Student Accommodation Development

Come along to the Students’ Union on Wednesday and Thursday this week to take a look at and comment on early plans for a new student accommodation development on the University St John’s Campus.

The proposed development will be within the University’s existing grounds, close to the Elizabeth Barrett Browning and AE Housman halls of residence, and would accommodate up to 20 students, including 2 fully accessible rooms, in line with the University’s inclusive ethos.

The design will test out some ideas and assumptions developed during the master planning of University Court.

We are still in the early stages of the design and consultation process – a special event is being held tomorrow (Tuesday, November 28th) for local residents to have their say – and on Wednesday and Thursday the display will move to the Students’ Union. We would welcome feedback from staff, students and visitors. Comments can be left via feedback forms, which will be left at the display. The display will be manned from 1pm – 2pm on Thursday if anyone has specific questions.

The plans will also be available to view from 5pm on Tuesday, November 28th via the University website – www.worc.ac.uk/your-home/capital-developments

A planning application will be made to Worcester City Council in the New Year.

Thank you
Capital Developments Team

University of Worcester Staff Travel Survey 2017

https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/staff-travel-survey-2017

This is an anonymous questionnaire for staff designed to help us review issues such as travelling to the university, car parking, and to assist in developing future policies. Please be as open and honest as possible in your answers to help us achieve our aim. We may also use this data in academic journals and conference presentations. Thank you for helping us out; participation in this survey is voluntary, you can exit the survey at any time.

It should take about 10 -15 minutes to complete and can be completed on a phone/tablet.

At the end of the survey there’s an option to be entered into a prize draw of either a year’s free University of Worcester gym membership or a reconditioned bike (up to the value of £90) from the campus bike shop. Names and contact details to be entered into the draw will not be linked to your responses.

Whilst your data is anonymous it will be managed and processed in accordance with applicable legislation including the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Data will be held for up to 15 years. For the purposes of data protection legislation the University of Worcester is the Data Controller.  The University’s Data Protection Officer is the Head of Information Assurance infoassurance@worc.ac.uk

New to Teaching Workshops

The University has introduced a one-day workshop for those who are new to teaching in higher education. The second scheduled date for this academic year is Tuesday 23 January 2018 (10:00 – 16:00).

The aim of the workshop is to provide space to explore students’ approaches to learning, how to support a diverse student body, managing sessions, providing feedback on assessment and reflecting and assessing the impact of teaching sessions.

By the end of this course, participants will have explored: setting aims and outcomes for a session of teaching, selecting and evaluating appropriate methods and techniques of teaching for their discipline and situation, treating students as individual learners, class and student interaction assessment strategies and feedback, and dealing with challenging teaching situations.

The sessions are intended for anyone who has not taught, or is relatively new to higher education and particularly useful for HPLs or PhD students, for whom it is intended to be the first step along the road to gaining HEA Associate Fellowship.

This is best undertaken as part of a planned induction/orientation to teaching in HE. It is specifically about approaches to learning and teaching and not the broader aspects of policy or working at the University. Bookings may be made via the staff development webpages.

Staff Winter Party

 

You are cordially invited to the ‘University of Worcester Staff Winter Party’!

For the first time, the University of Worcester and Worcester Students’ Union are hosting a joint event to celebrate the festive season. The event will be held in the Students’ Union Bar ‘The Hangar’ on Saturday 9th December, from 7.30pm. The Bar will close at 2am.

This event is for Staff and their guests only.

On arrival, you will receive a complimentary drink. Later on in the evening a hog roast will be served (a vegetarian option is available).

There will be live entertainment and a DJ throughout the night, as well as a raffle where all money raised will go towards the charities of the year, Smile for Joel and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Tickets are £10, and can be purchased either through the Staff Portal (log in on the left hand side, then under Your Online Services, you will see the link to the Staff Winter Party) or in person at the Sports Centre or Arena receptions.

You are also able to purchase additional tickets for guests.

