Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring life-long and life-wide learning Wednesday 13 June (4.30-7.00) & Thursday 14 June (9.00-5.00)

In today’s culture of increasing accountability in Higher Education, this conference seeks to explore the opportunities for unlocking student potential. There are numerous strategies to inspire life-long learners, including authentic learning experiences, working in partnerships and sharing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

The conference will commence on the 13th with a keynote lecture from:

Luke Millard who will be exploring “Unlocking student potential through engagement”.

Luke is the Director of Educational Development Service at Birmingham City University; he is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and was Chair of the European First Year Experience conference in 2017.

The evening will conclude with an informal Cheese and Wine evening, offering the opportunity to review Posters submitted on this year’s theme and network with colleagues.

On the 14th we are pleased to welcome a keynote lecture from:

Eric Stoller with his presentation “Digital Dissonance – Learning to Embrace Change and Enhance the Student Experience”

Eric is a higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker. He frequently gives keynotes on how educators can use social media for learning and engagement and is a proponent for teaching students about digital identity development.

There will also be opportunities to discover more about our development programmes for teaching staff  (HEA Accredited fellowships) and our Student and Academic staff partnership Programmes which allow students to engage with and contribute to the ongoing improvement of learning and teaching methods and resources.

More information and a detailed conference programme will be issued closer to the event – we look forward to welcoming you in June.

Please click here for further details on registration.

Unlocking Potential conference flyer

Crochet Class Date Confirmed for Charity of the Year

We will be holding a beginner’s crochet class on Monday, 4 June from 5-6:30pm in EEG027. The class costs £10, with all money going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

There are a few places remaining! We’d be very grateful if you could let us know if you are planning to attend, as we need to purchase supplies in advance. If you would like further information or wish to book a place, contact us on communications@worc.ac.uk

Information about the class:

We are pleased to announce the next session in the Communications and Participation ‘How to’ series: ‘Learn to Crochet’.

This hour and a half long session will introduce you to crochet. You’ll learn the basic stitches, how to read a pattern and where to find helpful resources and tutorials. It’s really easy to learn and you don’t need any prior experience! By the end of the session you’ll already be working on your first project.

The session costs £10 and will include all of your supplies. You’ll also receive a resource pack to take home with you, so you can carry on your work after the session.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Five reasons why crochet is good for your brain


Jumble Sale for Charity of the Year

The Communications & Participation team will be opening up their Board Room with a selection of items to purchase, including home and garden items, DVDs and books, clothes and scarves, and lots of items perfect for gifts.

Come along and browse our Jumble Sale anytime this Thursday from 8.30am to 5.30pm, in Woodbury WB 112.

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”

GDPR – Privacy Notices and Data Collection Forms

Dear All

As I’m sure you are aware new data protection legislation, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018.

The new regulation builds on existing data protection legislation but with an emphasis on the need for organisations to be transparent and accountable in relation to how they use individual’s personal data. What this means is that all organisations have to publish a Privacy Notice setting out how they use individual’s data, the lawful basis they are processing the data under, the individual’s rights, how long the data is retained, who it is shared with etc. In addition organisations also need to publish a Record of Processing Activities (ROPA) which sets out this information in more detail.

This information also needs to be referenced on individual data collection forms used by the organisation.

The University’s Privacy Notices have now been published: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/99.html

For ease of reference we have published three separate Privacy Notices:

And each of these is accompanied by a Record of Processing.

In addition you will see a fourth box entitled ‘Guidance on writing Privacy Notices’ and this provides standard wording for your data collection forms.

What do you need to do?

  1. You need to look at the Staff Privacy Notice as this relates to the information the University holds about you and how it is used.
  2. If you collect personal data then please follow the instructions in the Guidance on writing Privacy Notices – the first drop down box at the bottom of the page ‘Specific Privacy Notices’ contains the templates and instructions
  3. If you manage a mailing list for promoting conferences, events, etc please follow the advice under ‘Direct Marketing’ on the ‘Guidance on writing Privacy Notices’
  4. If you collect children’s data please see ‘Processing Children’s Data’ again on the ‘Guidance on writing Privacy Notices’ and please contact me with the relevant information so I can ensure your Privacy Notices are appropriate.

Best wishes,

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

IHS Research Seminar 13 June – Do Altruists Attract? The Role of Pro-social Behaviours in Mate Choice – Dr Daniel Farrelly

As part of the IHS Research Seminar Series, Dr Daniel Farrelly (Senior Lecturer – Psychology) will be presenting a session entitled ‘Do Altruists Attract? The Role of Pro-social Behaviours in Mate Choice’ on 13 June 2018.

The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in EEG020.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Voting is now open for the Images of Research Competition 2018!

Following the success of our Images of Research competition in 2017, this exhibition showcases and celebrates current research by bringing it into the public arena. We have had a record number of submissions this year from staff and research students across the University – 53 in fact!

The exhibition will run from 2-10 June in the Atrium at The Hive. An Overall Winner’s prize will be awarded for the best submission judged by a professional panel, including Professor Sarah Greer, Anne Hannaford and local Artist, Greg Dunn.

