Crowdfunding in the Curriculum Research Seminar

Staff and students are invited to attend a research seminar on Tuesday 16 January. This will take place in EE1057 between 1pm – 2pm.

Crowdfunding in the Curriculum
Dr Paul Blakey
Course Leader for MSc International Sport Management and Senior Lecturer in Sport Management/Sport Development

Whilst money seemingly pours into many professional sports in the UK, community sports groups, and, increasingly, aspiring athletes suffer a funding gap in order to maintain their sporting infrastructure. The traditional funding streams through sports governing bodies necessitates a detailed application ‘pitch’ and on-going review and evaluation, even for funds as little as £300. Crowdfunding – the practice of funding a project by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people – is developing a positive reputation for enabling direct engagement opportunities for sponsoring donors seeking affiliations with sports projects and campaigns of all size.

For educators, crowdfunding platforms can be a powerful new teaching tool that provides the opportunity to sharpen these vital components of the sports business skill-set. This study aims to examine the use of an online platform within teaching and learning. Specifically, it will consider how such tools can be used pedagogically to enhance students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of fundraising in sport, and the development of the skills vital for future employability.

Research seminar – A New Moral Separatism for Healthcare Professionals?

On 24 January, Dr Paul Snelling (Nursing & Midwifery) will be presenting a session entitled ‘A New Moral Separatism for Healthcare Professionals?’. The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in PNG009.

Please see the attached flyer for further information – IHS research seminar flyer

We look forward to seeing you there.

Skills Gyms – Working with Others

Skills Gyms – Working with Others (part 1)

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. This Skills Gym will look at understanding those we work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable us to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations. This session will look at how our perceptions become our reality, how we react to the needs of others, using questioning and listening skills to understand rather than judge. You will look at how to establish the best approaches, verbally and non-verbally and stay professional under pressure.

  • 01.02.2018 – 09.00 – 12.30pm

Skills Gyms  – Working with Others (part 2)

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. This Skills Gym will look at understanding those we work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable us to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations This session will look at demonstrating personal confidence and self-belief while embracing the power of non-verbal communication. This will combine with an introduction to 4 styles of communication and how you can flex your style to improve the your effectiveness in working with others. Part 2: Follow-up Topics: Demonstrating Personal Confidence and Self-Belief; A further look at the Power of Non-verbal Communication; Creating a Positive Impact with your Voice and Body; Responding to Body Language shown by others; Introduction to 4 Styles of Communication (Driver; Expressive; Amiable; Analytical); Identifying own preferred Style and that of others; Communication switch-ons and turn-offs for each style with Customers).

  • 01.02.2018 – 13.00 – 16.30pm

If you’re interested in any of the above workshops you can now book a space through the workshop bookings system or by contacting the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk).

University of Worcester Staff Travel Survey

travel-survey
https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/staff-travel-survey-2017

This is an anonymous questionnaire for staff designed to help us review issues such as travelling to the university, car parking, and to assist in developing future policies. Please be as open and honest as possible in your answers to help us achieve our aim. We may also use this data in academic journals and conference presentations. Thank you for helping us out; participation in this survey is voluntary, you can exit the survey at any time.

It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete and can be completed on a phone/tablet.

At the end of the survey there’s an option to be entered into a prize draw of either a year’s free University of Worcester gym membership or a reconditioned bike (up to the value of £90) from the campus bike shop. Names and contact details to be entered into the draw will not be linked to your responses.

Whilst your data is anonymous it will be managed and processed in accordance with applicable legislation including the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Data will be held for up to 15 years. For the purposes of data protection legislation the University of Worcester is the Data Controller. The University’s Data Protection Officer is the Head of Information Assurance infoassurance@worc.ac.uk

Geography Association & Young Photographers Competition

Geography is Growing in Worcestershire

It’s official! A new affiliated branch of the Geography Association has been established once again in Worcestershire and is launching a photographic competition for school children from age 9 to 19 for the spring term.

