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University Teaching Award Scheme 2017

The University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched for its second round, having been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This 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 O:\All Staff Documents\QED\UW Teaching Award Scheme.

Writing Workshops are available on the following dates:

Wednesday 28th June 2017                         2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                             room EEG168

Wednesday 12th July 2017                           12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                           room BY1145

Bookings for the Writing Workshops can be made via the staff development webpages https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/university/booking_v2.pl?session_id=211b54aab647826ceeb28b4b9fca4ac9&system_id=58).

Any queries may be sent to teachingaward@worc.ac.uk.

UW Teaching Award Scheme (May 2017)

Hive News

Enter The Great Hive Cake-Off

Budding bakers of all ages are invited to create a show-stopping cake as part of The Hive’s 5th anniversary community day on Saturday 8 July. The Great Hive Cake-off is a fun competition for anyone who enjoys baking. The cakes can be anything, as long as they take inspiration from The Hive.

There are two categories for ages 16 and under and 16 and over. The baking battle winners will be crowned The Hive at Five Star Bakers and each receive a £25 voucher and golden wooden spoon.

Competitors are asked to bring in their cake between 12 to 2pm to be displayed on the table and judging will begin at 3pm. Entry forms can be downloaded from The Hive events webpage.

The community event is 10.00am to 4.00pm and will include local food and drink stalls, entertainment, craft activities, story time for kids as well as the Hive at Five exhibition.

 

Enjoy The Hive at Five Community Party

A big family event for all the community is taking place on Saturday 8 July to celebrate The Hive’s fifth anniversary.

Music, children’s entertainment, food and drinks stalls, an exhibition and a Great Hive Cake-Off competition have been organised to provide something for people of all ages and bring the community together.

Activities for children under five will begin at 10am with children’s entertainers Jungle Jiggle and staff from The Hive will present a birthday themed imagination station. Children can join in with storytelling, treasure hunts and crafts throughout the day.

The Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service will be hosting a behind the scenes tour of The Hive archives and collections, plus there will be an exhibition in taking visitors on a journey of The Hive’s achievements, successes and events since the opening in 2012.

Live music will take place throughout the day with performances from Vocal High choir, performance choir of St Clements Primary, St John’s will begin at 10am, and the Worcester Ukulele Club are playing from 1pm to 1.45pm.

On Thursday 6 July from 5pm to 10pm The Hive will be closed for a special event. If you have any concerns regarding accessing services please contact hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk.

For further information on the community day you can visit The Hive website or follow The Hive on Facebook and Twiter, @TheHiveWorcs.

Hive Closure Notice

On Thursday 6 July from 5pm to 10pm The Hive will be closed for a special event. If you have any concerns regarding accessing services please contact hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk.

Charity of the Year 2017

Thank you to all colleagues who have nominated a charity to be considered for the University’s Charity of the Year for 2017. We have received a significant number of nominations.

Colleagues are now invited to vote for their favoured cause from the full list of those nominated. Please only vote for one charity.

To vote, please log in to the staff homepage, and click on ‘Charity of the Year 2017’ under Your Online Services. Votes can be cast from today (Thursday 15 June) until 10am on Friday 23 June. The Charity with the largest number of votes will be announced as the University’s Charity of the Year.

Once decided, the Charity of the Year will benefit from a number of fundraising initiatives here at the University.

Best wishes

Communications and Participation

First Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun a Fantastic Success

Thanks to Sport Development & Coaching Student, Sam Payne

The first Worcester Pitchcroft Parkrun took place on Saturday 10 June 2017 around Worcester racecourse, and was fantastically successful involving 335 runners and 30 volunteers. The new weekly 5k event has been initiated and developed by one of our current 3rd year Sport Development and Coaching students, Sam Payne, who did a brilliant job in the organisation and delivery both before and on the day itself. His pre-run briefing was considered highly professional, thanking all the partner organisations (Worcester City Council, Sport Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire, University of Worcester, Black Pear Joggers, Worcester parkrun etc.), and encouraging everyone to continue to support this ongoing family friendly opportunity. In fact his first message out to partners headlining the initial statistics identified the need to “start encouraging specific demographic groups, who may be in need, to join the service we provide each week”.

