Students Receive Special Recognition for Extra-curricular Work

Special recognition has been awarded to more than 250 University of Worcester students who have under taken a host of extra-curricular work and activities.

The students all completed the Worcester Award, which encourages students to participate in a range of activities to help boost their employability.

The Award is run by the University’s Careers & Employability team and is supported by a number of local employers.

This year 252 students achieved the Worcester Award, the highest number to achieve the award since it began in 2010. Of those, 43 achieved Bronze, 90 Silver and 119 Gold.

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Steve Mackay, who attended the Worcester Award ceremony, said: “The University’s Worcester Award scheme is excellent, because everybody benefits. Students contribute many hours of their time, not just for paid employment but also to volunteer in the city, enhancing the lives of residents and visitors through their efforts.  The students benefit too, gaining valuable experience and skills which, all the more, employers are seeking.”

Students completed a range of activities, including delivering Chinese Mandarin classes; being a Special Constable; work experience at a museum; volunteering at a Hindu temple; setting up an Arts & Craft business; becoming the editor of a student magazine; and volunteering with St John’s ambulance.

Three students also received additional special recognition awards; Anthony Redfern was recognised for Outstanding Overall Performance, Heather Edwards for Outstanding Presentation and Christopher Jordan for Outstanding Interview. Each student received Amazon vouchers, which were funded by this year’s Worcester Award sponsors, Worcestershire Ambassadors and Sanctuary Housing.

Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students at the University, said: “We are delighted that so many students have achieved the Worcester Award this year. We are so proud of all those students who have managed to achieve great things during their time here at the University of Worcester. The range of additional and voluntary activities will greatly enhance their future employability as it gives firm evidence of their motivation, as well as the skills and experiences they will be expected to demonstrate in future job applications and interviews.”

The University is keen to hear from local employers who would like to be involved in the Worcester Award, particularly as panel members for Gold Award interviews. For more information email

Calling Budding Bakers – Enter the Great Hive Cake-Off

Budding bakers of all ages are invited to create a show-stopping cake as part of The Hive’s 5th anniversary community day on Saturday 8 July. The Great Hive Cake-off is a fun competition for anyone who enjoys baking. The cakes can be anything, as long as they take inspiration from The Hive.

There are two categories for ages 16 and under and 16 and over. The baking battle winners will be crowned The Hive at Five Star Bakers and each receive a £25 voucher and golden wooden spoon.

Competitors are asked to bring in their cake between 12 to 2pm to be displayed on the table and judging will begin at 3pm. Entry forms can be downloaded from The Hive events page.

The community event is 10.00am to 4.00pm and will include local food and drink stalls, entertainment, craft activities, story time for kids as well as the Hive at Five exhibition.

Staff Development Opportunities

Below is a list of our Staff Development opportunities currently available to staff, places can be booked through the Staff Development  portal. Any queries please contact the Training and Development team (

Appraisee Skills

It is recommended that all members of staff attend a briefing to prepare for their review meeting. This practical session will help you to get the best results from your appraisal. You will develop a clear understanding of the nature of appraisal, its objectives and the part that it can play in personal development planning as well as becoming familiar with the University’s appraisal Scheme. If you prefer, a session can be tailored for specific teams. Contact Rachael Stephens to arrange a date and time to suit you.

  • 19-06-2017 09:00 – 12:00

Appraiser skills

A practical session, which is a pre-requisite for members of staff who appraise others. The session aims are to develop an understanding of the nature of appraisal, its objectives and links with other university processes. We will also explore the skills and techniques that help to make the process effective, and become familiar with the University’s appraisal scheme and procedures and prepare for an appraisal meeting.

  • 19-06-2017 13:15 – 16:15

Project Management Training

Brief overview of project management techniques and methodologies

  • 28-06-2017 10:00 – 11:00

Skills Gyms Difficult Conversations for Support Staff

Holding difficult conversations can be daunting. They can be with colleagues, external people or senior managers. They can just happen or you can have time to prepare. Whatever the situation this course will help you with a strategy to find the behaviours and words to communicate effectively. The strategy used is a Call to ACTION. The 6 facets of ACTION are introduced during the seminar and each one discussed as to how they can help in conducting difficult conversations effectively

  • 22-06-2017 09:15 – 12:45

Skills Gyms – Working with others (part 1)

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. This Skills Gym will look at understanding those we work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable us to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations. This session will look at how our perceptions become our reality, how we react to the needs of others, using questioning and listening skills to understand rather than judge. You will look at how to establish the best approaches, verbally and non-verbally and stay professional under pressure.

