Wheelchair Basketball Continental Clash

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The Continental Clash, hosted by British Wheelchair Basketball, delivers international wheelchair basketball action in the heart of Worcester. A truly unique opportunity to watch the GB teams challenge wheelchair basketball superpowers from across the world. A truly spectacular sporting event.

Monday 5 June to Friday 9 June 2017 at the University of Worcester Arena

http://www.britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk

Men:

5 June
9:30 GBR v FRA
11:45 GER v JPN
17:00 FRA v GER
19:30 JPN v GBR

6 June
13:30 FRA v JPN
15:45 GER v GBR

7 June
13:30 Semi Final
19:30 Semi Final

8 June
17:00 3rd Place Playoff
19:30 Final

Women:

6 June
9:00 GBR v JPN
11:15 GER v AUS
18:00 JPN v GER
20:15 AUS v GBR

7 June
11:00 AUS v JPN
17:00 GBR v GER

8 June
10:00 Semi Final
12:30 Semi Final

9 June
10:00 3rd Place Playoff
12:30 Final

 

Augmented Reality in Live Performance

You are warmly invited to a seminar ‘Augmented Reality in Live Performance

Dr Paul Golz (ISES), Dr Chris Bowers and Dr Marc Price (Computing) of the University of Worcester will be giving a talk on Augmented Reality in Live Performance at The Hive on Monday 12 June 2017.

Augmented reality is an area of active interest the world over. Corporations, both large and small, are investing heavily in R&D. Microsoft’s HoloLens is on the cusp of being released and Pokémon Go was the hit game of 2016. AR has the potential to significantly affect how we interact with the world around us.

Augmenting dynamic scenes, for example theatre, sporting events, or even lectures, is somewhat difficult given the speed of the environment and the potential for differing viewpoints on the scene. In this seminar we will introduce the world of AR within performance and show some of the work happening at Worcester into developing a dynamic AR system.

The seminar will include a very short dance performance by PE and Dance student Lauren Richards. Attendees will also be encouraged to try out their own moves in front of our equipment!

Details

Hive Studio, The Hive, Worcester

5.15 – 6:00pm    Tea, coffee, networking

6.00 – 7:00pm    Seminar

Please register your attendance by emailing Sally Docherty (s.docherty@worc.ac.uk). Please register as soon as possible to guarantee your place as places are limited.

University Teaching Award Scheme

The University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched for its second round, having been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This 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 O:\All Staff Documents\QED\UW Teaching Award Scheme.

UW Teaching Award Scheme: Why? What? So What? Now What?’

There are two information sessions planned to help colleagues understand the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

Thursday 15 June 2017               Information at the Learning and Teaching conference

Friday 16 June 2017                    Information at the Learning and Teaching conference

In addition, Writing Workshops are available on the following dates:

Wednesday 28 June 2017                         2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                   room EEG168

Wednesday 12 July 2017                           12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                 room BY1145

Bookings for the Writing Workshops can be made via the staff development webpages https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/university/booking_v2.pl?session_id=211b54aab647826ceeb28b4b9fca4ac9&system_id=58).

Any queries may be sent to teachingaward@worc.ac.uk.

Staff development Workshop – Supporting students with disabilities and reasonable adjustments for placement and work based learning experiences

Forthcoming Staff development Workshop:

Title of Session: Placement and Work-based Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) – Supporting students with disabilities and reasonable adjustments for placement and work based learning experiences.

Date and Time:                 Wednesday 5 July 2017 12:15-14:00

Venue:                                 City Campus – Charles Hastings Building CH 2008

Places:                                  Max 35 places

Students with disabilities have a general entitlement to the provision of educational opportunities in a manner that meets their individual requirements, including placements and WBL experiences. The new University policy for the ‘Management of Placement and Work-Based Learning (WBL)’ makes reference to the responsibilities and some overlapping duties of both the employer/placement provider and the University (and its collaborative partners) to disabled students on placement. This includes ensuring students are not disadvantaged in finding a placement, or whilst on a placement, and that students are given an early opportunity to disclose a disability in order that placement providers can make appropriate reasonable adjustments to support them whilst on placements or WBL experiences. ASET (The Work Based and Placement Learning Association) recently published a ‘Good Practice Guide for Supporting Students with Disabilities on Placement’ (ASET, September 2016).

