Beeline Storytelling Festival

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Beeline Storytelling Festival

The festival is a celebration of stories and storytelling in all their wonderful forms. Now in the thirteenth year of Beeline, we’re excited to welcome you to our family day on Saturday, October 19. A host of guests will be there, including author Sophie Dahl and Beano illustrator, Nigel Auchterlounie.

Events will take place at The Hive and the University of Worcester’s City Campus in the wonderful Workshop Marquee, the Festival Theatre and the magical Story Telling Yurt.  All venues will be clearly signposted throughout the day.

As in previous years, much of the Beeline Festival is aimed at schools. This year is no exception – with two full weeks of exciting events and over four thousand school children booked to attend. Our 2019 school programme is bigger than ever and features some of the country’s leading storytellers, illustrators, musicians, authors and puppeteers. With a wide range of projects, events, and performances planned, the festival promises to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, creating fun, inspirational experiences for our audiences and participants alike.

We very much hope you enjoy the programme and have a great story-packed day!

To find out what’s on and to book tickets please see the Beeline website

 

Staff Mental Health Network

The Staff Mental health Network is an informal peer support network run by staff, for staff working within the University. The network also seeks to contribute toward mental health awareness and wellbeing in the University workplace.

The network aims to:

  • Offer the opportunity for peer support through sharing personal experiences and coping strategies with staff colleagues;
  • Raise awareness and reduce stigma in relation to talking about mental health and seeking support within the University workplace:
  • Share information and work together to improve the workplace experience for staff;
  • Work collaboratively with other groups locally (within the University and with other organisations) to improve mental health support for staff;

The network is open to any staff member who would like to join:

  • Maybe you or someone you love faces challenges relating to mental health and wellbeing
  • Maybe you manage staff who do
  • Maybe you simply feel solidarity with those who live with mental health concerns and want to make a positive difference

Join the conversation: come along to one of our open and friendly meetings:

Next Staff Mental Health Network Meeting Date:

Wednesday October 23 2019, 12.30–2.00pm in the Conference Centre Redditch CC008, St John’s Campus

E- mail to get connected with network members and for more details: staffmentalhealthnetwork@worc.ac.uk

Illustrating Mental Health Symposium, 8-9 November

On the 8th and 9th of November, the Art House at the University of Worcester is hosting the Tenth International Illustration Research Symposium, ‘Illustrating Mental Health’.

Keynote speakers are Alexandra Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West, and the psychoanalyst and writer Anouchka Grose. Emma Lazenby of ForMed films will also talking about her work for the health sector. There are panels of speakers talking about the following:-

  • Illustration and Co-Production
  • Using Illustration to Understand Others’ Experiences
  • Sketchbooks / Practice as Therapy
  • Maternity, Loss and Illustration
  • Illustrating Lived Experiences of Mental Illness
  • Illustrators working in Arts and Health
  • Visual Culture: Images of Mental Health in Circulation
  • Building Resilience: Pedagogy & Wellbeing
  • Visualising the Intangible
  • Exploring Mental Health Through Making Comics and Zines

We have some exciting workshops running over the two days from illustrators Tonka Uzu, Eva Eland, Laura Weston, Isobel Harvey Smith and  educationalists Jhinuk Sarkar and Amberlee Green.

Alongside this is an exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary illustrators working in this field.

The full speaker programme and link to register can be accessed here:

https://www.illustrationresearch.org/booking-current-cfp

Illustrating mental health flyer

I hope this is of interest to some of you. There are a limited number of free places for UoW staff and students, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis- please use the registration page and select the UoW staff option.

If you could share the symposium link within your networks, and flag it up to any students that you feel would be interested to attend, I would be very grateful.

I hope to see some of you at the symposium!

Desdemona

Desdemona McCannon
Principal Lecturer Illustration

Illustrating mental health

School of Law’s Research Seminar series

The School of Law’s Research Seminar series will be taking place again this year, and we have some very exciting speakers lined up. The seminars are all free to attend and open to students, university colleagues and members of the public. They usually take place on Wednesday at 13.15 in the Courtroom. 