  • 27-06-2017 09:00 – 12:30
  • 27-06-2017 13:00 – 16:30
  • 28-06-2017 13:00 – 16:30

Invitation to the Images of Research Exhibition and Gala Evening

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Images of Research Exhibition at The Hive which will run from 17th– 29th June. We have received over 40 entries showcasing the diverse and vibrant research from research students and staff from across the University.

We would like to invite all colleagues to join us for our drinks reception on 28th June from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Hive where the winners of the competition will be announced. We hope you can join us as we celebrate the excellent research of our staff and student community at Worcester.

If you would like to attend the Gala Evening, please rsvp to by Monday 19th June.

You can visit the exhibition from 17th June and vote for your favourite images in the Public Choice category. Look for the box, located in the Atrium.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Exhibition and to the Gala Evening

The Researcher Development Team

Men’s Health Week – Have You Got a Hazardous Waist?

Even if you have a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI), carrying too much fat around your middle (waist) can increase your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and erection problems.

To measure your waist:

  • find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips
  • measure midway between these points (probably around your belly button)
  • breathe out naturally before taking the measurement

If your waist is 94cm (37ins) or more (for men) you at higher risk of the diseases mentioned. If your waist is 102cm (40ins) or more you are at very high risk and should see your GP. Got a tape measure handy?


The British Dietetic Association suggest some smart swaps to add variety, provide more nutrients and save calories. If you’re interested in weight-loss, just these swaps could help you shed weight every week. No hassle.

TAKE OFF: Fried bacon, egg, sausage, tomatoes & hash­browns
BRING ON: Grilled bacon, sausage & tomatoes, poached egg, wholemeal toast

TAKE OFF: Standard BLT sandwich
BRING ON: BLT with reduced-fat mayo and lean bacon

TAKE OFF: Danish Pastry
BRING ON: Cereal bar

TAKE OFF: 34.5g bag of crisps
BRING ON: 28g bag reduced fat crisps


  • Eat slowly, chew each mouthful
  • Don’t watch TV, read or surf when eating
  • Learn to read food labels
  • Think about healthy snacks as well as healthy meals
  • Think about portion size
  • Drink water (not sugary drinks)
  • Keep active – replace a car journey with a bike ride or walk
  • Watch the booze

Source: Men’s Health Forum Toolbox Talk 2017

Teaching Spaces Survey – FAO Academic Staff Only

Dear Colleague,

We are undertaking a Learning and Teaching Spaces project with academic staff. In keeping with the consultative approach which we adopted in the first phase of the Course Leaders project, we invite teaching staff to help inform the way the University develops its teaching spaces. The questions in this survey give you the opportunity to say how you currently use your teaching spaces to enhance student learning and the extent to which you use available classroom technologies. It also offers you the opportunity to voice your opinion about how we develop the future provision and design of these spaces, thereby ensuring learning and teaching imperatives are at the heart of these strategic decisions.

Please complete the survey online.

The survey will remain open until Friday 16 June.

Will Bowen-Jones
Head of Strategic Educational Projects
University of Worcester


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

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

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.

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

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

Tai Chi Day at Birlingham Village Hall

Heartland Tai Chi are holding a Tai Chi day at Birlingham Village Hall on Saturday, 24 June on which we will explore the art of Stillness & Movement

On this day participants have the chance to explore aspects of meditation – relaxation as well as the movements of Duo Tai Chi.  Often when people approach meditation, they grasp hold of a technique and lose the essence.

On this day we shall use both movement and stillness to discover the essence of meditation, of our being and of living.

There will also be the opportunity to learn and explore the art of Duo Tai Chi – what it is and how to do it.  These Duo forms are often used as a method to try to dominate the external world yet they hold a deeper secret.  They can help us learn to be with the flow of our experience and to be open and awake in the very heart of our life. They can also be very enjoyable.

The day is suitable for all, whether you have much or little Tai Chi experience.  For more details and booking, contact Alan at