University of Worcester Staff Winter Party
Date: Saturday 9th December
Time: 7.30pm until late
Venue: The Hangar
Cost: £10 Included: Complimentary drink on arrival, live music, DJ and hog roast 

The Raffle is £2 a ticket, and prizes include:

Brand new GHD Straighteners and a complimentary cut and colour with award winning Salon Director Steve Hurley at Toni & Guy
Luxury John Lewis Prosecco Hamper
2 x Amazon Echo Dots
4 ball Golf at The Belfry
2 x tickets for Cinderella at Malvern Theatres
£50 voucher for Cote Brasserie
Meal for Two at Cafe Rouge
2 x tickets for the Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour
£150 vouchers for coach travel on Johnson’s Coaches
Afternoon Tea for Two at Stanbrook Abbey
4 ball Golf at Hallmark Wellcombe
£30 voucher for Cosy Club
30 minute massage at Beauty by Tabitha
Luxury Food Hamper
Complimentary Family Pass for the West Midlands Safari Park
£20 Screwfix voucher
Crate of Arena Ale
Bottle of Champagne

Tickets can be purchased from Judith Wild in Finance, WB058, and on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 Yours,
The Staff Winter Party Team

Researching Domestic Violence in the Context of Intellectual Disabilities – Prof. Erica Bowen

On 13 December 2017, Professor Erica Bowen (Centre for Violence Prevention) will be presenting a session entitled ‘Researching Domestic Violence in the Context of Intellectual Disabilities’. The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in PNG009.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Semester Two Blackboard Modules Available Now

Modules starting in semester two are now available in Blackboard for staff only.

Tutors who have previously had access to modules in Blackboard will automatically have access to the new iteration, however, if you’re new to a module you will need to use the web form on the logged in staff web page to request access. This is an automated process and you will have access within the following 24 hours. Instructions on how to add yourself to modules can be found here.

We have not automatically copied content over from previous years as you may wish to update your teaching materials, however, if you would like content copied over this can be done by following this link: Migrating Blackboard Content or by sending a request to eos@worc.ac.uk stating the module code, name and what you require copying.

Students will be enrolled onto their modules in the new year, so you have time to update materials and information before this becomes visible to students.

If you have any questions about this please contact eos@worc.ac.uk

Learning and Teaching Technology Unit (LTTU).

Course Rep Conference-Call for Sessions

The Students’ Union is hosting the inaugural University of Worcester Course Rep Conference on Tuesday 6 February 2018. The Conference will include a variety of development sessions, a high level panel debate, time for Institutes to meet with their course reps and will be a chance for Course Reps to meet each other, share experiences and feedback to the University.

We are now issuing a call for sessions to be run for the reps as part of the conference. Each session will be 1 hour long and the aim of the sessions should be around development (this may be in their role, preparing them for when they graduate or their skillset) or providing them with information that would enhance their experience as a rep specifically.

We would like to have different sessions run by a variety of people from around the University including support services and academic Institutes. Examples of sessions could include:

  • Skills based training e.g. public speaking, leadership, networking or collecting feedback and communicating it effectively (making your voice heard effectively)
  • Current issues in higher education e.g. TEF, the new regulatory framework etc.
  • Issues that reps have highlighted to us they are interested in e.g. mental health, fees and sustainability
  • Employability themed sessions e.g. organisational citizenship, entrepreneurship, transferable skills etc.
  • Giving an overview of something you have done with reps that has been really effective
  • Anything else that you think would help develop our course reps or involve them in something that you are doing

We have 7 hour long sessions to fill so if you would like to submit a proposal for a conference session please could you fill in the online form which gives us some insight into the topic you would like to deliverhttps://worcsu.wufoo.eu/forms/course-rep-conference-session-proposal/

I would need this completed and sent back to Euan Morrison before midday on the 2 December!

We looking forward to your response and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask myself or one of the team.

Clement Servini
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Worcester Students’ Union

firstpoint closures

firstpoint closures: December 2017

Thursday 7 December 2017: firstpoint will be closed all day for Student Services Away Day.