With an expanding range of opportunities to study geography at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the University of Worcester, it seemed a great time to bring teachers, trainees and university tutors together to form a committee to encourage geographers to meet. The branch aims to be a forum for those with a passion for geography and all that it offers, to meet regularly.. Meetings will be held during 2018 and will provide opportunities to share ideas and best practice and engage with visiting speakers on a range of topical issues – as well as a chance to meet and chat informally.

For information and how to join contact either the Chair Sue Rees at s.rees@worc.ac.uk or Secretary Rob Birch at Rob.birch@gmail.com


GA Young Photographers Competition

This year’s photography competition is about water and sustainability. The water in your photograph can take any form, from rain, snow, ice, to rivers, seas or oceans or to how water shapes landscapes and is used. You are encouraged to be creative.

To enter, young people will need to submit a photograph and a 150 word description by e-mail to GAphotos@worc.ac.uk. Entries will close on the 9 March 2018.

There are four categories; Years 3-6, Years 7- 9, Years 10 & 11, and Years 12 & 13

The winner will be announced on the 22nd March 2018, which is the beginning of the United Nation’s decade for action on “Water for Sustainable Development“ and the winning photograph will be placed on display at The Hive in Worcester while each winning photographer will receive a £10 Amazon voucher.

High-intensity interval exercise research study – participants needed

Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research study explores a new approach to how and where we exercise. High-intensity interval exercise is recently becoming a more popular mode of training based on its time-efficiency compared with traditional, continuous and moderate-intensity exercise. However, the time-efficiency becomes questionable if a time-consuming visit to the gym is required in order to undertake this training. We are investigating whether high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150.

If you are female, aged 18-50, currently doing less than 150 minutes of exercise per week and with a BMI of 25-35, we would love to have you involved. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm, but during most of this time you are free to work from the laboratory. If you are able to work away from your office for this amount of time and are interesting in participating, please see the attached poster and email Alice Burgin at a.burgin@worc.ac.uk. Thank you!

Recruitment Poster

Production Print Services switching to Digital Storefront

Dear colleague,

Please note that Production Print Services will be switching to Digital Storefront as its only job submission method from 31st January 2018 onwards.

Over the past year we have been developing and testing an alternative to submitting requests via email which offers a number of advantages to make the process of submitting work to the Print Room far easier, including an “Amazon style” online shop front to make it easier to select what you need.

The Digital Storefront can be found on the Staff homepage under “Production Print Services Portal” or by using this link

Should you require training on using any of its features please log a request via the IT Service Desk.

Please note that any email submissions to Production Print Services will cease to be actioned as of January 31st 2018. The only exception to this rule is for general enquires or business card orders*  which can be placed by emailing print@worc.ac.uk along with a completed UW Business Stationary form found on the O: drive here

Many thanks

Production Print Services

*Please note that business stationary orders are produced during the 1st week of each month subject to demand.

Survey on Immigration

The National Conversation on Immigration is trying to understand what the British Public thinks about Immigration and this conversation is being run by the HOPE not hate and British Future organisations alongside the Home Affairs Committee. The committee is currently undertaking a yearlong inquiry into the Immigration policy and as part of this they are running a survey allowing people to have a say, the survey can be found here: http://nationalconversation.uk/

This is something that would allow us to have an opportunity to have a say in this conversation.

New to Teaching Workshops

The University has introduced a one-day workshop for those who are new to teaching in higher education. The second scheduled date for this academic year is Tuesday 23 January 2018 (10:00 – 16:00).

The aim of the workshop is to provide space to explore students’ approaches to learning, how to support a diverse student body, managing sessions, providing feedback on assessment and reflecting and assessing the impact of teaching sessions.

By the end of this course, participants will have explored: setting aims and outcomes for a session of teaching, selecting and evaluating appropriate methods and techniques of teaching for their discipline and situation, treating students as individual learners, class and student interaction assessment strategies and feedback, and dealing with challenging teaching situations.

The sessions are intended for anyone who has not taught, or is relatively new to higher education and particularly useful for HPLs or PhD students, for whom it is intended to be the first step along the road to gaining HEA Associate Fellowship.

