Christmas Craft Stall This Thursday: 4:30pm in the Students’ Union

Back by popular demand, the Communications and Participation team (and friends) will have a Christmas bazaar stall at the Mince Pies and Mulled Wine event this Thursday.

You will find all your usual holiday favourites, including a wonderful array of handmade crafts, gifts, stocking fillers, cards, fresh holly and mistletoe and Christmas decorations. Take a sneak peak below!

Most items are priced between £1 and £5, so bring plenty of change and cross a few names off your Christmas list. All proceeds from the stall will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile For Joel.


Car parking – Wednesday 13 and Monday 18 December

Dear Colleagues

Please note that Car Park R (the Tennis Court Car Park) will be reserved for Sports Interviews this Wednesday, 13 December.

Please note that Car Park C will be reserved for an interview day on Monday 18 December.

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

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!

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

Production Print Services switching to Digital Storefront

Dear colleague,

Please note that Production Print Services will be switching to Digital Storefront as its only job submission method from 31st January 2018 onwards.

Over the past year we have been developing and testing an alternative to submitting requests via email which offers a number of advantages to make the process of submitting work to the Print Room far easier, including an “Amazon style” online shop front to make it easier to select what you need.

The Digital Storefront can be found on the Staff homepage under “Production Print Services Portal” or by using this link

Should you require training on using any of its features please log a request via the IT Service Desk.

Please note that any email submissions to Production Print Services will cease to be actioned as of January 31st 2018. The only exception to this rule is for general enquires or business card orders*  which can be placed by emailing along with a completed UW Business Stationary form found on the O: drive here

Many thanks

Production Print Services

*Please note that business stationary orders are produced during the 1st week of each month subject to demand.

Third Call for Learning for Responsible Futures Awards

Third Call for Learning for Responsible Futures Awards 2018-2019: Professional and Pedagogic Development Projects


Expressions of Interest Closing Date: Friday 26 January 2018


The Learning for Responsible Futures scheme was launched in 2012 at the University of Gloucestershire and is collaboration between their Teaching and Learning Innovation Unit and the Sustainability Team.

Gloucestershire have kindly agreed for the University of Worcester to utilise their model. This scheme is a joint initiative between the Director of Quality and Educational Development and the Sustainability department. It seeks to extend and build on the work of the Responsible Futures Committee headed by Dr Heather Barrett academic lead for sustainability. This initiative reflects the commitments made in the Strategic Plan 2013-18 to embed sustainability across programmes and also supports the implementation of the Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015 – 2018.

Ten awards of around £2,500 have been made to date. We are now looking for more projects, to complete by end of December 2019. Projects can be for 12 or 18 months. EOIs are invited from individuals or small teams, in either academic or support departments, or for collaborative projects working across departments/and or Institutes and the community.

LFRF 17-18 Scheme Outline – Pdf

LFRF 17-18 Scheme Outline – Word

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.

Solar Scrap Heap Challenge

The Solar Scrap Heap Challenge is a workshop designed to bring together elements of Physics, Engineering, Electronics and Environmental Sustainability. 100 students from our Ogden Primary Partnership schools attended the workshop in the Phiz Lab.

The children were presented with a set of equipment and basic instructions in order to construct a solar powered vehicle. The children worked well as part of a team. They constructed their vehicle and learnt to charge a battery using solar power. Everybody was successful in producing a solar powered vehicle that moved!

The theory behind solar cells was explored alongside the impact/ benefits of moving towards a carbon free energy landscape. Students commented that they ‘loved the whole thing’ and that they ‘wanted to learn more about renewable energy.’


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.

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

Two fantastic free dance events: City Campus and Severn Campus. With mince pies!

On Thursday 14 December at 4:45pm there will be a short and fun 15 minute performance by our first year dance students in the Jenny Lind chapel. A fantastic way to start the Christmas period.

On Friday 15 December at 3:30pm our second year dance students will take you on a upbeat and quirky tour of the Riverside building with performances happening in most unusual places. We’ll finally answer how many dancers you can fit in a lift (a lot more than you’d think!) and why the sofa backs are quite so high in the social learning space. This will be a 30 minute performance that will definitely get you in a festive mood.

And yes, free mince pies at both!

Both performances are suitable for all ages and are wheelchair accessible.

STEM Ambassador Hub Supports STEM Competition in the Black Country

Liz Smith, a member of the STEM Ambassador Hub Team within the Institute of Education, has been working with the Wolverhampton Express and Star to launch a STEM competition for schools in the Black Country. The competition sees schools partnered with mentors from local business who have all become STEM Ambassadors. The competition gives young people the chance to address a real problem and use their knowledge of STEM to come up with a solution. The schools will be able to get support from the hub, their STEM Ambassador mentors and the competition will culminate in a finals day in July.

This is a great opportunity for the STEM Ambassador Hub to showcase the possibilities of the project to schools and impact on the outcomes for young people in the Black Country.

firstpoint closures

firstpoint closures: December 2017

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.

Christmas Foodbank


This is the last week to donate presents to the Worcester Foodbank. 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.

When the festive period arrives, many of the families they see find themselves worrying about what will happen over Christmas, 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, will be taking donations of Christmas presents.

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

You have until the Friday 15 December to donate.


The Mature Students Society will be accepting donations from University staff and students on behalf of the Worcester Foodbank and the Basement Project. Please come along and support these wonderful services this Christmas.


Tuesday 12 December: 11am – 3am


The Hangar, Students’ Union

Items most urgently needed:

  • Tinned meats (Ham)
  • Tuna
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Pasta sauces
  • Biscuits
  • Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Sugar
  • Bottles of pop/squash
  • Jam
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Washing Powder
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Roll


Library news: Shut Up and Write! Requesting digitised material and Publishing Resource Lists

Library Services: Shut up and Write!

The second of this semester’s Shut Up and Write! sessions will take place in The Hive on Thursday, 14th December, in rooms 7 and 8 (Level 3).

All researchers are welcome: escape the usual distractions and concentrate on a piece of academic writing. In addition, Su Fagg, Research Support Librarian, will be on hand to offer advice and support in the use of Library Services.

No need to book- just turn up!

Requesting digitised materials

Requesting digitised chapters and articles for your students is easy. This video takes you step by step through the process of requesting items for your resource list. Very quick and simple when you know how! There have been a few useful updates in late 2017 which we mention here.

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.

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.

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

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 15 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 (

‘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 Hannaford
Director of Arts and Culture

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

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.