Our first speaker this year will be Dr John Duddington on Wednesday 16 October at 13.15, who will be talking as ‘The Employment Status of Ministers of Religion in the UK: A Study in the Relationship between Secular and Church Law’. Please find attached the poster for this seminar.

School of Science and the Environment Research Seminar Series

Thursday October 17 1.15  EE2009
Delivering drugs to the lung: influence of humidity on particle size
Professor Peter Seville (UW)
Wednesday October 30 1.15  EE2009
A novel role for BCAT1 in Leukaemia development
Dr. Steven Coles (UW)
Thursday November 28 1.15  EE2009
Archaeology and mental well being: Landscape approaches
Dr. Andrew Hoaen (UW)
Thursday December 5 1.15  EE2009
Introduction to the Anthropocene and the work of the Earth Heritage Trust
Professor Ian Fairchild (Chair, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust)
Monday October 28 6.00  EEG087
68th Lovatt Lecture in Geography

Seds and bugs and rocks that roll: What is the role of animals in landscape development?

Professor Stephen Rice (Loughborough University)

Dylan for Oscar Night

Dear Colleagues,

I would be most grateful if you could share the attached event with your friends and family. As many of you will know the way in which the people of Worcester and further afield have raised money for young Oscar Saxelby-Lee in his fight against a most aggressive form of cancer, has been incredible. Oscar’s mother, Olivia, enrolled on a social work degree here last September but had to withdraw in order to care for Oscar. She has  been an amazing parent and an amazing fund raiser, with over £500,000 having been raised in less than a month for the specialist non-NHS treatment now needed.

More events are planned including the ‘Dylan for Oscar’ night at Huntingdon Hall on Wednesday Oct. 30th featuring ‘The Royal Alberts’ Bob Dylan Band whose members include myself and Clive Kennard from Library Services. Ex-alumni Paul Jeffery is playing an acoustic set and so is Jenny Hislam from the School of Allied Health and Community. All tickets are £12; all proceeds to The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust; Doors 7pm, Showtime 7.30pm. http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453064542

It would be great to see colleagues there,

Best regards

Peter Unwin

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TEL Tip: Hiding Old Blackboard Modules

Is your list of Blackboard enrolments getting a bit long in the tooth? You can hide any modules that you no longer want to see by following the simple steps below:

  1. Hover your mouse over ‘My Courses’. A cog icon will appear to the right.
  2. Click the cog icon. This will take you to a list of modules, with tick boxes next to each.
  3. Untick the modules that you no longer wish to see.
  4. Click Submit

You will still retain access to these modules. Should you need to see them again, you can go back into the list and re-tick the modules that you need to appear again.

Your students can do this too by following the exact same steps.

If you have any queries, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit at TEL@worc.ac.uk

WHN Midlands Region Conference

Saturday, 09 November 2019
10.30am – 4.00pm
Worcester Room, Conference Centre (CC 004)

The University of Worcester’s annual Women’s History Conference is entitled ‘Women of the Far Right’ and will take place at the University of Worcester (St. John’s Campus). National and international presenters will consider Women Blackshirts; Gabriela Balicka; teaching Nazi women; We, the Mothers Mobilize for America; Women’s roles in the Greater British Movement/National Front’s Spearhead and Right-Wing Women’s Mobilization in Colonial Western India.

As part of a varied programme, the keynote address entitled ‘Women Blackshirts and the Grey Area of “Peace” Politics in Britain, 1938-1942’ will be delivered by Professor Julie Gottlieb of the University of Sheffield.

This conference is accessible to all and is free for UW students. See our provisional programme and return the booking form urgently to a.papin@worc.ac.uk to secure your place.

Any questions or queries, please contact Dr Wendy Toon, Women’s History Network Midlands Region Conference Organiser.