Thursday 14 December 2017: firstpoint will close at the slightly earlier time of 15:30 before reopening for the Staff Mulled Wine and Mince Pies celebration at 16:00.

Wednesday 20 December: firstpoint will be closed all day for firstpoint Away Day.

Christmas Break: firstpoint will be closed from Monday 25 December 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018.

firstpoint opening hours, week commencing 18 December 2017

Our opening hours will be 08:30 -16:15 from Monday 18 December 2017 to Friday 22 December 2017.

We will return to our normal opening hours of 08:30-17:30, Monday to Friday, from Tuesday 2 January 2018.

The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open throughout via the 24 hour entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Daily Deals with Worcester Rewards

27 November to 1 December

Fantastic daily deals are on offer this week through Worcester Rewards – save 15% at Debenhams, 17% at Groupon, 10% at the Body Shop – each day there will be new and exciting deals on offer to help you save on your Christmas and everyday shopping.

Make sure you’re registered for Worcester Rewards – simply go to the staff page and register, it’s very easy. This is a great scheme exclusively for University staff so make sure you’re getting the very best deals on offer.

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

Education for Sustainable Development in HE – provides an overview of University achievement and developing work on this important topic. Read about current and planned work.

Realising Teaching Excellence in Teacher Training – the fifteen PGCE Modern Languages trainee teachers at the University of Worcester have made a great start to the teacher training course. On 29 September 2017, they celebrated the European Day of Languages at the Lacon Childe School in Cleobury Mortimer by teaching French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish to Year 9 pupils.

Student information and study skills; a learner journey from pre-entry to level 6 – what can we expect and how do we support students in completing the journey to independence? Report on a project undertaken by Library Services, asking and answering questions:

  • What is reasonable to expect of level 4 students in terms of study skills when they arrive at University?
  • What study skills are students expected to develop through level 4 and what are the most effective ways of developing this?
  • How can independence be taught and facilitated at level 6?

Realising Teaching Excellence in Learning Outside the Classroom – Members of the (Institute of Education) Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education team have been taking action to promote and develop LOtC in their PGCE (teacher training) courses.

Essay mills and contract cheating – QAA has published guidance setting out best practice around promoting academic integrity in higher education, through tackling students’ use of third parties’ services in order to cheat. It covers the use of essay mills and other forms of contract cheating. It describes the issues, and sets out the steps providers can take to deal with these.

Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard site looking? Baseline standards for VLE use were introduced in September 2015 and an audit of modules from the 2016/17 academic year has found that 94% of modules now have a tutor enrolled indicating a minimum level of engagement with the VLE. An increase of 2% from last year.

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.

Deadline for next Arts and Culture Now

Arts & Culture Now – Event Submission Form

Dear Colleagues,

We are compiling the next issue of the ‘Arts and Culture Now’ (‘What’s On’ Guide), covering January to May 2018.

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 Friday 1 December. 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).

‘Arts and Culture Now’ 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

Anne Hannaford
Director of Arts and Culture

To view the latest edition of Arts & Culture Now click here

Live @ The Hangar – tickets now available for University staff

The Comedy Club ‘Live @ The Hangar’
Thursday 30th November
Venue: The Hangar
Tickets: Main room: £12 | Café area: £8 Upstairs | Bar Area: £6
Time: Doors Open 8.00pm | Show Time: 9.00pm | Bar & Music: ‘Till: Midnight
Special Offers: Pre – Order Pizza @ just £10 | 2 for £6 on Cocktails
Box Office: 01905 543210
Buy your tickets at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk 

The Hangar is very pleased to announce that the University’s campus bar is putting on its very own Comedy Night this Thursday!

Joining us for an evening of live stand-up entertainment will be David Morgan, former host of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here NOW!, along with Australian comedian, Colin Cole and Actor/Comedian, Mike McClean. Brought to you by the same people who established the likes of Jimmy Carr and Michael MacIntyre on the comedy circuit, this event promises to be a good one!

