2017/18 Salary Increase

Dear colleague

2017/18 Salary Increase

I am pleased to confirm that 2017-18 national pay negotiations have reached a successful conclusion, with four unions (UCU, Unite, GMA and Unison) confirming their acceptance of the final offer. The Education Institute of Scotland will be deciding their approach in the near future.

With effect from 1st August 2017, all pay points on the University pay scale will receive a 1.7% uplift, with higher percentages awarded to the staff on points 2 to 16 of the pay scale. The increase will be implemented in the August salaries run.

The updated pay scales can be viewed through the University website http://www.worc.ac.uk/personnel/677.htm.

If you have any questions regarding the pay increase, please contact the HR team on HR@worc.ac.uk.

With all best wishes

Adele Cope
Director of Human Resources

Staff Training for Information Security

Dear colleague

Further to the recent email from Helen Johnstone regarding the new Information Security policy, I am writing to confirm the training arrangements for all staff.

The aim of the training programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to fully understand: the details of the new policy; the implications of current and pending legislation around information security and data protection; and, where appropriate, to make suitable changes to your working practice.

All staff are required to successfully complete by 1 November 2017, the online training course UCISA Information Security Awareness Training accessed via LearnUpon, our new staff e-learning platform. All staff now have a LearnUpon account (please use the same user name and passwords to other UW accounts). The course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete (including the test at the end), you have the option to complete the training in stages, and at a time that is convenient to you. UCISA have developed this online training and clearly understand the issues that staff working in HE may face. Staff will be requested to revisit the training after two years, and will receive a reminder at that time.

In addition, over the coming months IT are running regular Information Security Awareness Training to provide you with the opportunity to understand and comply with current IT security best practice and identify and access appropriate support. These sessions will last about an hour. Full details, including date, time and location of the workshops are on Workshop Bookings where you can book your place.

While the above training is mandatory, its aim is to help you feel confident in understanding the new requirements; to support you to make the necessary changes in your working practice and to enable you to fully comply with the Information Security policy. If you have any questions or feedback please do not hesitate to contact the Staff Training team on training@worc.ac.uk. If you have any questions about the security of the information you work with please contact the IT Service Desk.

Kind regards

Niki Smithson
Staff Training

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

University Teaching Development Projects: Progress Reports July 2017 – reports on key development projects, including, course leader project, research inspired teaching, student learning journeys, and transitions, and inclusive practice, and many more ….

Developing the Students as Academic Partners Scheme by reflecting on a High Impact Pedagogy model – 2017 has seen 24 projects selected for inclusion in the Students as Academic Partners (SAP) scheme and these will be reported upon at the start of the next academic year. In the meantime read about one highly successful project which was chosen to showcase the UW SAP scheme at the JISC Change Agents Network Conference at the University of Exeter in April 2017.

Inclusive praxis, the university moral imperative of our time – reflections on a conference hosted by Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL), an international organisation that facilitates cross-global learning in Higher Education, and on a RAISE special interest group, where the focus has been developing and embedding inclusivity within learning and teaching.

HEPI/Unite Students Reality Check report published – results from a survey carried out by HEPI/Unite examining university applicants’ attitudes and perceptions about the transition to life as a student.

The URL for the blog is https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/. If you have something you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Carolyn Nisbet or your Institute Learning and Teaching Lead.

Leadership Development Programmes 2017-18

Introduction

Many staff will be approaching their Staff Review / Appraisals. The Leadership Development Team have developed a number of programmes which will be implemented during the academic year 2017/18. Each programme has specific aims but all are related to personal development and are associated with leadership and coaching.

Programmes

  1. University Leadership Certificate Programme (Level 4 Module)

This 10 x one day University / SEDA validated Leadership Certificate aims to develop leadership skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical and theoretical way. It builds on individual strengths and develops an understanding of how teams work and awareness of the University context. It provides opportunities for all staff who want to develop their understanding and apply it in the context of their own work situation. In particular it develops opportunities to work with staff from across the University. This Programme is available to all staff in the University.

