Spring Flower Arrangements for sale for Charity of the Year

The Communications and Participation team will be selling a limited number of lovely spring flower arrangements for the Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Each arrangement features fresh, daffodil bulbs alongside realistic and carefully crafted paper flowers. When the bulbs have finished flowering they can be planted outside; the paper flowers are delicate but sturdy and should last forever! Each arrangement is contained in a pretty, reusable pot or basket.

  • Large arrangement (fresh daffodils in a larger basket and three hand-made paper flowers) £12
  • Medium arrangement (fresh daffodils and three hand-made paper flowers) £8
  • Small arrangement (fresh daffodils and one hand-made paper flower) £5

Please email communications@worc.ac.uk or visit us in Woodbury to reserve your arrangement. We only have a small number to sell and it’s first-come, first-served!

We are also hoping to run a paper flower workshop in the near future. If you’d like to try your hand at making these creations yourself, register your interest at communications@worc.ac.uk You don’t need any experience and all materials will be supplied. There will be a small cost, with all money going directly to Smile for Joel. Watch the blog for dates!

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.

2018-04-13 BCLM Voices Conf final poster sml web

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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.

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants contacted during the week beginning 30 April 2018.

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 is Monday 9 April 2018.  Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

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

Cake sale in admissions Friday 23 March from 10.30

To raise money for Smile for Joel there will be a bake sale held in Admissions (WB140) on Friday 23rd March from 10:30.

Joel was a student here studying towards a BSc Hons in Physical Education & Sports Coaching Science when he was tragically killed in a terrorist attack. Seeing as Joel was such an active sportsman we will be taking part in multiple sporting activities covering 100 miles over a 24 hours period. On top of all of the physical exercise we have decided to host a bake sale to raise some additional funds.

Charity Quiz 11 April

We are pleased to announce, for one night only, the return of

The Quiz Master: Chris Dunn

Chris will be chairing a charity quiz: Wednesday 11 April

7pm for a 7.30pm start

Edward Elgar: Cotswold Suite

All money raised is for the University Challenge: 100 Miles for Joel

Entry fee: £16 per table – teams of 4

Entrants may bring their own drinks and snacks but there will also be a small bar available to purchase drinks on the evening.

Please send team entries to chrisdunn49@live.co.uk as soon as possible as places will be limited. There are still a few places left – please sign up by 28 March.

The evening will also include a raffle, if you have any prizes to donate please email CharityChallenge@worc.ac.uk

Centre for Violence Prevention 2018 Annual Conference


4 – 5 June 2018

University of Worcester, Worcester, UK

The aim of this conference is to draw together practitioners and academics from all disciplines in order to advance discussions and understanding around the complexities of preventing all forms of violence, when violence and violence prevention efforts occur at the intersections of identity and experience.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited from academics and non-academics who work in the broad field of violence prevention, including primary prevention through to tertiary prevention strategies. We are particularly interested in submissions on the following topics in relation to victim and offender positions:

Hate crime                           Stalking                                                      Knife violence

Child abuse/exploitation          Gang related violence                 Childhood violence

Child abuse and neglect      Child to parent violence    Workplace violence and abuse

Violence in older age      Technology-mediated violence    Domestic violence and abuse

Violence and gender                      Violence involving firearms and guns

Honour-based violence                 Violence prevention in the context of war

We would love to have submissions by practitioners or third sector workers discussing any aspect of their work in these areas so that we can complement the academic content with practice based knowledge. In addition, we would value input concerning learning and teaching developments in these areas.

Abstracts of proposed papers should be no longer than 250 words and provide general context and rationale to the presentation, and should describe the main argument/case, and where appropriate summarize findings. Implications for practice should be noted. Please contact us to discuss if you are unsure whether your work fits our brief.

Submission deadline: 31 March 2018 | Submit to cvp@worc.ac.uk

*PLEASE NOTE: if your abstract is successful, you will still be required to pay an attendance fee.

Bookings – please see attached flyer for further details.

To book a place, please go to:


*Early bird rates apply to bookings made before 30 April 2018.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes,

Esther Dobson
Study Day, Conference and Events Co-ordinator

Screenwriting events

Camilla Bubna-Kasteliz

Tales From Development Hell, or How Not To Develop A Script

Talk followed by Q & A

Monday 19 March @ 6pm – 7.15pm

In Glass Room, Level 0, The Hive

A talk on how script development works (or sometimes doesn’t), including some advice on how to get into the industry and some tips for new writers.

