Calling all crafters

Do you knit? Sew? Paint? Craft? Draw?

We would love to sell some of your handiwork in the Craft Stall we are organising for the All Staff University’s annual Christmas celebration in Peirson Building at St John’s Campus, on Thursday 14 December from 4.30pm. All proceeds will go to University’s Charity of the Year (Smile for Joel).

To donate items or to find out more, please contact Jane Shore in Communications on 01905 855393.

Car parking – Wednesday 22 November

Dear Colleagues

Please note that Car Park R (the Tennis Court Car Park) will be reserved for Sports Interviews this Wednesday, 22nd November.

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.

firstpoint closures

firstpoint closures: December 2017

Thursday 7 December 2017: firstpoint will be closed all day for Student Services Away Day.

Thursday 14 December 2017: firstpoint will close at the slightly earlier time of 15:30 before reopening for the Staff Mulled Wine and Mince Pies celebration at 16:00.

Wednesday 20 December: firstpoint will be closed all day for firstpoint Away Day.

Christmas Break: firstpoint will be closed from Monday 25 December 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018.

firstpoint opening hours, week commencing 18 December 2017

Our opening hours will be 08:30 -16:15 from Monday 18 December 2017 to Friday 22 December 2017.

We will return to our normal opening hours of 08:30-17:30, Monday to Friday, from Tuesday 2 January 2018.

The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open throughout via the 24 hour entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Students’ Union raise £261.38 for Children In Need

On behalf of everyone at Worcester Students’ Union, we would like to pay a huge thanks to all who helped us raise a total of £261.38 for this year’s Children in Need!

We set ourselves the gruelling challenge of rowing all the way to the Bristol Channel and back. With a little (okay, a lot) of help from UoW Rowing Club and Ladies Hockey, we managed to row even further than our 200km target, all before 4pm!

We finished off the day with a very special super-hero fancy dress karaoke. As always, we had some great (and not so great) performances and a whole lot of boogying.

You can read more about it on our website – https://www.worcsu.com/news/article/6013/Students-Union-raise-26138-for-Children-In-Need/. And as always you can continue to donate online throughout the year to our RAG Charity by following this link: https://www.worcsu.com/volunteer/ragcharities/.

Course Leader Network Event

“Survive or thrive? How can course leaders set expectations through the First Year Student Experience to promote student success”

Transition and the First Year Student Experience has become a priority in HE in recent years and features as a key part of many institutional strategic plans. The increasing interest in successful student integration into life at university has seen a renewed focus upon the need to create measures to ensure successful student adjustment and acclimatisation to university life. This has meant that transition and the first year student experience has come under scrutiny as academic institutions seek to develop transition activities in response to the shifting needs of the student population, the institutional need to retain more students, and an ethical desire to support students with diverse needs. Building upon ideas established by the What Works programme (Thomas, 2012) and research conducted around High-Impact Educational Practices (Kuh, 2008) and (Lizzio 2006), this session will look to engage with new models, consider how we set student expectations and address other challenges facing the sector as we seek to engage with students to create a successful first year student experience.

The session will be led by Luke Millard, who is Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Birmingham City University. He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and was Chair of the European First Year Experience conference held in Birmingham in 2017. He has published widely on student engagement and his present area of research is looking into the impact on student learning habits of students working on campus.

Date: Wednesday 22 November

Venue: EEG164

Time: 13.00-14.30

Please note lunch will be provided

To book your place please follow this link and input the keywords ‘Course Leader’:

https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/university/booking_v2.pl?session_id=4bd7abdefb5ccf1edf9ea1a7f28f1e76&system_id=58

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

Education for Sustainable Development in HE – provides an overview of University achievement and developing work on this important topic. Read about current and planned work.

Realising Teaching Excellence in Teacher Training – the fifteen PGCE Modern Languages trainee teachers at the University of Worcester have made a great start to the teacher training course. On 29 September 2017, they celebrated the European Day of Languages at the Lacon Childe School in Cleobury Mortimer by teaching French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish to Year 9 pupils.

Student information and study skills; a learner journey from pre-entry to level 6 – what can we expect and how do we support students in completing the journey to independence? Report on a project undertaken by Library Services, asking and answering questions:

  • What is reasonable to expect of level 4 students in terms of study skills when they arrive at University?
  • What study skills are students expected to develop through level 4 and what are the most effective ways of developing this?
  • What study skills are students expected to develop through level 4 and what are the most effective ways of developing this?
  • How can independence be taught and facilitated at level 6?