NB: Staff can participate in this Programme without submitting any assessment. The dates for the programme can be found in the Leadership Development Programme Leaflet.

  1. Academic Leadership Programme (Level 7 Module)

This comprising 6 x 2 hour sessions and 4 full days Module recognises the importance of the Course Leader to the University. The Module is based around three interlocking themes: The Course Leader themselves, their interactions with and understanding of the Course Team and, their relationship between these variables and curriculum design. The ultimate aim of the Course is to support Course Leaders in developing the provision of an outstanding student experience. The dates for the programme can be found in the Leadership Development Programme Leaflet.

  1. Leadership and Coaching Programme

This 2 full day and 2 half day Programme aims to explore the skills and behaviours of effective coaching of the leadership style. Participants develop and reflect on their own performance in a range of skills and techniques associated with effective coaching. It is based on a strengths approach and is particularly valuable for staff who want to develop their leadership style. This Programme is available to all staff in the University. The dates for the programme can be found in the Leadership Development Programme Leaflet.

Further information can also be found on the Leadership Group Webpage: https://uwleadershipdevelopment.wordpress.com/

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.

Questions and Discussion

Any member of staff who is interested in participating in any or all of the above is welcome to have an informal chat with Malcolm Armstrong, Senior Fellow in Leadership or Julian Bancroft-Martin, Course Leader prior to committing themselves to the Programmes. If you wish to do this please book an appointment through Mary Bradley extension 2221. Leaflets have been distributed to Heads of Departments and Institutes.

Malcolm Armstrong
Senior University Fellow
Leadership Development

Car park D closure for Clearing Visit Days

Car Park D (Conference centre) will be closed on the below dates for Clearing Visit Days:

Friday 18 August, Saturday 19 August, Monday 21 August, Tuesday 22 August

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder, which necessitates you parking in this car park, please email carparking@worc.ac.uk or telephone the main security control room on x5495 and they will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking.

Staff Training for Information Security

Dear colleague

Further to the recent email from Helen Johnstone regarding the new Information Security policy, I am writing to confirm the training arrangements for all staff.

The aim of the training programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to fully understand: the details of the new policy; the implications of current and pending legislation around information security and data protection; and, where appropriate, to make suitable changes to your working practice.

All staff are required to successfully complete by 1 November 2017, the online training course UCISA Information Security Awareness Training accessed via LearnUpon, our new staff e-learning platform.  All staff now have a LearnUpon account (please use the same user name and passwords to other UW accounts). The course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete (including the test at the end), you have the option to complete the training in stages, and at a time that is convenient to you. UCISA have developed this online training and clearly understand the issues that staff working in HE may face. Staff will be requested to revisit the training after two years, and will receive a reminder at that time.

In addition, over the coming months IT are running regular Information Security Awareness Training to provide you with the opportunity to understand and comply with current IT security best practice and identify and access appropriate support. These sessions will last about an hour. Full details, including date, time and location of the workshops are on Workshop Bookings where you can book your place.

While the above training is mandatory, its aim is to help you feel confident in understanding the new requirements; to support you to make the necessary changes in your working practice and to enable you to fully comply with the Information Security policy. If you have any questions or feedback please do not hesitate to contact the Staff Training team on training@worc.ac.uk. If you have any questions about the security of the information you work with please contact the IT Service Desk.

Kind regards

Niki Smithson
Staff Training

Leadership Development Programmes 2017-18

Introduction

Many staff will be approaching their Staff Review / Appraisals between now and the summer. The Leadership Development Team have developed a number of programmes which will be implemented during the academic year 2017 / 18.  Each programme has specific aims but all are related to personal development and are associated with leadership and coaching.

Programmes

  1. University Leadership Certificate Programme (Level 4 Module)

This 10 x one day University / SEDA validated Leadership Certificate aims to develop leadership skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical and theoretical way.  It builds on individual strengths and develops an understanding of how teams work and awareness of the University context.  It provides opportunities for all staff who want to develop their understanding and apply it in the context of their own work situation. In particular it develops opportunities to work with staff from across the University. This Programme is available to all staff in the University.