University of Worcester Screenwriting Festival

Saturday 14th April 2018 at The Hive

Events from 10am, Industry Guests and Performances from 2pm – 10pm

Free Entry for all students and the public.

The day consists of Industry Guest Speakers from Film and TV, Industry Panel and Q&A, Pitching Workshops, Live Performances, Screenings, Write Now Monologue Competition.

A unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into the screenwriting industry, as well as the exceptional talents of the BA Screenwriting students.


Bicycle User Group (BUG) Free Breakfast for Cyclist 23 March

University of Worcester BUG is launching this Friday with a free breakfast for cyclists who are registered on UniCycle (https://www.lovetoride.net/unicycle?locale=en-GB)

What’s a BUG

Workplace BUGs support staff who cycle for and/or to and from work. They are usually championed by a keen cyclist plus (ideally) a core of fellow employees. Some BUGs have much in common with local cycle campaign groups and many not only look after the interests of existing cyclists, but work hard to encourage other employees to take up cycling too. Find our more https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/campaigns-guide/bicycle-user-groups-bugs

When and where

The BUG will be launching with a free breakfast on Friday 23 March between 8:15 and 8:45 in Made Canteen EE. To get your free breakfast you will need to be registered on the University of Worcester UniCycle group and record a bike journey this week.


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.


Open Access blackboard site

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


SU Elections

As you may have noticed, last week saw the Students’ Union elections in full swing. A total of 13 candidates stood for the positions of Students’ Union PresidentVice President Education, and Vice President Student Activities.

All candidates and their supporters campaigned tirelessly throughout the week, attending our two Question Time events, taking over the Students’ Union social media channels, and spending their days on campus engaging with students.

Through their campaigning, and the hard work of SU staff, the elections were our most successful on record, with total of 1844 students casting their vote!

On Friday night, the elections culminated in the Rubber Ducky Results Night. This was a chance for us to celebrate all of the candidates and say a big thank you to everyone who made the elections such a fantastic experience for everyone involved. And most important was the announcement of the winners!

Therefore, we’re delighted to confirm the winners of the 2018 Leadership Elections, and the new Officer team for 2018-19 are;

President – Lucy Conn


Vice President Education – Euan Morrison


Vice President Student Activities – Harrison Jarrett


These elections were one of our most successful yet, seeing a record number of votes cast and some wonderful campaigning from the candidates. So on behalf of everyone at the SU, we’d like to say a big thank you to all who didn’t duck out of democracy! Lucy, Euan and Harrison will take up their post this June and we can’t wait for them to get started!

Watch our highlights video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPKuURfBViI

Sport Relief at the Students’ Union

This week marks the return of Sport Relief, to help people get active, raise money, and ultimately change lives. The Students’ Union will be taking part in a number of activities throughout the week to raise money for this fantastic cause.

On Monday 19 March, we will be hosting a dodgeball tournament at St Johns Sports Centre, 15:00 – 18:00, with a number of clubs and societies (and elite athletes from the SU itself) going head to head to be crowned champions.

On Monday 19, Wednesday 21 and Friday 23, our RAG team will be in The Hangar encouraging staff and students to walk the Uni Mile and make a donation (13:15 meet, 13:30 start). This year, Sport Relief is aiming for the nation to walk a billion steps and this is your chance to contribute.

And on Friday 23 March, all students and staff are being encouraged to wear their favourite sports teams’ kit for the day in return for making a donation to Sport Relief.

You can donate to our Sport Relief total right here – https://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/worcestersu2018 – and if we reach our target our brave (and hairy!) VP Education, Euan Morrison, has agreed to have his legs waxed!

Save the date – Union Awards

save the dateThe Union Awards are back and students only have until 23 March to nominate University teaching staff and support staff in various different categories. This year the categories include:

  • Outstanding Lecturer Award
  • Module Excellence Award
  • The Extra Mile Award for Support Staff (Non-Teaching)
  • Sustainability Award – Individual or Departmental Achievement
  • Award for Exceptional Personal Academic Tutor (PAT)
  • Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award

We at the Students’ Union are appealing for staff to encourage students to fill out our short survey so those outstanding members of staff can get the recognition they deserve! The deadline to submit nominations is the 23 March and can be done by following this link: bit.ly/SCAs2018.

Those shortlisted will be notified, prior to the winners being announced at the Union Awards on 22 May.

As usual all shortlisted staff will receive a complimentary ticket. Colleagues are encouraged to also attend what promises to be a fabulous evening by purchasing tickets which will go on sale in March.

