Update on Appointments

Dear All

I am writing to update you on the various appointments made as part of the academic restructure. For completeness, I have included all of the appointments made.

Anne-Marie McTavish will be the new Head of the Business School. Anne-Marie is currently Head of Strategy, Management and Marketing at Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University. She has extensive experience of successful leadership across a range of business areas at BCU, Coventry University and Nottingham Trent University. Before entering academia, Anne-Marie worked for many years across the globe as an International Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Anne-Marie will be starting her new role on 29th October. Until then, Warren Wright will continue to lead as Acting Head of the Business School.

Dr Tim Jones will be the Head of the new School of Psychology. Tim is currently the Head of Psychology at the University of Coventry, but many of you may remember him from his time at the University of Worcester when he lead the Department of Psychology. Tim left the University to work as Head of Research, Evaluation and Analysis in a charity working in the field of preventing domestic violence. Tim has extensive experience and success in teaching, research, recruitment, student support and student satisfaction. He is also a chartered Psychologist.

Tim will take up his new position on 1st November 2018. In the meantime, Robert Dudley, current Acting Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, will continue to lead colleagues in this area.

Dr Des McDougall has been appointed Acting Head of the School of Science and the Environment until 31st December 2018. The interviews for a new permanent Head of School took place earlier this week, and I will update you once the appointment process has concluded.

Catriona Robinson has been appointed as College Director LTQE in Arts, Humanities and Education.

Kerry Whitehouse has been seconded for a year as College Director LTQE in Sport, Business and Psychology.

Jo Rouse has been appointed as College Director LTQE in Allied Health, Science and Nursing and Midwifery.

Professor Erica Bowen has been appointed as College Director RKE in Sport, Business and Psychology.

Professor Eleanor Bradley has been appointed as College Director RKE in Allied Health, Science and Nursing and Midwifery.

We have not yet concluded the appointment process for the College Director RKE in Arts, Humanities and Education, and I will update you as soon as I can.

I know that you will join me in wishing all of these colleagues well, and support them in helping us achieve excellence in teaching and research at the University.

Best wishes


Professor Sarah Greer
Deputy Vice Chancellor

Active Ageing Week 24-28 September

Dear all,

Active AgeingWe are pleased to announce we are hosting the first UW Active Ageing Week during 24-28 September, 2018.

We are the first organisation to officially link with the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA) to bring the event to the UK. Sessions are free to members of the public and open to older adults aged 60+ and anyone else interested in finding out more about active ageing.

The week aims to

  • celebrate active ageing within Worcester and the region and
  • connect older adults across Worcestershire to Seniors Physical Activity and Adapted Sports Sessions (SPAAS) at UW

Guest Speaker: Alex Rotas, a professional photographer challenging stereotypes about ageing through photography, speaking, writing. Alex’s talk “Growing old actively” is on Friday 28 September, 1.30pm at the University Arena.

Photo competition: As part of the event we are running a photo competition. Entrants submit a unique image, along with a short caption describing how the image reflects active ageing. Opportunity to win an Amazon voucher and signed copy of ‘Growing Old Competitively’ by Alex Rotas. Open to anyone 16 and over. Closing date for entries is 20 September. For further information visit www.worcester.ac.uk/activeageing

Getting involved:

You are welcome to attend sessions. If you wish to attend the Guest speaker talk, please let me know. Active Ageing Week Programme

Please do advertise this with your students as well and if they are interested in attending any sessions ask them to register their interest to activeageing@worc.ac.uk so we can monitor numbers.

If you have any queries, please email me.


Dr Clare Rhoden CPsychol AFBPsS

Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

The World Illustration Awards 2018 Exhibition

Dear Colleague

The World Illustration Awards 2018 Exhibition
University of Worcester Art House, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3ZQ
Thursday 4 October, 5 for 5.15pm

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the opening of the World Illustration Awards Exhibition at 5pm on Thursday 4 October at the University of Worcester Art House.

This will be the first exhibition or public activity to take place at the University’s new Art House.

This ‘opening exhibition’ is of the highest quality. It showcases some of the most inspiring illustration produced throughout the world. The exhibition is drawn from the very best, shortlisted work submitted for the World Illustration Awards 2018, which is presented by the Association of Illustrators in conjunction with their partners, the Directory of Illustration of the USA.

