New film – Sophie Carrigill – GB Rio Paralympian & Psychology Graduate

We are proud to present this new University of Worcester video featuring our very own Sophie Carrigill.

This is the second in a series of films we are producing, telling individual stories from around the University. It will be launching in cinemas around the country.

Please do watch the video on Facebook (it’s best with sound) and share with others.

Captioned and audio described versions of the video are available on YouTube.

New Information Security Policy and Arrangements

Dear Colleague

I am writing to you to make you aware of the University’s new Information Security Policy, and the associated Information Classification and Handling Table.

All staff should engage with the Information Security Policy and the requirements of the Information Classification and Handling Table as compliance is mandatory and any breaches of the policy may lead to action being taken under the Staff Disciplinary Procedures.

The Information Security Policy sets out expectations of staff in relation to User Accounts, Mobile Computing, Encryption, Software and Network Management.

The Information Classification and Handling Table breaks down all information and data into three specific categories – ‘Highly Sensitive’, ‘Personal/Confidential’, ‘Non-Sensitive/Open’ and explains staff should store and share each category of information.

We recognise that for some staff the requirements of the policy and associated table will mean a significant change in work practice and behaviour. Therefore, the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group has agreed that staff have until the 1st November 2017 to become fully compliant with the policy.

Below are some simple Do’s and Don’ts of Information Security which all staff should follow.

DO DON’T
Seek advice from the IT Service Desk if you are unsure about any aspect of Information Security. DON’T disclose your account password to anyone either verbally or via email. That includes members of IT.
Change your password if you have any suspicion that it may have been compromised. DON’T use your University password as the password for any other service.
Report any loss or suspected loss of data to the IT Service Desk. DON’T undermine or seek to undermine the security of computer systems.
Ensure that equipment that has been used to store sensitive University data is disposed of correctly. DON’T make copies of restricted University information without permission.
Encrypt mobile devices which you use for University business including personal devices. Advice is available from the IT Service Desk DON’T provide access to University information or systems to those who are not entitled to access.
When sharing sensitive information with others always follow the advice in the Information Handling Guidelines. DON’T leave your computer unlocked when unattended.
Password protect your personally owned devices. DON’T use a personal email account for conducting University business.
Keep all of the software on your personally owned devices up to date. DON’T connect personally owned storage or mobile devices to University owned devices
Be aware of the risks of using open (unsecured) Wi-Fi hotspots or public computers in libraries, airports, etc DON’T send, forward or open unauthorised bulk (spam) email.
Assume that Information Security is relevant to you. DON’T leave paper-based records in plain sight where they can be viewed by unauthorised people
Ensure that paper-based information is securely locked away when you are away from your desk. DO NOT leave hard copies of confidential information unattended or unsecured.

Over the summer, the IT team will be working with departments across the University to enable staff to access and use the IT provisions we already have.

Mandatory training for all staff on Information Security and Data Protection will be rolled out across the University in 2017/18.

Any staff with specific IT queries or needs should contact the IT Service Desk. Some specific advice and guidance is available via the IT webpages or the IT Service Desk:

Cloud Storage – the University’s approved solution is One Drive for Business. Using cloud storage will significantly increase your storage capacity and allow you to access your files and documents securely when away from the University and reduce the need for USB sticks, which are vulnerable to loss or being misplaced.

Secure Storage of Data – if you are working away from the University or are sharing data in the ‘High Sensitive’ or ‘Personal/Confidential’ categories you should ensure that the information is secure.

Protect your emails and documents using Rights Management Services (RMS) – RMS allows you to apply access permissions and expiry dates to your documents and emails. It is intended to be used when working with ‘Highly/Sensitive’ and ‘Personal/Confidential’ classed data.

