University Charity Challenge 2018 – Smile for Joel

Dear Colleagues,

I’m proposing a challenge for 2018 to hopefully raise funds for our charity of the year.

Given Joel was a keen sportsman and an inclusive practitioner, the challenge would involve various sporting activities covering 100 miles in 24hrs around Worcestershire. The date will be 8/9 June 2018 and the proposed outline is as follows:

  • Start Friday 8 June 2018 @ 7pm
  • Night Walk – 25 Miles (Route TBC – suitable terrain for wheelchair)
  • Canoe – 14 Miles – (Follow River Severn – Route TBC – adapted boats available)
  • Run – 10 Miles – (Follow canal path – Route TBC)
  • Bike Ride – 50 miles – (Route tbc – finish at Lakeside but to go via Arena to shoot basketballs)
  • Swim – 600m (Open swim around lake and Archery to take place at same time)
  • Tractor Pull – 400m (Team effort)
  • Finish Saturday 9 June @ 7pm
  • Specific details of each event (and distance) to be discussed at monthly meetings
  • (BBQ 6 – 9pm at Lakeside for friends/families of competitors and University staff)

The Challenge will be open to all University staff, partner colleges, associated staff and student staff, however, there will be a maximum of eight University teams allowed to compete.

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible. Disabled participants and those who face challenges in actively participating in physical activity are more than welcome to take part. We have tried to ensure that as many of the activities as possible are adapted and accessible, but if you have any further queries specific to your own personal circumstances, or would like to discuss adaptations that we may not have thought of, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this further.

Each team will consist of 8 competitors and 2 reserves. Staff with a disability or who think they may face certain challenges in participating, and who would like to work with a buddy or support worker on the challenge can do so, and any guide runners, tandem pilots or support workers assisting staff to take part in the challenge will not be counted towards a team’s total of 8 competitors.

Teams will require to nominate a “Team Captain” who will need to attend monthly meetings from January to May.

There will be rules on how many competitors are required for each event, so teams will need to make sure individuals are capable of competing in a minimum of 3 events. For example – the night walk will require 3 of the team to enter, mainly for safety reasons.

This is a demanding event and colleagues from the Institute of Sport have provided expert advice around the activities. They have also offered to support teams with training plans and guidance on safety during the events. This will be discussed in more detail at the first team meeting.

What to do next…

If you’re up for the challenge, the first step would be to identify a team, nominate a captain and the Team Captain e-mail the challenge organising team:

As mentioned above there will only be eight University teams competing, so only the first eight full teams can be accepted. To allow sufficient time for meetings and training for this challenge Team Captains will be required to register before the 22nd December.

As it is multidisciplinary, the event structure is quite complex. If you have any further queries or are trying to determine if the event is right for you, please contact me directly and I’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

There will be a support team for the challenge covering such duties as driving, administration and marshalling. If you cannot participate in the challenge for whatever reason but would like to be part of the support team then please e-mail as your help would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards

Tom Taylor
Assistant Director – Security & Operations

New CCTV Policy

A CCTV Policy has been approved by the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group and can be accessed via

The Policy covers the University’s campus-wide CCTV scheme which has in excess of 220 cameras throughout the site and is manned 24 hours a day by in-house staff.

The purposes of the CCTV system is:

  • to promote a safe community environment;
  • the protection of staff, students, visitors and the assets of the University;
  • the prevention, investigation and detection of crime and disciplinary offences in accordance with the University’s disciplinary procedures;
  • the apprehension and prosecution of offenders (including the use of images/data as evidence in criminal/civil proceedings);
  • to monitor security of University buildings and areas;
  • to assist in traffic management and parking enforcement.

The CCTV system will not be used:

  • to provide recorded images for the internet;
  • to record sound

The principles of the policy are:

  • that individuals’ rights are respected and protected;
  • that the installations are operated fairly and within the law;
  • that the CCTV system is operated for the purposes for which it was set up;
  • that the recorded material/data stored is fairly and lawfully processed;
  • that recorded material/data is adequate, relevant and not excessive for the purposes;
  • that recorded material/data is accurate, securely stored, and not kept for longer than is necessary.

