Summer CELTA 2017 news

Eight weeks of intensive CELTA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training drew to a close on July 21st. The Language Centre is proud to have helped 17 trainee language teachers successfully pass the course and take their first steps towards a teaching career. The centre maintained its 100% good pass rate and saw 20% of candidates gaining a grade B Cambridge teaching certificate.

The Language Centre is especially proud that 5 of the 17 candidates have gone straight into employment as a result of the course. Working closely with local schools and other language education providers, both in the UK and internationally, some candidates were able to find teaching work even before the course had ended.

We would like to thank the teacher trainers on the CELTA for their diligence and professionalism on the course, they were an inspiration and model for all the trainee teachers.

The next Online CELTA course is now full and is scheduled to run from September 2nd to December 9th however, we are taking applications for the Online CELTA scheduled for January 2018.

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

University Teaching Development Projects: Progress Reports July 2017 – reports on key development projects, including, course leader project, research inspired teaching, student learning journeys, and transitions, and inclusive practice, and many more ….

Developing the Students as Academic Partners Scheme by reflecting on a High Impact Pedagogy model – 2017 has seen 24 projects selected for inclusion in the Students as Academic Partners (SAP) scheme and these will be reported upon at the start of the next academic year. In the meantime read about one highly successful project which was chosen to showcase the UW SAP scheme at the JISC Change Agents Network Conference at the University of Exeter in April 2017.

Inclusive praxis, the university moral imperative of our time – reflections on a conference hosted by Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL), an international organisation that facilitates cross-global learning in Higher Education, and on a RAISE special interest group, where the focus has been developing and embedding inclusivity within learning and teaching.

HEPI/Unite Students Reality Check report published – results from a survey carried out by HEPI/Unite examining university applicants’ attitudes and perceptions about the transition to life as a student.

The URL for the blog is https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/. If you have something you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Carolyn Nisbet or your Institute Learning and Teaching Lead.

 

 

Close reading on the theme of nature at the Ledbury Poetry Festival

Earlier this month, John Parham, from the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts, led a close reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Based on 20 years’ research into how poetry can help us to better understand nature in a time of climate crisis, audience members took turns to read extracts from two iconic British nature writers, the Victorian priest-poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and the contemporary poet Alice Oswald. Attended by approximately 45 people, a vibrant discussion (during and after the session!) ranged across themes of poetic style, whether religion impedes our love of nature, climate change, and how we sustain both humans and nature in landscapes peppered with agricultural and industrial activity. Entitled ‘Dappled and Discordant: On poetry and our ‘off-beat’ relationship with nature’, John’s session was sponsored by The Friends of the Dymock Poets.

Worcester Show 13 August and other events in our Parks

The Worcester Show takes place on Sunday 13 August in Gheluvelt Park, and the Summer is rounded off with One World on Our Park at Fort Royal Park on Monday 28 August – join us to celebrate the best of what our City has to offer!

Worcester Show

When: Sunday 13 August 10:00 – 17:00 Where: Gheluvelt Park Cost: FREE

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: PHOTOS 5pm 2 AUGUST, OTHER ENTRIES 10am MONDAY 7 AUGUST A popular free event for all the family, the 12th Worcester Show returns to Gheluvelt Park this August. There’s still time to volunteer, or show off your growing, crafting, baking or artistic skills by entering one of over 130 classes! Or just turn up on the day to marvel at the skills on show. Enjoy a wide variety of music, food, entertainment, kids’ zone, and stalls from local businesses and craftspeople. Visit www.worcestershow.org.uk for all the info about visiting, entering or volunteering, or see the Worcester Show Facebook page!

Summer Multi-sports Programme

When: Summer Holidays 24 July to 25 August, 11:30 – 17:00 Where: Various venues across Worcester Cost: FREE

Free multi-sports activities for 2-18 year olds, including cricket, tennis, football and more! All you need to do is turn up, sign in and take part. Parental consent needed for under 16’s. For times and venues visit www.worcester.gov.uk/holidayactivities. Sessions organised by Freedom Leisure, for more information email sportdevworcester@freedom-leisure.co.uk

Junior Fitness Camps

When: Wednesday 30th of August 2017 10.30am – 1.30pm Where: Gheluvelt Park, meet outside the Pump House Cafe WR1 3EZ Cost: £15.00 per session.