Realising Teaching Excellence in Learning Outside the Classroom – Members of the (Institute of Education) Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education team have been taking action to promote and develop LOtC in their PGCE (teacher training) courses.

Essay mills and contract cheating – QAA has published guidance setting out best practice around promoting academic integrity in higher education, through tackling students’ use of third parties’ services in order to cheat. It covers the use of essay mills and other forms of contract cheating. It describes the issues, and sets out the steps providers can take to deal with these.

Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard site looking? Baseline standards for VLE use were introduced in September 2015 and an audit of modules from the 2016/17 academic year has found that 94% of modules now have a tutor enrolled indicating a minimum level of engagement with the VLE. An increase of 2% from last year.

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.

New Staff guidance for inclusive assessments & making reasonable adjustments

Earlier this year (2017) Professor Geoff Layer, who chairs the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group, made particular reference to the University of Worcester’s Policy and Procedures on Inclusive Assessment, making reasonable adjustments and providing for alternative assessment arrangements as an example of good practice. The Policy provides real potential to strengthen inclusive learning, teaching and assessment.

Consultation with colleagues, along with follow up professional development activities, have revealed that the Policy will be implemented more successfully when supported through additional guidance and exemplification. As a response, colleagues in Student Services working closely with the Directorate of Quality and Educational Development and the Institute of Education, have developed supportive guidance to further elucidate how to realise inclusive pedagogy and assessment.

The new ‘Staff guidance for inclusive assessments & making reasonable adjustments may be used as a springboard for individual or group professional development and/or to enhance inclusive approaches to assessment within module and course design. The Guidance should be seen as formative and evolving and it will certainly be further complemented through the sharing of colleagues’ experiences of how the Policy itself, has been implemented. Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS), Institute Disability Link Tutors or Learning and Teaching Leads should you require further support with inclusive practices, or if you would like to share insights as to how you have implemented the Policy and attendant Guidance, which we are pleased to provide in electronic or hard formats. The Guidance complements additional resource availability, for example the Busy Lecturer’s Guide to Inclusive Practice and Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study (SCIPS).

 

Becoming an External Examiner – staff development workshop

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

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

Bookings should be made via the staff development workshops webpages.

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

Share and Inspire Seminars Semester 1, 2017/18

Share and Inspire seminars for the next period are aimed at generating discussion and sharing practice in relation to issues of academic practice that we know are challenging to colleagues.

Research inspired teaching and employability are key considerations for any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum – but how can they be related to provide effective learning? This session will explore examples and identify ways in which students can develop employability through developing research skills and understanding.

Strategies for engaging student pre-entry
This share and inspire workshop aims to interactively explore a range of strategies used to engage students prior to formally starting their University studies. It will consider strategies used from initial interest in studying at the University and following the offer of a conditional/unconditional place.

Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision
This Share & Inspire session will share best practice in doctoral level supervision through a series of short talks from experienced supervisors across Institutes.

Please book through the University staff development webpages and further details are available via the Realising Teaching Excellence blog https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/share-and-inspire-seminars-semester-1-2017-18/.

Students’ Union 2016-17 Impact Report

The Students’ Union is delighted to be able to share with you our Impact Report for the 2016-17 academic year. The report details the progress we have made against our Strategic Plan and everything we have done over the past year to help us achieve our five core goals.

The last academic year was a great success for the SU, from Welcome Week all the way through to our inaugural Union Awards which took place alongside the Colours Ball. Officers, students, and staff have all contributed to every facet of our success and we’re looking forward to another great year!

The 2016-17 Impact Report can be view here.

If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch with us at studentsunion@worc.ac.uk

Library News: New resource requests; Resource Lists publishing, Resource list new look

Request a new eresource subscription

We’re currently accepting eresource purchase recommendations for 2018-19.  This includes subscriptions to journals, databases, ebook collections and other online resources (excluding single ebook titles).

Please complete our online request form by 30 November 2017 for your requests to be considered as part of our planning process. We will arrange trials of the resources in the New Year where appropriate. If you need any assistance with the form, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian. Further information on the purchasing process can be found on our webpages, including a summary of dates to help with your planning.


Resource Lists – Publish and review for Semester 2 by 1 December

Please be aware Semester 2/Term 2  Resource Lists should be published and sent for review and any digitisation requests made by 1 December 2017 so that new items can be ordered in time by the library and resources are accessible to students.

