 Pilates will be starting a new block of classes from Tuesday 17 April. The classes are held in the Thomas Telford building on the St John’s campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15-2:15pm. The classes run in approximately 6-8 week blocks, at a cost of £6/class. If you would like more information, or to book a class, please contact Mindy Davey at enquiries@206therapy.co.uk or on 07515723554.

Physiotherapy

206 Physiotherapy is based in the McClelland Centre on the City campus of the University. Rachel Stevens and Mindy Davey are Chartered Physiotherapists with over 20 years of experience between them. They treat a wide variety of injuries, muscle and joint complaints, and have a special interest in sports injuries. A reduced rate is available for University of Worcester staff. If you have any queries, or would like to book an appointment, you can contact us at enquiries@206therapy.co.uk or on 01905 857521.

Share and Inspire – Improving Direct Entry and Foundation Degree/HND Student Transitions to Honours Degrees

Thursday 7 June 12:15-14:00 (lunch available from 1200)

Room: SJC, Conference Centre, CC004 (Worcester Room)

Description: This Share and Inspire session will outline the key findings from a University retention and success project aimed at improving the transition experiences of Direct Entry, Foundation Degree and HND students who progress to Top-Up/Honours Degrees.

Sector research (e.g. French, Kempson and Kendal, 2015; Thomas, 2002; Thomas, 2012; Yorke and Longden, 2008) identifies a number of key transition points in the undergraduate student journey and that experiences prior to and at these points can have consequences for student satisfaction, progression, retention and achievement. Findings from this project suggest differences in students’ experience of transition to Top-Up/direct entry to L5/L6 of Honours Degrees at course/discipline level and that this represents a particular point of transition that may have some similar as well as distinct student needs in comparison to the ‘typical’ Honours Degree student. In particular, their transition can involve changes in culture, purpose, and connectedness and this may challenge their resourcefulness and capabilities to succeed.

This session will identify the key challenges and factors that may impede successful transition, provide the opportunity for you to share your own experiences and best practice in managing effective transitions and will showcase some initiatives from Institutes which aim to improve the student’s transition experience and promote student success.

It is particularly relevant to course leaders and anyone else seeking to further develop their approaches to support transition for students on HNDs, Foundation Degrees or ‘Top-Up’ Degrees or those who have direct entry students joining undergraduate courses at Level 5 or Level 6 of the Honours Degree.

Please book onto the workshop via the staff development portal under ‘your online services’ and select ‘academic development’ from the dropdown menu.

Share and Inspire: Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision

24 April 2018

12:30pm – 14:00pm, lunch will be available from 12:15pm

I would like to invite you to the first ‘Share and Inspire’ session to focus on the sharing of best practice in doctoral level supervision. The session will be held on Tuesday 24 April from 12:30-14:00 and will include a series of short talks from experienced supervisors across Institutes. Talks will focus on: transforming early PhD proposals, supporting students in developing philosophical foundations for doctoral study, inter-institute supervision, working in supervisory teams, and the role of coaching as an alternative model of doctoral supervision (see programme attached). The session will also highlight some of the developments in the research supervisor training programme at University of Worcester.

Please book onto the workshop via the staff development portal under ‘your online services’ and select ‘academic development’ from the dropdown menu.

Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring Life-long and Life-wide Learning University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Conference 13-14 June 2018

Call for papers

The theme for the University of Worcester Learning and Teaching 2018 conference is:  Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring life-long and life-wide learning.

In today’s culture of increasing accountability in Higher Education, this conference seeks to explore the opportunities for unlocking student potential. There are numerous strategies to inspire life-long learners, including authentic learning experiences, working in partnerships and sharing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

The Conference will include a panel discussion on breaking boundaries and keynote lectures from:

Eric Stoller – A higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker. He frequently gives keynotes on how educators can use social media for learning and engagement and is a proponent for teaching students about digital identity development.

You can get a taste of Eric’s work on his blog at http://ericstoller.com/blog/

Luke Millard – The Director of Educational Development Service at Birmingham City University; he is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and was Chair of the European First Year Experience conference in 2017.

We invite proposals which showcase teaching practice that encourages independent, holistic and continuous learning from those who work and study at the University of Worcester, partner colleges and beyond.