The event was well supported by University staff both as runners, spectators and volunteer marshals, so please consider getting involved in some way. Sam would like to encourage as many people to attend so please do promote this to all and come along on any Saturday – 8.45am meet at the pavilion to the East of the racecourse (see location on map):

If you are currently registered with parkrun then remember to bring your barcode details on the day, but if not and you would like to register to get an official time, then please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ (‘Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun’ would be the home event).

Note:

The event website can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/worcesterpitchcroft/

This is the second parkrun to be established in Worcester. The existing parkrun at the Countryside Centre achieved 489 runners on Saturday so combining the two events, ensured 824 Saturday morning runners within the city. The average finishing time was 27 mins and the course record (not that it’s about that) stands at 16:58 for males, and 20:08 for females.

Sam first developed the idea through his second year Sponsorship & Fundraising module, and has since focused on the initiative for his Sport Development Project (IS equivalent), raising the required funding, linking local partner organisations and undertaking the time consuming and gruelling processes of application, planning and risk management procedures. Well done Sam on a brilliant project, well delivered and for being “a real credit to the University” (anonymous runner!).

Cake sale Thursday 22 June

Finance are holding a cake sale in order to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice on Thursday 22 June.

Clive, Charlie, Dave, Mark and Steve are doing the Worcestershire Way walk on Friday 23 June, https://www.strichards.org.uk/event/worcestershire-way/, covering 31 miles in a day.

We would be grateful for baked or bought contributions, as well as your financial contribution in terms of buying cakes so that we can raise money for this worthwhile cause!

The cake sale will be held in Finance, WB057, on the 22nd from 9am. So come and grab a cake or three.

If you’d like to contribute to their JustGiving page, the link is here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/UOWwalkingteam2017

Invitation to an information evening for the Diploma in Education and Training at UW

Wednesday 21 June 2017 5:30pm to 6:30pm at St John’s Campus

Come and study part-time for your Diploma in Education and Training (DET) at the University of Worcester.

The DET is:

  • nationally recognised teaching qualification for those working in the post 16 Education and Skills sector
  • part-time over 2 years
  • a progression route to gain QLTS (qualified teacher status, learning and skills) or higher education qualifications

You will need to have access to some teaching practice to complete this course. This can be paid, voluntary, work based or College/ community based. Advice on this will be available at this event.

Interested? Come to one of our information evenings to find out more.

The events will take place at the University of Worcester St John’s Campus , WR2 6AJ

Wednesday 21 June 2017

5:30pm to 6:30pm – pop in at any time. Room details available at St John’s Reception

Please contact h.bayfield@worc.ac.uk to book your place or pop in on the day.

For further enquiries, contact j.sisk@worc.ac.uk

We look forward to meeting you.

Undertaking the Role of the External Examiner

Two colleagues from the Institute of Education Secondary Centre participated in a recent pilot course for External Examiners being organised through the Higher Education Academy.

The pilot course was aimed at aspiring as well as those with experience as an external examiner and provided an opportunity for all those engaged in the pilot to offer a perspective and input to the course.

The course involved a series of activities supported by a wealth of reading and research materials accessed via the HE Academy web site prior to a full day of activities.

Participants were from a wide number of Institutions throughout the UK. The on- line activities provided stimulating and thought provoking exemplars and tasks relating to the work of External Examining and the nature of Academic Standards.

The final day in Cardiff was facilitated by Professor Margaret Price from Oxford Brookes University and focused on the Key B7 indicators. Having outlined the national picture, participants had the opportunity to share practice, debate and review elements that influence and impact on Academic Standards through a series of workshops.