This is best undertaken as part of a planned induction/orientation to teaching in HE. It is specifically about approaches to learning and teaching and not the broader aspects of policy or working at the University. Bookings may be made via the staff development webpages.

Malvern Theatres Exhibition

Two photographers – both Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society – with quite different styles and creative approaches will be exhibiting their work at Malvern Theatres from January 2 to January 30 2018.

David James revisits considerations of the aesthetic, playfully constructing images on themes based on the Renaissance theories of composition, colour and location. Often, a small figure forms a pivotal point in the image but the significance of the moment is ambiguous. Having studied at the University of Reading and the Slade School of University College London, David James was an art director and designer in ITV for 30 years before lecturing in higher education. He is currently course leader for the Masters in Creative Media at the University of Worcester.

Michael Hallett’s Inconsequential Images explore the critical questions surrounding identity, affluence, lifestyle, excesses, and the cult of the individual. The photographs do not relate to particular people but are images that collectively convey a strong narrative showing people predominantly in an urban, social landscape. As a teacher, photographer and internationally published photo historian, Michael Hallett has exhibited his work nationally over a number of years. He is an Associate Academic at the University of Worcester.

University colleagues welcomed in to the Higher Education Academy

Nine University of Worcester staff have been awarded Fellowships by the Higher Education Academy.

In the latest round of awards, Senior Fellowships were awarded to Dr Derek McDougall, from the Institute of Science and the Environment, Colin Wood, from the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, and Claire Wolfe, from the Institute of Humanities.

Staff who achieve a Senior Fellowship are recognised as having driven improvements leading to an excellent learning and teaching experience for students, as well as demonstrating leadership, impact and influence amongst their colleagues.

In addition, Dr Melody Carter, from the Institute of Health and Society, and Elspeth King, from the Institute of Humanities, were both awarded Fellowships. Associate Fellowships were also awarded to: Alice Burgin, from the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science; Catriona Lennox, from the Institute of Health and Society; Lemun Yatu Nuhu – a visiting lecturer and doctoral researcher with the Worcester Business School; and James McDonald, a broadcast journalist and Associate Lecturer with the Institute of Humanities.

The University of Worcester is accredited by the Higher Education Academy to award Fellowships at three levels: Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Senior Fellow. The awards demonstrate a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education, and provide individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership.

At the end of the last academic year, Lerverne Barber, from the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, was honoured with a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship, which is the top award of fellowships within the Higher Education Academy.

These latest awards are a recognition of the ceaseless efforts that colleagues across the university make on a daily basis to strive for excellence across all areas and within each institute.

Elected Representatives of Institutes for Academic Board

To: All Academic Members of Staff

Elected Representatives of Institutes for Academic Board

Dear Colleagues,

The membership of Academic Board provides for elected representation from across the Academic Institutes and one named member from the Professors’ Group. Each representative is elected for a term of 3 years. Ideally, each Institute should be represented and an election will only be held if there are more nominations than there are vacancies and if there is more than one nomination from an Institute.

The following elected representatives are currently on Academic Board, but one vacancy has unexpectedly become available. Therefore we are now seeking nominations from members of academic staff (on permanent or fixed term contacts) who would like to be considered.

Elected Members (elected until August 2020)

Mrs Catriona Robinson Institute of Education
Ms Alison Winson Institute of Education
Dr Melody Carter Institute of Health & Society
Dr Derek Farrell Institute of Health & Society
Dr Chris Brown Institute of Science and the Environment
Dr Andrea Faull Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Dr Sa’ad Ali Worcester Business School
Vacancy Institute
Prof Erica Bowen University Professors

Academic Board meets on average four times a year on a Wednesday afternoon.   Attendance is expected with the commitment to communicate information from the meeting back to your colleagues and Institutes. For a better understanding of the Board’s work, past papers can be accessed via the ODrive O:\All Staff Documents\committeepapers\Academic_Board  The Board’s standing orders and terms of reference can also be accessed via the ODrive  O:\All Staff Documents\committeepapers\Academic_Board\AB and its Committees ToR Standing Orders and membership

The next meeting of Academic Board for 2017/18 will be on 31st January 2018.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Academic Board, then please complete the nomination form and return it to Lisa Minton, PA to Academic Registrar, by the 12th January 2018.