We will continue to develop technology, support and training relating to Information Security and will keep staff updated on a regular basis via all user emails, briefing notes to Heads and via the new Information Assurance webpage

 

Food Festival

We are opening this up to all staff and students to take part in the international food festival in the Pear Tree on 28 September at 5.30pm. All recipes submitted to the food festival will be judged and shortlisted for the university cookbook. To submit a recipe please email internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk

Workplace Challenge Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

We received great feedback from the event with many of you wanting further opportunities to get involved with the sport so we have organised yet another tournament.

Teams will consist of 8 members, with a registration cost of £40 per team.

The tournament will take place on Monday 7 August 2017, at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN.

Please express your interest by completing the form below:

http://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/forms/view/wpc-wheelchair-bball

University Cultural Calendar Event Submission

What’s On – Event Submission Form

Dear Colleagues

We are compiling the next issue of the University Cultural Calendar (‘What’s On’ Guide), covering September – December 2017.

Please can you send me information about any event/programme you are organising during that period of an arts/more broadly cultural nature, using the attached submission form by 12noon on Tuesday 1 August. If you have a high res image that you would like us to use, we will try to incorporate it.

I’ve attached a brief submission form so that we get the right information – please complete and return it as soon as you can, to Kerry Sampson (k.sampson@worc.ac.uk).

‘What’s On’ is well used by people within and outside the University, and helps to build audiences for our events – so do tell us what is happening!

Best wishes

Anne

Polite request regarding deliveries

Dear Colleagues

The University receives a huge amount of deliveries each day, both from Royal Mail and other couriers.

It has become apparent recently that an increasing number of parcels do not have full and clear information regarding the intended recipient and often are simply addressed as “University of Worcester”.

Can we politely request that, when placing orders, you ensure that the delivery details you give include your full name and/or your department/institute.

With immediate effect, any parcels which arrive without specific addressee information will be rejected upon delivery.

Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.

The Estates & Facilities Team

 

Postgraduate Research Conference: ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ Review 2017

The University of Worcester hosted the Postgraduate Research Conference: ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ on Thursday 29 June, at the Hive. The day attracted over 100 registrations; there were 20 oral presentations and 25 poster presentations throughout the day – represented by a range of Worcester and external postgraduate researchers. The whole conference was opened by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sarah Greer, who spoke eloquently about the value of research, being a research student and her sage advice about being a researcher. The crowd nodded in agreement when Sarah expressed the need for academic generosity, and a day such as the conference is a perfect example of such. With a warm and encouraging tone set for the day it was a jam packed schedule with 5 oral sessions – ranging from – ‘body and mind’ to ‘history and literature’ to ‘physical and mental health.’ In the middle and sandwiched around lunch the poster presenters had time and space to showcase their research as delegates walked through the exhibition.

We have had some excellent feedback already, through emails, the feedback forms and twitter, ranging internal and external delegates, staff and presenters. With one delegate expressing it was extremely professional throughout and there was a great buzz and a presenter kindly statingthe structure was excellent with designated themes and I really thought the addition of the Q&A sessions at the end was excellent.” The quality of the day was a true reflection of the quality of the research. An addition this year being prizes! Firstly, for outstanding presentations in each session, the following people from a variety of institutions were celebrated: Lucy Piggott (University of Chichester), Benjamin Ong (University of St. Andrews), Anna Muggeridge (University of Worcester), Benjamin Parry (University of Birmingham), Francis Blore (University of Northampton) and Hilary Causer (University of Worcester).

The day closed with a panel on the ‘Post PhD Experience’ where a session was led by questions from the audience about – doing, completing, using and emotions – of postgraduate research. We had Dr. Rachael Bullingham, Dr. Scott Buckler and Dr. Danielle Stephens, Charlotte Taylor and Professor Maggie Andrews give varying perspectives from University of Worcester, academic staff, research development staff and general personal views. It rounded the whole day off wonderfully, as we were all able to leave with both practical and pastoral advice to take forward in our postgraduate research and careers.

Finally, the Postgraduate Research Conference would like to thank the following people as without their support and contributions the day would not have been such a success.

