Car Park B Closure

Dear Colleagues

As part of the on-going infrastructure works, Car Park B (at side of Peirson Building) will be closed from Monday 18 June and will reopen on Friday 22 June.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure and remind colleagues that Car Park C (Woodbury) will also be closed for most of Monday but will be open from Tuesday onwards.

Kind regards,

The Estate and Facilities Department

Facilities Helpdesk:  01905 (54) 3344

Public talk: Towards Healthy Ageing

Staff and students are invited to attend an Institute of Sport & Exercise Science Research Seminar/Public Talk being held on 21 June 2018 at The Hive – further details below and in the event flyer.

Towards Healthy Ageing: Exploring the psychological, physical and cognitive dimensions of ageing and physical activity

Thursday 21 June 2018 from 13:00-14:00 in The Studio at The Hive

Dr Jennifer Joyce and Dr Clare Rhoden

The World Health Organization global strategy and action plan on ageing and health (2016-2020) articulates a commitment to promoting healthy ageing in every country through raising awareness of the value of healthy ageing, combatting ageism and creating age-friendly environments. In working towards these aims, it is recognised that the process and experience of ageing is diverse and multifaceted with factors such as the environment, personality and social networks all playing a role in how we age.

Lifestyle factors which have received significant attention are physical activity and fitness levels. Current research evidence suggests that being active in later life can reduce age-associated cognitive decline. But what are the exact effects of exercise on memory, processing of information and decision-making and what type of exercise is best? Research also tells us that exercise can increase our mood, positivity and sense of belonging. But other factors including society’s views of ageing, our own confidence to be active and perceptions of our health may encourage or thwart our attempts to be active as we get older. This talk discusses research and theory from the domains of cognition, psychology and sociology to explore their relationships with physical activity and ageing and the overarching aim of improved quality of life.

Introduction to Challenging Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination

time to change

Challenging Mental Health stigma and discrimination workshop on 16 August.

Worcestershire County Hall (Kidderminster Rm), Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
1.00-4.30pm

Time to Change are a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. Worcestershire Time to Change Hub is a partnership of local organisations and people who are committed to ending mental health stigma and discrimination.

The aim of this workshop is to increase your skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in an effective way. The workshop is open to all interested organisations and individuals in Worcestershire.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this workshop you should be able to:

  • Explain what stigma and discrimination are in relation to mental health
  • Describe their impact and consequences
  • Identify effective strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination in a group or individually
  • Apply these strategies in practice
  • Identify ways of keeping safe

To book a space for the free workshop, click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-champions-in-hubs-good-practice-tickets- 45557791581

For further information and questions, please contact Community First as the Worcestershire Time to Change Co-ordinator (Amanda Wright amandaw@comfirst.org.uk)

 

Worcester Students’ Union nominated for NUS Union of the Year Award

The Students’ Union has been shortlisted for the NUS Union of the Year Award. There were a total of 41 nominations for the award, so making the shortlist is a great achievement in itself.

The SU has gone from strength to strength this year, with a record turnout in the March elections, increased levels of student satisfaction, over £15,000 raised for RAG, and a number of fantastic achievements from our Clubs and Societies.

The NUS Union of the Year Award recognises the excellent work of all those who have been involved in making this one of the best years yet for the Students’ Union.

Winners will be announced at the annual NUS Awards ceremony at the NEC Birmingham on 4 July.

Union of the year

 

Summer Startup Boot Camp

Do you have a great business idea? Attend our FREE intensive Summer Startup Boot Camp & learn the skills and knowledge to develop and run a business.

Its open to both staff and students who are interested in setting up and running their own business / working self employed / freelance.

Its starts on the 9 July 2018 and runs for 4 days, with various follow up days in July and August.

To sign up or find out more information, visit the Boot Camp web page or email Jo Murphy.

Union Awards: Students’ Choice 2018

This year we received almost 600 nominations from students for the Union Awards: Students’ Choice. This was a 98% increase on last year’s total nominations. Congratulations to all those nominated.