Thank you.

Kevin Pickess
Academic Registrar and Secretary to Academic Board

Free Mandarin Classes – back by popular demand

Trainee ‘Mandarin as an International Language’ teachers from the prestigious Education University Hong Kong (EdUHK) will be joining us for 6 weeks from the start of February. Staff and students are warmly invited to join a regular evening class or, if time is too short, a lunchtime taster class.

‘Complete Beginners’ and ‘Returners’ classes (for those with some previous experience) will be held in JL002 and JL003 from 17.15 on Wednesday evenings, starting 7 February 2018.

Lunchtime class times will be confirmed shortly.

Book your place with Heather Brinkworth on languagecentre@worc.ac.uk

Funding for Research Workshops

Funding for Research and Intellectual Property Rights Workshops – January 2018

The Research Office is running two workshops in January on finding funding for research and one on intellectual property rights in relation to research projects, as part of the Researcher Development Programme 2017-18.

Research Professional’s Greg Clarke will be running the lunchtime workshop on Research Professional (the online database of research funding opportunities available to all UoW staff) on 18 January. He’ll get you set up and searching for funding effectively during the workshop. If you’re already registered with and using Research Professional but have a specific question for Greg, you can just drop in from 1.15pm for the questions part of the session.

January 2018 Research Funding and Intellectual Property Rights Workshops

Finding Funding for Research

Description: If you’re looking for funding to support research and knowledge exchange activities this session will help you to navigate the opportunities available. The session aims to enable you to be pro-active and reactive to established and new funding opportunities and provides an overview of research funding in the UK. Key research funders, and the activities they fund are highlighted. It will be of use to those unfamiliar with the research funding landscape and also to researchers planning to make their first funding bid.

  • 17-01-2018 12.15-13.45 St John’s Campus

Using Research Professional to Find Funding for Research

Description: This session will be run by Greg Clarke of Research Professional. Every University of Worcester staff member can access Research Professional’s online database of current research funding opportunities for free. This session is aimed at both those who don’t already use Research Professional, and those who are registered with Research Professional, but who would like to know how to use the database and email alert system more effectively. You will have access to a computer during the session, which will cover registering with Research Professional, searching the database effectively, saving searches and setting up email alerts, and how to use the Our Institution and Group pages. The last 30 minutes of the session is time for you to ask Greg questions and set up your own searches with support from Greg and Karen Dobson.

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Description: This session will provide a basic overview of the nature of Intellectual Property Rights when engaging in externally funded research projects or unfunded collaborative projects. This session will be useful for all colleagues who are currently engaged in research projects or who are interested in doing so in the future.

  • 18-01-2018 12.15-13.45 St John’s Campus

How to book

Please book online through the University’s Staff Development Workshops booking portal

For more information about these workshops, please contact researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

Karen Dobson, Research and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator, Research Office

Food for Thought: Learning from International Experiences

After a break of over two years, our Food for Thought, Free Lunchtime Sessions are back! Hosted by Catherine Hyde from the International office and Dr Sean Bracken from the Institute of Education, these events provide a space for ALL colleagues and students who have an interest in learning from colleagues whose academic, social and cultural experiences extend beyond the UK. So come and join us for our re-inaugural event on;

Thursday 11 January, Jenny Lind Chapel, 12:30 – 13:15

We are pleased to announce that our really distinguished guest presenter will be Dr. Ramani Durvasula: the topic for her session is:

Narcissism in America:  Epidemic or the New Normal?