Abstract proposals and Titles for Ignite, should be submitted using the linked form.  Abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations should be no more than 250 words. A title and key words should be submitted for the Ignite presentations.

You are invited to submit an abstract to be presented in one of the following formats:

Ignite format – no more than 5 slides delivered in a short (max 5 minutes) session. Q&A will be at the end of all session along with networking opportunities. See www.ignitetalks.io for more information

Oral presentation – a presentation of no more than 12 minutes in duration with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A

Poster – specific guidance on the final layout and formatting will be provided upon notification of acceptance.

Although the conference committee aims to accommodate as many applications as possible, this is a selective process and spaces are limited. Where space is very limited in a particular strand, applicants may be asked to present in a different format to their original submission.

You will also need to register to attend the event in order to contribute to the conference; further information will be sent out in due course.

Criteria for acceptance

In order to be selected for the conference, your proposed contribution will need to:

  • Have clear relevance to the overall conference title and agenda
  • Be written with clarity so that the content is easily understood by the review panel and by conference delegates
  • Be of interest to conference delegates by describing practice or research from which others might learn
  • Ensure accuracy of citations, where these are used.

The closing date for submissions to the conference has been extended to Friday 11 May 2018. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

For further information please contact ltconference@worc.ac.uk.

Comedy Night at The Hangar returns next week!

Thursday 26 April will see some of the UK comedy circuits finest talents joining us for two hours of laugh out loud entertainment.

Host Comedian – Joey Page

Joey Page has spent the last few years bouncing around the comedy circuit. Supporting the likes of Josie Long, Noel Fielding, John Richardson and Simon Munnery, he has caught the eye of many a peer and punter. With his flamboyant rock star dress sense and excitable yet likeable personality, he has been described as ‘one of the most unique and memorable acts in the business’.

Host Comedian – Matt Stellingwerf

A Hamilton-born and Wanganui-raised farmer’s son from New Zealand, Matt originally trained as a criminologist; he is also an award-winning bar fly, a genuinely lovely guy, and a man full of contradictions. Luckily, he’s also very very funny. He is clearly destined for big things, so in the future when you see him on TV, you can boast that you saw him in person.

Headline Comedian – The Noise Next Door

The U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe has taken the comedy world by storm. Ten time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. The Noise Next Door have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, they were nominated for a Chortle Award in 2014, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill. This is one seriously funny act that is not to be missed!

Tickets are on sale now at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk from just £5!

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night out!

Comedy picture

External Examiner Follow up Workshop

22 May 2018
14:00 – 15:30
EE G021

“This workshop is most appropriate for those who have recently secured an external examiner post for the first time or those looking for additional support in conducting their external examiner duties. We will be focussing on your experiences to date as a new external examiner, the types and levels of support you have received from the institution and facilitate discussions around expectations and best practice. At the heart of the workshop is a practical session on writing your first external examiner report. We will provide examples of such reports for your consideration so that you can identify best practice to inform your writing.”

Members of staff can sign up on the Staff Development Workshop page.

Cultural destruction film screening

Dr Jodie Lewis, Course leader in Archaeology & Heritage Studies ISE, has organised a special screening of the recent documentary film ‘The Destruction of Memory’. The film looks at the urgent issue of cultural destruction in countries including Syria and Iraq and the efforts made to halt this process. The film is c.90 minutes long and film’s website is here http://destructionofmemoryfilm.com/

The film has won multiple awards and been screened around the world at festivals, museums and universities including the British Museum, Harvard, Brown, Cornell and Oxford over recent months, to name a few. The American writer, director and producer of the film, Tim Slade, will be at the screening to introduce his film and answer questions afterwards.

The screening will take place this Friday 13 April at 18:30pm in EE G087 (the Urwin Lecture Theatre) – all are welcome to attend but we recommend arriving by 18:15 to get a seat.