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CHLES Research Seminar Series – 30 October, Emma Smith – Photovoice

As part of the College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences Research Seminar Series 2019-2020 our inaugural seminar for this academic year will be presented by Emma Smith. Emma is a PhD Student in the Three Counties School of Nursing & Midwifery.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 1.00pm-2.30pm in EEG119. Emma will be presenting a seminar titled ‘Photovoice’.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Student partnership scheme

Following a very successful SAP scheme in 2018-19, we are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s programme. The outputs from previous years are now available for inspiration.

Applications are now open until Friday 18 October 2019.

As in previous years, this is open to all staff across academic and professional support departments at the University, and we are very keen to encourage cross-School/Department projects. We would also like to see an increase in student-led projects; these will still need a named staff project lead, but we would encourage you to speak to your students about any ideas they have for projects.

In order to help develop your ideas here are some examples of possible themes:

  • Innovative modes of learning from a student perspective.
  • Development or design of a learning resource or tool.
  • Pedagogic research on some aspect of learning and teaching
  • The development of course materials such as a guide for students about a particular course or module.
  • Staff/Student co-design of assessment.

Applications related to the themes of inclusion and supporting student retention and transitions are particularly welcome.

As with last year, all applications to the scheme for staff and students will be managed online via https://worcesterstudentpartnershipscheme.wordpress.com/.

The form to fill in is straightforward and the input required concise (approximately 600 words). There is also an FAQ available which we encourage applicants to look at.

The application process for students is very straightforward, and asks them to provide a very short (c.200 word) statement detailing why they are interested in working on a particular project. This process will be managed online and administered by QED staff, with information on applications sent directly to project leads for review. We do not anticipate that this will create a great deal of extra work for project leads. This process will also help with the management of HR and finance processes for students. Further information and guidance will be made available to all successful project applicants.

Key dates for this year’s scheme are as follows:

Date Item
Monday 16 September 2019 Applications for projects leads open online
Friday 18 October 2019 Deadline for submission of project proposals
Wednesday 6 November 2019 Project leads informed of decision
Noon on Wednesday 6 November 2019 Applications for students open online
Friday 15 November 2019 Applications for students close
Thursday 28 November 2019 Lunchtime briefing session for project teams
By end December 2019 Students register for payment
Sunday 28 June 2020 Final project reports due

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any queries then please do get in touch either at ltworcester@worc.ac.uk or directly to the scheme director at k.blackmore@worc.ac.uk

Have you seen this student chair?

Hello

In the Disability and Dyslexia  Service we purchase (expensive) specialist ergonomic chairs for students who need them for teaching rooms.

After the summer this chair could not be  found in the teaching rooms. Could you please check your office to see if the it has been misplaced into a staff office. It is a large chair and would have had a sign on its back that may have fallen off.

If you find it please contact Steve Joyce (s.joyce@worc.ac.uk ) or Richard Wishart (r.wishart@worc.ac.uk ) so it can be reunited with the student.

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Do you want to help your department/service/schools be more sustainable?

We have keen, clever and trained students ready to help you implement a sustainability project in your work area.

Don’t worry if you don’t have an idea yet we can help you identify a suitable project.

Examples of teams already doing a project include:

  • reducing single use plastics in labs,
  • identifying offices where people have accidently left equipment on, or not shut their window with Whoops! slips,
  • embedding well-being into work eg walking meetings,
  • collecting crisp packets and making EcoBricks.

Email k.boom@worc.ac.uk or h.gibbs@worc.ac.uk for more information.

PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is recruiting for first module start in Jan 2019

The PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is recruiting for a January 2020 start for its first module LTHE4141. Those recently appointed to the University may have been asked to complete this course. Application can be made via the course website: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/journey/teaching-and-learning-in-higher-education-pg-cert.html

The University has recently finalised a policy for staff as follows:

Those University of Worcester staff on permanent contracts (FT or fractional) can attend the whole course free of fees, but will need the support of their Heads of School.  University of Worcester Associate Lecturers can attend the first module free of fees – in their second year of employment, but will again need support from their Heads of School.  If they wish, and with an ongoing teaching contract with the University, they can then attend the second and third module at a 50% fee discount. Colleagues at UW  partner colleges, who teach on UW  programmes, can attend the whole course with a  50% discount.