Helen Johnstone
Head of Information Assurance/Manager – University Strategic Projects

University of Worcester 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

Christian Union Carol Service at the Hangar

You are warmly invited to the Christian Union’s annual Carol Service, on the evening of Thursday 7 December 2017. The service will be held in The Hangar, with arrival at 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start.

Join in traditional carols, and enjoy readings, poems, and a music performance by students and of course the mince pies.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,
Christian Union and the Students’ Union

World AIDS Day – Film Screening

Tuesday 5th December, 6pm
EE1026, St Johns Campus

The student LGBT+ Society is hosting a screening of the film A Normal Heart starring Mark Ruffalo.

Please come along and watch this really excellent film, all staff and students are welcome.

From IMDB: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

This is a fundraising event and we are asking for a donation on entry.


Christmas Meal in the main Dining Hall

Christmas Menu

Thursday 14 December 2017
From 12pm In the main dining area at St Johns.

1 course £5.50
2 course £7.50

Main Course

Butter Roast Turkey, Sage Cranberry & Onion Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets


Beetroot, Squash & Brie Wellington

Served with Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Winter Roots & Greens.


Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce


Mulled wine Panna Cotta, Spiced Berry Compote

To reserve a table with crackers make a booking in person or call us on extension 2624.

University Carol Service

You are warmly invited to the University of Worcester’s annual Carol Service, on the evening of Tuesday 12 December 2017. The service will be held in the beautiful setting of Worcester Cathedral, with entrance from 7pm.

Join in traditional carols, and enjoy readings, poems, and a drama and music performance by students. The perfect start to the Christmas season and not to be missed!

You may also wish to take the opportunity to visit the Christmas Tree Festival in the cloisters. The University has a tree decorated by students with the theme, ‘Peace of Mind’, which was initiated by the Student Wellbeing Champions as part of the University’s Health & Wellbeing activities.

A collection will be made during the service, with proceeds going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel, and the Students’ Union’s Charity of the Year, Alzheimer’s Society.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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.

Shaun Dey, Reel News, 5 December

Shaun will be talking and showing examples of his work at the University of Worcester Video Studio (EEG185) on Tuesday 5 December at 13.15.

All Welcome.

Shaun Dey is the founder and principal film maker with Reel News, a media activist collective that works closely with progressive working class movements, producing a bimonthly newsreel, posting videos and slideshows online and arranging screenings.

Find out more on the Worcester Film blog:

Call for nominations for academic and support staff representatives on the Sustainability Committee

Dear Colleagues

We will have spaces for two representatives, one academic and one support staff, on the Sustainability Committee from 8 February 2018 for a 3 year term. Elected committee members term expired this year and the positions are now due for re-election. Attached are the Sustainability Committees Terms of Reference and membership list.

If there are more candidates nominated then we will hold an election using the single transferable vote methodology and the candidate in each category receiving the most votes will be elected. Nominees will be asked to produce a short (c250 words) supporting statement.

Minutes and papers for the Sustainability Committee can be found on the all staff documents O:\Sustainability\Sustianability Committee. The committee meets normally 5 times per year and is chaired by the Academic Lead for Sustainability. The meeting dates for this year are 8 February, 3 May and 14 June for two hours 2.15-4.15.

How to make a nomination

Complete the attached form with a proposer and seconder. Please return by Friday 5 January 2018 to: Matt Smith Sustainability Coordinator (

Note: the successful individual will be appointed for a 3 year term (8 February 2018 –  February 2021).

Heather Barrett
Chair Sustainability Committee
Deputy Head and Principal Lecturer Institute of Science & the Environment

nomination form

Terms of Reference

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

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

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 deliver

This needs to be completed and sent back to Euan Morrison before midday on the 22 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.


Calling all staff who completed a UW qualification (e.g. PGCert LTHE or University Leadership Certificate) in 2016/17!