Make sure you save the date to avoid disappointment!

Training Workshops – Mentoring and Coaching

Becoming a Mentor on 26 March 10:00 – 12:00 

If you have an interest in supporting and developing others then you might wish to become a University Mentor? 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.  This workshop will explain the mentor role, the process of mentoring, and consider some of the skills required.

Coaching Programme on 21 March 10:00 – 16:00

This programme explores the skills and behaviours of effective coaching and on completion of the full programme you can join the register of internal coaches. We will also consider how you can support others through the use of a coaching style. This programme runs over two linked days and delegates need to commit to attend both sessions. Delegates will agree a date for Part 2 at the end of this session.

If you would to attend any of the below sessions, please contact the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk) or book via the Staff Development pages.

Library news: Bookable group study spaces at The Hive; Resource trial- Craft; What are Resource Lists for?

Bookable group study spaces at The Hive

Students can now book rooms and tables in The Hive for group study. Meeting rooms 2-6, and the Nooks and group study tables on level 0 can be booked for slots of up to 2 hours. The spaces can be booked up to 48 hours in advance. Each student can make 1 booking of up to 2 hours in any 24 hour period, starting at any time during The Hive opening hours. Meeting rooms and study tables must be used by a group comprising at least 4 people. To book, students should email hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk using their University email address, or speak to a member of Hive staff on level 0. There is no charge for this service.

Resource trial- Craft

We are trialling a beautiful resource, Craft, useful for anyone with an interested in animation, gaming, graphic novels or storyboarding. Learn and be inspired by the raw material from animation and game productions. The trial is live until 14 April 2018, please take our survey and let us know what you think.

What are Resource Lists for?

Find out all you need to know about the purpose and pedagogic potential of online resource lists in our new video. Just under 6 minutes of your time, well spent. All resource lists should now be published, a feat achieved by the Institute of Humanities, Institute of the Arts and Worcester Business School. Contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for your institute if you have any questions about resource lists or book ordering.



Skills Gyms

Course Leaders Skills Gym Working with Others Part 2

Description: 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. She has run a number of very successful training sessions for staff at the University who have reported back how the sessions have enabled them to have open and honest conversations with team members and this has had a very positive impact on the working relationships. This Skills Gym will look at demonstrating personal confidence and self-belief while embracing the power of non-verbal communication. This will include the introduction to 4 styles of communication, looking at how you can flex your style to improve your effectiveness in working with others and identifying communication switch-ons and turn-offs for each style. The session will include look at the power of non-verbal communication creating a positive impact with your voice and body responding to body language shown by others.

  • 25 April 13.00 – 16.30 in WB023

Courses Leaders Skills Gym Difficult Conversations and how to approach them

Description: Jill Bowman is an experienced trainer who is passionate about developing staff and providing them with the tools to approach challenging conversations with confidence. This Skills Gym is aimed at developing the core skills of Course Leaders in relation to difficult conversations. Not only is the range of topics included in this very large and varied, the issues surrounding the reason why the situation has occurred can be very emotional at a variety of levels. When considering difficult issues there can be a multitude of factors that the individuals can brings to the conversation. This half day session will introducing the use of a strategy based on the ACTION model to give a framework to any difficult conversation. The session will look to develop the verbal and nonverbal skills required to know how to talk assertively and appropriately, bearing in mind the sensitivities that a difficult conversation meeting can bring. A major focus of the session is based on the aim of the meeting, as this is often where individuals go wrong. This Skills Gym will provide practical and engaging demonstrations of the different skills that would be employed by all staff in addressing challenging issues. The skills gym will also explore more complex matters that Courses Leaders may have to address and find uncomfortable, including two written case study scenarios.

  • 21 March 12.30 – 16.30 in WB023

Skills Gyms – Working with Others (part 1)

Description: 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.

  • 20 March 09.00 – 12.30 in WB023

NUS Extra Cards on sale at Students’ Union Welcome Desk

Don’t forget that you can buy your NUS Extra card from the Students’ Union Welcome desk, meaning you can start using it straight away!

NUS Extra offers hundreds of discounts and special deals for card holders. There’s a whole range of offers from the likes of New Look, ASOS, Zizzi, ASK Italian, Co-op, Cross Country Train, and Vision Express.

Cards are £12 for one year, £22 for two years, or £32 for three years. Visit the NUS Extra website for full details, or just pop along to the Welcome Desk and get your card today!