Fun, all inclusive fitness training for Juniors. Suitable for ages 8-15 years, and all levels of ability. Designed to improve the junior’s overall fitness, strength and stamina with a variety of games, drills and exercises; individually, in pairs and in teams. The Camp aims to increase self confidence, self esteem, respect and discipline, through Team Building and problem solving games. Water and a healthy snack is provided within the cost. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, as places are limited. For more info: Contact Kirstie on 07943 804862 or kirstie.ruane@yahoo.co.uk with any questions or to book, visit www.worcestertricoach.co.uk or find us on facebook.

Bands in the Park at Cripplegate Park and Gheluvelt Park

When: 14:00 – 16:00, Sundays 7 May to Sunday 17 September Cost: FREE Where: Cripplegate Park, Gheluvelt Park

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the park. Please see our website for full details of dates and venues.

Refreshments available from local charity volunteers in the Sons of Rest building at Cripplegate Park.

For more information email greenspaceevents@worcester.gov.uk or phone 01905 722233

Walkways Sensory Strolls for people living with Dementia

When: 10:15 – 11:00am, Wednesday 16th Aug, 6th & 20th Sept, 3rd & 18th Oct Where: Meet at the Pump House Environment Centre in Gheluvelt Park Cost: £2 (carers/family members free)

Sensory strolls at Gheluvelt Park for people living with dementia and their carers, friends or family.

Booking essential, for more information and to book a place call 01905 420805.

Nature Tots

When:  Tuesday 15 August from 10.30am – 12pm

Where: Pumphouse Environment Centre, Riverside Conservation Area, WR1 3EZ

Cost: £2.50

A great way for early years (ages 2-4) to get messy and engage in the outdoors! Each session follows a wildlife theme, learning something new every month. Including stories, outdoor games, guided activities and creative crafts, Nature Tots is perfect for helping your little ones to get wild.

Booking essential – for more info or to book contact Hannah on 01905 754919 or hannah@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

One World in Our Park

When: Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 14:00 – 22:00 Where: Fort Royal Park Cost: Free admission

Bring family, friends and a picnic to celebrate diversity and enjoy games, stalls, entertainment and delicious foods from around the world! 14:00 – 14:30 Storming the Fort 14:30 – 14:45 Welcome 14:45 – 15:00 Dancefest performance 15:00 – 15:45 Asian Drumming 16:00 – 16:45 Morris Dancing 17:00 – 17:45 Drumlove and Bhangra dancers

18:00 – 18:45 Voices Unlimited

19:00 – 19:45 Zumba – come along and have a go! 20:00 – 20:45 African Drumming 21:00 – 21:45 Ukelele Group 10:00 – Finish Enjoy a great view of the Worcester Festival Fireworks!   Organised by the Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens and ‘Collar and Tie’, supported by The Big Lottery Fund. For more information, contact greenspaceevents@worcester.gov.uk or find “Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens” on Facebook.

 

New film – Sophie Carrigill – GB Rio Paralympian & Psychology Graduate

We are proud to present this new University of Worcester video featuring our very own Sophie Carrigill.

This is the second in a series of films we are producing, telling individual stories from around the University. It will be launching in cinemas around the country.

Please do watch the video on Facebook (it’s best with sound) and share with others.

Captioned and audio described versions of the video are available on YouTube.

New Information Security Policy and Arrangements

Dear Colleague

I am writing to you to make you aware of the University’s new Information Security Policy, and the associated Information Classification and Handling Table.

All staff should engage with the Information Security Policy and the requirements of the Information Classification and Handling Table as compliance is mandatory and any breaches of the policy may lead to action being taken under the Staff Disciplinary Procedures.

The Information Security Policy sets out expectations of staff in relation to User Accounts, Mobile Computing, Encryption, Software and Network Management.

The Information Classification and Handling Table breaks down all information and data into three specific categories – ‘Highly Sensitive’, ‘Personal/Confidential’, ‘Non-Sensitive/Open’ and explains staff should store and share each category of information.