This session is the second in the series of the Special Interest Group for Placement and Work-Based Learning (WBL) and will be facilitated by Patrick Clarke (Specialist Learning Support Service Manager, Student Services) and Nuala Robinson (Disability Adviser, Student Services). The focus will be on the relative responsibilities for meeting the needs of disabled students in placement, guidance for planning and considering appropriate reasonable adjustment for disabled students and to share effective practice and gather case studies/examples of ‘what works’, with a view to updating the University’s Guidance for staff in managing work placements for disabled students. Accessible high quality placements and work based learning for all students(2011).

The main aims of the Placement/WBL SIG are to support staff in the implementation of the University policy and to facilitate a community of practice where we can share experiences and current good practice and find solutions to some of the challenges in managing a variety of placement experiences. All staff with an interest in placement/WBL (including registered lecturers from partner organisations) are welcome.

Contacts: Sue Cuthbert
Email: s.cuthbert@worc.ac.uk

Personal Academic Tutors – Supporting you to Support Students

One of the key roles of a Personal Academic Tutor is to act as a first point of call for students experiencing difficulties arising whilst at University.

In order to support PATs in this role the Students’ Union has developed a series of postcards which PATs can use to refer students to the SU’s Help & Advice Service.

The Students’ Union offers free, independent and confidential help and advice to all students. For more information about the Help & Advice Service see our web pages.

If any PATs would like to order any postcards please click here to complete a short order form.

 

 

A photographic exhibition at Worcester Cathedral – The Aesthetic Revisited by David James

1 – 15 June

A photographic exhibition at Worcester Cathedral entitled…

‘The Aesthetic Revisited’ by David James.

Each beautiful photographic image portrays a scene, a moment in time, that is intended to intrigue through aesthetic values.

David is Course Leader for the Masters in Creative Media at the University of Worcester and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

David’s work in television and film design appears in books on television design, as well as in journals such as Creative Review.

The Aesthetic Revisited

Business start-up event

The Worcester Business School held yet another successful event last Wednesday evening, as they held a ‘Business Start-Up’ talk at The Hive.

The event had six speakers, from all aspects of the Worcestershire area, who informed attendees how to start up their business ventures and where they can receive support.

Dr David Bozward, who is a senior lecture in Entrepreneurship at the University of Worcester, talked about the Business Model Canvas and how crucial it is to create one that provides a roadmap for your business. While Dr Adrian Burden, who works as a tech and social entrepreneur, spoke about reaching the endgame and achieving goals in your company.

There were also talks from the University of Worcester’s Enterprise Manager Nick Bancroft, Worcestershire Business Central’s Ellie Brown and Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Gail Dendy De Santos.

Jo Murphy, the University of Worcester, Business Bootcamp lead also took time to explain and promote a FREE project for people in Worcestershire that runs between 19 and 24 June. Jo explained that the intensive full week programme has been developed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and ongoing support needed to start their own business.

Once again, the Worcester Business School have produced another insightful event for students and even for the wider community.

If you are interested in the Summer Business Bootcamp, there are still spaces available. Contact Jo Murphy at j.murphy@worc.ac.uk

Technology Workshops for Staff

With much of this year’s 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 June to help you develop your use of technology for learning and teaching.

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

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.

Blackboard Quizzes and Surveys – 7/6/17 – 10.15 – 11.45 – 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 give you a hands-on session in setting up, deploying and reviewing quizzes and surveys in Blackboard.

Tracking Student Engagement in Blackboard – 14/6/17 – 10.15 – 11.45 – EE1022

Student engagement and progression is key to their success and the retention centre and performance dashboard are tools in Blackboard which can help you monitor your students’ activity within your Blackboard.