IOA/IOH Research Seminar

Please see attached details of the IOA/OH Research Seminar on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 5.15pm in CC007 (Malvern Room) which will be another double bill:

David Arnold will be presenting:
“Writing and Spiritual Practice – a Buddhist Perspective

Stephanie Jones will be presenting:
“’Simply as an Instrument’: The Female Characters of Christine Brooke-Rose”

Date/Time: Tuesday 20 March 2018 @ 5.15pm

Location: St John’s Campus, Conference Centre CC 007 (Malvern Room)

Everyone welcome!


Launch of 2018 Vacation Teaching Development Assistantship (VTDA) Scheme

The Vacation Teaching Development Assistantship Scheme is now open for applications for funding. Course teams or individual staff can make applications for projects that focus on transforming learning and teaching, and that show a sustainable and measurable impact on student engagement and/or outcomes at course or module level. Proposals should be informed by relevant pedagogic research or published developmental work where possible; projects that enable cross-University collaboration are of particular interest.

Applications are open until 31 March 2018

Information on previous projects can be found on the Realising Teaching Excellence blog

Application forms (including exemplar applications) can be found on OneDrive

General enquiries about the scheme may be sent to Carolyn Nisbet, QED (c.nisbet@worc.ac.uk)

VTDA 2017-18_launch

Social Media in the Workplace: Lessons in Employment Law

Stephen Hurley (Solicitor & Senior Lecturer in Employment & Equality Law at University of Worcester

Date: Wed 21 March 2018 Time: 6pm-7.30pm
Venue: The Hive Cost: Free

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube … the list grows and grows. What does the law say about an employee’s ability to use social media at work? Is social media use at work a basic human right or a dangerous luxury, liable to end in tears?

This lecture will suggest some lessons we can all learn from the caselaw. (Note: The talk is for educational purposes only. It will not be legal advice.)

Booking required via the Hive website at http://www.thehiveworcester.org/business-events.html

Call for Papers: Worcester Journal for Learning and Teaching: Issue 12 (2018)

We are inviting submissions for Issue 12 of the Worcester Journal for Learning and Teaching (WJLT). We welcome contributions in the form of academic papers, project reports or personal perspectives.

WJLT is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Quality and Educational Development Department at the University of Worcester. Our aim is to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching.

As a community of practitioners we welcome papers from colleagues at all Higher Education institutions.

Staff at the University and its partner institutions wishing to submit material to be reviewed for the next issue should read the Notes for Authors.

In case of queries, or to discuss potential contributions informally, please contact Barbara Mitra (b.mitra@worc.ac.uk). Further information and previous issues of the Journal can be found at https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/resources/worcester-journal-of-learning-teaching/

The submission deadline for the next issue is Monday 9 April 2018.

Please email potential contributions to the Editorial Assistant, Elizabeth Bessant (e.bessant@worc.ac.uk)

University Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day1

“…found on my walk … at uni
today. I placed elsewhere for somebody else to find”

On 1 March 2018, despite the snow storm, we celebrated University Mental Health Day. There was lots of activity with both students and staff participating in a range of activities, spreading the positive atmosphere both on campus and all over twitter!

The day’s activities were advertised in advance through facebook, and posters designed by the Students’ Union.

The Student Wellbeing Champions helped to spread hope and positivity through their #UWRocks campaign. They set up a stand in Main Reception and encouraged others to make their mark by writing a message of positivity, an inspirational quote, or even a drawing of a happy picture, on a rock. These were then placed around the University Mile for others to find. The finder could either keep the rock, or move it for someone else to find. Photos of the rocks were uploaded onto social media with the hashtags: #needtotalkUW and #UWrocks.

Mental Health Day2

“What a lovely way to brighten up your day!”
“Needed this! Thanks”

Another similar campaign for the day was #UWyarnbomb2018. In the lead up to the day, students attending ‘Fancy a Cuppa?’ and others were busy creating small handmade hearts with positive messages attached. The hearts were placed around St John’s and City Campus for others to find. You can find all the shared yarnbombs on twitter using the hashtag: #UWyarnbomb2018.

The Counselling & Mental Health Service set up an information stand in Main Reception, alongside Healthy Minds NHS service. They engaged with over 270 students and staff about mental health and advised on ways to support yourself more effectively. De-stressing hippos and information resources were also distributed. In addition, the Counselling and Mental Health Service delivered 15 minute taster sessions in: Mindfulness, Soothing Rhythm Breathing, Relaxation, Finding your Signature Strengths, and ‘The Miracle Question’.