THANK YOU to:

  • University of Worcester Research School;
  • The Hive Team;
  • All presenters and delegates;
  • All chairs and speakers;
  • A lot of staff and students at the University of Worcester who aided in ‘the little things’… such as, printing, spreading the word and generally supporting.

 

See you next year, The 2017 Postgraduate Research Conference Committee!

Library news – Resource list drop-ins, Great Hive Book Rescue

Resource list support: Library Services drop-in times

Library Services will be holding a series of drop-in sessions throughout July to support staff with publishing their resource lists in preparation for the 2017/18 academic year. There is no need to book in for these sessions; just turn up with your questions. Times and locations are below:

 

Date & time Location
Thursday 27 July 10-12 SJC reception
Friday 28 July 1-3 Hive Business Centre, L.2
Monday 31 July 2-4 SJC reception

 

Great Hive Book Rescue

Donations wanted for Great Hive Book Rescue

It’s back!….

It’s that time of the year again when we need to start collecting any unwanted books from you in order to find them a new home. We are collecting books at The Hive, firstpoint building and Charles Hastings. All books will then be sold for at our October event and you can come along and find some hidden gems yourself! All profits will go to charity, and we desperately want to beat last year’s total of nearly £700.

So please, make some room on your book shelf and donate any spare books at our drop off points. Help us raise money for charity and make your old books feel wanted again.

Mencap’s Big Tea Party

A Big tea party is a great way to raise awareness and support people with a learning disability and their family. At Mencap, we know there are people with a learning disability that don’t always have an opportunity to socialise. Research says almost 1 in 3 young people with a learning disability spend less than 1 hour outside their homes on a typical Saturday; we want to change this and get people with a learning disability socialising.

With support from the Centre for Violence Prevention at the University of Worcester, Mencap is proud to announce its first BIG TEA PARTY, to be held at the University of Worcester on 2 August between 10am-12pm in the Cotswold Suite.

The morning will consist of refreshments, guest appearances, quiz, selfie-corner, and an opportunity to socialise and eat cake. The event will close with a raffle, with prizes donated by a number local businesses.

 

 

Free exercise sessions and research opportunity!

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. 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!

Novel research poster

New Information Security Policy and Arrangements

Dear Colleague

I am writing to you to make you aware of the University’s new Information Security Policy, and the associated Information Classification and Handling Table.

All staff should engage with the Information Security Policy and the requirements of the Information Classification and Handling Table as compliance is mandatory and any breaches of the policy may lead to action being taken under the Staff Disciplinary Procedures.

The Information Security Policy sets out expectations of staff in relation to User Accounts, Mobile Computing, Encryption, Software and Network Management.

The Information Classification and Handling Table breaks down all information and data into three specific categories – ‘Highly Sensitive’, ‘Personal/Confidential’, ‘Non-Sensitive/Open’ and explains staff should store and share each category of information.

We recognise that for some staff the requirements of the policy and associated table will mean a significant change in work practice and behaviour. Therefore, the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group has agreed that staff have until the 1st November 2017 to become fully compliant with the policy.

Below are some simple Do’s and Don’ts of Information Security which all staff should follow.

DO DON’T
Seek advice from the IT Service Desk if you are unsure about any aspect of Information Security. DON’T disclose your account password to anyone either verbally or via email. That includes members of IT.
Change your password if you have any suspicion that it may have been compromised. DON’T use your University password as the password for any other service.
Report any loss or suspected loss of data to the IT Service Desk. DON’T undermine or seek to undermine the security of computer systems.
Ensure that equipment that has been used to store sensitive University data is disposed of correctly. DON’T make copies of restricted University information without permission.
Encrypt mobile devices which you use for University business including personal devices. Advice is available from the IT Service Desk DON’T provide access to University information or systems to those who are not entitled to access.
When sharing sensitive information with others always follow the advice in the Information Handling Guidelines. DON’T leave your computer unlocked when unattended.
Password protect your personally owned devices. DON’T use a personal email account for conducting University business.
Keep all of the software on your personally owned devices up to date. DON’T connect personally owned storage or mobile devices to University owned devices
Be aware of the risks of using open (unsecured) Wi-Fi hotspots or public computers in libraries, airports, etc DON’T send, forward or open unauthorised bulk (spam) email.
Assume that Information Security is relevant to you. DON’T leave paper-based records in plain sight where they can be viewed by unauthorised people
Ensure that paper-based information is securely locked away when you are away from your desk. DO NOT leave hard copies of confidential information unattended or unsecured.