The Union Awards: Students Choice celebrates the hard work of teaching and support staff here at the University of Worcester, from Outstanding Lecturers, to Personal Academic Tutors, to those members of support staff who consistently go the extra mile. All of the winners were initially shortlisted from the nominations submitted by students, with the Institute of Education receiving the most nominations. A panel consisting of Institute Reps and Euan Morrison, our VP Education, then chose the winners. The night ended with Deputy Vice Chancellor, Sarah Greer, presenting her very own special award. The recipient of this award was Lisa Griffiths of the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science.

union awards

The Students’ Union will be producing profiles for all the winners of the Union Awards: Student Choice. Our Student Engagement team will be in touch with winners within the next few weeks.

And once more, we would like to congratulate all members of staff who were nominated for the Awards!

Student Choice Poster

The Hive Digital Family Festival

Digital Festival Family Night

Thursday 28 June, 4.30pm – 8pm.

A fantastic family friendly digi event showcasing a variety of fun interactive digital activities for all ages. Come and control the weather, experience virtual reality and much more!

Coding Playground

45 minutes at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.

Inspiring children to become future coders. In this fun activity, children will use code to build a Shark game using the software SCRATCH, an animated Shark will be used to move around the screen and catch as many fish as possible for maximum points.

Age 7 – 14

Free event

LEGO Mindstorms

30 minute sessions at 5pm, 5.45pm, 6.30pm and 7.15pm.
Put your programming skills to the test using LEGO Mindstorms software. In this taster workshop you will learn the basics of programming, in order to navigate your robot around a course.
Age 7 – 13 (children aged 7 will need to be accompanied by a paying parent)
Cost £3.95

Booking essential

Worcester International Cookbook

Worcester International would like to present our new International Cookbook!

A collaborative effort from the Worcester International teams (International Experience, International Recruitment and the Language Centre) with design and photographs by third year students Emma Copper and Nathan Griffiths. Our international students and staff have provided a range of recipes of dishes that remind them of home and special occasions. The book also features a recipe from Mark Stinchcombe of Eckington Manor (Winner of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2015) and, of course, one from David Green!

The book will be on sale at Firstpoint, and The Hive.

Worcester International Cookbook

University Teaching Award Scheme

The 2018 University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched, and this has been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This new scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellent and outstanding practice in teaching, and in supporting and leading learning. The Scheme explicitly promotes innovative, inspiring and excellent practice which is outstanding in its impact to enhance and inspire student learning.

There are three categories of Award:

A             University of Worcester Teaching Award

B             University of Worcester Teaching Team Award

C             University of Worcester Leading Teaching Award.

Applications are welcomed from staff with a range of experience including academic staff, professional services and staff working in learning support. Full details are attached, and also available via the webpage http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/1285.htm.

Introductory information workshops are scheduled through May and June. This year all applicants must attend an information workshop prior to application.

Bookings can me made via the staff development webpages

UW Teaching Award Scheme: Information Workshops

This workshop offers the opportunity to understand the requirements for the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

NB: All applicants MUST attend an information workshop prior to application

Writing Workshops:

These offer the opportunity to write, ask questions and receive one-to-one support.

Wednesday 28 June 2018               2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                    room EEG024

Wednesday 12 July 2018                12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                  room CC 009 (Hereford Room)

Important Dates:

Register intention to submit an application: by 29 June 2018 via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Submit application: by 21 September 2018 (3 pm deadline) via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

If you have any questions please email Kerry Whitehouse at k.whitehouse@worc.ac.uk or teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

SCIPS (Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study) Survey

Dear Colleague

I am currently undertaking some research in relation to the SCIPS website a resource available to staff to support an inclusive approach to learning and teaching.

SCIPS (Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study) is the result of a HEFCE funded project that was authored and managed by Dr Val Chapman (NTF) at the University of Worcester in 2003/04. SCIPS assists the academic community in developing a more inclusive approach to the design of teaching, learning and assessment strategies that will enable students with diverse needs /disabilities to participate more fully in Higher Education. The intention of this investigation is to evaluate the SCIPS website and identify the impact it is having on practice. How is the resource supporting lecturers / teachers in identifying students’ needs and providing effective strategies to support the student? It will also provide an opportunity to highlight areas for development for the website.