In all cases staff need to be teaching, on average four hours per week and 50+ in an academic year.

Anyone interested in the course should discuss it with their Head of School/Line Manager in the first instance. Further information is available from Peter Gossman (p.gossman@worc.ac.uk) in the School of Education.

Details about the course are available on the above website.

Start saving today with TOTUM

TOTUM cards are available to buy online, offering you great deals and discounts at a wide variety of national and local retailers.

Following the rebranding of NUS Extra to TOTUM, the ability for the SU to print cards on-site has been withdrawn. However, you can still purchase your card on-line and enjoy the ever increasing number of benefits the card now offers, such as 10% off at the Co-op, 30% off at Zizzi, 10% off at Boots, and not forgetting 10% off in The Hangar.

Visit www.totum.com to buy yours today and start saving on your Christmas shopping:

1 Year Card £14.99

2 Year Card £24.99

3 Year Card £34.99

Cards can be delivered free of charge to the SU, we will even notify you when it’s arrived.

12.5% of all sales from TOTUM go straight to the SU to help fund and improve the student experience.

Hire out The Hangar for your next party!

The Hangar bar in the Students’ Union is available for private hire for all University of Worcester staff (and anyone else!). We can host pretty much any kind of event you like, from birthday parties, to wedding receptions, to school proms.

Venue hire is available from just £360 and our Bar and Events team will work with you to make sure your event is exactly how you want it.

To get in touch with the team, email thehangar@worc.ac.uk or make a booking via www.thehangarsu.com

You can also find us on social media:

Facebook – @TheHangarSU
Instagram – @the_hangar_

 

Changes to Carl’s Fruit & Veg Stall on St. John’s Campus

Please note that Carl’s Fruit and Veg stall will return on Thursday 17th October, and from this point forwards are going to trial running the stall on a Monday, in addition to the usual Thursdays for a short period.  If this trial is successful, the aim is to continue with this for the foreseeable future.

The dates the stall will be on site are therefore as follows:

Thursday 17th October

Monday 21st October

Thursday 24th October

Monday 28th October and so on…

The stall is located next to the Student’s Union and Hines Buildings and accepts card payments of £1 minimum, or cash.  Please come and visit to ensure this trial is a success!

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Association for Dementia Studies blog

We have recently launched a new online Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies, and our blog post this week provides some useful information about it for interested parties. Take a look at https://adsdementiablog.wordpress.com/.

To contact the Association for Dementia Studies please use dementia@worc.ac.uk

Connect with us on twitter @DementiaStudies and on Facebook @adsuow

Time to Change training sessions

Time to Change are running two FREE training sessions in Worcestershire which aim to equip school, college and university staff with the knowledge and skills to better educate young people about mental health stigma and discrimination. The sessions are aimed at staff working with young people that are aged 11-18 years. Please see the attached flyer to find out more information and to book.

TTC Champion CYP Session November 2019 flyer

Macmillan Coffee Morning at City – Total!

We would like to thank everyone in the Worcester Business School and the Partnership’s department for organising and promoting the Coffee Morning at City Campus, as well as everyone that baked or bought some cake along to support us!

All your hard work (and cash!) got us a total of £111.50, beating last year’s total! We’re so grateful for your support.

Thank you!

Macmillan thank You Poster - WBS and Partnerships

LGB Matters

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019

Time: 12:00-14:00

Room: BYG196

Overview; this workshop will increase awareness and understanding of the challenges for colleagues and students who identify as Lesbian, Gay and/or Bi-Sexual. Sexual orientation is one of the 9 ‘protected characteristics’ within the Equality Act and as a University we have a duty to foster good relations between persons who share relevant protected characteristics and those who do not share it.

Participants; members of staff and students.