Over the summer, the IT team will be working with departments across the University to enable staff to access and use the IT provisions we already have.

Mandatory training for all staff on Information Security and Data Protection will be rolled out across the University in 2017/18.

Any staff with specific IT queries or needs should contact the IT Service Desk. Some specific advice and guidance is available via the IT webpages or the IT Service Desk:

Cloud Storage – the University’s approved solution is One Drive for Business. Using cloud storage will significantly increase your storage capacity and allow you to access your files and documents securely when away from the University and reduce the need for USB sticks, which are vulnerable to loss or being misplaced.

Secure Storage of Data – if you are working away from the University or are sharing data in the ‘High Sensitive’ or ‘Personal/Confidential’ categories you should ensure that the information is secure.

Protect your emails and documents using Rights Management Services (RMS) – RMS allows you to apply access permissions and expiry dates to your documents and emails. It is intended to be used when working with ‘Highly/Sensitive’ and ‘Personal/Confidential’ classed data.

We will continue to develop technology, support and training relating to Information Security and will keep staff updated on a regular basis via alluser emails, briefing notes to Heads and via the new Information Assurance webpage

 

Resource list drop-ins and Great Hive Book Rescue

Library Services will be holding a series of drop-in sessions throughout July to support staff with publishing their resource lists in preparation for the 2017/18 academic year. There is no need to book in for these sessions; just turn up with your questions. Times and locations are below:
 
Date & time
Location
Wednesday 19th July 10-12
Hive Business Centre, L.2
Thursday 20th July 2-4
SJC reception
Friday 21st July 10-12
Hive Business Centre, L.2
Monday 24th July 2-4
Hive Business Centre, L.2
Thursday 27th July 10-12
SJC reception
Friday 28th July 1-3
Hive Business Centre, L.2
Monday 31st July 2-4
SJC reception

 


Great Hive Book Rescue
Donations wanted for Great Hive Book Rescue
It’s back!….
It’s that time of the year again when we need to start collecting any unwanted books from you in order to find them a new home. We are collecting books at The Hive, firstpoint building and Charles Hastings. All books will then be sold for at our October event and you can come along and find some hidden gems yourself! All profits will go to charity, and we desperately want to beat last year’s total of nearly £700.
So please, make some room on your book shelf and donate any spare books at our drop off points. Help us raise money for charity and make your old books feel wanted again.

Summer Holiday Clubs at Lakeside

Summer Holiday camps at Lakeside Leaflet

UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER LAKESIDE CAMPUS

Summer Holiday Clubs

24 July – 1 September (Monday to Friday) 08:30 – 17:30

The University of Worcester presents a series of fun-packed holiday clubs, of outdoor adventure sport and activities.

Held during the school holidays, treat your children to quality time playing in the great outdoors under the careful guidance of our qualified and friendly instructors. Whether it’s canoeing on the lake, soaring on a zip line or testing your bushcraft skills – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bushcraft and much much more…

BOOK ONLINE AT:

https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/lakeside/

University Cultural Calendar Event Submission

What’s On – Event Submission Form

Dear Colleagues

We are compiling the next issue of the University Cultural Calendar (‘What’s On’ Guide), covering September – December 2017.