Open Access blackboard

Dear All,
Open Access is a major player in the research agenda and scholarly publishing landscape. An initial motivation to accelerate research and enrich education has been appreciated by the major founding bodies worldwide. As a part of our preparation for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) exercise we have launched the open access blackboard site. It provides depositing and synchronising guidelines as well as the answers to many of the questions we have received about open access and our repository Worcester Research and Publications (WRaP).
Please enrol using the link below:
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
WRaP team

ISE Research Seminar Series

Thursday April 12th 1.15  EE1057
Bird use of solar farms
Rob Shotton, MRes student, UW
Thursday April 19th 1.15  EE1057
Sharks and tourists:
“I think we’re going to need a bigger boat”
Dr. Nigel Hardiman, formerly UW Business School
Thursday April 26th 1.15  EE1057
The Glorious Resolution!
How ultra high resolution data is changing river science
Rebecca Collins, PhD student/Sessional Lecturer, UW

Yoga – Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm

Burn off those Easter eggs at a Vinyasa yoga class on Tuesday! Join Lovetree Yoga every week on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45pm in Gym 1. All levels of experience welcome! Mats are provided and you are welcome to bring your own. Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or purchase a 5 class pass for £35. Remember that your first class is half price so perfect if you’re unsure and would like to have a go! The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk.  yoga

Share and Inspire: Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision

24 April 2018
12:30pm – 14:00pm, lunch will be available from 12:15pm
I would like to invite you to the first ‘Share and Inspire’ session to focus on the sharing of best practice in doctoral level supervision. The session will be held on Tuesday 24 April from 12:30-14:00 and will include a series of short talks from experienced supervisors across Institutes. Talks will focus on: transforming early PhD proposals, supporting students in developing philosophical foundations for doctoral study, inter-institute supervision, working in supervisory teams, and the role of coaching as an alternative model of doctoral supervision (see programme attached). The session will also highlight some of the developments in the research supervisor training programme at University of Worcester.
Please book onto the workshop via the staff development portal under ‘your online services’ and select ‘academic development’ from the dropdown menu.

Share and Inspire – Improving Direct Entry and Foundation Degree/HND Student Transitions to Honours Degrees

Thursday 7 June 12:15-14:00 (lunch available from 1200)

Room: SJC, Conference Centre, CC004 (Worcester Room)

Description: This Share and Inspire session will outline the key findings from a University retention and success project aimed at improving the transition experiences of Direct Entry, Foundation Degree and HND students who progress to Top-Up/Honours Degrees.

Sector research (e.g. French, Kempson and Kendal, 2015; Thomas, 2002; Thomas, 2012; Yorke and Longden, 2008) identifies a number of key transition points in the undergraduate student journey and that experiences prior to and at these points can have consequences for student satisfaction, progression, retention and achievement. Findings from this project suggest differences in students’ experience of transition to Top-Up/direct entry to L5/L6 of Honours Degrees at course/discipline level and that this represents a particular point of transition that may have some similar as well as distinct student needs in comparison to the ‘typical’ Honours Degree student. In particular, their transition can involve changes in culture, purpose, and connectedness and this may challenge their resourcefulness and capabilities to succeed.

This session will identify the key challenges and factors that may impede successful transition, provide the opportunity for you to share your own experiences and best practice in managing effective transitions and will showcase some initiatives from Institutes which aim to improve the student’s transition experience and promote student success.

It is particularly relevant to course leaders and anyone else seeking to further develop their approaches to support transition for students on HNDs, Foundation Degrees or ‘Top-Up’ Degrees or those who have direct entry students joining undergraduate courses at Level 5 or Level 6 of the Honours Degree.

Please book onto the workshop via the staff development portal under ‘your online services’ and select ‘academic development’ from the dropdown menu.

Degree Classification – Free Resource Available

 

The Students’ Union is currently promoting our annual degree classification campaign. The campaign helps students understand how their degree is classified and encourages them to achieve their full potential.

Students can find us on campus in the following locations to ask any questions they might have about degree classifications:

Monday 9th April – 12-2pm – Charles Hastings

Tuesday 17th April – 12-2pm – Peirson

We would also like to offer staff the opportunity to order our A5 leaflet, which simply and clearly explains degree classification.

You can order copies via our website – https://www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice/staff/

 

Comedy Night Returns to The Hangar

The Students’ Union is delighted to announce that Comedy Night is returning to The Hangar!

Thursday 26th April will see some of the UK comedy circuits finest talents joining us for two hours of laugh out loud entertainment.