In this workshop we will look at setting up rules for reporting lack of engagement and/or achievement and discuss strategies for re-engaging students and promoting active learning.

Blackboard Made Simple – 21/6/17 – 9.30 – 11.00 – EE1101

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.

Camtasia – 28/6/17 – 9.45 – 11.45 – 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.

For more information please contact:

Elizabeth Symonds
Team Leader Learning and Teaching Technology Unit
University Learning and Teaching Fellow
University of Worcester
Tel:
01905 857507

Superhero Challenge offer

Staff use promo code – MAYMADNESS2017 for a fiver off – current special offer!

Students use promo code – STUDENTMAY2017 for a fiver off current special offer!

Link Below;

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-richards-hospice-superhero-challenge-new-for-2017-tickets-30455954580?aff=UniversityofWorcester

The Superhero Challenge is an exciting new 5km run or walk with a difference!

Along the route you will encounter 10 giant inflatable obstacles and foam galore. Take on the foam bath, bouncy tunnels, giant hammers, UV bubble pods, to mention a few, not forgetting the grand finale – the big bertha drop slide. This is like no other event St Richard’s has done before!

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a superhero then sign up quickly as places are strictly limited. Share those super powers too and encourage family, friends and colleagues to join in the fun.

On the day, if you’re taking part to celebrate your own superhero, past or present, then please bring along a picture for the Superhero Gallery which will be displayed for all participants and spectators to enjoy.

This event is to help fund our free care and support to patients and families across Worcestershire so we ask you to pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 or more.

For your safety and enjoyment participants will be limited to 50 per time slot. A minimum height restriction of 123cm is required and any child 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the course. Please note there are obstacles with UV lighting and we would also advise that anyone with a medical condition or skin allergy consult with their doctor before registering for this event.

Please see FAQs for further information

You can buy your own ‘St Richard’s SuperHero Challenge’ t-shirt, hoodie or cap from here.

Please call the fundraising department on 01905 763 963 or email appeals@strichards.org.uk if you need anything further.

DATE AND TIME

Sat 17 June 2017
10:00 – 16:00 BST

LOCATION

Lakeside Campus
Worcester Road
Holt
WR6 6NH

 

Registration now open Beyond Boundaries – Annual Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference – 15-16 June 2017

In the contemporary changing and challenging Higher Education landscape, this year’s Learning, Teaching, and Student Experience Conference at Worcester aims to explore some of the exciting possibilities created by working across and beyond boundaries.

We are looking to engage in discussion and debate about the potential that emerges when we reach across or dissolve the boundaries between: disciplines and departments, spaces, places and stages of learning, virtual and physical learning environments, students and staff, teaching and research, or between the ivory towers of academia and the wider world beyond the University. How can and have we worked together? How do connections with local, regional, national or international partners and networks inspire us to improve the student experience?

Registration for the conference is now open. Please register at Eventbrite – please note that all presenters must register to attend. The draft programme is now available – please note that this is subject to change.

Please contact us at ltconference@worc.ac.uk if you need any additional information.

Timetabling Planned Events

Blank Planned Events Form 2017-18

Timetable preparation for 2017/18 is now well underway, and once again we are requesting key information from you for planned university events for the next academic year.

For the purposes of this exercise, we have classified the following as planned university events (this list is not exhaustive):

Applicant Days Open Days Award Ceremonies
University Committee meetings Worcester Week Activities Graduate Fairs
Induction for professional courses Examinations Registration
Artwork Assessments Exam Boards Taster Days/Evenings
Guest/Professorial Lectures Conferences Maintenance/Planned Works

Please note: this system is designed ONLY for Planned Events such as those stated above. It is not to be used for any adhoc bookings and any that are not classified as a planned event will be returned to you. If you are unsure whether your event comes under the planned events umbrella please contact us and we can advise.

This applies to events between Monday 28 August 2017 and Sunday 26 August 2018.

By submitting your requests for rooms at this time it will greatly enhance your chance of getting your preferred room and times.

