New Film – Marc Scriven – Athlete | Graduate | Mentor

We are proud to present this new University of Worcester video featuring our very own Marc Scriven.  Marc has very kindly shared his story with us and we hope it will inspire people from all backgrounds.

This is the first in a series of films we are producing, telling individual stories from around the University.

Please do watch the video and share with others.

Marc Scriven | Graduate - University of Worcester

Winners at the Colours Ball and Union Awards 2017

The Students’ Union recognises student and staff successes at Celebration Week 2017

Last week the Students’ Union held their annual Colours Ball and Union Awards ceremonies to celebrate the fantastic work of our sports teams, societies, volunteers, academic reps and University staff, as voted for by University of Worcester students.

The competition was fierce this year and hundreds of nominations were received. Please join us in congratulating all those who won.

Photos from both events are now available on the Worcester Students’ Union Facebook page.


Pitchcroft Parkrun Starts Saturday

A new Worcester Pitchcroft Parkrun has been initiated and developed by one of our current Sport Business Management students, Sam Payne. The run launches on Saturday 10 June 2017 at 9am, with a 8.45am meet at the grandstand

Sam first developed the idea through his second year Sponsorship & Fundraising module, and has since focused on the initiative for his Sport Development Project (IS equivalent), raising the required funding, linking local partner organisations and undertaking the time consuming and gruelling processes of application, planning and risk management procedures.

Please do attend and offer your support for this 5k event and for Sam.

If you are currently registered with parkrun then remember to bring your barcode details on the day, but if not and you would like to register to get an official time, then please visit

Free business start-up course

We are running a free business start-up course at the Worcester Business School. It comprises of a 5 day intensive bootcamp, starting 19 June and then 1 day a week thereafter for 9 weeks.

On the 5 days there is a theme for each day covering, ideation, business structure, legal aspects of a business, finance, sales and marketing. It will be based at the Jenny Lind Centre.

The course is free and is partly funded by the EU. It is open to anyone with a Worcestershire postcode and has an interest in, or is in the process of setting up a business, or in the early stages of a business start-up.

Please contact Joanne Murphy to find out more: or to sign up go to

Wheelchair Basketball Continental Clash


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


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


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

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 if you need any additional information.

Superhero Challenge

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 if you need anything further.


Sat 17 June 2017
10:00 – 16:00 BST


Lakeside Campus
Worcester Road

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 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


Dementia events

4th David Jolley Lecture on 19 July 2017 presented by:

Cathy Greenblat  – Helping us to see dementia differently
David Jolley Lecture at the University of Worcester
Wednesday 19th July 2017 16:00 (registration & refreshments) 16:30 to 18:00 (Lecture: 16:30 to 17:15 followed by discussion to 18:00)
University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN
For directions see

To book a free place please use the online booking system at:

Places are expected to be in demand, so book early to guarantee your place.

Cathy Greenblat Poster

TAnDem Conference

TAnDem Arts and Dementia Conference: Making sense of arts and dementia: Perspectives on research and practice

Event type: International Conference
Location: Malvern Theatres, Malvern, Worcestershire
Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Theme: Arts and Dementia: Perspectives on research and practice
Conference Booking Page: click here

TAnDem Conference 2017

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

Any queries may be sent to

Swim & Treat at the Worcester Whitehouse Hotel

Swim & Treat for Two £15: Swim for two (use of the pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi), followed by afternoon tea (an assortment of Sandwiches, Delicious Cakes and Scones with Jam & Cream served with Free Flowing Tea & Coffee). Swim between 12 noon and 4pm with afternoon tea between 2pm and 5pm. Please reserve your places on 01905 24308 and pay when booking (subject to availability).


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

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

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
01905 857507

Postgraduate Research Conference on Thursday 29 June at The Hive

The 2017 Postgraduate Research Conference Committee are excited to host the 4th annual Postgraduate Research Conference on Thursday 29th June 2017 at The Hive. Attendance is free and the programme includes a poster session and 3 oral sessions of a large variety of topics with over 40 speakers.

Registration is open – book your place now at by Monday 26th June. For more information please contact and follow our twitter account @UoWPGC.

PG Conference Poster


Big Lunch event

The Student Wellbeing Champions’ next event is a ‘Big Lunch’ on Friday 16 June from 12-2pm, on the Union square outside the SU (St John’s Campus).

The Big Lunch idea was started by the Eden Project as a way of bringing neighbourhoods and communities together; the idea being that everyone brings some food to share – like a mass picnic – and then enjoys a free lunch. It’s open to anyone – students, staff, friends and family, so feel free to pop along, bring a bite, and enjoy some community spirit.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Images From the University’s Collection of Kays Catalogues Featured by Royal Mail

Royal Mail is celebrating 350 years of the mail order catalogue, and the Kays Catalogues held by the University of Worcester’s Research Collections feature prominently in the press release and image gallery.

The Kays catalogues included span 1894-1943 and cover a range of household items and fashion. The University’s collection, housed in the Hive, is much broader, going all the way up to the 1990s.

Visit the Royal Mail website for details, and World of Kays or the Library Services webpage for more images from Kays Catalogues.