Learning Outcomes: Develop knowledge of changing demographics, define key terms, evaluate teaching/courses for inclusivity, characterise an ally.

Prior experience required; none.

Preparation before the session; complete the on-line ‘Diversity and Inclusion in HE'(log into LearnUpon from your staff page, using Chrome or Firefox).

Future opportunities; join the Allies programme for the LGB Staff Network.

Session facilitator; Rachael Bullingham, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science who has been supporting colleagues and students to enhance their understanding of LGB matters in various settings. Rachael’s research area is homophobia.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis.

 

 

Becoming a Mentor

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2019

Time: 14:00-16:00

Room: WB023

Description: mentoring has been recognised as an important activity that helps to support people who are new to the University, moving into a new role or returning from a period of absence.

Participants; all members of staff who have an interest in supporting and developing others.

Learning outcomes; this workshop will explain the mentor role, the process of mentoring, and consider some of the skills required.

Prior experience required; some experience of working in the University.

Preparation before the session; none required, although the policy on mentoring is available on the HR webpages.

Future opportunities; mentors might wish to develop their skills into becoming an internal coach. The skills for mentoring are applicable to many other activities that colleagues undertake.

Session facilitator; the session will be facilitated by Gill Slater, Head of OD. Gill has been a mentor to people in different roles and helped to develop the overall scheme here and in other organisations.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis.

 

 

Appraiser Training- Part 2

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2019

Time: 09:30-12:15

Room: WB023

Description: this workshop look at the feedback and listening skills linking with the skills developed in the Appraiser Training Part 1. The session will focus on exploring how to enhance the appraisal experience for both employee and line manager. There will also be an opportunity to practise setting effective objectives, linking with the University’s strategic/departmental plans.

Participants; this workshop would be beneficial for colleagues who appraise others. Also welcome to those who are aspiring to have management responsibilities.

Learning outcomes; to consider some of the skills and techniques that help to make the appraisal process effective; to understand the benefit of setting objectives and linking them with wider team, departmental and organisational objectives; to prepare for and practise an appraisal meeting.

Prior experience required; you need to have attended Appraiser Training Part 1. Preparation before the session; to complete the Diversity in the Workplace Online training module in LearnUpon.

Future opportunities; Skills Gym – Working with Others; Skills Gym – Difficult Conversations and how to approach them; Becoming a Mentor. In addition, team development opportunities that can be tailored to training needs.

Session facilitator/s; Niki Smithson, Training and Development Manager.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Laura Curtis.

 

 

Yoga on Tuesdays 5:15-6:15pm with Lovetree Yoga

Vinyasa flow yoga with Katy from Lovetree Yoga is in Gym 1 (EEG114) every Tuesday from 5:15-6:15pm.

Vinyasa flow yoga is a dynamic style yoga, which helps you work towards getting fitter and stronger, both physically and mentally, in a hot and fun class! The classes are suitable for all levels of experience as instructions are given throughout. The group is very friendly and we like having fun and giving everything a go!

Prices are £8 to drop in or £3 for students and your first class is half price! If you would like to attend regularly, staff/community members can purchase a 5 class pass for only £35. N.B. Cash payments only, BACS transfer by prior agreement.

The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested.

Mats are provided and you can bring your own. As we can get quite hot during the class, you may wish to bring a bottle of water and a small towel with you.

Contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or get in touch on Facebook and Instagram.

Vinyasa Flow Tuesdays UW

Awards Ceremonies 2019

Dear all,

This information is for the attention of staff intending to participate in the staff procession at the Awards Ceremonies this year. Please note that there are three ceremonies on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th November this year.

