Graduate Destination Information

We are pleased to let you know that our most recent graduate destinations survey of 2016-17 leavers has shown overall positive results:

  • 97% of graduates are in work or further study six months after completing their course
  • Graduate level employment has increased by 5.8% to 75.6%,
  • Unemployment rates have dropped to 3% compared to a national average of 5%
  • 67% of leavers in employment are working in the West Midlands.

For further information about where your graduates have gone, by Institute and by course, see O:\All Staff Documents\Employability\Graduate Destination information\2016-17 leavers

Please note that in the future all leavers including the 2017-18 cohort will be surveyed under the new Graduate Outcomes survey which will follow them up after 15 months rather than the current 6 month census period.

For further information about the survey or how we can work together to further improve graduate outcomes please contact Rose Watson r.watson@worc.ac.uk (Careers and Employability Service Manager).

For further information about the data please contact Katherine Bruce K.Bruce@worc.ac.uk (Employability Data Coordinator, Careers and Employability Service) or Matthew Thompson M.Thompson@worc.ac.uk (Data Analyst, Data Management Unit).

Electronic Management of Assessments Update

The EMA project is phasing in the use of Blackboard for the management of appropriate assessments. An increasing number of courses are engaging with the technology, with positive feedback from both academic staff and students. The aim is for all standard text based assessments to be submitted electronically by September 2019.

There is now information on the elearning webpages to give the background to the project and explain how EMA can benefit students, academic and administrative staff and external examiners, along with lots of supporting documentation.

A well attended information session was held earlier in the month and it’s intended to repeat this at the beginning of September for anyone who wants to find out more, see how the system works, and raise any questions or concerns. If you’d like to investigate moving your assessments over to EMA, please contact Libby Symonds in the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit, e.symonds@worc.ac.uk for a discussion.

 

Autism Summer School

The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) are piloting a new initiative at the university this August aimed at supporting students with autism in their transition into Higher Education. This builds on our successful Early Induction days that run each year in the two days before Welcome Weekend each year but the Summer School will have a greater focus on independent living and a taste of university life. This exciting initiative is being run in partnership with academic and professional services from across the University.

For more information please contact Laura Bevis who is co-ordinating the event at laura.bevis@worc.ac.uk

Disability and Dyslexia Service – information for new students

The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) are available to offer short introductory talks or presentations for new students during September and October. Alternatively we have some pre-prepared information slides and information materials that you might wish to include within your existing induction activities. These direct students to our advice and support including disability advice sessions held weekly between 10am and 4pm in firstpoint.

For more information please contact disability@worc.ac.uk.

GDPR reminder

Dear Colleague

Further to the all user emails sent on the 21st and 25th May about GDPR, the new data protection regulation, I wanted to remind colleagues of the steps they need to take in relation to personal data

  1. Please look at the Staff Privacy Notice https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/staff-privacy-notice.html 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 https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/guidance-on-writing-privacy-notices.html – please note that due to some additional work on the Data Protection pages the links in the Privacy Notice template have had to be updated so if you have already included a Privacy Notice on any data collection forms please check the links work.  My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • you will find templates for Privacy Notices for your forms in the drop down box at the bottom of the page ‘Templates for Personal Data Collection Forms Privacy Notices’
  • if you collect personal data over the phone please see ‘Verbal Data Collection’
  • if you manage a mailing list for promoting conferences, events, etc please follow the advice under ‘Direct Marketing’
  1. Please take time to make yourself familiar with the new Data Protection Policy https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/content_images/Data_Protection_Policy_May2018(2).pdf and the Data Protection Guidance Handbook https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/content_images/Data_Protection_Guidance_Handbook_May_2018(1).pdf
  2. Under GDPR we are required to respond to requests for personal data within 1 calendar month.  Please see ‘Requests for Personal Data’ https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/requests-for-personal-data.html which gives advice on how to respond to requests including requests from family members and the police. Generally, most requests, unless they are normal everyday requests to HR or Registry Services should be referred to me.
  3. We need to respond to potential personal data breaches as soon as they are identified and in some cases report them to the ICO within 72 hours.  Please see ‘Personal Data Breach’https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/personal-data-breach.html which includes a flowchart  to assist you with identifying whether a personal data breach has occurred and information about what to do.  However, if you suspect a personal data breach may have occurred please do not delay in contacting me asap.
  4. Please also ensure that you have engaged with the requirements of the Information Security Policy https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/information-security.html and especially the Information Classification and Handling https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/information-classification-handling.html Particular care needs to be taken when sharing personal data both internally and externally and you can find advice on this in the Information Classification and Handling https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/information-classification-handling.html table. The biggest risk to personal data security is human error so please take a moment and think twice before forwarding attachments. Instead use a link to an O drive folder or share the document via Onedrive instead.
  5. Finally, please review your records, both paper and electronic, and ensure that you are complying with the Records and Document Management Retention Schedule https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/records-management.html Under data protection legislation we have to be clear with people about how long we keep their data and we have to ensure that we don’t retain the data for longer than is necessary for the purpose it was collected.