For more advice on managing Resource Lists, see our dedicated guide or contact your Academic Liaison Librarian


New List View for Resource Lists (Talis Aspire)

Talis have refreshed the student view of Resource Lists in response to user feedback.

New features include:

  • additional item details which display within the list itself, instead of a separate screen;
  • book jackets where available;
  • the ability to change referencing style within the list;
  • a button to report broken links next to each item.

The new list view keeps all your notes and sections. It also works in Blackboard, so you can still link to a list and embed sections of a list within different parts of your Blackboard module.

Ready to take a look? Log in to http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk and find your list. You’ll have the option to switch your list over to the new view. All feedback welcome: please email your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Centre for Violence Prevention: Christmas Present Collection

We’re looking for Christmas present donations for children that will be spending the festive period in refuges. Previous collections have been really successful and we are hoping to match (if not exceed!) the donations from last year.

We are looking for donations (toys, games, teddies etc.) that are new or in very good condition. The ages of the children/young people that we are collecting for are as follows:

Girls: 1-13 years old

Boys: 3-17 years old

If you would like to make a donation, please bring your item/s to:

Esther Dobson – EE 2034

Emma Roper – BB 080

We will be accepting donations until Friday 8th December 2017.

All donations should be unwrapped. We will need to check the items before they are collected by Women’s Aid.

Client Earth Talk at The Hive

Client Earth – Wednesday 22 November

Speakers James Thornton and Martin Goodman

Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide? The UN? Governments? Activists? Corporations? Engineers? Scientists? Lawyers may not immediately come to mind but they provide new rules to legislatures, see that they are enforced, tackle big business to ensure money flows into cultural change, and keep us informed. Lawyers who take the Earth as their client are exceptional and inspirational and our speaker James Thornton is one of them.

James Thornton is an environmental lawyer, the founding CEO of ClientEarth, best known in Britain for forcing the government to act on illegal levels of air pollution. He was named by the New Statesman as one of 10 people who could change the world.

Martin Goodman is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction. He holds the chair of Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he is director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing.

Talk starts at 6.30pm
Tickets £6.00, students/concessions £5.00
Book tickets

Call for participants – British Science Night at The Hive

During ‘British Science Week’, the University and The Hive have an action packed events programme planned, but there’s still time for you to get involved.

The Hive are looking for contributors for the science festival evening event on Thursday 15 March.

Each year there is an family evening which runs as part of the many activities already booked for British Science Week.

Last year the evening event attracted an estimated 400 attendees who came to see over 20 table-top interactive exhibitions and 6 engaging talks presented by local institutions, organisations, community groups and academics. The event provided a great opportunity to introduce children to the wonder of the sciences and hopefully contribute to the development of a life-long interest or career. This ‘family event’ is in addition to the ‘schools events and exhibitions’ which are run throughout British Science Week by University staff and students.

In 2018 the theme for the Thursday evening event is “Fragile Earth” and we hope to find contributors from across many disciplines; from bee keeping to volcanoes, renewable energy to extinction, water cycle to geology, rainforests to ice ages, and everything in between.

Would you be interested in taking part in the event in 2018? We are looking for interactive exhibitions aimed at families (generally children 6-12 and parents, but all ages are welcome), which excite the imagination and really engage visitors. Previous exhibitions have included using microscopes, friction experiments, thermal imaging cameras, making marine conservation reserves, gazing at the stars through telescopes, rocket demonstrations, holding prehistoric stone tools and much more).We are also looking for a number of short talks (sub 30 minutes) aimed at a similar audience.
The event will be on the evening of Thursday 15th March 2018 between 4.30 and 8pm, on Level 0 of The Hive.

If you or your department would be interested in providing an exhibit or talk at The Hive Science Night in 2018, or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get back in touch. Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think might be interested in the event.

Thank you for your time and kind regards

Anita Kiss
Library Customer Advisor

ANeacsa@worcestershire.gov.uk

Arts & Cultural events at the University

HELPING A LEOPARD TO CHANGE ITS SPOTS: HOW TO REHABILITATE OFFENDERS

LECTURE BY PROFESSOR ERICA BOWEN, UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER

Date: 21 Nov 4pm for 4.15pm start, close at 5.30pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Hereford Campus, Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LS

The issue of whether offenders can be successfully rehabilitated as part of criminal justice sentencing policy is controversial. The tension between punishment and rehabilitation as aims and outcomes of penal policy are ongoing, and the balance between these two aspects shifts depending on the political climate.

This public lecture will provide an overview of how penal policy concerning the rehabilitation of offenders has fluctuated over time, the factors that have influenced it, and how scientific evidence has, or has not, contributed to this debate.