The exhibition will take place at the newly refurbished, former Austin House car showroom and garage. This handsome 1930s building may have been better known to you as County Furnishings. Over the past year, patient construction and refurbishment work by Stepnells, has transformed the building into a wonderful facility which we are happy to name the ‘University of Worcester Art House’.

This Grade II Listed building is now a teaching and learning space for Fine Arts and Illustration students, as well as providing facilities for a range of other arts-based learning. It will also build on the University’s cultural contribution to the City, with exhibition space and creative community workshops and activity programmes. We very much hope that there will be many ‘children’s creative camps’ based at the Art House in the school holidays and weekends ahead.

Many of the building’s original features have been retained including its distinctive clock tower, which is now illuminated at night, providing a new landmark for the City. The roof has been replaced and the interior refurbished and opened up, to give a spacious, urban studio feel, while a new spiral ramp gives easy access for all between the two levels of the building.

You are invited to be among the first to both see the World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2018 and also to view the interior of the fully refurbished University of Worcester Art House. On Thursday 4 October, refreshments will be served from 5pm and formalities will begin at 5.15pm.

If you would like to register for a place please contact Becky Lowe at rsvp@worc.ac.uk, tel 01905 857515, by midday on Monday 1 October.

With best wishes

Professor David Green

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive

Launch of the 2018-19 Students as Academic Partners (SAP) Scheme

Following a very successful SAP scheme in 2017-18, we are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s programme. The outputs from previous years are now available for inspiration.

Applications are now open until Friday 19 October 2018.

As in previous years, this is open to all staff across academic and professional support departments at the University, and we are very keen to encourage cross-School/Department projects. We would also like to see an increase in student-led projects; these will still need a named staff project lead, but we would encourage you to speak to your students about any ideas they have for projects.

This year sees a slight change in the application process; all applications to the scheme for staff and students will now be managed online via https://worcesterstudentpartnershipscheme.wordpress.com/ The form to fill in is straightforward and the input required concise (approximately 600 words), very similar to that used last year. There is also an FAQ available which we encourage applicants to look at.

The core requirements for the scheme remain unchanged, and all of the application criteria and information can be found on the new site. The key difference for this year is that we are no longer requiring a named student at the point of application, rather we are asking students to apply directly for a project on the scheme rather than just being appointed. This is to promote equality of opportunity across the University as the scheme now employs in excess of 60 students per year and we therefore feel it should be open to all students rather than only being made available to smaller groups. We would still expect project leads to promote the scheme to their students.

The application process for students is very straightforward, and asks them to provide a very short (c.200 word) statement detailing why they are interested in working on a particular project. This process will be managed online and administered by QED staff, with information on applications sent directly to project leads for review. We do not anticipate that this will create a great deal of extra work for project leads. This process will also help with the management of HR and finance processes for students. Further information and guidance will be made available to all successful project applicants.

Key dates for this year’s scheme are as follows:

Date Item
Friday 19 October 2018 Deadline for submission of project proposals
Friday 2 November 2018 Project teams informed of decision
Monday 5 November Applications for students open online
Friday 16 November 2018 Applications for students close
Thursday 29 November 2018 Lunchtime briefing session for project teams
By end December 2018 Students register for payment
Friday 28 June 2019 Final project reports due

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any queries then please do get in touch either at ltworcester@worc.ac.uk or directly to the scheme director at k.blackmore@worc.ac.uk

World Teachers’ Day

Who was your most inspiring teacher, and why?

To celebrate World Teachers’ Day on 5 October, as well as all the trainee teachers here at the University of Worcester, we’re asking you…

‘Who was your most inspiring teacher, and why?’

If you want to take part, please send your response to sucommunications@worc.ac.uk before Friday 28 September.

On World Teachers’ Day, the Students’ Union will be in St. John’s Main Reception between 10am and 1pm, celebrating teachers and promoting the PGCE courses here at the University. We’ll also be displaying people’s responses to the above question and inviting staff and students to contribute on the day.

The Education Enhancement Society will also be holding a ‘Sign-Along’ session on the 3 October from 1.15pm-2.15pm in room BYG199.

We hope to see you there.

Hive events

Get Crafting

We would love for your poppies to become part of a stunning display at The Hive in November to commemorate the centenary of World War One. Our aim is for over 10,000 poppies to be created to represent each serviceman and woman who lost their lives in the Great War. The poppies will be sewn together in October to create a weeping wall in The Hive atrium.