We recognise that for some staff the requirements of the policy and associated table will mean a significant change in work practice and behaviour. Therefore, the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group has agreed that staff have until the 1st November 2017 to become fully compliant with the policy.

Below are some simple Do’s and Don’ts of Information Security which all staff should follow.

DO DON’T
Seek advice from the IT Service Desk if you are unsure about any aspect of Information Security. DON’T disclose your account password to anyone either verbally or via email. That includes members of IT.
Change your password if you have any suspicion that it may have been compromised. DON’T use your University password as the password for any other service.
Report any loss or suspected loss of data to the IT Service Desk. DON’T undermine or seek to undermine the security of computer systems.
Ensure that equipment that has been used to store sensitive University data is disposed of correctly. DON’T make copies of restricted University information without permission.
Encrypt mobile devices which you use for University business including personal devices. Advice is available from the IT Service Desk DON’T provide access to University information or systems to those who are not entitled to access.
When sharing sensitive information with others always follow the advice in the Information Handling Guidelines. DON’T leave your computer unlocked when unattended.
Password protect your personally owned devices. DON’T use a personal email account for conducting University business.
Keep all of the software on your personally owned devices up to date. DON’T connect personally owned storage or mobile devices to University owned devices
Be aware of the risks of using open (unsecured) Wi-Fi hotspots or public computers in libraries, airports, etc DON’T send, forward or open unauthorised bulk (spam) email.
Assume that Information Security is relevant to you. DON’T leave paper-based records in plain sight where they can be viewed by unauthorised people
Ensure that paper-based information is securely locked away when you are away from your desk. DO NOT leave hard copies of confidential information unattended or unsecured.

Over the summer, the IT team will be working with departments across the University to enable staff to access and use the IT provisions we already have.

Mandatory training for all staff on Information Security and Data Protection will be rolled out across the University in 2017/18.

Any staff with specific IT queries or needs should contact the IT Service Desk. Some specific advice and guidance is available via the IT webpages or the IT Service Desk:

Cloud Storage – the University’s approved solution is One Drive for Business. Using cloud storage will significantly increase your storage capacity and allow you to access your files and documents securely when away from the University and reduce the need for USB sticks, which are vulnerable to loss or being misplaced.

Secure Storage of Data – if you are working away from the University or are sharing data in the ‘High Sensitive’ or ‘Personal/Confidential’ categories you should ensure that the information is secure.

Protect your emails and documents using Rights Management Services (RMS) – RMS allows you to apply access permissions and expiry dates to your documents and emails. It is intended to be used when working with ‘Highly/Sensitive’ and ‘Personal/Confidential’ classed data.

We will continue to develop technology, support and training relating to Information Security and will keep staff updated on a regular basis via all user emails, briefing notes to Heads and via the new Information Assurance webpage

 

Food Festival

We are opening this up to all staff and students to take part in the international food festival in the Pear Tree on 28 September at 5.30pm. All recipes submitted to the food festival will be judged and shortlisted for the university cookbook. To submit a recipe please email internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk

Workplace Challenge Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

We received great feedback from the event with many of you wanting further opportunities to get involved with the sport so we have organised yet another tournament.

Teams will consist of 8 members, with a registration cost of £40 per team.

The tournament will take place on Monday 7 August 2017, at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN.

Please express your interest by completing the form below:

http://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/forms/view/wpc-wheelchair-bball

University Cultural Calendar Event Submission

What’s On – Event Submission Form

Dear Colleagues

We are compiling the next issue of the University Cultural Calendar (‘What’s On’ Guide), covering September – December 2017.

Please can you send me information about any event/programme you are organising during that period of an arts/more broadly cultural nature, using the attached submission form by 12noon on Tuesday 1 August. If you have a high res image that you would like us to use, we will try to incorporate it.

I’ve attached a brief submission form so that we get the right information – please complete and return it as soon as you can, to Kerry Sampson (k.sampson@worc.ac.uk).

‘What’s On’ is well used by people within and outside the University, and helps to build audiences for our events – so do tell us what is happening!

Best wishes

Anne

Polite request regarding deliveries

Dear Colleagues

The University receives a huge amount of deliveries each day, both from Royal Mail and other couriers.

