Information about Welcome Week: 15 – 21 September 2018

Welcome Week Timetables: staff access

Welcome Week Timetables are available for staff to view via the Welcome Week Timetables 2018 link which is located under ‘Your online services’ when you log in to your UW staff page home page. You can then select the relevant course title from the drop down menu.

Welcome Week Timetables: student access

Students can access their Welcome Week Timetable from the ‘Welcome Week’ section on the ‘Welcome’ tab of their SOLE page. To view their personalised timetable for the week, they click on the Welcome Week Timetable link. Their timetable has information on the dates, times and content of all sessions.

Here to Help Badges

You may remember that for the last couple of years during Welcome Week, staff have had the option to wear a ‘here to help’ badge, so that students can easily recognise staff members & know who to ask for help. This has been very successful in the past and we would encourage staff to do the same this year. Badges are available from the main reception desk at St John’s Campus and City Campus reception – please help yourself to a badge and wear it during Welcome Week.

Please let me know if you have any queries or require any further information about any of the above.

Ellen Williams

Student Achievement Service Manager

Academic Structures, Policies and Processes

Ahead of the start of the new academic year a short briefing is arranged for staff – particularly aimed at those with management responsibilities at School or course level – on changes to academic policies, procedures and arrangements for the School/College structures. This is primarily to ensure colleagues are aware of important changes to policy and process and to answer any queries, etc. There is no need to book, colleagues may just turn up:

Thursday 13th September 2018 – 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm in room EE G164.

As this is a short session refreshments will not be provided but you are very welcome to bring your own.

Information is available about the changes to policies etc and ahead of the meeting you might like to refresh your memory by looking at what is available via O:\All Staff Documents\QED\Policy and Procedures.

Dr Marie Stowell, Director of Quality and Educational Development

Check out our blog: Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester


Academic Writers in Residence

We are delighted to inform academic staff that once again, the University has two RLF Academic Writers in Residence this year who are available to advise and support students with all aspects of academic writing.

Professional, published writers, Judith Allnatt and Karen Wallace offer confidential, one-to-one tutorials for students in any subject area. According to most Tutors, the majority of students who use this service see a marked improvement in their grades and essay writing. This free service is provided by the Royal Literary Fund which sponsors over 80 writers to work in universities across the UK.

Tutorials with Judith (who covers Mondays and Tuesdays) and Karen (who covers Wednesdays and Thursdays) take place on St John’s Campus and last 45 minutes.

Students should book by emailing us direct:



General Enquiries:

Please note that we cannot give advice by email, and we also do not provide a proof-reading service or support with basic English language skills.

Fancy a Cuppa’ events

Fancy a Cuppa’ events are running again this semester. Student Services staff will be offering a free drink, biscuit and the chance to chat to all students who would like to join us. They provide an opportunity for students to make contact with support staff, come together with students in an informal, casual setting and also should they wish, talk about issues that may be affecting them at the beginning of the semester. Confidential spaces are available if needed.

Whether students are new or returning, all are welcome. Please encourage students to drop by during the following times:

Monday 17 to Friday 21 September 9am-11am

Monday 24 to Friday 28 September 12-1pm

Monday 1 to Friday 5 October 12-1pm

We will then be running session each week throughout the semester on Tuesday and Thursday 1-2pm. These events will be supported by student Wellbeing Champions and occasionally will be attended by Pets as Therapy dogs.

Information can also be found through the Student Support & Wellbeing web pages:


International Open Access week 2018

To celebrate the 11th International Open Week the WRaP teams plan to install an exhibition at The Hive on 22 – 28 October.

Open Accesses is an increasingly important aspect of the scholarly communication, making the research outcomes available to everyone, a process The Hive amplifies by bringing the academic and public communities together.

The exhibition aims at promoting an Open Access movement and WRaP. The exhibition consist of research artefacts, books, journals, photographic evidence, posters and pull-up banners promoting Open Access, WRaP and research conducted at the University of Worcester – one of the most improved research institutions in the UK according to the results of the last research exercise.

It is an excellent opportunity to promote the research conducted within the department, boost the research impact, and engage with public. Therefore, if you would like me to include information about the research from your department could you circulate this email to colleagues within your department and email me works that you want to include in the exhibition.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am looking forward to hearing from you,

Best wishes,


SU Open Day for University of Worcester Staff

The Students’ Union annual open day will be taking place Tuesday 11th September.

This is an opportunity for all University of Worcester staff members to visit the Students’ Union and meet the Officers and staff. You’ll be able to find out about everything we do at the SU; Clubs, Societies, Help & Advice, fundraising, student representation, and much more. This is your chance to discover everything there is to know about the SU and pass this on to your colleagues and students throughout the year.

To register your interest in attending, please complete our short Wufoo form –

And remember, all staff are welcome to pop in to the SU at any time to come and speak to our Officers and staff team.