If you would like to contribute a handmade poppy you can drop them off at your local library or give them to a member of staff at The Hive. All poppies need to be received by early October so that we can sew them together in time for the display in November.

Click for a knitted poppy pattern, or crocheted poppy pattern alternatively please feel free to download your own choice of pattern from the internet.

Ice Age Talks

The very successful Ice Age exhibition at The Hive has come to a close, but there are still two talks you can catch this week.

Ice Age Talks – Animals of Ice Age Worcestershire – Wed, 26 September

Join us for two talks in The Hive to mark the end of our Lost Landscapes Project, exploring the Ice Age in Worcestershire. On Wednesday 26th September, find out what we’ve learnt along the way about the animals of this rich and varied period: from wolves to woolly mammoth, from hippos to hyenas. What do they tell us about Worcestershire’s deep history? How did the natural world respond to changing climates and extreme conditions?

Book ticket

Ice Age Talks – People of Ice Age Worcestershire – Thu, 27 September

Join us for two talks in The Hive to mark the end of our Lost Landscapes Project, exploring the Ice Age in Worcestershire. On Thursday 27th September, discover what we’ve been able to piece together about the people who lived here in the Ice Age. From the first traces of human activity 500,000 years ago to new arrivals as the ice sheets retreated, humans have been making their mark for longer than you might expect.

Book ticket

Build a Spaceship/Satellite workshop – Sat, 29 September

To celebrate World Space week why not design your own rocket, satellite or Probe in our workshops. Unleash your creativity and enter your finished work in our competition, which will be held on Space Day 6 October, 11am to 4pm.

Suitable for children 5+

Workshops are at 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30. Duration one hour.

Tickets cost £2.50.

Book ticket

Space Day – Sat, 06 October

space day

Saturday 6 October, 11am – 4pm

Our annual fun and interactive space event is taking place at The Hive this October with free talks, storytelling and educational activities for adults and children


The UK’s multi-award winning planetarium will be taking over the atrium. This immersive 360 degree, 3D virtual reality planetarium will have audiences flying through the universe and learn what it’s like to become an astronaut. The shows are 40 mins in length and are suitable for adults and children 6+ and start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Child ticket

Adult ticket

Space Day talk- The Gemini Program

This talk provides details of a critical component of NASA’s quest to put men on the Moon. The missions of Project Gemini was the pivotal steppingstone between Project Mercury and the Apollo Program.

Suitable for age 16 to adults.

Book FREE ticket

Space Day Talk – Space Traffic Control. Dr Stuart Eves

The talk will highlight some of the measures that will be needed to improve the surveillance of the space domain to the point where Space Traffic Control can be effective, and will touch on the hazards posed by space weather. It will also address the need to manage the existing population of space debris, which imperils the space systems on which we all rely today, and if not controlled, will increasingly endanger future satellites and astronauts.

Suitable for age 16 to adults

Book FREE ticket

The Hive What’s On

How to make the most of Apprenticeship Programmes

Dates & Times:

Thursday 4 October 2018 – 12:30 – 14:00

Wednesday 10 October 2018 – 12:30 – 14:00 

Location: WB023

Overview; this briefing session will explain the potential for the University to employ new and existing staff on part time study programmes combined with work-based learning, leading to an accredited qualification; the costs of the programme can be covered from the new apprenticeship levy.

Participants; colleagues who lead and manage others, and those who are interested in personal development through part-time formal study.

Learning outcomes; to be informed about the scope for apprenticeship programmes to support staff development; To consider the practical aspects of how these programmes can be applied in the University.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; none required.

Future opportunities; there is a range of workshops being planned for those who lead and manage others.

Session facilitator/s; Viki Greenfield, Head of Apprenticeships and members of the HR team.

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 (training@worc.ac.uk).

University of Worcester Postgraduate Education Conference: 30 Years – Education Reform 1988-2018

Friday 26 October 2018, The Hive

The annual Postgraduate Education Conference at the University of Worcester provides an opportunity for postgraduates and practitioners engaged in educational research to come together, in a friendly and supportive environment, to discuss their developing work. The conference provides a particularly useful platform for PhD students to explore and discuss their developing research projects and share ideas.