Tickets start at £6 and can be purchased at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Students’ Union at studentsunion@worc.ac.uk or with the Hangar on their Facebook page.

Situational Motivation in Sport and Exercise

Staff and students are invited to attend a research seminar on Tuesday 5 December. This will take place in EEG089 between 1pm – 2pm.

Situational Motivation in Sport and Exercise
Dr Julia West
Senior Lecturer in Sports & Exercise Science

Motivation is a crucial concept in sport explaining the direction, persistence and intensity of an individual’s participation in a sport and/or exercise situation.

Situational motivation is a relatively understudied phenomenon and yet relates to a here-and-now interpretation of drive for an activity.

In a moment-by-moment approach to motivation the underlying theoretical concepts can be viewed as cyclical creating both feedback and feedforward episodes thus influencing immediate performance. Through a series of studies, specific aspects of the situational motivation process are investigated culminating in a better understanding of the factors affecting practice and performance in sport and exercise.

Calling all crafters

Do you knit? Sew? Paint? Craft? Draw?

We would love to sell some of your handiwork in the Craft Stall we are organising for the All Staff University’s annual Christmas celebration in Peirson Building at St John’s Campus, on Thursday 14 December from 4.30pm. All proceeds will go to University’s Charity of the Year (Smile for Joel).

To donate items or to find out more, please contact Jane Shore in Communications on 01905 855393.

Students’ Union appealing for Christmas present donations

Last year, more than 170 children living in food poverty woke up on Christmas Day to find a surprise present provided through an annual appeal by the Worcester Foodbank – but they want to help even more families this December.

Worcester Foodbank helps local people in crisis to ensure that no one in the local community goes hungry. When the festive period arrives, many of the families they see find themselves worrying about what will happen over Christmas and getting themselves into more debt as they try to provide for their children. To prevent this, Worcester Foodbank have expanded their offering and from 22 November to 15 December, are taking donations of Christmas presents and then meeting with families to best match a present for their child.

On behalf of Worcester Foodbank, the Students’ Union is looking for unused/unopened/new presents worth up to £15 and targeted at children aged between 0-18 years old. They ask that no clothing/electrical games or games that require batteries are donated and that all presents are left unwrapped. This is so they can best match the present to the child and give them something they would use.

A box will be left behind the Welcome Desk in the Students’ Union for any donations from staff or students, which will then be dropped off weekly at the foodbank.

The foodbank are also happily accepting any wrapping paper donations/gift tag donations.

Yes please:

  • Presents for children aged 0-18 years old
  • Unused/unopened/new
  • Keep Presents unwrapped

No thank you:

  • No more than £15
  • No clothing items
  • No electronics/video games/or anything that requires batteries

For further information, please email Eleanor, e.york@worc.ac.uk

Becoming an External Examiner – staff development workshop

This staff development workshop is for academics considering becoming an external examiner for the first time.

The role of an external examiner is multi-faceted and enables an academic engaging in this work an opportunity to influence the quality of the student experience, not only in the institution in which you officiate but also within your own context. The session will consider the policy context of external examining, the role and expectations placed upon external examiners and how to find external examiner vacancies.

Bookings should be made via the staff development workshops webpages.

Date & time Venue
16.01.18              1:00 – 2:30 pm EE G164
29.01.18               9:30 – 11:00 am EE 1106

Drug Driving Research

Dear Students and Colleagues,

You are invited to participate in a research project An investigation into the knowledge and attitudes of staff and students, at the University of Worcester, into driving whilst under the influence of illicit drugs’. This is a collaborative project involving University of Worcester staff including; Lecturers, Security, Student Support, University of Worcester Students’ Union, West Mercia Police, South Worcestershire Safer Roads Partnership and Public Health. The project was first launched at an event at the Hanger on Wednesday 15 November to a very positive response and forms part of the University’s commitment to awareness raising events and collaborative working. The ultimate aim of the research project is to use the findings to inform a future local police awareness campaign. It has been timed to coincide with the Drink Driving Campaign, Road Safety Campaign and Alcohol Awareness Week all near this date.