Please can you send me information about any event/programme you are organising during that period of an arts/more broadly cultural nature, using the attached submission form by 12noon on Tuesday 1 August. If you have a high res image that you would like us to use, we will try to incorporate it.

I’ve attached a brief submission form so that we get the right information – please complete and return it as soon as you can, to Kerry Sampson (k.sampson@worc.ac.uk).

‘What’s On’ is well used by people within and outside the University, and helps to build audiences for our events – so do tell us what is happening!

Best wishes

Anne

New Information Security Policy and Arrangements

Dear Colleague

I am writing to you to make you aware of the University’s new Information Security Policy, and the associated Information Classification and Handling Table.

All staff should engage with the Information Security Policy and the requirements of the Information Classification and Handling Table as compliance is mandatory and any breaches of the policy may lead to action being taken under the Staff Disciplinary Procedures.

The Information Security Policy sets out expectations of staff in relation to User Accounts, Mobile Computing, Encryption, Software and Network Management.

The Information Classification and Handling Table breaks down all information and data into three specific categories – ‘Highly Sensitive’, ‘Personal/Confidential’, ‘Non-Sensitive/Open’ and explains staff should store and share each category of information.

We recognise that for some staff the requirements of the policy and associated table will mean a significant change in work practice and behaviour. Therefore, the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group has agreed that staff have until the 1st November 2017 to become fully compliant with the policy.

Below are some simple Do’s and Don’ts of Information Security which all staff should follow.

DO DON’T
Seek advice from the IT Service Desk if you are unsure about any aspect of Information Security. DON’T disclose your account password to anyone either verbally or via email. That includes members of IT.
Change your password if you have any suspicion that it may have been compromised. DON’T use your University password as the password for any other service.
Report any loss or suspected loss of data to the IT Service Desk. DON’T undermine or seek to undermine the security of computer systems.
Ensure that equipment that has been used to store sensitive University data is disposed of correctly. DON’T make copies of restricted University information without permission.
Encrypt mobile devices which you use for University business including personal devices. Advice is available from the IT Service Desk DON’T provide access to University information or systems to those who are not entitled to access.
When sharing sensitive information with others always follow the advice in the Information Handling Guidelines. DON’T leave your computer unlocked when unattended.
Password protect your personally owned devices. DON’T use a personal email account for conducting University business.
Keep all of the software on your personally owned devices up to date. DON’T connect personally owned storage or mobile devices to University owned devices
Be aware of the risks of using open (unsecured) Wi-Fi hotspots or public computers in libraries, airports, etc DON’T send, forward or open unauthorised bulk (spam) email.
Assume that Information Security is relevant to you. DON’T leave paper-based records in plain sight where they can be viewed by unauthorised people
Ensure that paper-based information is securely locked away when you are away from your desk. DO NOT leave hard copies of confidential information unattended or unsecured.

Over the summer, the IT team will be working with departments across the University to enable staff to access and use the IT provisions we already have.

Mandatory training for all staff on Information Security and Data Protection will be rolled out across the University in 2017/18.

Any staff with specific IT queries or needs should contact the IT Service Desk. Some specific advice and guidance is available via the IT webpages or the IT Service Desk:

Cloud Storage – the University’s approved solution is One Drive for Business. Using cloud storage will significantly increase your storage capacity and allow you to access your files and documents securely when away from the University and reduce the need for USB sticks, which are vulnerable to loss or being misplaced.

Secure Storage of Data – if you are working away from the University or are sharing data in the ‘High Sensitive’ or ‘Personal/Confidential’ categories you should ensure that the information is secure.

Protect your emails and documents using Rights Management Services (RMS) – RMS allows you to apply access permissions and expiry dates to your documents and emails. It is intended to be used when working with ‘Highly/Sensitive’ and ‘Personal/Confidential’ classed data.

We will continue to develop technology, support and training relating to Information Security and will keep staff updated on a regular basis via alluser emails, briefing notes to Heads and via the new Information Assurance webpage