It has become apparent recently that an increasing number of parcels do not have full and clear information regarding the intended recipient and often are simply addressed as “University of Worcester”.

Can we politely request that, when placing orders, you ensure that the delivery details you give include your full name and/or your department/institute.

With immediate effect, any parcels which arrive without specific addressee information will be rejected upon delivery.

Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.

The Estates & Facilities Team

 

Postgraduate Research Conference: ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ Review 2017

The University of Worcester hosted the Postgraduate Research Conference: ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ on Thursday 29 June, at the Hive. The day attracted over 100 registrations; there were 20 oral presentations and 25 poster presentations throughout the day – represented by a range of Worcester and external postgraduate researchers. The whole conference was opened by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sarah Greer, who spoke eloquently about the value of research, being a research student and her sage advice about being a researcher. The crowd nodded in agreement when Sarah expressed the need for academic generosity, and a day such as the conference is a perfect example of such. With a warm and encouraging tone set for the day it was a jam packed schedule with 5 oral sessions – ranging from – ‘body and mind’ to ‘history and literature’ to ‘physical and mental health.’ In the middle and sandwiched around lunch the poster presenters had time and space to showcase their research as delegates walked through the exhibition.

We have had some excellent feedback already, through emails, the feedback forms and twitter, ranging internal and external delegates, staff and presenters. With one delegate expressing it was extremely professional throughout and there was a great buzz and a presenter kindly statingthe structure was excellent with designated themes and I really thought the addition of the Q&A sessions at the end was excellent.” The quality of the day was a true reflection of the quality of the research. An addition this year being prizes! Firstly, for outstanding presentations in each session, the following people from a variety of institutions were celebrated: Lucy Piggott (University of Chichester), Benjamin Ong (University of St. Andrews), Anna Muggeridge (University of Worcester), Benjamin Parry (University of Birmingham), Francis Blore (University of Northampton) and Hilary Causer (University of Worcester).

The day closed with a panel on the ‘Post PhD Experience’ where a session was led by questions from the audience about – doing, completing, using and emotions – of postgraduate research. We had Dr. Rachael Bullingham, Dr. Scott Buckler and Dr. Danielle Stephens, Charlotte Taylor and Professor Maggie Andrews give varying perspectives from University of Worcester, academic staff, research development staff and general personal views. It rounded the whole day off wonderfully, as we were all able to leave with both practical and pastoral advice to take forward in our postgraduate research and careers.

Finally, the Postgraduate Research Conference would like to thank the following people as without their support and contributions the day would not have been such a success.

THANK YOU to:

  • University of Worcester Research School;
  • The Hive Team;
  • All presenters and delegates;
  • All chairs and speakers;
  • A lot of staff and students at the University of Worcester who aided in ‘the little things’… such as, printing, spreading the word and generally supporting.

 

See you next year, The 2017 Postgraduate Research Conference Committee!

Library news – Resource list drop-ins, Great Hive Book Rescue

Resource list support: Library Services drop-in times

Library Services will be holding a series of drop-in sessions throughout July to support staff with publishing their resource lists in preparation for the 2017/18 academic year. There is no need to book in for these sessions; just turn up with your questions. Times and locations are below:

 

Date & time Location
Thursday 27 July 10-12 SJC reception
Friday 28 July 1-3 Hive Business Centre, L.2
Monday 31 July 2-4 SJC reception

 

Great Hive Book Rescue

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 for 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.

Mencap’s Big Tea Party

A Big tea party is a great way to raise awareness and support people with a learning disability and their family. At Mencap, we know there are people with a learning disability that don’t always have an opportunity to socialise. Research says almost 1 in 3 young people with a learning disability spend less than 1 hour outside their homes on a typical Saturday; we want to change this and get people with a learning disability socialising.

With support from the Centre for Violence Prevention at the University of Worcester, Mencap is proud to announce its first BIG TEA PARTY, to be held at the University of Worcester on 2 August between 10am-12pm in the Cotswold Suite.

The morning will consist of refreshments, guest appearances, quiz, selfie-corner, and an opportunity to socialise and eat cake. The event will close with a raffle, with prizes donated by a number local businesses.

