Training Support for the New Information Security Policy

Dear colleague

Further to the recent email from Helen Johnstone regarding the new Information Security policy, I am writing to confirm the training arrangements for all staff.

The aim of the training programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to fully understand: the details of the new policy; the implications of current and pending legislation around information security and data protection; and, where appropriate, to make suitable changes to your working practice.

All staff are required to successfully complete by 1 November 2017, the online training course UCISA Information Security Awareness Training accessed via LearnUpon, our new staff e-learning platform.  All staff now have a LearnUpon account (please use the same user name and passwords to other UW accounts). The course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete (including the test at the end), you have the option to complete the training in stages, and at a time that is convenient to you. UCISA have developed this online training and clearly understand the issues that staff working in HE may face. Staff will be requested to revisit the training after two years, and will receive a reminder at that time.

In addition, over the coming months IT are running regular Information Security Awareness Training to provide you with the opportunity to understand and comply with current IT security best practice and identify and access appropriate support. These sessions will last about an hour. Full details, including date, time and location of the workshops are on Workshop Bookings where you can book your place.

While the above training is mandatory, its aim is to help you feel confident in understanding the new requirements; to support you to make the necessary changes in your working practice and to enable you to fully comply with the Information Security policy. If you have any questions or feedback please do not hesitate to contact the Staff Training team on If you have any questions about the security of the information you work with please contact the IT Service Desk .

Kind regards

Niki Smithson
Staff Training

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 If you have something you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Carolyn Nisbet or your Institute Learning and Teaching Lead.

Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference

Friday 20 October 2017, 10.00 – 16.00

Call for Papers

Conference Theme: Communication, Collaboration and Commitment

The conference committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference 2017. United under the theme of Communication, Collaboration and Commitment, the conference aims to bring together researchers from across the full range of sub-disciplines within education to provide a diverse and dynamic forum for the presentation of ideas. Whether you are seeking to disseminate research findings, develop your thinking about ongoing research, or expand your network, this postgraduate conference will offer a supportive and engaging environment in which to share your research.


We are excited to welcome Katy Vigurs to our conference this year. Katy is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Derby and during her career she has led many educational research projects with learners in school, college, university and adult education settings. Katy has also worked with families and learning providers, with a particular interest in the field of widening participation in education.

Conference Sub-themes:

Participants are invited to explore the full scope of the conference and we therefore welcome presentations and posters with a focus on the conference theme of Communication, Collaboration and Commitment which might also include the sub themes of:

  • Innovation in educational research
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • International studies
  • Educational Research Methods

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: by no later than Friday 18 August 2017.

Abstracts should include:

  • Research aim(s) and/or research questions
  • Research methodology
  • Findings (if relevant)


To be directed to IoE Conference Organising Team 2016: Maxine Watkins, Hazel Richards and Kathryn Spicksley at

Timetable for submissions:

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 18 August 2017

Notification of Acceptance by: Friday 25 August 2017

Conference booking deadline: Friday 8 September 2017