2018 marks thirty years since the 1988 Education Reform Act was passed, which had far-reaching effects on the English education landscape. In recognition of the impact of this historic education legislation, the 2018 Postgraduate Education Conference at the University of Worcester will have a broad theme of education reform within the past 30 years.


We are extremely pleased to have two confirmed speakers, who will be reflecting on the last 30 years of education reform and research from both academic and professional perspectives.

Professor Pamela Sammons

Professor Pamela Sammons is Professor of Education in the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She has an interest in school effectiveness and has co-ordinated many studies focused on both primary and secondary schools and their impacts on pupils. She has particular expertise in mixed methods research. Professor Sammons recently contributed to BERA’s report on the proposed Reception Baseline test, A Baseline Without Basis.

Natasha Rancins

Ms Rancins is Headteacher at Woodrush High School, a Converter Academy school in Wythall, Worcestershire. Woodrush High School received an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report in its last inspection in 2013.

The conference also coincides with a small exhibition at The Hive, organised by the Social Psychology of Education Research Interest Group, exploring various aspects of education reform over the past 30 years.

Places at the Conference are limited and selling fast. For more information, including information on how to book a place and contact details, please visit the webpage at:


Information Security Awareness Training (Induction)

Dates & times:

Monday 1 October: 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Monday 8 October: 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Monday 15 October: 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Monday 22 October: 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Monday 29 October: 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Overview; this workshop will provide you with information relating to IT security best practice.

Participants; all colleagues, both Academic and Professional Services staff.

Learning outcomes; to improve your understanding of Information Security; to understand the range of IT services and support available to you; to understand the tools available to help you work more securely and comply with the policy.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; none required.

Future opportunities; to be confirmed.

Session facilitator/s; Owen Parry, and ICT Support Officers.

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.

You can now book a place through the workshop bookings system or by contacting the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk) if you have not yet completed this Induction training.


Presentation Skills (Training)

Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Overview; this workshop will give delegates the confidence and skills to deliver successful presentations; it will include planning and preparation, the structure, the impact of non-verbal communication, confidence and controlling nerves, managing the audience, handling questions and the use of materials and different visual aids.

Participants; all colleagues, academic and professional services staff who need to know how to formally present information either internally or externally.

Learning outcomes; to be able to deliver a successful presentation to any group; to know effective ways to plan and prepare; to be able to engage the audience and seek feedback.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; none required.

Future opportunities; Skills Gym Working with Others, Appraiser or Appraisee training, Train the Trainer.

Session facilitator/s; Liz Patterson from Visionary Consultancy.

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. 

This workshop is available on the workshop bookings system or you can contact the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk) if you’re interested in booking a place.


Recruitment and Selection Part 2

Date: Monday 1 October 2018

Time: 13:00 – 16:00

Location: WB023 

Overview; this workshop is practical and will involve planning a selection event, carrying out an interview, reaching a decision and providing feedback; it follows on from aspects covered in Part 1 (legal framework and best practice).

Participants; all colleagues who are members of selection panels, including interviews and presentation panels.

Learning outcomes; to plan and conduct a selection process; To enhance the skills required for effective interviewing; To consider the process of decision making following the selection process; To be able to provide feedback to candidates.

Prior experience required; you need to have attended Part 1 of Recruitment and Selection training.

Preparation before the session; some revision of Part 1 would be useful.

Future opportunities; there is a range of workshops being planned for those who lead and manage others.

Session facilitator/s; members of the HR team and colleagues with experience of recruiting.

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 (training@worc.ac.uk).

Macmillan Coffee Morning – City Campus, Wednesday 26 September

Hello all!

The Partnerships department is running a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 26 September, 10-12 in Charles Hastings (by the museum) and in Mulberry House on the first floor. This is for support of a colleague of ours from the University of Birmingham who has sadly been diagnosed with cancer and we would like to continue to support his, and many other families, that suffer from such a terrible disease.

If you would like to bake or buy cake or other treats to donate to the cause or donate anything for a raffle, please get in contact with Charlie Kettlewell (c.kettlewell@worc.ac.uk).

Please also encourage students to come support a worthy cause.

Please give generously and we hope to see you there.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Partnerships

Health seminar – Aristotle’s four causes of obesity

10 October 12-13.30 St John’s Campus

Speaker: Peter Allmark

In this talk Peter looks at Aristotle’s account of causation, his four-causes theory and attempts to apply it to the public health issue of health inequality related to health behaviours such as smoking and obesity.