When we are entering your request on to our system we will advise you of any potential problems, or if we are unable to fulfil your request. Final room allocations will be confirmed mid-August.

We would be grateful if you could complete the planned events form and return to timetabling@worc.ac.uk by Friday 9 June 2017 at the very latest to ensure that all bookings can be incorporated into the annual timetabling exercise. Please note that these bookings supersede any requests you may have made to us previously.

Many thanks

Timetabling

Pilates classes

206 Pilates will be starting a new block of classes from Tuesday 6 June. The classes are held in the Thomas Telford building on the St John’s Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15-2:15pm. The classes run in approximately 6-8 week blocks, at a cost of £6/class. If you would like more information, or to book a class, please contact Mindy Davey at enquiries@206therapy.co.uk or on 07515723554.

Physiotherapy

206 Physiotherapy is based in the McClelland Centre on the City Campus of the University. Rachel Stevens and Mindy Davey are Chartered Physiotherapists with over 20 years of experience between them. They treat a wide variety of injuries, muscle and joint complaints, and have a special interest in sports injuries. A reduced rate is available for University of Worcester staff. If you have any queries, or would like to book an appointment, you can contact us at enquiries@206therapy.co.uk or on 01905 857521.

 

Online and undergrad CELTAs land on target as Summer CELTAs blast off in June

May saw the end of the second year 30 credit module Lang2011 CELTA in the Language Centre, with a 100% pass rate and with one student, Tia, earning a much sought after B grade Cambridge certificate.

Tia worked extremely hard to get the grade and has gone on to secure employment with an English school this summer. Meanwhile, one year after completing LANG2011, another grade B CELTA teacher, Helen, has found a teaching job with Kingsway, a local EFL school.

The first Online CELTA also came to a close in May, again with 100% pass rate and the first grade A CELTA candidate for the University. This grade, awarded by Cambridge Language Assessment, is exceptionally difficult to attain so congratulations are in order for that student and this reflects exceptionally well on the Language Centre delivery and the University as a CELTA provider. The Online CELTA also resulted in two grade B certificates amongst the certificates awarded and candidates from the course are already securing interviews for work abroad.

The Language Centre is now busy delivering the first of its two four-week summer CELTA courses. There is still space on the second four-week intensive CELTA course running from June 23 to July 21 (please see the Language Centre web page for details).

The next Online CELTA course is scheduled to run from September 2 to December 9 and the Language Centre has doubled the number of applications from second-year students for LANG2011.

 

Timetabling Planned Events

Blank Planned Events Form 2017-18

Timetable preparation for 2017/18 is now well underway, and once again we are requesting key information from you for planned university events for the next academic year.

For the purposes of this exercise, we have classified the following as planned university events (this list is not exhaustive):

Applicant Days Open Days Award Ceremonies
University Committee meetings Worcester Week Activities Graduate Fairs
Induction for professional courses Examinations Registration
Artwork Assessments Exam Boards Taster Days/Evenings
Guest/Professorial Lectures Conferences Maintenance/Planned Works

Please note: this system is designed ONLY for Planned Events such as those stated above. It is not to be used for any adhoc bookings and any that are not classified as a planned event will be returned to you. If you are unsure whether your event comes under the planned events umbrella please contact us and we can advise.

This applies to events between Monday 28 August 2017 and Sunday 26 August 2018.

By submitting your requests for rooms at this time it will greatly enhance your chance of getting your preferred room and times.

When we are entering your request on to our system we will advise you of any potential problems, or if we are unable to fulfil your request. Final room allocations will be confirmed mid-August.

We would be grateful if you could complete the planned events form and return to timetabling@worc.ac.uk by Friday 9 June 2017 at the very latest to ensure that all bookings can be incorporated into the annual timetabling exercise. Please note that these bookings supersede any requests you may have made to us previously.

Many thanks

Timetabling

Bridging the Global Educational Gap Conference

The University of Worcester, in association with the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Groups for ‘Comparative and International Education’ and ‘Educational Research and Educational Policy-making’, invite you to participate in our second international conference entitled Bridging the Global Educational Gap taking place on 22-23 June 2017 at the University of Worcester.