I would be most grateful if you would participate in the online survey provided in the link below. You will find attached a consent form to enable me to publish the results once the data has been collated.

https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/scipsuwstaff-j18

Please fill in the Consent Form and return to s.smith@worc.ac.uk. Your online responses will remain anonymous.

If you would be happy to take part in a focus group please would you contact me:
Sharon Smith s.smith@worc.ac.uk

Best wishes

Sharon

Sharon Smith

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Education)
Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Nominated Designated Safegaurding Officer for Centre for Education and Inclusion

Library News: Scopus & Web of Science workshops; Resource Lists: why bother?

Scopus and Web of Science workshops

Are you interested in discovering new research, tracking impact and find out about sources of funding?  Want to know how Web of Science and Scopus can support your research? Library Services are offering two sessions on our citation and abstract indexes to show you how these tools can help your work

  • Learn how to search efficiently and quickly
  • Use smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research
  • Searching for your author profile using ORCID

Two lunchtime sessions have been arranged for 26 June and 17 July, 1pm – 2pm, in EE1102, so there will be a chance to have some hands-on training.

Book now on the Staff Development Workshop webpage. Get a taste of what the tools can offer you from our blog.

For more information or any questions, please contact either Su Fagg s.fagg@worc.ac.uk or Hannah Hickman h.hickman@worc.ac.uk

 

Resource Lists: Why bother?

Backed up with solid statistics and student comments, here are the reasons why your Resource List should be an integral part of the teaching and learning in your module.

Summer Equality and Diversity Event

The University of Worcester in Collaboration with Unison will be showing the film Offside. The film is about female fans in Iran, trying to gain access to watch football matches. The event is timed to coincide with the World Cup and the theme of the evening will be linked to women and football.

Monday 9 July from 6.30pm.

The evening is open to all.

Equalities flyer July 2018

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Business Games

Enjoyed the Smile for Joel Challenge? Get your team back together and join us for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Business Games! Take part in challenges on dry land, on the water and in the air!

On the 11th July the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be hosting its inaugural Business Games at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus (formerly Top Barn). Team activities will include Raft Building, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Archery, Orienteering and the Ropes Course.

When: Wednesday 11 July 2018

Cost: £100 per team

Time: Activities start at 4pm (registration between 3:15 and 4:00pm)

Teams: 6-8 people: 4 team members to take part in each activity so choose your team wisely!

Enter by 22 June and get FREE team t-shirts!

Please note that this event is for over 18’s only.

Sign up for the event at www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/events/2018/07/herefordshire-and-worcestershire-business-games-2018

Yoga – Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm and 21 June Sun Salutations Skills Workshop

International Yoga Day – 21 June – Sun Salutations Skills Workshop

Lovetree Yoga is celebrating International Yoga Day with a Sun Salutations Skills Workshop! The session will be held at the Riverside activity hall, 5:15-6:15pm on Thursday 21 June.

This will be a fun session where we explore how to improve our technique in key poses like Downward Facing Dog and spend some time on those areas that need a little extra work. Tickets are only £7.50 and available via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sun-salutations-yoga-workshop-tickets-47092384590.

Mats are provided.

This session is open to all staff, students and community members so please share if you know of someone who would be interested.

For those of you who come along, there will be a slice of yummy homemade fruity flapjack to take home and enjoy!

Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook for details of the classes running throughout the summer.

International Yoga Day!.png


Lovetree Yoga is back in Gym 1! We will be continuing to practice our Vinyasa flow as usual from 5:15-6:45pm.

Vinyasa Flow is a more dynamic style of yoga which links breath with movement to get you warm and keep you in motion throughout the session. We work through the Sun Salutations A and B to warm up and then move through balancing, core strength, back bends and twists before coming to a lovely deep rest and meditation to finish.

All levels of experience welcome! Mats are provided and you are welcome to bring your own. Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or purchase a 5 class pass for £35. Remember that your first class is half price so perfect if you’re unsure and would like to have a go! The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. The group is very friendly and we like having fun and giving everything a go – no matter how much we wobble!

Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook for details of the classes running throughout the summer.

Lovetree Yoga_Summer Classes 2018_Poster for Reception

Public talk: Towards Healthy Ageing

Staff and students are invited to attend an Institute of Sport & Exercise Science Research Seminar/Public Talk being held on 21st June 2018 at the Hive – further details below and in the event flyer.

