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Lockdown Puzzle – Alphametics

If you enjoyed last week’s brainteaser, David Hunt, PGCE Computer Science Subject Leader in the School of Education, has set another computer coding style puzzle for staff to tackle over the weekend, this time based around alphametics. The answers are at the bottom of the page. Alphametics  An alphametic is a puzzle where individual letters […]

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Missing your dose of arts and culture?

Although technically from Saturday, English theatres and concerts halls will be able to open to the public under the new Government rules, live performances will not be permitted.  In response to the lockdown, many theatres have made material available in the meantime online, while galleries and museums have come up with new ways to share […]

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Drive-in cinema near you?

Can’t wait to get back to the popcorn and trailers, but a little nervous about returning to the traditional screenings?  Look no further than the all-American experience of the drive-in cinema!  We have located some of the nearest outdoor venues. Warwick Castle is offering films July 7-20.  You can even get food and drink delivered […]

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First Virtual Open Day

Here are a few pictures of activities on campus during the University’s first virtual Open Day.  

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Library Services are (still) here for you 

Covid-19, Higher Education and shifting to online teaching and learning – we’ve reviewed the literature so you don’t have to! Since the lockdown began, there have been countless useful resources to help us all get to grips with online delivery whilst maintaining a focus on accessibility, inclusivity and staff and student wellbeing. To save you sifting through your inbox or raiding your ‘to read’ folder, […]

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University’s Film experts’ Top Picks

Film Studies academics at the University have been sharing their top films they would recommend trying in these socially distanced times if you have some spare time on the sofa: Mikel Koven, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Film Studies, recommends: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966): “While literally any film by master […]

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Lockdown Puzzle Challenge – The Wine Merchant

If you’re looking for a brain teaser over the weekend, David Hunt, PGCE Computer Science Subject Leader in the School of Education, has devised a computer coding style challenge, based on classic computing problems. This is similar to what he uses with his trainee computer science teachers. A wine merchant (who was rather too fond […]

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Images around Worcester

During lockdown and beyond, many of us have taken advantage of the beauty spots on our doorstep to lift our spirits or discovered new ones on daily walks.  We share with you a few snaps captured by staff around Worcester over the weeks of lockdown. Send us the views you have been enjoying most in […]

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Tips for looking after your wellbeing

Looking after our wellbeing has never been so important. As we juggle our daily lives and changes in the global landscape, we must remember to take time for ourselves. To celebrate World Wellbeing Week, Psychology Lecturer, Laura Simmons has shared some tips for the coming months. Take time to be creative Whether it is up-cycling […]

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Terracycle – recycling advice

During these strange socially distanced times, many of us have been tempted by comfort foods like chocolate bars and crisps, but, with our regular recycling bins unable to take such plastic wrappers and packets, it can be frustrating to have to throw them away.  However, one of our Student Wellbeing Ambassadors, Masters student Georgie Sherrard, […]

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Covid-prepared Carry Cases

As we begin to emerge from lockdown, it’s time to get ready for the ‘new normal’. Communications and Participation have been busy crafting little bags, handmade from stylish and sturdy raffia. They are just the right size to carry your hand sanitiser, a face mask and a packet of tissues.  Complete with a detachable strap, […]

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Midlands attractions re-opening

Many of the Midlands’ most well-known attractions have fallen silent for the last three months, but as restrictions lift many are now opening their doors.  If you’ve walked every local route more times than you care to think, here are a few ideas for attractions that are or soon will be open to visitors (from […]

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Plans to re-open The Hive in July

Plans are being put in place to re-open The Hive next month, with a limited number of services and opening hours to begin with. The Hive is one of six libraries in Worcestershire planned to re-open on Saturday, July 4th, pending confirmation from Government, in line with phase three of Central Government’s relaxing of lockdown […]

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Expert tips on learning a new language

Holiday cancelled? Travel on your mind!  Broaden your horizon by learning another language. Even a little knowledge of the language can make a difference in attitude when you meet people from other countries. Speaking another language helps to break down barriers. Language Centre tips There’s no single way to learn a language. Try different methods and use the one […]

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Approach to the June Open Day

With social distancing, travel restrictions and other complications to consider, we will need to offer a virtual June Open Day. We will aim for the event to be informative, participative and accessible. With this in mind, we have developed a programme of online activity and will also offer carefully managed opportunities for students and their families […]

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Staff Development Sessions

Here are some upcoming sessions for staff development:   Advice and assistance for staff from care first- Various dates & courses All colleagues can seek advice and assistance from this service, provided by Care first. It’s an ’employee assistance programme’, completely confidential and free. This EAP provides staff with easy access to counselling support and […]

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Academic’s tips to prevent exercise-related injury

Many people have been inspired to emerge from lockdown several pounds lighter or at least fitter, as evidenced by the numbers of joggers and cyclists out and the tens of thousands taking part in online workouts.  However, those ambitions if not approached with the right preparation and equipment can be a recipe for injury.  Dr […]

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Remote working guidance

Our Human Resources department has helpfully prepared the following information which brings together sources of information on remote working. Have you got Remote working – SORTED? Space – creating the space and conditions to make it work Advice from the IT Team https://www2.worc.ac.uk/it/remote-working.html Advice from HR https://www2.worc.ac.uk/personnel/957.htm Advice from Safety Services https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/safety-services-homeworking-briefing.pdf Organisation – planning […]

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Learning and Teaching Conference 2020