With over ten years’ experience as an External Examiner, this was a wonderfully invigorating course offering the chance not only to consider current practices but to hold in depth discussions with those involved in external examiner work and to solve case study dilemmas and scenarios.

Jill Jackson.

 

The Hive What’s On guide – copy deadline 17 July

The next copy deadline for The Hive What’s On guide is Monday 17 July. Could you please send me details of your events before or no later than this date. The information I need is:

·         Title

·         Date and time

·         Brief summary (approx. 50 words)

·         Cost and how to get tickets

·         Web link

·         High res image (300dpi)

If you are hiring a room or space at The Hive and there is an admission charge for your event we are now charging for inclusion into the What’s On guide. Please contact me, Min Sowden for advertising details.

Please send the information to msowden@worcestershire.gov.uk. The guide will include events taking place from 1 September to 31 December 2017.

 

Last few places : Skills Gym – ‘Working with Others’

Dear Colleague

We would like to invite you to participate in our latest Skills Gym called ‘Working with Others’. This is the first of two half day Skills Gyms that have been developed to look at understanding those we work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable us to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations. This Skills Gym will involve a half day training session which will look to develop key life skills that you will be able to put into practice in your work environment.

This first session will look at how our perceptions become our reality, how we react to the needs of others, using questioning and listening skills to understand rather than judge. You will look at how to establish the best approaches, verbally and non-verbally and stay professional under pressure.

Sally Booth (from Juno Learning & Development) runs this ‘Working with Others’ Skills Gym. Sally is passionate about building confidence and skills in others that help enhance their performance at work. Her enthusiastic approach looks at the drivers of behaviours and finding an approach that works for individuals, moving you from understanding to actual practice.

The half-day sessions will take place on Tuesday June 27 and Wednesday 28 June with exact details around the time and location available on Workshop Bookings.

Kind regards

Training and Development Team

 

 

Financial Awareness Day for PGCE Secondary trainees

Economics and Business and Maths trainees enjoyed a joint subject session at university earlier this year where they learnt about teaching financial awareness and used their knowledge to develop a range of activities they could use with their own pupils whilst on placement. Building on this experience the PGCE Secondary trainees were challenged to create new resources aimed specifically for pupils with special needs and to plan and deliver a Financial Awareness Day at Cambian New Elizabethan School. The trainees worked with 21 pupils, each with different needs, to develop their skills in handling money. Activities included buying and selling role plays, coin bingo, designing a budget for visiting a safari park and creating a storyboard demonstrating shopping in context. Trainees demonstrated much enthusiasm and motivation for leading the event and teaching in this setting and enjoyed a very warm welcome from the staff and pupils at the school.

Trainee Ellen Jauncey commented “the school had a very different atmosphere compared to a mainstream school as it felt much more relaxed. It was interesting to talk to the pupils and we all felt that the experience was extremely rewarding. It gave us a better insight into different SEN strategies that can be used to support individual pupils and their needs.”

National Blood Week 19-25 June

Over the last year 900,000 people have given up their time to help patients in need.

We need over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients across England.

Why give blood?

Giving blood saves lives.

The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments.

Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood.

Who can give blood?

Most people can give blood.

You can give blood if you:

  • are fit and healthy
  • weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs or 50kg
  • are aged between 17 and 66 (or 70 if you have given blood before)
  • are over 70 and have given blood in the last two years
  • For more information visit blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood
  • When you give blood, you can save someone’s life while going about your own.  Visit blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to find your nearest session.

Catering menus

NEW MADE A3 Weekly menu – week commencing 19th June 2017

Please take a few minutes to study the Catering menus on offer this week from MADE, in the Main Dining Hall, St John’s Campus.

In addition, the Dining Hall, The Pear Tree and Elgar Café on St John’s Campus and City Café, on City Campus all offer a wide range of hot and cold drinks, and snacks throughout the day.