Towards Healthy Ageing: Exploring the psychological, physical and cognitive dimensions of ageing and physical activity

Thursday 21st June 2018 from 13:00-14:00 in The Studio at the Hive

Dr Jennifer Joyce and Dr Clare Rhoden

The World Health Organization global strategy and action plan on ageing and health (2016-2020) articulates a commitment to promoting healthy ageing in every country through raising awareness of the value of healthy ageing, combatting ageism and creating age-friendly environments. In working towards these aims, it is recognised that the process and experience of ageing is diverse and multifaceted with factors such as the environment, personality and social networks all playing a role in how we age.

Lifestyle factors which have received significant attention are physical activity and fitness levels. Current research evidence suggests that being active in later life can reduce age-associated cognitive decline. But what are the exact effects of exercise on memory, processing of information and decision-making and what type of exercise is best? Research also tells us that exercise can increase our mood, positivity and sense of belonging. But other factors including society’s views of ageing, our own confidence to be active and perceptions of our health may encourage or thwart our attempts to be active as we get older. This talk discusses research and theory from the domains of cognition, psychology and sociology to explore their relationships with physical activity and ageing and the overarching aim of improved quality of life.

Summer Startup Boot Camp

Do you have a great business idea? Attend our FREE intensive Summer Startup Boot Camp & learn the skills and knowledge to develop and run a business.

Its open to both staff and students who are interested in setting up and running their own business / working self employed / freelance.

Its starts on the 9 July 2018 and runs for 4 days, with various follow up days in July and August.

To sign up or find out more information, visit the Boot Camp web page or email Jo Murphy.

Yoga change of venue (Tuesday 12 June only)

Lovetree Yoga will be at RIVERSIDE on Tuesday 12 June! We will be continuing to practice our Vinyasa flow as usual from 5:15-6:45pm.

Vinyasa Flow is a more dynamic style of yoga which links breath with movement to get you warm and keep you in motion throughout the session. We work through the Sun Salutations A and B to warm up and then move through balancing, core strength, back bends and twists before coming to a lovely deep rest and meditation to finish.

All levels of experience welcome! Mats are provided and you are welcome to bring your own. Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or purchase a 5 class pass for £35. Remember that your first class is half price so perfect if you’re unsure and would like to have a go! The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook for details of the classes running throughout the summer.

Students’ Union opening hours and induction talks

Opening Hours

Over the Summer Break, the Students Union Welcome Desk will have reduced opening hours. The Welcome Desk will be open from 10am-3:30pm each weekday.

The Hangar bar will also be closed over the summer (with the exception of private bookings), though staff are still encourage to use the space throughout the day.

Both the Welcome Desk and The Hangar will be back to normal operating hours in September – dates to be confirmed.

Induction Talks

This September, the Students’ Union are once again offering 15 minute Induction talks for all courses. SU talks can be embedded within your existing Induction sessions and we can be flexible regarding locations and times.

For more information and if you would like to book an SU talk for your Induction session, please email our Student Voice Assistant, Jodie Stilgoe at j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk with the date, time and course(s).

Library News: symposium at L&T Conference; Scopus & Web of Science workshops; Resource Lists progress

Library Services symposium at L&T Conference: Resource lists: what works, and what doesn’t. Perspectives from staff and students

Library Services are delighted to be hosting a Resource Lists symposium at the Learning and Teaching Conference on Thursday 14th June. Our panel brings together staff and students from across the university to discuss the key tool at everyone’s disposal to enable students to read and engage with information: online resource lists. Creator of the legendary resource list for SOCG3110, Dr Luke Devine, will discuss his innovative use of resource lists as a teaching and marketing tool, with insight from students on his Sociology modules. Dr Martin Lipscomb will outline how his characterful annotated lists contribute to his teaching with Nursing students. Michelle Malomo describes how she re-defined her teaching practice in the development of her resource lists. 3rd year English Literature student Bethan Smith will report on her research into the impact resource list design has on student satisfaction. The session will be chaired by Liaison Librarian Allie Taylor, and will include presentations, questions and discussion, as well as a short video based on research and input from across UW: Resource Lists: why bother? See you in EE2033 at 12.00.