NB:  Staff can participate in this Programme without submitting any assessment.  The dates for the programme can be found in the Leadership Development Programme Leaflet.

  1. Academic Leadership Programme (Level 7 Module)

This comprising 6 x 2 hour sessions and 4 full days Module recognises the importance of the Course Leader to the University.  The Module is based around three interlocking themes: The Course Leader themselves, their interactions with and understanding of the Course Team and, their relationship between these variables and curriculum design.  The ultimate aim of the Course is to support Course Leaders in developing the provision of an outstanding student experience.  The dates for the programme can be found in the Leadership Development Programme Leaflet.

  1. Leadership and Coaching Programme

This 2 full day and 2 half day Programme aims to explore the skills and behaviours of effective coaching of the leadership style.  Participants develop and reflect on their own performance in a range of skills and techniques associated with effective coaching.  It is based on a strengths approach and is particularly valuable for staff who want to develop their leadership style.  This Programme is available to all staff in the University.  The dates for the programme can be found in the Leadership Development Programme Leaflet.

Further information can also be found on the Leadership Group Webpage: https://uwleadershipdevelopment.wordpress.com/

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.

Questions and Discussion

Any member of staff who is interested in participating in any or all of the above is welcome to have an informal chat with Malcolm Armstrong, Senior Fellow in Leadership or Julian Bancroft-Martin, Course Leader prior to committing themselves to the Programmes.  If you wish to do this please book an appointment through Mary Bradley extension 2221.  Leaflets have been distributed to Heads of Departments and Institutes.

Malcolm Armstrong
Senior University Fellow
Leadership Development

NUS Extra card for students and staff members

As a student or staff member at the University of Worcester, you’re eligible for the NUS Extra card, the UK’s number 1 student discount card. With top brands including the likes of Pizza Express, ASOS, the Co-op and many more, there promises to be a whole host of worthwhile offers available to you.

Click here to purchase your card: https://cards.nusextra.co.uk/

Current deals:

  • 10% off your Co-op shop
  • Up to 30% off all food at Zizi’s
  • Up to 25% off your food bill at Prezzo
  • Up to 54% off at Thorpe Park
  • 20% off on all stationery at WHSmith

The NUS Extra card brings you over 200 UK student discounts and also comes with a 1 year FREE ISIC. The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of certified student status and with it you can unlock up to 42,000 International discounts across 130 countries. Endorsed by international organisations such as UNESCO and the European Council, with the ISIC you can also get a range of discounted worldwide flights with STA travel as well as various deals on hotels and hostels across the globe. Once you have your card, staff are also able to make use of the ISIC discounts!

Check out all the available discounts here: https://cards.nusextra.co.uk/

Those purchasing the NUS Extra card can select either a one-year card at £12, a two-year card at £22 or a three-year card for only £32. So, if you’re graduating soon, it’s worth investing in a three-year card now in order to keep getting access to all these perks.

Staff members, simply use your @worc.ac.uk email address when registering for your NUS Extra card.

NUS Extra gives the best discounts for students across the UK, with the revenue generated fed directly back into key student initiatives in Students’ Unions across the country.

Staff basketball training

Dear All

The basketball court on the St John’s Campus (main campus) is booked from 5.30 – 7pm on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August for staff basketball training. Feel free to come along on one or both dates, if you can only make half an hour on either day then feel free to come along for that time.

The dates will change each week due to the sports centre arranging timetables for the coming academic year, if you are interested in attending please contact me (r.wheldon@worc.ac.uk) and I will keep you posted about future dates.

The basketball sessions will be a friendly game with rotating teams/players. Both male and female staff are welcome and people with any experience can attend. The main objective is for staff to have a fun game of basketball.

Regards,
Russell

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

University Teaching Development Projects: Progress Reports July 2017 – reports on key development projects, including, course leader project, research inspired teaching, student learning journeys, and transitions, and inclusive practice, and many more ….