The survey, which is anonymous, will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete and in addition to asking questions also gives answers to develop knowledge and awareness.

Please follow the link below:

https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/an-investigation-into-the-knowledge-and-attitudes-of-staff

SCOPUS Workshop and Resource Lists

SCOPUS Workshop

We now have access to SCOPUS*? Would you like to know more about it?

If so, please accept our invitation to attend a training workshop, which is being held in EEG023 from 12:30-14:00 on Wednesday, 6 December.

Representatives from Elsevier will be in attendance to demonstrate how to get the most out of SCOPUS, searching tips and how to track the impact of your research output. There will be time for you to explore the database and tools, as well as ask questions of the experts.

If you are interested, please email s.fagg@worc.ac.uk  to register for a place in the workshop. Places are limited so don’t delay.

*SCOPUS is a large database of abstracts and citations from peer-reviewed literature.  It uses smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research. It covers over 21,000 titles from over 5,000 international publishers in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social science, arts and humanities.


Resource Lists – Publish and review for Semester 2 by 1 December

Please be aware Semester 2/Term 2  Resource Lists should be published and sent for review and any digitisation requests made by 1 December 2017 so that new items can be ordered in time by the library and resources are accessible to students.

For more advice on managing Resource Lists, see our dedicated guide or contact your Academic Liaison Librarian

16 November at the Worcester Arena – #Worcesterpreneur event – Online Selling

Our November event followed on from the success of our “how to fund your business event” held in October. Students and start-ups attending this event heard from business owners who have successfully crowdfunded their business, taken advantage of grant and business support packages and accessed angel investors and other private equity funding options in order to get their businesses off the ground.

Anticipating a good turnout, we booked the Worcester Arena for our November event. Students and local business owners came together on a cold autumn night, keen to soak up knowledge about this area from our three inspirational speakers whose businesses are all involved in the digital marketing space.

The speakers explained to our audience that by clearly understanding the distinctions between branding, marketing and sales activities. Businesses can develop their audiences, engage and retain customers and ultimately be more successful in selling their products and services to their target markets. The speakers shared some incredibly useful strategies, tips and tricks with our audience, who were encouraged to take this knowledge with them, and consider applying this within the context of their own business ideas.

Our guest speakers from left to right:

Ella Stearn- Owner and managing director- Blue Monkey Social Media Management
http://www.bluemonkeysocialmedia.com/

Ben Feltwell- Managing Director- Alphaquad
https://www.alphaquad.co.uk/

Sian Conway- Joint owner and Marketing Director Studio B61
http://www.studiob61.co.uk/

Our next event is on the 12th of December is a business networking event held at the Worcester Business School. Any student or staff member is welcome to attend.

If you have any further questions about the programme, or would like to be involved in some way, please contact Nicholas Bancroft- Worcester Business School Enterprise Manager.

Tel: 01905 542817
Email: n.bancroft@worc.ac.uk
http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/
https://twitter.com/Worc_Enterprise

Our #Worcesterpreneur programme for 2107-18 has been kindly sponsored by Barclays Bank and Wynne-Jones IP. Both organisations are keen to demonstrate their ongoing support for students who are interested in Enterprise and Business Start-up here at the University of Worcester.

Calling all crafters

Do you knit? Sew? Paint? Craft? Draw?

We would love to sell some of your handiwork in the Craft Stall we are organising for the All Staff University’s annual Christmas celebration in Peirson Building at St John’s Campus, on Thursday 14 December from 4.30pm. All proceeds will go to University’s Charity of the Year (Smile for Joel).

To donate items or to find out more, please contact Jane Shore in Communications on 01905 855393.

Car parking – Wednesday 22 November

Dear Colleagues

Please note that Car Park R (the Tennis Court Car Park) will be reserved for Sports Interviews this Wednesday, 22nd November.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder, which necessitates you parking in this car park, please email carparking@worc.ac.uk or telephone the main security control room on x5495 and they will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking.

firstpoint closures

firstpoint closures: December 2017

Thursday 7 December 2017: firstpoint will be closed all day for Student Services Away Day.