In addition to the above you will also find the following information on the Information Assurance webpages

As previously advised there will be mandatory online training for all staff in the first half of 2018/19.  We are currently reviewing and refining the material and will be in touch with colleagues in due course with the details for undertaking the training.

I hope you find the above information self-explanatory but if you have queries please do not hesitate to contact me

Best wishes

Helen

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

Summer Holiday camps at Lakeside Campus

The University of Worcester presents a series of fun-packed holiday clubs, of outdoor adventure sport and activities. Held during the school holidays, treat your children to quality time playing in the great outdoors under the careful guidance of our qualified and friendly instructors. Whether it’s canoeing on the lake, soaring on a zip line or testing your bush craft skills – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bush craft and much much more…

Week 1 – 30th July to 3rd Aug (Monday to Friday)
Week 2 – 6th Aug to 10th Aug (Monday to Friday)
Week 3 – 13th Aug to 17th Aug (Monday to Friday)
Week 4 – 20th Aug to 24th Aug (Monday to Friday)

Week 5 – 28th Aug to 31st Aug (Tuesday to Friday)

Time – 08:30 to 17:00
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call: 01905 622 223 or email: Lakeside@worc.ac.uk
Book online at:
Price:
1-5 Days £30.00pp/pd
6–10 Days £25.00pp/pd
11+ Days £20.00pp/pd

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Information Session – 25 July 12.30-14.00 EE G164

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) link business with an academic organisation and a graduate for a period of 1-3 years. A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership. Innovate UK grants are available to support part of the costs of this partnership, with funding also provided by the participating business.

The Research Office has asked Innovate UK to run an information session about this scheme for colleagues. This session will be of interest to staff currently involved in research and knowledge exchange activity with a business, or staff looking to develop new business partnerships.

Please book online through the University’s Staff Development Workshops booking portal (click on the ‘Research’ tab).

For more information about this scheme or the session please contact karen.dobson@worc.ac.uk, Research and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator, Research Office.

Resource Lists: help available

In an ideal world, Resource Lists need to be published by 1st August so that Library Services can buy any new books needed in time for the next academic year. While there is doubtless many a timetabling/ staffing/ curriculum decision to be made between now and next semester, please review and publish lists if the module is running and the bulk of the content will likely remain the same. You can:

  1. Update, publish and send the list for review yourself by 1 August.
  2. Book an appointment with your Academic Liaison Librarian to update/ publish your lists.

If modules are not running or you have new modules, please email your Liaison Librarian.

With thanks to all who have completed their lists so far:


resource lists

Yoga – Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm

Lovetree Yoga is on as usual in Gym 1, St John’s Campus on Tuesday 17 July, however there will be one week’s break on Tuesday 24 July with class resuming on Tuesday 31 July as normal.

Everyone is welcome to come and join an invigorating and dynamic Vinyasa flow yoga practice, regardless of your level of fitness, ability or experience of yoga. Mats, blocks and straps 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. Your first class is half price! The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. The group is very friendly and we like having fun and giving everything a go – no matter how much we wobble on our mats!

Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook.

Lovetree Yoga_Summer Class Schedule