Scopus and Web of Science workshops

Are you interested in discovering new research, tracking impact and find out about sources of funding?  Want to know how Web of Science and Scopus can support your research? Library Services are offering two sessions on our citation and abstract indexes to show you how these tools can help your work

  • Learn how to search efficiently and quickly
  • Use smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research
  • Searching for your author profile using ORCID

Two lunchtime sessions have been arranged for 26th June and 17th July, 1pm – 2pm, in EE1102, so there will be a chance to have some hands-on training.

Book now on the Staff Development Workshop webpage. Get a taste of what the tools can offer you from our blog.

For more information or any questions, please contact either Su Fagg s.fagg@worc.ac.uk or Hannah Hickman h.hickman@worc.ac.uk

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) downtime

Box of Broadcasts will be unavailable between 11 – 13 June 2018 due to the relocation of its servers. The supplier is working very hard to minimise the impact of this move on BoB service delivery but it will be necessary to switch BoB off for up to 3 days whilst equipment is moved. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Resource Lists progress

It’s never too early to publish your Resource List for next semester! Thanks to everyone who has engaged with this so far:

Learning and Teaching Technology Unit (LTTU) update

Blackboard Rollover

It’s that time of year again and in response to feedback, this year we will be providing you with access to all your modules for the academic year 18/19 from 14th June 2018. Students will not be enrolled until the end of August so you have time to prepare your modules for the new semester.

Content from previous years will not be rolled over automatically, however if you would like to copy materials from previous iterations you can request this by emailing eos@worc.ac.uk or find instructions on how to do this yourself here: https://lttu.uk/support/Blackboard/Manual/migrating-content.html

Please note, if you have used Blackboard/Turnitin for assignment submission DO NOT use select all for the copy process as this will duplicate your grade centre columns and settings.

 

Important Changes to Organisations

Blackboard Organizations behave like courses and contain tools that enable members to communicate efficiently. You can post information, have discussions, and share documents. Organizations are an ideal place to connect with other users with whom you share interests or extra-curricularactivities.

Following the changes in data protection law, the LTTU are revising the way in which Organisations are set up and administrated in Blackboard and as part of this we are conducting some housekeeping to remove old, unused organisation sites.

Modules for course delivery are automatically created through the integration with the Student Records System, however Organisations need to be set up manually and participants enrolled as a separate process. As Blackboard is primarily a system for learning and teaching, from now onwards we will only be setting up organisation areas for the following purposes:

  • Course/programme wide sites
  • Research projects
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Community engagement

Blackboard should not be used purely for document sharing as the University system for this purpose is Microsoft One-Drive which is supported by ICT. If you have a Blackboard site currently used for this purpose please ensure you back up any documents you wish to keep before Monday July 9th 2018.

If you currently have an organisation site that you are still using, please let us know by Monday 9th July if this is still required otherwise this will be removed after that date.

 

PebblePad

If you would like to use PebblePad with your students for e-portfolio or competency based workbooks we have now set up a form which will help you plan and prepare for using this tool in your courses.

The link to the form can be found here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=QYA4YykDPEOksRmij84xxiTOkQ6nq71DpGcjODEfLMJUM05XWkZYT0JEUUpSMzM3M1JPVFVKNFRVVi4u so please complete this in the first instance to request a workspace. We will then be in touch to help set this up and arrange support and training for your students.

 

Summer Workshops

With much of this years teaching now over, you may be thinking ahead and planning for the next academic year. With that in mind we have arranged a series of workshops throughout the summer to help you develop your use of technology for learning and teaching.

You can sign up for these on the staff development booking system, here.

Workshops available:

Setting up Turnitin for Assessment – 25/06/18 – 10.00 – 11.30 – EEG031

This workshop will cover setting up Turnitin assignments for summative submission, marking and feedback.

Blackboard Made Simple – 4/7/18 – 9.45 – 11.15 – EE1022

This workshop will cover the basics of using the Blackboard system from requesting access to modules to changing the basic template and uploading content in various forms. It will also provide participants with advice on effective design to support student learning. Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher.