Developing the Students as Academic Partners Scheme by reflecting on a High Impact Pedagogy model – 2017 has seen 24 projects selected for inclusion in the Students as Academic Partners (SAP) scheme and these will be reported upon at the start of the next academic year. In the meantime read about one highly successful project which was chosen to showcase the UW SAP scheme at the JISC Change Agents Network Conference at the University of Exeter in April 2017.

Inclusive praxis, the university moral imperative of our time – reflections on a conference hosted by Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL), an international organisation that facilitates cross-global learning in Higher Education, and on a RAISE special interest group, where the focus has been developing and embedding inclusivity within learning and teaching.

HEPI/Unite Students Reality Check report published – results from a survey carried out by HEPI/Unite examining university applicants’ attitudes and perceptions about the transition to life as a student.

The URL for the blog is https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/. If you have something you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Carolyn Nisbet or your Institute Learning and Teaching Lead.

Sports Partnership’s ‘Workplace Challenge Wheelchair Basketball’ tournament

The officers and staff members at the Students’ Union recently got together to take part in Sports Partnership’s ‘Workplace Challenge Wheelchair Basketball’ tournament. Initially just a crazy idea thrown in from the Finance Manager, we (or the ‘SU Wobblers’ as we are now known) suddenly found ourselves right in the middle of a real game down at the Arena late yesterday evening.

Paperwork being filled in (Jade taking control) and Euan running onto the court, it was time to practise! I may be biased when I say we didn’t look too rusty, and although Jade was getting hit left, right and centre, more baskets were being scored as the competitive side came out in everyone (even Tim). With our wheelchair basketball tops on, we definitely looked the part (after a hard day’s work as well, I might add). One of the opposition teams even said they thought we were professionals.

TIME FOR OUR FIRST GAME!

After a great start, with a 6-3 win, our hopes were set on gold. We then began to falter slightly, however, losing the next two games and eventually finishing third in our group and 5th overall. We put up a good fight, though! Not bad for our first attempt. Despite the loss we had an amazing night with even more amazing people and with a little practise before next year, we’ll undoubtedly be in medal contention.

So, next up for us is rounders in a few weeks and following on from that, mixed netball in October. Go #TeamWorc

Sophie Glenny, Vice President Student Activities

Free Tai Chi Taster

Are you curious about learning Tai Chi, but unsure whether you will like it? Why not come along to this free taster session, and try-out Taiji37, a rare and authentic Tai Chi style that was developed and brought to the West by a Doctor of Western medicine (who also happened to be a genuine Tai Chi Master).

When: Thursday 14th September 2017, 2pm – 3-30pm
Where: Academy House, Infirmary Walk, Worcester, WR1 3AU

This event will explore the first ‘steps’ of the Taiji37 style form. We shall begin the class with some gentle stretching and warm-up exercises, which will then lead on to developing the postures for the first steps of the form. If you find you like it and want to learn more, there will be an opportunity during the event to sign-up for our new programme of weekly classes.

Places are strictly limited, so do ensure you sign-up for this event if you wish to guarantee your place.  Further details and sign-up form at: http://www.obelison.co.uk/taster/

Training Support for the New Information Security Policy

Dear colleague

Further to the recent email from Helen Johnstone regarding the new Information Security policy, I am writing to confirm the training arrangements for all staff.

The aim of the training programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to fully understand: the details of the new policy; the implications of current and pending legislation around information security and data protection; and, where appropriate, to make suitable changes to your working practice.

All staff are required to successfully complete by 1 November 2017, the online training course UCISA Information Security Awareness Training accessed via LearnUpon, our new staff e-learning platform.  All staff now have a LearnUpon account (please use the same user name and passwords to other UW accounts). The course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete (including the test at the end), you have the option to complete the training in stages, and at a time that is convenient to you. UCISA have developed this online training and clearly understand the issues that staff working in HE may face. Staff will be requested to revisit the training after two years, and will receive a reminder at that time.