The deadline for staff booking robes is Weds 16th October

The dates & times of the ceremonies are as follows:

Tuesday 5th November 10:00 am

School of Sport & Exercise Science

Tuesday 5th November  1:00 pm

School of Science & the Environment

Tuesday 5th November  3:15 pm

Worcester Business School

Wednesday 6th November 10:00 am

School of the Arts + School of Humanities

Wednesday 6th November 1:45 pm

School of Allied Health & Community

Thursday 7th November 10:00 am

Three Counties School of Nursing & Midwifery

Thursday 7th November 1:00 pm

School of Psychology

Thursday 7th November 3:15 pm

School of Education 1

FDs Teaching & Learning, BA Education (Professional Practice), BA Primary & Outdoor Education, Primary ITE

Friday 8th  November 10:00 am

School of Education 2

FD Early Years & Learning Support,BA Early Childhood Professional Practice, Integrated Working with Children & Families, Education Studies, Special Educational Needs, Disabilities & inclusion

All PG courses (except PGCE)

Friday 8th November 1:45 pm

School of Education 3

Diploma in Education & Training

PGCE Primary & Secondary

 

Staff Robes and confirmation of attendance

You can order your robes via the staff portal. Please log-in with your network log-in and password (not through staff SOLE) and go to Your Online Services in the centre where you should see Robe Booking.  If you have ordered robes this way before then your details should be shown and you need only confirm which ceremony/ceremonies you are attending and book (at bottom of page).  If your details are not shown, please enter your details as appropriate.  Please ensure that you have booked your robe by Wednesday 16th  October.

If you are graduating this year you should wear the correct robes for the award you will be receiving at that ceremony rather than robes from a previous award.  If you have your own robe, please still go through the robe booking facility to confirm attendance.

To confirm your attendance, and reserve a place on the coach please make sure you have used the Robe Booking facility on the staff page (as above).  Once you have successfully booked you will receive a confirmation email summarising your details.

Staff robes will be available for collection on the day of your ceremony from 8.00 in the Dance Studio RB1001 (at Riverside).  Please enter Riverside via the doors at the back of the building, nearest the car park.  Robes should be returned by 5.30 the same day to the designated room at the front of the Arena.

For any queries regarding your gown hire, please contact Sallie Walters on ext 5499 or email s.walters@worc.ac.uk

Partner Organisation staff

Generally a formal invitation goes to the Principal/Chief Executive of partner organisations.  We do not send invitations to other staff at partner organisations as they are treated as associate staff.  We expect Schools to ensure that their associate staff at partner institutions are kept up to date with the arrangements for graduation including booking robes, coach times etc.

Staff briefing

There will be a briefing at the Cathedral for those in the Platform Party at 2:00pm on Monday 4th November. This is particularly important for those involved on the platform – please let me know if you wish to attend.

Car parking

All graduands have been advised to use City Centre car parks.  Staff, however, will be able to use the St John’s campus car parks as usual.  Staff will not be able to use the Riverside car park without a Graduation permit.

Coaches

Tuesday and Thursday ceremonies

Staff and VIP coaches will depart from the Riverside coach bays at 9:30 for the morning ceremony, 12:30 for the middle ceremony and 2:40 for the afternoon ceremony.  There will be a coach to take staff to Riverside from St John’s campus.  This will leave from outside the Woodbury building at St John’s campus at 8:45 for the morning ceremony, 11:15 for the middle ceremony and 1:45 for the afternoon ceremony

Wednesday and Friday ceremonies

Staff and VIP coaches will depart from the Riverside coach bays at 9:30 for morning ceremonies and 1:15 for afternoon ceremonies.  There will be a coach to take staff to Riverside from St John’s campus.  This will leave from outside the Woodbury building at St John’s campus at 8:45 for morning ceremonies, and 12:15 for afternoon ceremonies.

All ceremonies

After the ceremonies a coach will bring staff back to Riverside for the reception. There will not be a coach to return staff to St John’s or City after the reception unless there is heavy rain.  This is to enable staff to stay at the reception with the graduates and guests for as long as they wish.

Procession

Staff will process from the Guildhall and will enter the Cathedral using the West Door.  Access to this door is across some cobbled stones and a few steps.  If this presents a problem, please let Kevin Pickess know on the day, and you will be able to join the procession from inside the building.

The procession will leave the Cathedral via the North Door as in recent years.