Mental Health Day3

At 1pm, it was time for ‘Fancy a Cuppa?’ in firstpoint – a collaboration between the Student Support & Wellbeing Service and the International Team for St David’s Day. Daffodils were on display, and Welsh Cakes were on offer in addition to the biscuits!

Mental Health Day4

The Hive offered a ‘Banana Giveaway’ to highlight the importance of healthy eating, and in the SU, Aramark ran a healthy eating sampling session to encourage students to improve their nutrition at times of exam stress.

City Campus celebrated the day by running Mindfulness and Pilates classes which helped to demonstrate the importance of improving mental health by working both the body and the mind.

Thank you to everyone involved in making the day such a success, even in a half-empty university on a snow day!

Transgender Education and Support Programme 2018

I’d like to invite you to take part in an exciting and innovative opportunity. As many of you know, we successfully secured funding for a Transgender Education and Support Programme to deliver training and enhance the knowledge of staff and students in relation to gender, transgender and transphobia. We have a schedule of dates and times for training which we are inviting you to be a part of. There is an expectation that participants commit to full attendance at all sessions; which I appreciate may be difficult, but hopefully with this early notification you will be able to accommodate in your busy schedule. Places are limited to 15 and interest is welcomed from all university staff both academic and academic support (please notify your line manager once your place has been confirmed).

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

If you would like you register your interest in taking part in this training, please contact tesp@worc.ac.uk

Best wishes,
Kate Thackeray, Ruth Jones, Ali Wells and Esther Dobson

Nominations for Honorary Doctorates and University Fellowships 2018

Dear Colleagues

Just sending a reminder to highlight that the deadline for receiving nominations for Honorary Doctorates and University Fellowships is Friday 16th March 2018.

Kind regards

Di Fisher

Dear Colleagues

Each year at the annual Award Ceremonies in November, the University confers a number of Honorary Doctorates and University Fellowships. The awards are based on nominations made by staff, students, Governors and Fellows of the University. All nominations are considered by the Honorary Awards Committee, which then identifies the most outstanding to take forward.

The criteria for nominations are explained on the attached forms: Honorary Degrees Nomination Form – 2018, University Fellowship Nomination Form – 2018.

How to make a Nomination

Please complete the relevant form and return it to me via email (d.fisher@worc.ac.uk) by Friday 16th March 2018.

It is very important that nominees should not be approached prior to consideration of nominations by the Honorary Awards Committee and should not, in any circumstances, be informed that they are under consideration.

You can find information on the awards made in 2017 on the University Website: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/community/honorary-degrees-fellowships.html

Kind regards

Di Fisher
Secretary to the Honorary Awards Committee

Humanities & Arts Research Seminars

Tuesday 13 March @ 5.15pm

St. John’s Campus, Malvern Room, CC 007

Luke Devine:  Anti-Semitism on the Left from Marx to Momentum: Continuities, Contiguities and a New Field of Research

Luke will explore continuities/contiguities in Left variants of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism, beginning with Marx’s “On the Jewish Question” and culminating in contemporary “new” forms of anti-Semitism expressed through anti-Zionist, anti-Israel, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist discourses. He will identify a growing field of academic research into contemporary Left anti-Semitism and its historical roots.

Neil Fleming: Tradition, Empire and the Forging of the Conservative Right

Neil will examine the evolution and transformation of reactionary Conservatism in the United Kingdom, from a nineteenth century preoccupation with the unreformed Protestant constitution to the overlap of this with a fixation in the 1900s and 1910s on the prestige and strength of Britain’s global empire. This presentation will examine how it led to the emergence of a more coherent Conservative Right in the 1920s and 1930s.


Tuesday 20 March @ 5.15pm

St. John’s Campus, Malvern Room, CC 007

David Arnold:  “Writing and Spiritual Practice – a Buddhist Perspective”

 In histories of American counter-culture, the practice of meditation and the practice of poetry are often regarded as twin paths. With reference to poets Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger and Jane Hirshfield, this talk will consider these practices as both mutually supportive and antagonistic and will ask, how open to literary criticism is spiritual practice?


Stephanie Jones: “‘Simply as an Instrument’: The Female Characters of Christine Brooke-Rose”

Throughout Christine Brooke-Rose’s career, she repeatedly refused to accept the categorisation of her work by literary scholars and frequently eschewed the label of Feminist. Yet her contribution to the seminal collection Breaking the Sequence (1989) eds. Ellen G. Friedman and Miriam Fuchs mourns the dearth of women writers and women in the academy. This paper will consider the construction of two female protagonists from Brooke-Rose’s novels Between (1968) and Amalgamemnon (1984) and explore a tension between her desire to succeed as an academic and her desire for rebellion against the patriarchal structure of the academy.