Skills Gym – Working with Others

Date: Thursday 20 September 2018

Time: 13:00 – 16:30

Location: WB023

Overview; this workshop will provide an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of those we work with, colleagues and users/clients; to enable us to understand their perspectives and resolve difficult situations effectively. This session will cover how perceptions can affect our view of reality, how we react to the needs of others, and how we can understand rather than judge.

Participants; this session would be suitable for those who want to maximise the effectiveness of their working relationships with colleagues, students and other stakeholders.

Learning outcomes; to understand the importance of considering others perspectives; to develop questioning and listening skills; to identify ways to stay professional under pressure; to create positive impact with voice and body language; to identify and respond to the non-verbal behaviour of others.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; consider situations that you would have liked to have handled differently so you can bring questions to the session.

Future opportunities; Difficult Conversations and how to approach them, Appraiser and Appraisee training.

Session facilitator; Sally Booth (from Juno Learning & Development) is the facilitator, her aim is to build confidence and skills in others to enhance their performance at work. Her approach is practical in order to help individuals to develop deeper understanding and to be able to apply the skills in practice.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Aimee Longbottom.

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



Colour Run at the SU!

To celebrate National Fitness Day we’re hosting our very first Colour Run at the University of Worcester!

Run, walk, jog, or skip your way round campus and get covered in a kaleidoscope of colours as you do it. The Colour Run is open to all University of Worcester students regardless of your fitness level. There’s no winner, no recorded times, and no reason for you not to get involved.

The Colour Run is taking place on Wednesday 26th September to coincide with National Fitness Day, meeting from 12.30pm in Union Square. Entry is just £5 and includes a white t-shirt and sunglasses. Profits will go towards West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Smile for Joel, and future RAG events.

The run is open to everyone at the University of Worcester – staff and students alike. Visit – – to pre book your space.

We will also be hosting a Zumba session in Union Square from 9.30am-10.30am and a Yoga session in the Hangar from 10.30am-11.30am. Just turn up on the day and make a £1 donation to take part.

Head over to the RAG Facebook page to get all the details and make sure you like and follow to get regular updates –

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Resource lists have a shiny new look

Improvements include:

  • Refreshed look and feel
  • Book details visible in the list itself, rather than linking to a new screen e.g.
    Resource lists
  • Choose your referencing style: Cite Them Right Harvard, MHRA, APA, OSCOLA and Vancouver are all available
  • Book jacketsIf you haven’t already published your resource lists for semester one, you need to do so as soon as possible. The askalibrarian team will be in the main entrance in Edward Elgar on Tuesday 11 September to assist.

    Any questions, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.


Copyright Licensing Agency Assessment

Dear colleague,

The Copyright Licensing Agency have informed the University that they will be completing a site wide assessment between Monday 17th September 2018 and Friday 26th October 2018.

The purpose of the exercise is to collect evidence of copyright photocopying under the CLA Licence which assists with the distribution of royalty payments to the rights’ holders. This is in accordance with, and forms part of, the current licence agreement with the University that provides the authorisation to allow staff and students to copy what they need from academic materials within the boundaries of the licence.

This is not a policing exercise, rather a data capture process in order to check that we have the correct licence in place for what we do.

During the exercise you will notice posters, label packs, and boxes placed near several staff MFDs around campus sites.

All Staff will be required to follow the instructions on the box by placing 1 extra front page from any academic materials they have photocopied into the box along with an attached sticker indicating how many copies they have made of the item.

We will also be collecting extra copies of any course materials produced for AY 18/19 in the Print Room.

The CLA would like to also ensure staff are aware of the benefits of such an exercise in that those staff with published works are protected by the licence which works to ensure that unauthorised copies aren’t made of protected materials and that royalties are distributed fairly to rights holders.

For more information on the CLA and why this is being undertaken please visit:

Alternatively please contact Tom Green ( for further information

Many thanks for your cooperation

Best regards


Tom Green
ICT Team Leader
| Print and Digitisation
Information & Communication Technology

Catering Opening Hours

Made Food Court

Monday-Friday: 08:00 – 20:00

Saturday: 09:00 – 15:00

Sunday: 09:00 – 15:00

The Hangar

Monday-Friday: 09:00 – 16:00

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Rock Café

Monday-Friday: 08:00 – 14:00

Elgar Café

Monday-Friday: 08:00 – 18:00

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Campus Shop

Monday – Friday 07:00 – 22:00

Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

City Campus

Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 20:00

Friday 08:00 – 16:00

Yoga – Tuesday 11 September 5:15-6:45pm

Lovetree Yoga is in Gym 1 at the St John’s Campus on Tuesday from 5:15-6:45pm providing a dynamic and invigorating Vinyasa flow yoga class.

Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or staff/community members can 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 or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook.

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