Staff seating

Staff will be seated to the left of the platform.  On Weds 6th there is a possibility that staff may need to sit in the Quire stalls behind the platform due to the numbers of students graduating at these two ceremonies – if this option is required, then screens will be in place to enable staff to watch the proceedings from those seats.  We will update you as soon as possible regarding these arrangements.

Staff graduating

If you are a member of staff graduating please note that you must travel to the ceremony with your fellow graduands, and also sit in the graduate seats rather than with your colleagues.  Please remember to collect your ticket with your Cathedral seat number from Riverside.

Live broadcasts

We are again offering graduands the opportunity to purchase tickets for their guests to view a live broadcast of their ceremony.  These will be shown in Lecture Theatre in Riverside and entrance is by ticket only.  This provides an opportunity for more guests to participate in the event.

Post ceremony reception

As usual, all participating staff are encouraged to return to Riverside and join their graduates in the Arena for a celebratory drink.  We have offered graduates and their guests the opportunity to purchase a hot meal (Beef & Tomato Pasta Bake or Butternut Squash & Sage Pasta Bake, all served with Garlic Bread). If you would like the option of the hot meal, please email Sallie Walters at s.walters@worc.ac.uk by Wednesday 16th October confirming which ceremony you will be attending.  In order to ensure that we are able to manage expectations and meet demand you will not have the opportunity to purchase the hot meal on the day.

Many thanks,

Sally Dobbins

Assistant Registrar – Student Records

s.dobbins@worc.ac.uk       Ext 5009

Careers, Placements and Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday 23 October 11.30-3.00

Sports Hall, St John’s

The new and extended Careers, Placements and Study Abroad fair will this year include a wide range of employers from health, sports and the social sectors as well as business and management. It will also incorporate  the Study Abroad fair, so students  from all courses and years will be able to find out about graduate careers, study abroad and placements in one space.

We are expecting nearly 60 exhibitors, including West Mercia Police, Worcestershire County Council, Network Rail, RAF, British Army, Sanctuary Group, Freedom Leisure, Barclays Bank, Worcester Community Trust, the NHS Leadership Academy, HM Customs and Revenue amongst many others. In addition there will be specific zones for Law and Accountancy employers as well as summer opportunities abroad and representatives from partner universities abroad.

Please do encourage all students to attend. All staff welcome too!

For more information including the full list of employers attending, and booking instructions from the myCareer portal, accessible from Myday

Further information from careers@worc.ac.uk

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Promoting Digital Accessibility

Dear All,

As a university, being inclusive is a core value for us. This includes the student experience and the learning content that we make available to our students. Over the next year, there’s going to be a focus on the digital accessibility of our learning content as well as the accessibility of our online systems. This is in part in response to the new Public Sector Web Accessibility Regulations which come into force this September.

The new regulations build on existing equality regulations but emphasise the need for public sector bodies such as ourselves to be more proactive in ensuring that our websites, intranets and documents are accessible for all. Many of you already produce content and learning that is inclusive and digitally accessible and we encourage the sharing of good practice with colleagues.

The regulations are staged so it’s not necessary for all websites and intranets and content to be fully accessible straight away, but we do need to work proactively towards ensuring our systems and content are accessible by the academic year 20/21. Over the next year we will be providing advice, guidance and support on how to make your content digitally accessible.

What do you need to do now?

  1. Look at the FAQs on IT help pages about the new regulations.
  2. Check that all newly created content e.g. documents and presentations are accessible. IT have produced a new help page with advice and guidance on how to make Office 365 documents (Word and PowerPoint) accessible.
  3. Review any documents, templates or content that you are intending to use this year and discuss with colleagues plans to make these accessible.
  4. Guidance is being produced to assist colleagues producing and reviewing procedures, policies or guidelines to help with ensuring all published documents are accessible.
  5. Have a look at the TEL Unit Guidance on making your Blackboard course accessible.
  6. Keep a look out for a range of blogs and webinars providing further tips and tricks which will support this activity.