Close reading on the theme of nature at the Ledbury Poetry Festival

Earlier this month, John Parham, from the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts, led a close reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Based on 20 years’ research into how poetry can help us to better understand nature in a time of climate crisis, audience members took turns to read extracts from two iconic British nature writers, the Victorian priest-poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and the contemporary poet Alice Oswald. Attended by approximately 45 people, a vibrant discussion (during and after the session!) ranged across themes of poetic style, whether religion impedes our love of nature, climate change, and how we sustain both humans and nature in landscapes peppered with agricultural and industrial activity. Entitled ‘Dappled and Discordant: On poetry and our ‘off-beat’ relationship with nature’, John’s session was sponsored by The Friends of the Dymock Poets.

Novel research – how and where we exercise

Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research 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 high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm, 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!

Novel research poster

Helping us to see dementia differently-4th David Jolley Lecture

4th David Jolley Lecture on 19 July 2017 presented by:

Cathy Greenblat – Helping us to see dementia differently

David Jolley Lecture at the University of Worcester
Wednesday 19 July 2017
16:00 (registration & refreshments)
16:30 to 18:00 (Lecture: 16:30 to 17:15 followed by discussion to 18:00)
University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN
For directions see http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/find-us-severn-campus.html

To book a free place please use the online booking system at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cathy-greenblat-david-jolley-lecturediscussion-registration-34978542763
Places are expected to be in demand, so book early to guarantee your place.

Helping us to see dementia differently poster

Novel research – how and where we exercise

Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research 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 high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm, 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!

Novel research poster

Researching with young people in sport using participatory approaches

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Wednesday 28 June 2017. This will take place in EE1057 between 1pm – 2pm.

Dr Hayley Fitzgerald
Visiting Professor

“I’m nervous about going into the school today. I feel totally unprepared. I think I’m just going to have to wing it”. On reading this account from my research diary you may think I’m a disorganised researcher. Surely no well-trained researcher worth their salt would go into the field so unprepared? I suspect though, for those who have attempted to research with young people using participatory approaches, there may be a seed of familiarity with my musings. By drawing on accounts found in my research diary I offer some preliminary thoughts about working with participatory and messy methods. In exploring the possibilities and challenges of participatory research I will discuss four issues: ‘what is participation?’; ‘where’s the data?’; ‘time’, and ‘exhilarated and exhausted’.

 

NCSPVA 3rd Annual Conference & Lynda Bellingham Memorial Lecture

The Impact of Violence and Abuse on Children and Young People
5-6 June 2017

Cotswold Suite, St John’s Campus

The focus of the 2017 annual conference is on examining the intersections of childhood and adulthood within the context of violence and abuse. The aim of this conference is to further our understanding of evidence based practice through reflection on developments to date, and the future needs of children growing up within a context of violence. To this end the conference will host a number of keynote presentations and individual oral and poster presentations that will showcase regional, national and international research and practice innovations relating to childhood and violence and safeguarding within this context. We wish to invite all those who work with this issue to attend in order to network and share best practice and to engage in conversations to further evidence based practice.

Please download the attached flyer for further details.

Children and Young People’s Plan and Survey

The new Children and Young People’s Plan is currently being developed, and partners from a wide range of organisations are already involved.

 The new plan will:

  • Clarify the collective ambition and aspirations for all children and young people in Worcestershire​
  • Focus on key priorities and success measures​
  • Set expectations around the way we work in Worcestershire ​
  • Provide a framework for all agencies and organisations working with children, young people and families to make the necessary impact to improve lives​
  • Build on and add value to existing plans

So how can you help?

It’s important that as part of the development of the plan we engage with as many

  • Children
  • Young People
  • Parents/Carers of children and young people
  • Practitioners who work with children, young people and families

You are encouraged to complete the online survey, the survey can be found at: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cypp

We also have the following resources available to you if you wish to use them, they can be emailed to you:

  • A4 and A3 posters
  • Graphics for your plasma screen
  • Engagement Pack (attached)

Kind regards

Allie Webster

Engagement Pack V5 – wording no attachments

Graduate Destination Survey

Graduate Destination Survey

As your leavers come to the end of their studies, could you please encourage them to complete next year’s Graduate Destination survey? We will be contacting them from November onwards to ask what they are doing in terms of work or further study. We are required to achieve an 80% response rate, so every return counts! Can you also mention that Careers and Employability can continue to support students for up to three years after they leave. Appointments can be booked as usual through www.timecenter.com/worcester  or contact us at careers@worc.ac.uk

Also, if you are a member of staff who has completed study at UW, such as the PGCert in Learning and Teaching in HE  – you are also a leaver, and the Destinations of Leavers Survey will also apply to you. So we would be grateful if you could please complete your own form promptly!