Host Comedian – Joey Page

Joey Page has spent the last few years bouncing around the comedy circuit. Supporting the likes of Josie Long, Noel Fielding, and John Richardson, he has caught the eye of many a peer and punter. With his flamboyant rock star dress sense and excitable yet likeable personality, he has been described as ‘one of the most unique and memorable acts in the business’.

Host Comedian – Matt Stellingwerf

A Hamilton-born and Wanganui-raised farmer’s son from New Zealand, Matt originally trained as a criminologist; he is also an award-winning bar fly, a genuinely lovely guy, and a man full of contradictions. Luckily, he’s also very very funny. He is clearly destined for big things, so in the future when you see him on TV, you can boast that you saw him in person.

Headline Comedian – The Noise Next Door

The U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe has taken the comedy world by storm. Ten time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. The Noise Next Door have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, they were nominated for a Chortle Award in 2014, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill. This is one seriously funny act that is not to be missed!

Early bird tickets are on sale now at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk for just £5. Tickets will be available on the door for £7.

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night out!

Comedy picture

Managing online group work in Blackboard

11 April 2018 – 10.15 – 11.45am

group work

The groups tool in Blackboard provides a powerful way of setting up and managing group work within the VLE. This workshop will work through the various options for creating online groups and their individual merits and look at the different tools and options that can be assigned to groups. Participants will be engaged both as group members to experience the student view and also as tutors setting up and organising their own groups to gain an all-round appreciation of the group function.

Only two spaces left! Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page. Learning & Teaching Technology Unit – eos@worc.ac.uk

Objectivity does not require the elimination of subjectivity – IHS Seminar

6 July 2018 (12.00 – 13.30)

St John’s Campus, University of Worcester

Speaker: John Paley

John Paley, who was formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Stirling, is now busily retired. John writes on topics related to philosophy and health care, including research methods, evidence, complexity, spirituality, the post-Francis debate about compassion, and nursing ethics. He is author of Phenomenology as Qualitative Research: A Critical Analysis of Meaning Attribution (2017 – Routledge).

Anyone who has ever read a book on qualitative methods will have come across criticisms of objectivism, positivism, post-positivism, and reductionism, all of which are allegedly sins of quantitative methods and other scientific approaches (including evidence-based medicine). One especially popular view relates to ‘objectivism’. It involves the claim that all researchers have certain characteristics which make objectivity impossible. That is: because they are human beings, researchers cannot help but have opinions, emotions, values, biases, predispositions and feelings. They make assumptions, including political and cultural assumptions; they are dogmatic and ideological. Quantitative researchers, like everybody else, are replete with a human subjectivity from which they cannot escape and which they cannot just decide to cancel. So eliminating subjectivity, or dislodging it, or detaching oneself from it, is impossible. Which means that objectivity is impossible, too. This paper, in contrast, suggests that the ‘objectivity is impossible’ argument is based on a false premise. Objectivity does not require that we free ourselves of interpretation, judgment, values and prejudice. It does not require the elimination of subjectivity. What it does require is not only humanly possible but humanly necessary.

This seminar is free of charge

To book a place please contact: Joanne Fleet: e-mail: j.fleet@worc.ac.uk tel: 01905 85 5147

Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring Life-long and Life-wide Learning University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Conference 13-14 June 2018

Call for papers

The theme for the University of Worcester Learning and Teaching 2018 conference is:  Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring life-long and life-wide learning.

In today’s culture of increasing accountability in Higher Education, this conference seeks to explore the opportunities for unlocking student potential. There are numerous strategies to inspire life-long learners, including authentic learning experiences, working in partnerships and sharing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

The Conference will include a panel discussion on breaking boundaries and keynote lectures from:

Eric Stoller – A higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker. He frequently gives keynotes on how educators can use social media for learning and engagement and is a proponent for teaching students about digital identity development.

You can get a taste of Eric’s work on his blog at http://ericstoller.com/blog/

Luke Millard – The Director of Educational Development Service at Birmingham City University; he is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and was Chair of the European First Year Experience conference in 2017.

We invite proposals which showcase teaching practice that encourages independent, holistic and continuous learning from those who work and study at the University of Worcester, partner colleges and beyond.