 

 

Free exercise sessions and research opportunity!

Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research study explores a new approach to how and where we exercise. High-intensity interval exercise is recently becoming a more popular mode of training based on its time-efficiency compared with traditional, continuous and moderate-intensity exercise.

However, the time-efficiency becomes questionable if a time-consuming visit to the gym is required in order to undertake this training. We are investigating whether high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm, but during most of this time you are free to work from the laboratory.

If you are able to work away from your office for this amount of time and are interesting in participating, please see the attached poster and email Alice Burgin at a.burgin@worc.ac.uk. Thank you!

Novel research poster

New Information Security Policy and Arrangements

Dear Colleague

I am writing to you to make you aware of the University’s new Information Security Policy, and the associated Information Classification and Handling Table.

All staff should engage with the Information Security Policy and the requirements of the Information Classification and Handling Table as compliance is mandatory and any breaches of the policy may lead to action being taken under the Staff Disciplinary Procedures.

The Information Security Policy sets out expectations of staff in relation to User Accounts, Mobile Computing, Encryption, Software and Network Management.

The Information Classification and Handling Table breaks down all information and data into three specific categories – ‘Highly Sensitive’, ‘Personal/Confidential’, ‘Non-Sensitive/Open’ and explains staff should store and share each category of information.

We recognise that for some staff the requirements of the policy and associated table will mean a significant change in work practice and behaviour. Therefore, the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group has agreed that staff have until the 1st November 2017 to become fully compliant with the policy.

Below are some simple Do’s and Don’ts of Information Security which all staff should follow.

DO DON’T
Seek advice from the IT Service Desk if you are unsure about any aspect of Information Security. DON’T disclose your account password to anyone either verbally or via email. That includes members of IT.
Change your password if you have any suspicion that it may have been compromised. DON’T use your University password as the password for any other service.
Report any loss or suspected loss of data to the IT Service Desk. DON’T undermine or seek to undermine the security of computer systems.
Ensure that equipment that has been used to store sensitive University data is disposed of correctly. DON’T make copies of restricted University information without permission.
Encrypt mobile devices which you use for University business including personal devices. Advice is available from the IT Service Desk DON’T provide access to University information or systems to those who are not entitled to access.
When sharing sensitive information with others always follow the advice in the Information Handling Guidelines. DON’T leave your computer unlocked when unattended.
Password protect your personally owned devices. DON’T use a personal email account for conducting University business.
Keep all of the software on your personally owned devices up to date. DON’T connect personally owned storage or mobile devices to University owned devices
Be aware of the risks of using open (unsecured) Wi-Fi hotspots or public computers in libraries, airports, etc DON’T send, forward or open unauthorised bulk (spam) email.
Assume that Information Security is relevant to you. DON’T leave paper-based records in plain sight where they can be viewed by unauthorised people
Ensure that paper-based information is securely locked away when you are away from your desk. DO NOT leave hard copies of confidential information unattended or unsecured.

Over the summer, the IT team will be working with departments across the University to enable staff to access and use the IT provisions we already have.

Mandatory training for all staff on Information Security and Data Protection will be rolled out across the University in 2017/18.

Any staff with specific IT queries or needs should contact the IT Service Desk. Some specific advice and guidance is available via the IT webpages or the IT Service Desk:

Cloud Storage – the University’s approved solution is One Drive for Business. Using cloud storage will significantly increase your storage capacity and allow you to access your files and documents securely when away from the University and reduce the need for USB sticks, which are vulnerable to loss or being misplaced.

Secure Storage of Data – if you are working away from the University or are sharing data in the ‘High Sensitive’ or ‘Personal/Confidential’ categories you should ensure that the information is secure.

Protect your emails and documents using Rights Management Services (RMS) – RMS allows you to apply access permissions and expiry dates to your documents and emails. It is intended to be used when working with ‘Highly/Sensitive’ and ‘Personal/Confidential’ classed data.

We will continue to develop technology, support and training relating to Information Security and will keep staff updated on a regular basis via alluser emails, briefing notes to Heads and via the new Information Assurance webpage