The seminar is free of charge. To book a place please contact Jo Fleet j.fleet@worc.ac.uk or 01905 855147

Peter Allmark seminar 10.10.18

The Students’ Union Autumn Elections are coming…

Recommend a Student!

Dont duck out of democracyWorcester Students’ Union holds annual Autumn Elections to elect Part Time Officers, Student Councillors, and NUS Conference Delegates.

What do Part Time Officers do?

Part Time Officers hold unpaid elected positions. Each position has a specific area of responsibility and it is the responsibility of each officer to promote that area in the activities of the Students’ Union. Part Time Officers continue with their studies during their time in office. Students can stand for the following positions:

  • BAME Officer
  • International Students’ Officer
  • LGBT+ Officer
  • Mature Students’ Officer
  • Student Disability Officer
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Welfare Officer
  • Women’s Officer

What is Student Council?

Student Council is the overarching representative body of the Union and provides any student with the opportunity to try to influence the policy, priorities and activities of the SU. Elected Student Councillors represent a range of students from across the University, its campuses, accommodation, and Schools. Ideas from students are discussed and debated by Councillors who then vote on whether to approve these proposals and ideas. You can find a full list of positions here: https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/autumnpositions/

Do you know a student who would be amazing?

We really want to encourage as many students as possible to stand in the Autumn Elections. Being a member of Student Council and a Part Time Officer is a tremendous opportunity for students of any age and from any academic background. This role will help students to develop their confidence and provide them with a range of experiences and opportunities that will improve their employment skills and prepare them well for their future careers.

In order to encourage students to consider standing for one of these positions, the Students’ Union is inviting both students and staff to recommend individuals who they feel would be suitable candidates. These anonymous recommendations will be followed up by the SU where the students concerned will be told that they have been recommended and they will be invited to consider nominating themselves. If you would like to recommend a student, please complete the form at https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/recommend/.

Students will be able to nominate themselves as candidates for the Election during the period from Monday 24 September 2018 to Thursday 4 October 2018, with voting taking place from 9-11 October 2018.

You can find out more about the Autumn Elections on our website https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/

Inaugural Business Games hailed as a success!

Local businesses made a splash on Tuesday 11 September at the inaugural Herefordshire and Worcestershire Business Games.

Hosted by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the Games gave local businesses the perfect opportunity to get active outdoors, rounding off the organisation’s summer physical activity campaign.

13 teams keenly contested the outdoor challenges in a bid to be crowned Herefordshire and Worcestershire Business Games champions. Archery arrows were drawn, lifejackets fastened and cheers of support echoed around the area.

Teams navigated their way around the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus in an orienteering challenge, before testing their logic, team work and communication skills with raft building, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

It was a fantastic evening and pitted businesses including Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Primary School Teachers, Hallmark Hulme, Clearview Systems, West Midlands Safari Park and Sports Partnership against each other in a number of different team-building challenges.

Emma Gardner, Project Manager for Adult Participation at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire said, “With 60% of our waking hours spent at work, it is vital for organisations to harness the potential of sport and physical activity.  With recent research suggesting a link between the great outdoors and positive mental health, the Business Games were a perfect opportunity to reap the benefits that being active can bring.”

“The Business Games offered a unique opportunity for local organisations to get active outdoors as well as networking with other businesses.  We were delighted to welcome 13 teams to our event, who displayed fantastic sportsmanship and team spirit throughout the evening, although the Games were still rich in competition!”

After an evening of healthy competition, the Worcester Primary School Teachers were crowned Business Games champions, with Hallmark Hulme runners up.  Congratulations to all of the teams that took part on the evening.  The Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire extends its thanks to staff at Lakeside campus who helped to make the event a roaring success.

Full results and photographs, credit to Purple Swan Photography, can be viewed online at https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/business-games-2018. Further information around Active Workplaces can be found at https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/active-workplaces, or contact Emma Gardner on e.gardner@worc.ac.uk.

Electronic Marking and Feedback Session

A number of courses are now using Turnitin through the Blackboard VLE for end to end submission, marking and feedback for student assignments and following a well attended briefing session held in July, we are repeating the session for colleagues who are interesting in finding out more.

This session will provide an overview of the University project to implement end-to-end electronic management of assessment through the Blackboard VLE and Dr Helen Scott, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who has been successfully using this system for the past two years will provide input from the academic perspective.

Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any issues they may have.

Please sign up for the workshop via the Staff Development booking system.

University Diploma in Tutoring – Information Event

Tuesday 2 October

16:30 – 17:30

Venue: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD

Room: The Studio

Are you a teaching assistant or a private tutor? Would you like to start a tutoring business?

Tutoring is an excellent and flexible way to help students improve their performance in your subject whether you are self-employed or you work within an organisation.

·         Find out about our 30 Credit Level 5 Diploma

·         Develop your tutoring skills – find out about safeguarding, how to structure lessons, tutoring environments including tutoring at home, online and outdoors, how to find work etc.

·         Learn how to support individuals with subject knowledge, exam preparation and career change.

The course fee is £600 for current University of Worcester students, £750 for University of Worcester Alumni and £900 for those who have not studied at the University of Worcester.

Find out more here: https://www.worc.ac.uk/courses/university-diploma-in-academic-tutoring.html

Please contact us if you would like to attend: July Perry j.perry@worc.ac.uk telephone 01905 855175

We look forward to meeting you.

National Fitness Day Colour Run

There’s still time for staff to sign up for the National Fitness Day Colour Run at the Students’ Union!

As part of National Fitness Day 2018 on Wednesday 26 September, the Students’ Union and RAG would like to introduce our first ever Colour Run.

Run, walk, jog or skip – everyone can take part.

The run will take place on St John’s campus on Wednesday 26 September. The route will take you around the grounds and you can walk/run at your own pace. Throughout the route you will have powdered paint thrown on you.

Confirm your place today here, there is a £5 entry fee which includes a white t-shirt and sunglasses. These will be available to collect on the day of the event.

Please meet at Union Square for 12.30pm, where registration will take place followed by a warm up. The event will commence at 1pm.

As part of National Fitness Day, we will also be hosting a Zumba session in Union Square at 9:30am and Yoga in The Hangar at 10:30am. A minimum donation of £1 is required to take part in either session.

Before participating in the National Fitness Day Colour Run, you must read our disclaimer and agree to the contents. Please also find other Health and Safety information.

The run will commence from 1pm onwards and we want to make all staff aware that there will be a number of students running around campus, the route has been designed to keep them off road as much as possible and to try cause little disruption to offices. We will have volunteers round the route that will be guiding participants the correct way and to help cross roads safely for both drivers and runners.

We apologise if the run does disrupt your day, but we are hoping it will be an enjoyable event for all and that we will be able raise awareness and money for worthy causes.”

42.5% profits will go to WMRSASC (registered in England and Wales (No 1136677). 42.5% profits will go to Smile for Joel, Victim Support (registered in England and Wales (No 1175874) 15% will go to fund future RAG events. Worcester RAG is part of Worcester Students Union which is a charity registered in England and Wales (No 1145192).

Fancy a Cuppa’ events

cuppaFancy 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 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: www.worcester.ac.uk/studentsupport/cuppa-event

Staff Football

With the start of a new Semester it seems a good time to remind people, or to tell new members of staff, about the all staff football that runs on Tuesdays at 5-6pm on the St John’s Campus 3G pitches. Staff football will be starting on Tuesday 25 September.

This football is aimed at all levels and abilities so anyone can come along. For any newly joined staff it is a great opportunity to meet people outside of your team or department.

If anyone is interested you can just turn up at 5pm on a Tuesday or if you have any questions at all you can contact James Atkins at j.atkins@worc.ac.uk or on our Staff Football Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UowStaffFootball

Hope to welcome back some old faces and meet some new ones soon.



Participants required for new exercise research study

Participants required for this exciting, insightful research study! Do you want to start a new, home-based exercise programme to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This 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 an 8 week high intensity programme can be just as effective as previous gym-based studies, by exploring 8 weeks of a home-based bout of non-gym-based high-intensity interval exercise.

If you are female, aged 18-45, currently doing less than 150 minutes of exercise per week, with a BMI of 25-35 and interested in a novel exercise programme that is home-based and time-efficient it would be great to hear from you. We would love to have you involved! Participating in this study will require a screening visit to the laboratory (2 hours) and then two visits separated by 8 weeks (around 4.5 hours each), 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

Yoga – Tuesdays in Gym 1 5:15-6:45pm

Lovetree Yoga is in Gym 1 at the St John’s Campus every 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 katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook.

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