Turnitin Briefing – 4/7/18 – 11.30 – 12.30 – BYG197

This session will provide an overview of the University project to implement end-to-end electronic management of assessment through the Blackboard VLE. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any issues they may have.

Collaborate Virtual Classroom – 5/7/18 – 10.15 – 11.45 – EE1022

Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. This session will cover the basic functionality, options for setting up your own sessions and guidance on best practice.

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard – 10/7/18 – 9.45 – 11.15 – EE1022

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, guage understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

Camtasia – 17/7/18 – 9.45 – 11.15 – EE1022

Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screencasts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.

If you would like to arrange some bespoke training for your course team we’d be happy to work with you to provide TEL training to suit your needs. Please contact Libby Symonds at e.symonds@worc.ac.uk

firstpoint closure

firstpoint will close slightly earlier on Monday 9 July 2018 at 15:45.

We re-open Tuesday 10 July 2018 at 09:00 to 16:30.

The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open throughout via the 24 hour entrance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The firstpoint team

Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring life-long and life-wide learning Wednesday 13 June (4.30-7.00) & Thursday 14 June (9.00-5.00)

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 commence on the 13th with a keynote lecture from:

Luke Millard who will be exploring “Unlocking student potential through engagement”.

Luke is 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.

The evening will conclude with an informal Cheese and Wine evening, offering the opportunity to review Posters submitted on this year’s theme and network with colleagues.

On the 14th we are pleased to welcome a keynote lecture from:

Eric Stoller with his presentation “Digital Dissonance – Learning to Embrace Change and Enhance the Student Experience”

Eric is 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.

There will also be opportunities to discover more about our development programmes for teaching staff  (HEA Accredited fellowships) and our Student and Academic staff partnership Programmes which allow students to engage with and contribute to the ongoing improvement of learning and teaching methods and resources.

More information and a detailed conference programme will be issued closer to the event – we look forward to welcoming you in June.

Please click here for further details on registration.

Unlocking Potential conference flyer

Planned Events 2018-2019

Timetabling have been working closely with ICT to develop a new online planned events system for 2018-2019 academic year requests.

The new planned events system will go live w/c Monday 11 June 2018 and will be available to members of staff via the staff portal. Staff will have 4 weeks to input all planned event requests.

Once the system is live, an all users email will be sent to staff. This will include further detailed instructions and user guidance notes to help staff submit their requests.

Regards

Timetabling

 

University Teaching Award Scheme

The 2018 University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched, and this has been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This new scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellent and outstanding practice in teaching, and in supporting and leading learning. The Scheme explicitly promotes innovative, inspiring and excellent practice which is outstanding in its impact to enhance and inspire student learning.

There are three categories of Award:

A             University of Worcester Teaching Award

B             University of Worcester Teaching Team Award

C             University of Worcester Leading Teaching Award.

Applications are welcomed from staff with a range of experience including academic staff, professional services and staff working in learning support. Full details are attached, and also available via the webpage http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/1285.htm.

Introductory information workshops are scheduled through May and June. This year all applicants must attend an information workshop prior to application.

Bookings can me made via the staff development webpages

UW Teaching Award Scheme: Information Workshops

This workshop offers the opportunity to understand the requirements for the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

NB: All applicants MUST attend an information workshop prior to application

Thursday 14 June 2018                     Information at the Learning and Teaching conference

Writing Workshops:

These offer the opportunity to write, ask questions and receive one-to-one support.

Wednesday 28 June 2018               2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                    room EEG024

Wednesday 12 July 2018                12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                  room CC 009 (Hereford Room)

Important Dates:

Register intention to submit an application: by 29 June 2018 via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Submit application: by 21 September 2018 (3 pm deadline) via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

If you have any questions please email Kerry Whitehouse at k.whitehouse@worc.ac.uk or teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

The Infirmary are proud to host ‘Let me Take Care of You’

Delivered by Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science, they will set an engaging and immersive presentation for an audience incorporating fine dining and day surgery!

An example of what this project has previously delivered can be seen at Time Travelling Operating Theatre – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsczvuTrGZo

It is a free event and will be performed twice; 4pm and then 5:30pm about an hour each time.