Learning and Teaching Conference, Thursday 11 June 2020, 9.30-12.30 Online The University of Worcester annual Learning and Teaching conference is a forum where innovation and creative teaching practice is explored and shared. In what has been a truly exceptional period for everyone involved in Higher Education and in particular learning and teaching, we are truly […]

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Hive Staff: Further Recommended Reads

Ahead of the weekend, staff at The Hive library have been sharing further recommendations for reading in lockdown, with everything from a novel set in 17th century Amsterdam to humorous fantasy fiction. Here are a few of their suggestions: A Wild Sheep Chase, by Murakami: “Bizarre but definitely one of those books you just can’t […]

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Tips for Exercise – Suggestions from Dr Julia West

Dr Julia West, Senior lecturer Sport and Exercise Science, shared some of her go to workouts and apps.  She uses a combination of different ones daily but these are some of her go to ones: Youtube subscriptions: theWKOUT – uses combination of fairly heavy weighted and cardio moves (free to use on Youtube or through […]

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Business School Photographers in Lockdown

The University’s Business School has been running a photography club in lockdown. As photographers and guests have completed eight challenges, they thought it time to share a few of their achievements. They started their weekly photo shoots with “Things as they usually are” and have progressed through increasingly challenging topics such as “Looking Up” “Something […]

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Covid-19 Reflections – ‘through the visor’

Last month we shared with you a moving diary account, written by Senior Lecturer Denisse Levermore, of one of her days working on a Covid-19 ward. Denisse, who lectures on the University’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health degree, has penned a second fascinating piece reflecting on how she’s had to adapt her ways of communicating […]

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Top Websites for Home-Schooling by Primary Education Team

While some children may be returning to school this week, the vast majority will remain at home.  Here are some useful websites that the the Primary Education team have come up with for home-schooling youngsters: Maths: NCETM have developed some online maths lessons: https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/54431 “I See Maths” http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/. There are some nice videos with related practical […]

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Masters Students Take Conference Online

A group of English Masters students organised a virtual conference as part of their Postgraduate studies. Originally planned to be in person before the Government restrictions were introduced, here they share how, with help from lecturers, they achieved it. Turning Natural Bodies into Virtual Bodies Natural Bodies: An Exploration of the New Humanities Conference recently […]

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Message for all Blackboard Users

The Covid 19 outbreak has meant that we have had to move our learning, teaching and assessment online very quickly and the response from everyone has been amazing. Many of you are now starting to plan ahead for next semester and with that in mind we have brought forward the rollover of Blackboard modules for academic year 20/21, to […]

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Tips for lockdown healthy eating and wellbeing

The University’s Justine Bold, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Therapy, has shared her tips for healthy eating and wellbeing in the Covid-19 lockdown: The Government’s advice presents most of us with a few challenges around eating a healthy diet. Many people will have come across challenges around the availability of food; perhaps from isolating at home […]

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Tribute to John Leftwich

We are sharing the sad news that one of the University’s Fellows, John Leftwich, has died following a short illness. Here, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, the previous President of our College of Fellows, pays the following tribute. “The kind of person you only meet once in a lifetime”; “a wonderful advisor, mentor and friend”; “a […]

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University Learning and Teaching Conference 2020 Moves Online

This year’s Learning and Teaching Conference, on Thursday 11 June, 9.30am-12.15pm, will be online. Learning and Teaching has, due to COVID19, seen a significant transition into our digital online spaces.  The conference aims to showcase examples of effective and innovative practice in moving learning and teaching online from March 2020, and to stimulate thinking about […]

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Top Tips for Home-Schooling from the Primary Education Department

General Advice A note to parents and carers “Home schooling” has the potential to be overwhelming. There is so much content flooding the internet at the moment.  Our advice would be to try your best to use what your child’s school has provided in the first instance.  Teachers will have spent time putting these materials together […]

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Weekly Support Sessions for University’s IMPACT Group

During the lockdown, Dr Peter Unwin, from the School of Allied Health and Community, has been conducting weekly support sessions with members of the University’s user and carer group, IMPACT. There are 40 members of IMPACT, all with backgrounds of lived experiences of health and social care services, who complement teaching at the University via […]

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Mental Fitness App for Remote Study / Work

It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week and as part of this we’re promoting a new partnership with the mental fitness app, Fika. It’s designed to help combat the challenges of remote study and work as well as the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Programmes and audio guides cover topics including managing distractions and uncertainty, maintaining […]

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INCLUDE Webinar – Moving Global Learning Online​

Please find below information about the INCLUDE initiative and its forthcoming webinar: Moving Global Learning Online: The role of Universal Design for Learning.  The event takes place Friday 22nd May, 14:00-15:30 (BST). Based at the Department for Education and Inclusion, the International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education (INCLUDE) is a network of transnational professional researchers, students and […]

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Physical Activity and Exercise during lockdown

The following suggestions and resources are from colleagues in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. If you have any questions or need more advice, please email us: exercise@worc.ac.uk and we will do our best to support you. Why bother? Exercise won’t prevent us from developing COVID-19, but scientific evidence tells us that physical activity […]

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Senior Lecturer Pens Moving Account of Day on a Covid-19 Ward

A senior lecturer at the University of Worcester has written a moving diary account of one of her many days spent volunteering on a Covid-19 ward in recent weeks. Denisse Levermore, who lectures on the University’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health degree, said she wrote the piece as part of her own wellbeing, but also […]