Abstract proposals and Titles for Ignite, should be submitted using the linked form.  Abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations should be no more than 250 words. A title and key words should be submitted for the Ignite presentations.

You are invited to submit an abstract to be presented in one of the following formats:

Ignite format – no more than 5 slides delivered in a short (max 5 minutes) session. Q&A will be at the end of all session along with networking opportunities. See www.ignitetalks.io for more information

Oral presentation – a presentation of no more than 12 minutes in duration with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A

Poster – specific guidance on the final layout and formatting will be provided upon notification of acceptance.

Although the conference committee aims to accommodate as many applications as possible, this is a selective process and spaces are limited. Where space is very limited in a particular strand, applicants may be asked to present in a different format to their original submission.

You will also need to register to attend the event in order to contribute to the conference; further information will be sent out in due course.

Criteria for acceptance

In order to be selected for the conference, your proposed contribution will need to:

  • Have clear relevance to the overall conference title and agenda
  • Be written with clarity so that the content is easily understood by the review panel and by conference delegates
  • Be of interest to conference delegates by describing practice or research from which others might learn
  • Ensure accuracy of citations, where these are used.

The closing date for submissions to the conference has been extended to Friday 11 May 2018. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

For further information please contact ltconference@worc.ac.uk.

External Examiner Follow up Workshop

22 May 2018
14:00 – 15:30
EE G021

“This workshop is most appropriate for those who have recently secured an external examiner post for the first time or those looking for additional support in conducting their external examiner duties. We will be focussing on your experiences to date as a new external examiner, the types and levels of support you have received from the institution and facilitate discussions around expectations and best practice. At the heart of the workshop is a practical session on writing your first external examiner report. We will provide examples of such reports for your consideration so that you can identify best practice to inform your writing.”

Members of staff can sign up on the Staff Development Workshop page.

IHS Research Seminar Presentation – 11 April

Understanding perinatal mental health care and referral decisions among midwives and health visitors
Joanne Johnson
PhD Student – Institute of Health & Society

Exploring the relationships between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and mood, in people with bipolar disorder.
Gemma McCullough
PhD Student – Institute of Health & Society

Please see attached for further details.

Voices of Women in the Great War & its Aftermath on 13/14 April 

Voices of Women in the Great War & its Aftermath on 13/14 April Conference.

On the Friday night there is also a 1918 Centenary Jamboree.

Details of all below and also on the Eventbrite site for booking – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voices-of-women-in-the-great-war-its-aftermath-and-the-1918-centenary-jamboree-tickets-39003909744

Although the Great War is often seen as a time of change, offering new opportunities for women and culminating in 1918 in the extension of the franchise to many, the conflict was not experienced in the same way by all. Class, region, age and marital status all shaped women’s lives during the war and after.

Working opportunities on the land, in munitions, clerical work, transport services and the armed forces gave young women in particular a chance to experience a modicum of freedom.

The majority of women were housewives in wartime, supporting and worrying about their loved ones in the armed forces and undertaking voluntary work. The war created new problems as women struggled to feed their families, care for children and make ends meet; struggles which often continued in the inter-war years.

This conference seeks to explore the multiplicity of women’s voices during the war and in the years that followed. It will look at the mundane and the extraordinary, the domestic and working worlds, the political and private, in order critically to examine elements of continuity and change and to consider what was to become the legacy of the Great War for women.

We are delighted to announce that our KEYNOTE speakers will include ELIZABETH CRAWFORD, independent researcher; DR DEBORAH THOM of Robinson College, Cambridge; and Dr SIAN ROBERTS of the University of Birmingham.

On the Friday evening, you and your families are invited to join us for our 1918 Centenary Jamboree!

During this social evening, the museum will be open to all for a family friendly evening exploring what life was like in the West Midlands in 1918, the last year of First World War, as women were enfranchised and peace came to the area at last. Visitors can view films, exhibitions and re-enactors, enter our quizzes or the Suffrage Bake-off, taste the Black Country Museum’s famous fish and chips and listen to live music from Merrie Noise and the Trench Choir.

This event has been supported by Voices of War and Peace AHRC World War One Engagement CentreHistory West Midlands and University Of Worcester.

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