Free tickets can be found at www.bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets

Poster ICCESS_Page_1

 

 

David Jolley Lecture – Wednesday 18 July

2018 DAVID JOLLEY LECTURE – Wednesday 18 July 2018 at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN

CLAIRE HILTON: The Story of Barbara Robb – Her campaign, and how she set in motion improvements in mental health and older people’s services, and influenced the NHS more broadly.

16:00 (registration & refreshments); Lecture: 16:30 to 17:15 followed by discussion to 17:45

To book a free place please use the online booking system at: https://davidjolleylecture18july2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Further information attached: David Jolley lecture 2018 flyer.

Summer Equality and Diversity Event

The University of Worcester in Collaboration with Unison will be showing the film Offside. The film is about female fans in Iran, trying to gain access to watch football matches. The event is timed to coincide with the World Cup and the theme of the evening will be linked to women and football.

Monday 9 July from 6.30pm.

The evening is open to all.

Equalities flyer July 2018

Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring life-long and life-wide learning Wednesday 13 June (4.30-7.00) & Thursday 14 June (9.00-5.00)

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 commence on the 13th with a keynote lecture from:

Luke Millard who will be exploring “Unlocking student potential through engagement”.

Luke is 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.

The evening will conclude with an informal Cheese and Wine evening, offering the opportunity to review Posters submitted on this year’s theme and network with colleagues.

On the 14th we are pleased to welcome a keynote lecture from:

Eric Stoller with his presentation “Digital Dissonance – Learning to Embrace Change and Enhance the Student Experience”

Eric is 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.

There will also be opportunities to discover more about our development programmes for teaching staff  (HEA Accredited fellowships) and our Student and Academic staff partnership Programmes which allow students to engage with and contribute to the ongoing improvement of learning and teaching methods and resources.

More information and a detailed conference programme will be issued closer to the event – we look forward to welcoming you in June.

Please click here for further details on registration.

Unlocking Potential conference flyer

Charity Challenge Photo Competition

We are participating in the University of Worcester Charity Challenge, in aid of Smile for Joel.

Team: We’re Here for the Barbecue Photo Competition

Match the correct before and after photos and win a £20 Amazon voucher.

We are running various events to raise sponsorship money and if you would like to enter our photo competition, please print/tear off the answer sheet and bring to Registry Admissions Office in Woodbury WB140 along with your £1 entry fee.

If more than one person has all answers correct, a single winner will be drawn from a hat out of the correct entries.

Entry Sheet

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After

Crochet Class Date Reminder for Charity of the Year

We will be holding a beginner’s crochet class on Monday, 4 June from 5-6:30pm in EEG027. The class costs £10, with all money going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Due to cancellations, there are a couple of places still remaining! If you would like further information or wish to book a place, contact us on communications@worc.ac.uk

Information about the class:

We are pleased to announce the next session in the Communications and Participation ‘How to’ series: ‘Learn to Crochet’.

This hour and a half long session will introduce you to crochet. You’ll learn the basic stitches, how to read a pattern and where to find helpful resources and tutorials. It’s really easy to learn and you don’t need any prior experience! By the end of the session you’ll already be working on your first project.

The session costs £10 and will include all of your supplies. You’ll also receive a resource pack to take home with you, so you can carry on your work after the session.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Five reasons why crochet is good for your brain

Planned Events 2018-2019

Timetabling have been working closely with ICT to develop a new online planned events system for 2018-2019 academic year requests.

The new planned events system will go live w/c Monday 11 June 2018 and will be available to members of staff via the staff portal. Staff will have 4 weeks to input all planned event requests.

Once the system is live, an all users email will be sent to staff. This will include further detailed instructions and user guidance notes to help staff submit their requests.

Regards

Timetabling

The Infirmary are proud to host ‘Let me Take Care of You’

Delivered by Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science, they will set an engaging and immersive presentation for an audience incorporating fine dining and day surgery!

An example of what this project has previously delivered can be seen at Time Travelling Operating Theatre – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsczvuTrGZo

It is a free event and will be performed twice; 4pm and then 5:30pm about an hour each time.

Free tickets can be found at www.bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets

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