All welcome.

ISES Research Seminar

Risk-Taking and Professional Development: Physical Education Teachers’ narratives of experience

Staff and students are invited to attend a Research Seminar being held on 19 March 2018:

13:00-14:00 in EE G164, St John’s Campus
Kerry Whitehouse
Principal Lecturer, Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Physical Education (PE) exists in times of uncertainty with continual curriculum and policy change. PE curriculums and patterns of teaching are arguably preoccupied with fixed rather than fluid knowledge which has led to PE teachers’ reluctance to reflect, problematise knowledge or engage with sustained innovation. The Risk-Taking Professional Development Programme (PDP) was designed to encourage trainee teachers to develop these skills and dispositions through taking ‘risks’ and, it became a core component of the PGCE PE course at University of Worcester, being delivered to over 100 PE trainee teachers.

This presentation highlights the findings of a narrative inquiry research study which explored the influence and longer-term relevance of the Risk-Taking PDP once trainee teachers began teaching in schools. Emphasising holism, context, subjective meaning and viewing people’s lives as storied lives findings highlighted that adaptation, negotiation and resilience formed over time as crucial aspects of risk-taking. Once qualified and teaching in schools, key influences affected PE teachers’ willingness to take risks and, when influences in schools were positive, engagement with innovation and creativity continued. In addition, this research offers a conceptualisation of risk-taking as holding four-dimensional metaphorical space which may inform teacher training programmes and professional development more generally.

IHS Research Seminar

Parenting of Children Under 5 in Military Families: Risk and Resilience

21 March, 1.00pm-2.00pm in EE2021

Presented by Dr Gabriela Misca and Professor Mary Nolan

Military life is often characterised by long and unpredictable duty hours, relatively low pay for lower ranks, frequent family separations and extreme mobility. In 2011, an Ofsted survey identified that military families face challenges that go beyond the experience of the majority of families and children living in the UK. There is an urgent need to gain a better understanding of these challenges, of their impact on parenting, and of strategies to support military mothers and fathers who have young children. In the last decade, research into the impact on children belonging to a military family has begun to grow in the United States as the major deployment operations in Iraq and in Afghanistan led to a surge of interest in and concern for the health and wellbeing of thousands of military families caught up in the conflicts. Nonetheless, relatively little of this research activity has focused on pre-school children.

This presentation will adopt an ecological framework with the aim of capturing the complexity of influences impacting children’s experience of being part of a military family during the early, critical years of development. Risk factors in military families include family disruption owing to regular relocations; poor mental health of the caregiving parent during deployment of the serving parent; PTSD and depression on the part of the serving parent post-deployment; as well as changing dynamics between the child’s parents as they renegotiate roles following return of the serving parent, and manage conflict as the family reorganises itself.

The presenters will bring multi-disciplinary perspectives to applying this body of research into intervention approaches to support the parenting of young children in complex circumstances, in this case, in the military. The authors will also highlight their current research study (in progress) which explores the relationships between parental military career, parenting and developmental outcomes in children under 5 by examining the data on a sub-sample of children from the Millennium Cohort Study, whose parent(s) were members of the Armed Forces, and for whom developmental measures have been recorded at ages 3 and 5.

All welcome, if possible please confirm attendance to michelle.jellis@worc.ac.uk.

Launch of 2018 Vacation Teaching Development Assistantship (VTDA) Scheme

The Vacation Teaching Development Assistantship Scheme is now open for applications for funding. Course teams or individual staff can make applications for projects that focus on transforming learning and teaching, and that show a sustainable and measurable impact on student engagement and/or outcomes at course or module level. Proposals should be informed by relevant pedagogic research or published developmental work where possible; projects that enable cross-University collaboration are of particular interest.

Applications are open until 31 March 2018

Information on previous projects can be found on the Realising Teaching Excellence blog

Application forms (including exemplar applications) can be found on OneDrive

General enquiries about the scheme may be sent to Carolyn Nisbet, QED (c.nisbet@worc.ac.uk)

VTDA 2017-18_launch

Worcester City Council – Community Life Survey

Worcester City Council Community Life Survey

What is it like living in your neighbourhood? Please complete our survey, which looks at what local people are doing to improve their area. The results will give us a much clearer picture of how connected and strong our communities really are – so time and money can be spent where most needed in future.

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