The annual Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey has now begun and all leavers have been emailed to ask what they are doing in terms of work or further study. Members of staff who have completed study at UW are also leavers and we are therefore required to survey you.

If you’ve already completed the survey – thank you! If you’ve yet to do so, we would ask you to please complete the online survey that will be emailed to you on Tuesday. We are required by HESA to achieve an 80% response rate, so every reply counts!

If you don’t receive the email or would like to decline to answer the survey, please email Student callers will be telephoning all non-respondents starting in January.

Many thanks,
Careers and Employability Service

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

Staff development workshops

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.

  • 12-12-2017 09:00 – 12:30
  • 13-12-2017 09:00 – 12:30

Skills Gyms Working with Others (part 2)

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 demonstrating personal confidence and self-belief while embracing the power of non-verbal communication. This will combine with an introduction to 4 styles of communication and how you can flex your style to improve your effectiveness in working with others. Part 2: Follow-up Topics: Demonstrating Personal Confidence and Self-Belief, A further look at the Power of Non-verbal Communication, Creating a Positive Impact with your Voice and Body, Responding to Body Language shown by others, Introduction to 4 Styles of Communication (Driver; Expressive; Amiable; Analytical), Identifying own preferred Style and that of others, Communication switch-ons and turn-offs for each style with Customers).

  • 13-12-2017 13:00 – 16:30

Recruitment and Selection Workshop – 22 January 2018 @ The Hive 09.00 – 3.30pm

This workshop is compulsory for staff who have any role to play in the recruitment and selection process of either staff or students. This session is suitable both as a refresher session or for colleagues who have not attended one before at the University. By the end of the session delegates will have gained and refreshed knowledge of the legal framework affecting recruitment and selection, diversity and equality of opportunities and will have reviewed all elements of the recruitment process and have considered “best practice”. Delegates must complete the online ‘Equality and Diversity’ module before attending this workshop.

If you’re interested in any of the above workshops you can now book a space through the workshop bookings system or by contacting the HR Training Team (

Library Services: SCOPUS Workshop, Study Happy and Publication of Resource Lists

SCOPUS Workshop: last chance to book

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  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.

Study Happy askalibrarian on Tour & Hive on Tour

Tuesday 12 December 10:00-2:30, Main Entrance, St John’s Campus

Drop in and meet your friendly library team.

Academic Liaison Librarians, members of the Hive team and Reffie the Raptor will be on hand to answer your questions and talk all things library- this time with added Christmas cheer! Struggling to get stuck into your research? Need to know more about resource lists? Just Ask!

Resource Lists – Publish and review ASAP

If you still need to review and publish your semester 2/ Term 2 resource lists, now is the time to do it! Please update, publish and request review of your resource lists so that we can order new items and make resources available to students for your modules.

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

All Staff Winter Party & Further Raffle details

Don’t forget to buy your tickets online or at the Sports Centre or Arena Reception.. Ticket sales close on Friday 8 December.

Dear Colleagues

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 9 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 profit from the event will go towards the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel and the SU’s Charity of the Year, 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 9 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 limited edition GHD Straighteners and a complimentary cut and blow dry with award winning Salon Director Steve Hurley at Toni & Guy
  • Luxury John Lewis Prosecco Hamper
  • 2 x Amazon Echo Dots
  • £160 vouchers for Marks & Spencer
  • 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
  • Sushi making kit
  • £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 now from Judith Wild in Finance, WB058, for those unable to attend, as well as on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Staff Winter Party Team

Donate unwanted food and toiletries to Worcester Foodbank for Christmas

Do you have any unwanted food or toiletries that could go to a better home rather than the bin?

One in five people in the UK live below the government defined “Poverty Line.”

During 2017 Worcester Foodbank has distributed 5,308 “three-day emergency food parcels” to people in need.

We have set up a collection point for surplus food at the reception desk in Hines building. From here the University will arrange to transport the food to Worcester Foodbank in time for Christmas.