In addition, over the coming months IT are running regular Information Security Awareness Training to provide you with the opportunity to understand and comply with current IT security best practice and identify and access appropriate support. These sessions will last about an hour. Full details, including date, time and location of the workshops are on Workshop Bookings where you can book your place.

While the above training is mandatory, its aim is to help you feel confident in understanding the new requirements; to support you to make the necessary changes in your working practice and to enable you to fully comply with the Information Security policy. If you have any questions or feedback please do not hesitate to contact the Staff Training team on training@worc.ac.uk. If you have any questions about the security of the information you work with please contact the IT Service Desk .

Kind regards

Niki Smithson
Staff Training

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

University Teaching Development Projects: Progress Reports July 2017 – reports on key development projects, including, course leader project, research inspired teaching, student learning journeys, and transitions, and inclusive practice, and many more ….

Developing the Students as Academic Partners Scheme by reflecting on a High Impact Pedagogy model – 2017 has seen 24 projects selected for inclusion in the Students as Academic Partners (SAP) scheme and these will be reported upon at the start of the next academic year. In the meantime read about one highly successful project which was chosen to showcase the UW SAP scheme at the JISC Change Agents Network Conference at the University of Exeter in April 2017.

Inclusive praxis, the university moral imperative of our time – reflections on a conference hosted by Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL), an international organisation that facilitates cross-global learning in Higher Education, and on a RAISE special interest group, where the focus has been developing and embedding inclusivity within learning and teaching.

HEPI/Unite Students Reality Check report published – results from a survey carried out by HEPI/Unite examining university applicants’ attitudes and perceptions about the transition to life as a student.

The URL for the blog is https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/. If you have something you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Carolyn Nisbet or your Institute Learning and Teaching Lead.

Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference

Friday 20 October 2017, 10.00 – 16.00

Call for Papers

Conference Theme: Communication, Collaboration and Commitment

The conference committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference 2017. United under the theme of Communication, Collaboration and Commitment, the conference aims to bring together researchers from across the full range of sub-disciplines within education to provide a diverse and dynamic forum for the presentation of ideas. Whether you are seeking to disseminate research findings, develop your thinking about ongoing research, or expand your network, this postgraduate conference will offer a supportive and engaging environment in which to share your research.

Keynote:

We are excited to welcome Katy Vigurs to our conference this year. Katy is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Derby and during her career she has led many educational research projects with learners in school, college, university and adult education settings. Katy has also worked with families and learning providers, with a particular interest in the field of widening participation in education.

Conference Sub-themes:

Participants are invited to explore the full scope of the conference and we therefore welcome presentations and posters with a focus on the conference theme of Communication, Collaboration and Commitment which might also include the sub themes of:

  • Innovation in educational research
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • International studies
  • Educational Research Methods

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: worc.ioe2017@gmail.com by no later than Friday 18 August 2017.

Abstracts should include:

  • Research aim(s) and/or research questions
  • Research methodology
  • Findings (if relevant)

Enquiries:

To be directed to IoE Conference Organising Team 2016: Maxine Watkins, Hazel Richards and Kathryn Spicksley at worc.ioe2017@gmail.com

Timetable for submissions:

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 18 August 2017

Notification of Acceptance by: Friday 25 August 2017

Conference booking deadline: Friday 8 September 2017

Summer CELTA 2017 news

Eight weeks of intensive CELTA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training drew to a close on July 21st. The Language Centre is proud to have helped 17 trainee language teachers successfully pass the course and take their first steps towards a teaching career. The centre maintained its 100% good pass rate and saw 20% of candidates gaining a grade B Cambridge teaching certificate.

The Language Centre is especially proud that 5 of the 17 candidates have gone straight into employment as a result of the course. Working closely with local schools and other language education providers, both in the UK and internationally, some candidates were able to find teaching work even before the course had ended.

We would like to thank the teacher trainers on the CELTA for their diligence and professionalism on the course, they were an inspiration and model for all the trainee teachers.

The next Online CELTA course is now full and is scheduled to run from September 2nd to December 9th however, we are taking applications for the Online CELTA scheduled for January 2018.