There is also a Public’s Choice award voted for by you! Visit The Hive from 2 June and vote for your favourite images in the Public Choice category. Look for the box, located in the Atrium!

Join us for our gala evening at The Hive on Wednesday 6 June at 6pm for a celebration of research at University of Worcester. Please RSVP to: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk by Friday 1 June.

photo competition

Unitots Nursery has been shortlisted in the Early Years Education category of the Worcestershire Education Awards 2018

Unitots Nursery was nominated for the Worcestershire Education Awards 2018 and has been shortlisted as one of the top 3 in the category ‘Early Years Education’.

The awards are being held on Wednesday 20 June at University of Worcester Severn Campus Hylton Road, Worcester. Representatives from the Nursery will be attending the event.

The host and guest speaker for the evening is Duncan Goodhew.


Record number of students achieve the Worcester Award

Worcester Award - whole group photo264 University of Worcester students have been recognised this year for their extra-curricular work by achieving the Worcester Award. This is the highest number to achieve the award since it began in 2010. 39 achieved Bronze, 95 Silver and 130 Gold. To achieve Gold, students must complete a presentation and interview about their Worcester Award activities and employability skills. Many local employers have been involved in Gold Award interview panels alongside University lecturers.

The Worcester Award allows University of Worcester students to record extra activities they engage in during their time at the University and encourages them to reflect upon how these activities can help to improve their future employability. They have developed skills through a wide range of jobs and activities, such as teaching abroad, student representation, fundraising, leading youth groups, sports coaching and events management.

The Worcester Award Celebration Event took place in the Joel Richards Conference Suite in the University Arena on 23 May. Speeches were given by the Mayor of Worcester – Cllr Jabba Riaz, Chris Orr, board member of Worcestershire Advance, and Ross Renton – Pro Vice Chancellor Students. Speeches were also given by two students who have achieved the Worcester Award, Sara Marsalo and Jade Haley.

Worcester Award achievers have come from across the UK and the following countries:  India, Germany, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Lithuania, China, Sweden, Bulgaria, Finland, Norway, Nigeria and Vietnam.

Amongst the Worcester Award achievers are:

  • A Physiotherapy student who was involved in a car crash and now wants to repay his debt to the NHS. He achieved the Gold Award and the interview panel was greatly impressed by his determination, humility and eloquence.
  • A professional cricketer who intends to set up his own performance management company.
  • A self-employed plumber re-training as a teacher, who had not been interviewed in almost 20 years until his Gold Award interview.
  • A student who attended the University’s Criminal Justice Fair last November, began volunteering and achieved a Level 1 NVQ in Mentoring.

Rebecca Smith.jpgMayor of Worcester & Ross Renton.jpg

A former police officer with over 30 years’ experience came to the University to re-train. She said: ‘The Worcester Award has enabled me to know where I want to go. I now know what to do with my degree.’

Three students also received additional special recognition awards. They were: Rebecca Smith – Outstanding Overall Performance; Arran Jenkins – Outstanding Presentation; Jasmin Flanagan – Outstanding Interview. Each student received vouchers, which were funded by this year’s Worcester Award sponsors, Worcestershire Advance and Sanctuary Group, who between them also helped 38 students to achieve the Gold Award.

For more information about the Worcester Award or to get involved in Worcester Gold Award interview panels, please contact Neil Laurenson, Student Employability Activities Co-ordinator, at worcesteraward@worc.ac.uk.

The Infirmary are proud to host ‘Let me Take Care of You’

Delivered by Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science, they will set an engaging and immersive presentation for an audience incorporating fine dining and day surgery!

An example of what this project has previously delivered can be seen at Time Travelling Operating Theatre – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsczvuTrGZo

It is a free event and will be performed twice; 4pm and then 5:30pm about an hour each time.

Free tickets can be found at www.bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets

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Library News: Students’ Union Sustainability Award for Library Services; JustisOne and NYT trials continue; Resource Lists rollover

Students’ Union Sustainability Award for Library Services

Library Services picked up the Sustainability Award at the Students’ Union Awards ceremony. This is the first year that the SU have had a category for Sustainability. It’s a student choice award, so we were nominated by the student body, with the judging panel including Euan Morrison (SU VP for Education) and Institute Reps.

JustisOne and New York Times trials continue

We have two trials on potential new resources still running:

JustisOne contains the most comprehensive collection of common law cases alongside intelligent legal technology. The trial is live until 26 July 2018. Please take our survey and let us know what you think.

New York Times: current and historical access to the full New York Times. You will first need to register on campus via this link before you can access the trial: register here. The trial is live until 31 May 2018, please take our survey and let us know what you think.

Resource Lists rollover

Resource Lists (Talis Aspire) has successfully rolled over for the 2018/19 academic year.  All lists have been rolled over into draft status.

For advice on what to do next, please see our latest blog post.

High-intensity interval exercise research participants required

Final few participants required! Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research study explores a new approach to how and where we exercise. High-intensity interval exercise is recently becoming a more popular mode of training based on its time-efficiency compared with traditional, continuous and moderate-intensity exercise. However, the time-efficiency becomes questionable if a time-consuming visit to the gym is required in order to undertake this training. We are investigating whether high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150.