We look forward to serving you,

Your Catering Team
Aramark

Students Receive Special Recognition for Extra-curricular Work

Special recognition has been awarded to more than 250 University of Worcester students who have under taken a host of extra-curricular work and activities.

The students all completed the Worcester Award, which encourages students to participate in a range of activities to help boost their employability.

The Award is run by the University’s Careers & Employability team and is supported by a number of local employers.

This year 252 students achieved the Worcester Award, the highest number to achieve the award since it began in 2010. Of those, 43 achieved Bronze, 90 Silver and 119 Gold.

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Steve Mackay, who attended the Worcester Award ceremony, said: “The University’s Worcester Award scheme is excellent, because everybody benefits. Students contribute many hours of their time, not just for paid employment but also to volunteer in the city, enhancing the lives of residents and visitors through their efforts.  The students benefit too, gaining valuable experience and skills which, all the more, employers are seeking.”

Students completed a range of activities, including delivering Chinese Mandarin classes; being a Special Constable; work experience at a museum; volunteering at a Hindu temple; setting up an Arts & Craft business; becoming the editor of a student magazine; and volunteering with St John’s ambulance.

Three students also received additional special recognition awards; Anthony Redfern was recognised for Outstanding Overall Performance, Heather Edwards for Outstanding Presentation and Christopher Jordan for Outstanding Interview. Each student received Amazon vouchers, which were funded by this year’s Worcester Award sponsors, Worcestershire Ambassadors and Sanctuary Housing.

Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students at the University, said: “We are delighted that so many students have achieved the Worcester Award this year. We are so proud of all those students who have managed to achieve great things during their time here at the University of Worcester. The range of additional and voluntary activities will greatly enhance their future employability as it gives firm evidence of their motivation, as well as the skills and experiences they will be expected to demonstrate in future job applications and interviews.”

The University is keen to hear from local employers who would like to be involved in the Worcester Award, particularly as panel members for Gold Award interviews. For more information email worcesteraward@worc.ac.uk

Calling Budding Bakers – Enter the Great Hive Cake-Off

Budding bakers of all ages are invited to create a show-stopping cake as part of The Hive’s 5th anniversary community day on Saturday 8 July. The Great Hive Cake-off is a fun competition for anyone who enjoys baking. The cakes can be anything, as long as they take inspiration from The Hive.

There are two categories for ages 16 and under and 16 and over. The baking battle winners will be crowned The Hive at Five Star Bakers and each receive a £25 voucher and golden wooden spoon.

Competitors are asked to bring in their cake between 12 to 2pm to be displayed on the table and judging will begin at 3pm. Entry forms can be downloaded from The Hive events page.

The community event is 10.00am to 4.00pm and will include local food and drink stalls, entertainment, craft activities, story time for kids as well as the Hive at Five exhibition.

Staff Development Opportunities

Below is a list of our Staff Development opportunities currently available to staff, places can be booked through the Staff Development  portal. Any queries please contact the Training and Development team (training@worc.ac.uk).

Appraisee Skills

It is recommended that all members of staff attend a briefing to prepare for their review meeting. This practical session will help you to get the best results from your appraisal. You will develop a clear understanding of the nature of appraisal, its objectives and the part that it can play in personal development planning as well as becoming familiar with the University’s appraisal Scheme. If you prefer, a session can be tailored for specific teams. Contact Rachael Stephens to arrange a date and time to suit you.

  • 19-06-2017 09:00 – 12:00

Appraiser skills

A practical session, which is a pre-requisite for members of staff who appraise others. The session aims are to develop an understanding of the nature of appraisal, its objectives and links with other university processes. We will also explore the skills and techniques that help to make the process effective, and become familiar with the University’s appraisal scheme and procedures and prepare for an appraisal meeting.