The conference will focus on a number of important themes related to the impact of globalisation and internationalisation, such as inclusion, sharing knowledge across the globe, curriculum and its impact on knowledge generation, globalising (teacher) education, developing evidence-informed practice and self-improving systems, diversity, global citizenship, and intercultural education. This conference takes forward some of the issues explored during last year’s conference entitled ‘Education: A Global Perspective’, where we started to look at UNESCO Education 2030: A Framework for Action and Education in a Global Context. This year’s conference will include an exploration of solutions to support the implementation of the UNESCO Education 2030 goals, and to support the development of a vision of education as a self-improving evidence-based sector with international collaboration.

The conference is aimed at researchers, academics, consultants, practitioners, research students and professionals working in fields such as international, intercultural and comparative education, curriculum development, education policy and practice. The conference will provide an opportunity to collaborate and explore ideas to expand and develop theory and practice.

For further details see: https://www.bera.ac.uk/event/bridging-the-global-educational-gap

Holiday Camps at Lakeside

Holiday Club

Holiday Camps at Lakeside

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…

A TYPICAL DAY MAY CONSIST OF:

8.30-9.45am Early club and multi sports
10-11.15am Bushcraft
11.15am-12.30pm Treeless Ropes
12.30 – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15-3.45pm Kayaking
4-5.30pm Late club and multi sports

Please book using the following link: https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/lakeside/

Registration now open Beyond Boundaries – Annual Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference: 15-16 June 2017

In the contemporary changing and challenging Higher Education landscape, this year’s Learning, Teaching, and Student Experience Conference at Worcester aims to explore some of the exciting possibilities created by working across and beyond boundaries.

We are looking to engage in discussion and debate about the potential that emerges when we reach across or dissolve the boundaries between: disciplines and departments, spaces, places and stages of learning, virtual and physical learning environments, students and staff, teaching and research, or between the ivory towers of academia and the wider world beyond the University. How can and have we worked together? How do connections with local, regional, national or international partners and networks inspire us to improve the student experience?

Registration for the conference is now open. Please register at Eventbrite – please note that all presenters must register to attend. The draft programme is now available – please note that this is subject to change.

Please contact us at ltconference@worc.ac.uk if you need any additional information.

University Teaching Award Scheme

The University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched for its second round,  having been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This 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 O:\All Staff Documents\QED\UW Teaching Award Scheme.

UW Teaching Award Scheme:  Why? What? So What? Now What?’

There are two information sessions planned to help colleagues understand the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

Thursday 15th June 2017                Information at the Learning and Teaching conference

Friday 16th June 2017                     Information at the Learning and Teaching conference

In addition, Writing Workshops are available on the following dates:

Wednesday 28th June 2017                         2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                             room EEG168

Wednesday 12th July 2017                           12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                           room BY1145

Bookings for the Writing Workshops can be made via the staff development webpages https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/university/booking_v2.pl?session_id=211b54aab647826ceeb28b4b9fca4ac9&system_id=58).

Any queries may be sent to teachingaward@worc.ac.uk.

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 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.

Be Clear on Cancer

Public Health England has launched a ‘Be Clear on Cancer- respiratory symptoms’ campaign which is running across England with the aim of raising awareness that breathlessness could be a sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer.

Those who get out of breath doing simple everyday activities, such as getting dressed, are encouraged to go to their GP as early diagnosis and treatment can improve the quality of life of those living with long-term conditions.

Many people in England suffer from breathlessness, but may not have seen their doctor. Instead, they might have developed coping mechanisms, such as taking short breaks, giving up hobbies or not leaving the house as often.

While it may well be nothing serious, the campaign highlights that if you are experiencing breathlessness doing things you used to be able to do, you should go to your doctor. For further information search ‘Be Clear on Cancer’.

Best wishes

Lou
Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Educational Partnerships & Strategic Director for Health and Wellbeing University of Worcester