If you are female, aged 18-50, currently doing less than 150 minutes of exercise per week and with a BMI of 25-35, we would love to have you involved. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm (over the next couple of months), but during most of this time you are free to work from the laboratory. If you are able to work away from your office for this amount of time and are interesting in participating, please see the attached poster and email Alice Burgin at a.burgin@worc.ac.uk. Thank you!

Recruitment Poster

David Jolley Lecture – Wednesday 18 July

2018 DAVID JOLLEY LECTURE – Wednesday 18 July 2018 at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN

CLAIRE HILTON: The Story of Barbara Robb – Her campaign, and how she set in motion improvements in mental health and older people’s services, and influenced the NHS more broadly.

16:00 (registration & refreshments); Lecture: 16:30 to 17:15 followed by discussion to 17:45

To book a free place please use the online booking system at: https://davidjolleylecture18july2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Further information attached: David Jolley lecture 2018 flyer.

Share and Inspire – Improving Direct Entry and Foundation Degree/HND Student Transitions to Honours Degrees

Thursday 7 June 12:15-14:00 (lunch available from 1200)

Room: SJC, Conference Centre, CC004 (Worcester Room)

Description: This Share and Inspire session will outline the key findings from a University retention and success project aimed at improving the transition experiences of Direct Entry, Foundation Degree and HND students who progress to Top-Up/Honours Degrees.

Sector research (e.g. French, Kempson and Kendal, 2015; Thomas, 2002; Thomas, 2012; Yorke and Longden, 2008) identifies a number of key transition points in the undergraduate student journey and that experiences prior to and at these points can have consequences for student satisfaction, progression, retention and achievement. Findings from this project suggest differences in students’ experience of transition to Top-Up/direct entry to L5/L6 of Honours Degrees at course/discipline level and that this represents a particular point of transition that may have some similar as well as distinct student needs in comparison to the ‘typical’ Honours Degree student. In particular, their transition can involve changes in culture, purpose, and connectedness and this may challenge their resourcefulness and capabilities to succeed.

This session will identify the key challenges and factors that may impede successful transition, provide the opportunity for you to share your own experiences and best practice in managing effective transitions and will showcase some initiatives from Institutes which aim to improve the student’s transition experience and promote student success.

It is particularly relevant to course leaders and anyone else seeking to further develop their approaches to support transition for students on HNDs, Foundation Degrees or ‘Top-Up’ Degrees or those who have direct entry students joining undergraduate courses at Level 5 or Level 6 of the Honours Degree.

Please book onto the workshop via the staff development portal under ‘your online services’ and select ‘academic development’ from the dropdown menu.

University Teaching Award Scheme

The 2018 University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched, and this has been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This new scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellent and outstanding practice in teaching, and in supporting and leading learning. The Scheme explicitly promotes innovative, inspiring and excellent practice which is outstanding in its impact to enhance and inspire student learning.

There are three categories of Award:

A             University of Worcester Teaching Award

B             University of Worcester Teaching Team Award

C             University of Worcester Leading Teaching Award.

Applications are welcomed from staff with a range of experience including academic staff, professional services and staff working in learning support. Full details are attached, and also available via the webpage http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/1285.htm.

Introductory information workshops are scheduled through May and June. This year all applicants must attend an information workshop prior to application.

Bookings can me made via the staff development webpages

UW Teaching Award Scheme: Information Workshops

This workshop offers the opportunity to understand the requirements for the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

NB: All applicants MUST attend an information workshop prior to application

Thursday 14 June 2018                     Information at the Learning and Teaching conference

Writing Workshops:

These offer the opportunity to write, ask questions and receive one-to-one support.

Wednesday 28 June 2018               2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                    room EEG024

Wednesday 12 July 2018                12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                  room CC 009 (Hereford Room)

Important Dates:

Register intention to submit an application: by 29 June 2018 via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Submit application: by 21 September 2018 (3 pm deadline) via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

If you have any questions please email Kerry Whitehouse at k.whitehouse@worc.ac.uk or teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Speakers for community coffee group

Free speakers come along every Friday to Waitrose Community Room in Worcester to do a talk on a subject of their choice. The room is booked between 12.30 and 14.30.

If anyone from the University would like to do a free talk for the coffee group please see the link below for further details. Click on Events to see the titles of talks.

Please contact Jean via Facebook for further information https://www.facebook.com/Jeans-Coffee-Meet-At-Waitrose-Community-Room-Worcester-1893426494244042/ 

Thank you


Yoga – Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm

Yoga is back! Join Lovetree Yoga on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45pm in Gym 1 at St John’s Campus. The yoga at these classes is Vinyasa Flow – a more dynamic style of yoga which links breath with movement to get you warm and keep you in motion throughout the session.

All levels of experience welcome! Mats are provided and you are welcome to bring your own. Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or purchase a 5 class pass for £35. Remember that your first class is half price so perfect if you’re unsure and would like to have a go! The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook for details of the classes running throughout the summer.