  • 19-06-2017 13:15 – 16:15

Project Management Training

Brief overview of project management techniques and methodologies

  • 28-06-2017 10:00 – 11:00

Skills Gyms Difficult Conversations for Support Staff

Holding difficult conversations can be daunting. They can be with colleagues, external people or senior managers. They can just happen or you can have time to prepare. Whatever the situation this course will help you with a strategy to find the behaviours and words to communicate effectively. The strategy used is a Call to ACTION. The 6 facets of ACTION are introduced during the seminar and each one discussed as to how they can help in conducting difficult conversations effectively

  • 22-06-2017 09:15 – 12:45

Skills Gyms – Working with others (part 1)

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. This Skills Gym will look at understanding those we work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable us to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations. This session will look at how our perceptions become our reality, how we react to the needs of others, using questioning and listening skills to understand rather than judge. You will look at how to establish the best approaches, verbally and non-verbally and stay professional under pressure.

  • 27-06-2017 09:00 – 12:30
  • 27-06-2017 13:00 – 16:30
  • 28-06-2017 13:00 – 16:30

Invitation to the Images of Research Exhibition and Gala Evening

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Images of Research Exhibition at The Hive which will run from 17th– 29th June. We have received over 40 entries showcasing the diverse and vibrant research from research students and staff from across the University.

We would like to invite all colleagues to join us for our drinks reception on 28th June from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Hive where the winners of the competition will be announced. We hope you can join us as we celebrate the excellent research of our staff and student community at Worcester.

If you would like to attend the Gala Evening, please rsvp to researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk by Monday 19th June.

You can visit the exhibition from 17th June and vote for your favourite images in the Public Choice category. Look for the box, located in the Atrium.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Exhibition and to the Gala Evening

The Researcher Development Team

Men’s Health Week – Have You Got a Hazardous Waist?

Even if you have a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI), carrying too much fat around your middle (waist) can increase your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and erection problems.

To measure your waist:

  • find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips
  • measure midway between these points (probably around your belly button)
  • breathe out naturally before taking the measurement

If your waist is 94cm (37ins) or more (for men) you at higher risk of the diseases mentioned. If your waist is 102cm (40ins) or more you are at very high risk and should see your GP. Got a tape measure handy?

SMALL CHANGES?

The British Dietetic Association suggest some smart swaps to add variety, provide more nutrients and save calories. If you’re interested in weight-loss, just these swaps could help you shed weight every week. No hassle.

TAKE OFF: Fried bacon, egg, sausage, tomatoes & hash­browns
BRING ON: Grilled bacon, sausage & tomatoes, poached egg, wholemeal toast

TAKE OFF: Standard BLT sandwich
BRING ON: BLT with reduced-fat mayo and lean bacon

TAKE OFF: Danish Pastry
BRING ON: Cereal bar

TAKE OFF: 34.5g bag of crisps
BRING ON: 28g bag reduced fat crisps

TOP TIPS

  • Eat slowly, chew each mouthful
  • Don’t watch TV, read or surf when eating
  • Learn to read food labels
  • Think about healthy snacks as well as healthy meals
  • Think about portion size
  • Drink water (not sugary drinks)
  • Keep active – replace a car journey with a bike ride or walk
  • Watch the booze

Source: Men’s Health Forum Toolbox Talk 2017

Teaching Spaces Survey – FAO Academic Staff Only

Dear Colleague,

We are undertaking a Learning and Teaching Spaces project with academic staff. In keeping with the consultative approach which we adopted in the first phase of the Course Leaders project, we invite teaching staff to help inform the way the University develops its teaching spaces. The questions in this survey give you the opportunity to say how you currently use your teaching spaces to enhance student learning and the extent to which you use available classroom technologies. It also offers you the opportunity to voice your opinion about how we develop the future provision and design of these spaces, thereby ensuring learning and teaching imperatives are at the heart of these strategic decisions.

Please complete the survey online.

The survey will remain open until Friday 16 June.

Will Bowen-Jones
Head of Strategic Educational Projects
University of Worcester