We will take a closer look at current perspectives on working with offenders to prevent future reoffending, and what is known about the effectiveness of these approaches.

RSVP by 14 November via studentHUB@hlcollege.ac.uk or 01432 365 431


MEDICAL BOOK GROUP AT THE INFIRMARY: CUTTING FOR STONE, ABRAHAM VERGHESE

Date: 23 Nov 7–8pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Infirmary Museum, City campus

“My brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths in the thick air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

Bound by birth, we were driven apart by bitter betrayal. No surgeon can heal the wound that divides two brothers. Where silk and steel fail, story must succeed.

To begin at the beginning…”

To book please either visit: bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets or email: InfirmaryMuseum@worc.ac.uk or call: 01905 542373. Please be sure to book so we know how many people to expect.


THE ANNUAL WORCESTER LECTURE 2017

HOW CAN WE GET TRUTH BACK TO THE CENTRE OF PUBLIC DEBATE?

DELIVERED BY THE RT HON CHARLES CLARKE

Date: 21 Nov 6pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Worcester Cathedral

Presented by Worcester Cathedral and the University of Worcester, this year’s Annual Worcester Lecture will address the ways in which politics, the media and academic life have to change in order to contest “post-truth” politics and to put facts and proper analysis at the centre of public discourse.

After a distinguished political career, in which he served as Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke is now a Visiting Professor in Politics at the University of East Anglia, and Visiting Professor in Politics and Faith at the University of Lancaster. He writes and lectures on matters concerned with ethics in public life. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via l.robson-cropper@worc.ac.uk


UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER CAROL SERVICE

Date: 12 Dec 7.30pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Worcester Cathedral

Everyone is welcome: students, staff, alumni, families and friends of the University.


Arts and Culture Now AW17

Welcome to the latest news about what’s happening in Arts and Culture Now. Over the next few months, we’re presenting a very exciting and eclectic mix of film, theatre, exhibitions, lectures and conferences.

Download your copy now!

www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/arts-and-culture

Saturday 18 November: Power Supply St John’s Campus

Dear Colleagues

As part of our commitment to improving the infrastructure of the Edward Elgar building, we will be undertaking some changes to the electrical system on Saturday 18 November.

This will require turning off the electricity to the Edward Elgar and Binyon buildings, between 6am and 8am with intermittent interruptions to the electricity supply to the ground floor areas from EEG162 through to EEG040 (see plan below) expected between 8am and 10am.

 

Please note that the Made servery, dining hall and old nursing block (rooms EEG086 to EEG092, EE1056 to EE1062 and EE2030 to EE2037) will not be affected during these works.

Please can you ensure that all sensitive equipment and computers are switched off at the wall prior to leaving the University on Friday 17 November.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.

Kind regards,

The Estate Services Team
Facilities Helpdesk:  01905 (54) 3344

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

Education for Sustainable Development in HE – provides an overview of University achievement and developing work on this important topic. Read about current and planned work.

Realising Teaching Excellence in Teacher Training – the fifteen PGCE Modern Languages trainee teachers at the University of Worcester have made a great start to the teacher training course. On 29 September 2017, they celebrated the European Day of Languages at the Lacon Childe School in Cleobury Mortimer by teaching French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish to Year 9 pupils.

Student information and study skills; a learner journey from pre-entry to level 6 – what can we expect and how do we support students in completing the journey to independence? Report on a project undertaken by Library Services, asking and answering questions:

  • What is reasonable to expect of level 4 students in terms of study skills when they arrive at University?
  • What study skills are students expected to develop through level 4 and what are the most effective ways of developing this?
  • What study skills are students expected to develop through level 4 and what are the most effective ways of developing this?
  • How can independence be taught and facilitated at level 6?

Realising Teaching Excellence in Learning Outside the Classroom – Members of the (Institute of Education) Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education team have been taking action to promote and develop LOtC in their PGCE (teacher training) courses.

Essay mills and contract cheating – QAA has published guidance setting out best practice around promoting academic integrity in higher education, through tackling students’ use of third parties’ services in order to cheat. It covers the use of essay mills and other forms of contract cheating. It describes the issues, and sets out the steps providers can take to deal with these.

Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard site looking? Baseline standards for VLE use were introduced in September 2015 and an audit of modules from the 2016/17 academic year has found that 94% of modules now have a tutor enrolled indicating a minimum level of engagement with the VLE. An increase of 2% from last year.

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.