According to her University Website page (http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/ramani-durvasula) Ramani is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012. In 2002, Dr. Durvasula was the recipient of the prestigious Emerging Scholar Award from the American Association of University Women. She has presented numerous conference papers and written wide ranging peer reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including psychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS, women’s health, and mental illness.  She is the author of the  Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist (Post Hill Press) and You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life.  Dr. Durvasula received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, her clinical internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.  Dr. Durvasula was the co-host of Oxygen’s series My Shopping Addiction, and has also been featured on series on Bravo, the Lifetime Movie Network, National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery Science, and Investigation Discovery as well as in documentary films on health. She has been a featured commentator on nearly every major television network, as well as radio, print, and internet media. Dr. Durvasula is also involved in national governance in the field of psychology and is presently the chair of the Committee on Socioeconomic Status at the American Psychological Association and a member of the Advisory Board of the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association.

See you there!

Introduction to Mindfulness for Staff and Students

You are invited to attend this introductory course on the basics of Mindfulness, and practice its application in various areas of your life. The course is being held on Tuesdays, 12.30-1pm in BB179 – the University Chaplaincy. Sessions are open to staff and students, and no previous experience is necessary.

For further details, please see the Introduction to Mindfulness flyer.

New to Teaching Workshops

The University has introduced a one-day workshop for those who are new to teaching in higher education. The second scheduled date for this academic year is Tuesday 23 January 2018 (10:00 – 16:00).

The aim of the workshop is to provide space to explore students’ approaches to learning, how to support a diverse student body, managing sessions, providing feedback on assessment and reflecting and assessing the impact of teaching sessions.

By the end of this course, participants will have explored: setting aims and outcomes for a session of teaching, selecting and evaluating appropriate methods and techniques of teaching for their discipline and situation, treating students as individual learners, class and student interaction assessment strategies and feedback, and dealing with challenging teaching situations.

The sessions are intended for anyone who has not taught, or is relatively new to higher education and particularly useful for HPLs or PhD students, for whom it is intended to be the first step along the road to gaining HEA Associate Fellowship.

This is best undertaken as part of a planned induction/orientation to teaching in HE. It is specifically about approaches to learning and teaching and not the broader aspects of policy or working at the University. Bookings may be made via the staff development webpages.

Production Print Services switching to Digital Storefront

Dear colleague,

Please note that Production Print Services will be switching to Digital Storefront as its only job submission method from 31st January 2018 onwards.

Over the past year we have been developing and testing an alternative to submitting requests via email which offers a number of advantages to make the process of submitting work to the Print Room far easier, including an “Amazon style” online shop front to make it easier to select what you need.

The Digital Storefront can be found on the Staff homepage under “Production Print Services Portal” or by using this link

Should you require training on using any of its features please log a request via the IT Service Desk.

Please note that any email submissions to Production Print Services will cease to be actioned as of January 31st 2018. The only exception to this rule is for general enquires or business card orders*  which can be placed by emailing print@worc.ac.uk along with a completed UW Business Stationary form found on the O: drive here

Many thanks

Production Print Services

*Please note that business stationary orders are produced during the 1st week of each month subject to demand.

Becoming an External Examiner – staff development workshop

This staff development workshop is for academics considering becoming an external examiner for the first time.

The role of an external examiner is multi-faceted and enables an academic engaging in this work an opportunity to influence the quality of the student experience, not only in the institution in which you officiate but also within your own context. The session will consider the policy context of external examining, the role and expectations placed upon external examiners and how to find external examiner vacancies.

Bookings should be made via the staff development workshops webpages.

Date & time Venue
16.01.18              1:00 – 2:30 pm EE G164
29.01.18               9:30 – 11:00 am EE 1106

The 2018 Great Choreographic Challenge! This Friday evening at The Hive

Join us around The Hive for a evening of dance performances. Students have been given a challenge – 48 hours to create an original dance work.

This year expect some story telling, a flash mob, and some dance films. Plus an exclusive Q&A with the students and lecturers afterwards.

Friday 12 January 7:15-8:45pm All welcome. Admission free!

Booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-2018-choreographic-challenge-tickets-41878085481