Thursday 14 December 2017: firstpoint will close at the slightly earlier time of 15:30 before reopening for the Staff Mulled Wine and Mince Pies celebration at 16:00.

Wednesday 20 December: firstpoint will be closed all day for firstpoint Away Day.

Christmas Break: firstpoint will be closed from Monday 25 December 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018.

firstpoint opening hours, week commencing 18 December 2017

Our opening hours will be 08:30 -16:15 from Monday 18 December 2017 to Friday 22 December 2017.

We will return to our normal opening hours of 08:30-17:30, Monday to Friday, from Tuesday 2 January 2018.

The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open throughout via the 24 hour entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Students’ Union raise £261.38 for Children In Need

On behalf of everyone at Worcester Students’ Union, we would like to pay a huge thanks to all who helped us raise a total of £261.38 for this year’s Children in Need!

We set ourselves the gruelling challenge of rowing all the way to the Bristol Channel and back. With a little (okay, a lot) of help from UoW Rowing Club and Ladies Hockey, we managed to row even further than our 200km target, all before 4pm!

We finished off the day with a very special super-hero fancy dress karaoke. As always, we had some great (and not so great) performances and a whole lot of boogying.

You can read more about it on our website – https://www.worcsu.com/news/article/6013/Students-Union-raise-26138-for-Children-In-Need/. And as always you can continue to donate online throughout the year to our RAG Charity by following this link: https://www.worcsu.com/volunteer/ragcharities/.

Course Leader Network Event

“Survive or thrive? How can course leaders set expectations through the First Year Student Experience to promote student success”

Transition and the First Year Student Experience has become a priority in HE in recent years and features as a key part of many institutional strategic plans. The increasing interest in successful student integration into life at university has seen a renewed focus upon the need to create measures to ensure successful student adjustment and acclimatisation to university life. This has meant that transition and the first year student experience has come under scrutiny as academic institutions seek to develop transition activities in response to the shifting needs of the student population, the institutional need to retain more students, and an ethical desire to support students with diverse needs. Building upon ideas established by the What Works programme (Thomas, 2012) and research conducted around High-Impact Educational Practices (Kuh, 2008) and (Lizzio 2006), this session will look to engage with new models, consider how we set student expectations and address other challenges facing the sector as we seek to engage with students to create a successful first year student experience.

The session will be led by Luke Millard, who is Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Birmingham City University. He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and was Chair of the European First Year Experience conference held in Birmingham in 2017. He has published widely on student engagement and his present area of research is looking into the impact on student learning habits of students working on campus.

Date: Wednesday 22 November

Venue: EEG164

Time: 13.00-14.30

Please note lunch will be provided

To book your place please follow this link and input the keywords ‘Course Leader’:

https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/university/booking_v2.pl?session_id=4bd7abdefb5ccf1edf9ea1a7f28f1e76&system_id=58

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence blog include:

Education for Sustainable Development in HE – provides an overview of University achievement and developing work on this important topic. Read about current and planned work.

Realising Teaching Excellence in Teacher Training – the fifteen PGCE Modern Languages trainee teachers at the University of Worcester have made a great start to the teacher training course. On 29 September 2017, they celebrated the European Day of Languages at the Lacon Childe School in Cleobury Mortimer by teaching French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish to Year 9 pupils.

Student information and study skills; a learner journey from pre-entry to level 6 – what can we expect and how do we support students in completing the journey to independence? Report on a project undertaken by Library Services, asking and answering questions:

  • What is reasonable to expect of level 4 students in terms of study skills when they arrive at University?
  • What study skills are students expected to develop through level 4 and what are the most effective ways of developing this?
  • What study skills are students expected to develop through level 4 and what are the most effective ways of developing this?
  • How can independence be taught and facilitated at level 6?

Realising Teaching Excellence in Learning Outside the Classroom – Members of the (Institute of Education) Centre for Secondary and Post Compulsory Education team have been taking action to promote and develop LOtC in their PGCE (teacher training) courses.