If you have any unwanted items suitable for Worcester Foodbank (see guide below) then please bring them to Hines building by 11am Friday 16 December, to be in time for our last delivery to the Foodbank.

Alternatively you can drop it off at any of the Worcester Foodbank collection points at most local supermarkets (see their website for locations).

Visit to find out more.

Thank you for your time.

Worcester Foodbank: Helping Local People in Crisis

If you can donate any food or toiletry items to Worcester Foodbank they will be greatfully received. The following list gives a guide to what we need.

Please note – We can only accept donations of unopened and undamaged goods which are still within their “use by” date.

Wanted Items:

  • Breakfast cereals
  • Instant Mash Potato
  • Pasta and Spaghetti
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice
  • Tinned Fish and Meat
  • Soup
  • Tinned Vegetables e.g; Beans, Peas, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Potatoes
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Longlife Fruit juice
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Custard
  • Tinned Sponge Puddings
  • Rice Pudding
  • Crackers or biscuits
  • Washing-up Liquid
  • Small box Laundry powder
  • Soap, Tooth paste, Shower gel, Shampoo, Deodorant.
  • Toilet rolls
  • Strong shopping bags

Tania March, Artist in Residence – Worcester Cathedral 2018

I am pleased to announce that, following my recent solo exhibition Time Contained at Worcester Cathedral in March 2017, I have been appointed Artist in Residence at the Cathedral beginning in 2018.

I will spend 12 months focusing on portraiture, and creating paintings and that are inspired by the people with whom I interact in daily life.

My residency at the Cathedral will involve a major solo exhibition of portrait paintings in 2019. I will also be holding various creative workshops that members of the public and students will be invited to attend.

I am an artist and portrait painter, as well as a sessional lecturer on the MA Creative Media course at the University of Worcester. I obtained a Distinction in MA Creative Digital Media at the University of Worcester in 2016, after graduating with a First Class BA Honours degree in Fine Art Practice in 2013, winning two awards – The Windsor and Newton Prize for Best Painting and the Elmley Foundation Fine Art Award.

Malvern Theatres Exhibition

Two photographers – both Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society – with quite different styles and creative approaches will be exhibiting their work at Malvern Theatres from January 2 to January 30 2018.

David James revisits considerations of the aesthetic, playfully constructing images on themes based on the Renaissance theories of composition, colour and location. Often, a small figure forms a pivotal point in the image but the significance of the moment is ambiguous. Having studied at the University of Reading and the Slade School of University College London, David James was an art director and designer in ITV for 30 years before lecturing in higher education. He is currently course leader for the Masters in Creative Media at the University of Worcester.

Michael Hallett’s Inconsequential Images explore the critical questions surrounding identity, affluence, lifestyle, excesses, and the cult of the individual. The photographs do not relate to particular people but are images that collectively convey a strong narrative showing people predominantly in an urban, social landscape. As a teacher, photographer and internationally published photo historian, Michael Hallett has exhibited his work nationally over a number of years. He is an Associate Academic at the University of Worcester.

Working with Children, Young People and Families Conference 2018

Working with Children, Young People and Families:Embrace resilience: overcome  the challenge’  student conference:  23rd  January 2018.

This is to let you know about our forthcoming  Working with Children, Young People, Families and Communities student conference.

A collaboration with colleagues from the Institute of Health and Society, Institute of Education and Careers and Employability,  this is the fourth conference of a series which takes an interdisciplinary  approach in relation to working with children, young people, families and communities.  The theme this year is ‘Embrace resilience: overcome  the challenge’ and will include a variety of activities and presentations from professionals, current practitioners and recent graduates to explore the challenges of working in the sector and how these may be addressed.  Key note speakers include Gwen Fennell, Virtual School Head Teacher, and Huw Richards, Psychotherapist, Positive Psychology Coach and Psychodramatist (among other many talents).

The conference is aimed at students who are interested in careers with children, young people and families, in  particular those who may wish to work in areas such as youth work, family support, and social welfare.

Student bookings are through .

Staff are more than welcome to attend  and can book by emailing

Download the flyer for more information.