Essay mills and contract cheating – QAA has published guidance setting out best practice around promoting academic integrity in higher education, through tackling students’ use of third parties’ services in order to cheat. It covers the use of essay mills and other forms of contract cheating. It describes the issues, and sets out the steps providers can take to deal with these.

Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard site looking? Baseline standards for VLE use were introduced in September 2015 and an audit of modules from the 2016/17 academic year has found that 94% of modules now have a tutor enrolled indicating a minimum level of engagement with the VLE. An increase of 2% from last year.

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.

New Staff guidance for inclusive assessments & making reasonable adjustments

Earlier this year (2017) Professor Geoff Layer, who chairs the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group, made particular reference to the University of Worcester’s Policy and Procedures on Inclusive Assessment, making reasonable adjustments and providing for alternative assessment arrangements as an example of good practice. The Policy provides real potential to strengthen inclusive learning, teaching and assessment.

Consultation with colleagues, along with follow up professional development activities, have revealed that the Policy will be implemented more successfully when supported through additional guidance and exemplification. As a response, colleagues in Student Services working closely with the Directorate of Quality and Educational Development and the Institute of Education, have developed supportive guidance to further elucidate how to realise inclusive pedagogy and assessment.

The new ‘Staff guidance for inclusive assessments & making reasonable adjustments may be used as a springboard for individual or group professional development and/or to enhance inclusive approaches to assessment within module and course design. The Guidance should be seen as formative and evolving and it will certainly be further complemented through the sharing of colleagues’ experiences of how the Policy itself, has been implemented. Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS), Institute Disability Link Tutors or Learning and Teaching Leads should you require further support with inclusive practices, or if you would like to share insights as to how you have implemented the Policy and attendant Guidance, which we are pleased to provide in electronic or hard formats. The Guidance complements additional resource availability, for example the Busy Lecturer’s Guide to Inclusive Practice and Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study (SCIPS).

 

Becoming an External Examiner – staff development workshop

This staff development workshop is for academics considering becoming an external examiner for the first time.

The role of an external examiner is multi-faceted and enables an academic engaging in this work an opportunity to influence the quality of the student experience, not only in the institution in which you officiate but also within your own context. The session will consider the policy context of external examining, the role and expectations placed upon external examiners and how to find external examiner vacancies.

Bookings should be made via the staff development workshops webpages.

Date & time Venue
16.01.18              1:00 – 2:30 pm EE G164
29.01.18               9:30 – 11:00 am EE 1106

Share and Inspire Seminars Semester 1, 2017/18

Share and Inspire seminars for the next period are aimed at generating discussion and sharing practice in relation to issues of academic practice that we know are challenging to colleagues.

Research inspired teaching and employability are key considerations for any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum – but how can they be related to provide effective learning? This session will explore examples and identify ways in which students can develop employability through developing research skills and understanding.

Strategies for engaging student pre-entry
This share and inspire workshop aims to interactively explore a range of strategies used to engage students prior to formally starting their University studies. It will consider strategies used from initial interest in studying at the University and following the offer of a conditional/unconditional place.

Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision
This Share & Inspire session will share best practice in doctoral level supervision through a series of short talks from experienced supervisors across Institutes.

Please book through the University staff development webpages and further details are available via the Realising Teaching Excellence blog https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/share-and-inspire-seminars-semester-1-2017-18/.

Students’ Union 2016-17 Impact Report

The Students’ Union is delighted to be able to share with you our Impact Report for the 2016-17 academic year. The report details the progress we have made against our Strategic Plan and everything we have done over the past year to help us achieve our five core goals.

The last academic year was a great success for the SU, from Welcome Week all the way through to our inaugural Union Awards which took place alongside the Colours Ball. Officers, students, and staff have all contributed to every facet of our success and we’re looking forward to another great year!

The 2016-17 Impact Report can be view here.

If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch with us at studentsunion@worc.ac.uk