Many thanks,
Careers and Employability Service


Research Seminars

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Friday 19 May 2017. This will take place in EE1104 between 1pm – 2pm. Chris, John and Alice will be showcasing their research in 15-minute presentations with 5 minutes for questions each and they would appreciate your attendance.

Current MPhil/PhD Research

Early stage plans for a research study exploring the continuation in engagement by people with dementia within community leisure centres

Chris Russell
First Year MPhil/ PhD

Increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with dementia. We lack pharmacological interventions to halt or reverse the disease processes that cause dementia. Thus, new evidence-based responses are sought that are less reliant on conventional health-care interventions.

This presentation will summarise early stage plans for a research study exploring the continuation in engagement by people with dementia within community leisure centres. Findings from the study will provide knowledge that community leisure centres can use to enhance their offering to people with dementia, which in turn might contribute to responses to the challenges dementia presents.

Did British Wheelchair Basketball listen to the numbers in Rio?

John Francis
Final year PhD

The use of performance analysis within wheelchair basketball is a relatively new concept despite research dating back to 1995. The number of international teams using performance analysis has increased dramatically since London 2012 as teams look for marginal gains to ensure they are on the podium at the next Paralympic Games. British Wheelchair Basketball have utilised a performance analysis to help them identify the key determinants of success within wheelchair basketball to hopefully provide the winning edge over opposition teams. This presentation will compare the information that was provided to the team following the successful performance at the 2015 European Championships and explore how representable this information was to the performances they undertook in Rio.

HIIT without the hassle? Acute physiological and psychological responses to novel modes of high-intensity intermittent exercise

Alice Burgin
Second year MPhil/PhD

Over half of UK adults do not meet the recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, with poorer rates of activity in females than males. Physical inactivity is linked with an increased risk of a multitude of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. The most commonly reported barriers to regular physical activity include lack of time and lack of enjoyment, which are more prominent in overweight females. High-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) is characterised by short bursts of high-intensity activity, interspersed with periods of rest. This has been proposed as a time-efficient means of physical activity, over typical continuous moderate-intensity activity. Yet, currently, HIIE has only been explored in cycling protocols that require specialised equipment and also may not be appealing, tolerable nor truly time-efficient for all. This presentation will discuss the physiological and psychological responses to some novel, non-cycling-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise compared with traditional, cycling-based high-intensity interval exercise.

Environment Agency Talk

Libby Capps from the Environment Agency is giving a talk about the range of ecological monitoring carried out by the EA. The talk is taking place on Friday 5 May from 09:15 to 10am, with some time for questions, in EE1057.

All are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for any students wishing to hear about river management in practice and would be beneficial for any students thinking about a career in hydrology.

Advocacy in the Crown Court from a Barrister’s perspective and from a Judge’s perspective

Dear all

The University of Worcester School of Law warmly invites you to the next research event in our series:

The Mock Trial Project Lecture

Advocacy in the Crown Court from a Barrister’s perspective and from a Judge’s perspective

Wednesday 26 April 2017 6pm – 7.30pm
The Courtroom, School of Law, University of Worcester

David Mason QC
Head of Crime at No 5 Chambers and Recorder at the Crown Court

David Mason QC is a leading criminal barrister and he has practiced at the criminal bar for over 25 years. He is Head of Crime at No 5 Chambers. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010 and was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2005.

According to Chambers UK in 2013:

‘David Mason QC was described as “fabulous and absolutely faultless,” by one observer. Sources appreciate the quality of his advocacy before juries and his adaptability.’

THE MOCK TRIAL PROJECT

The Mock Trial Project at the University of Worcester was launched in October 2016. During the Mock Trial Project sessions students conduct trial advocacy based upon a set of fictional criminal case papers. The sessions are designed to enable students to develop their skills in both trial advocacy and pre-trial applications. For more details please contact Nicola Monaghan, the Mock Trial Project Co-ordinator (n.monaghan@worc.ac.uk).

This event is free and all are welcome so please do forward on to colleagues, students and anyone who may be interested!

You can reserve a place at this event by contacting Janey Robins (j.robins@worc.ac.uk)

David Mason QC_26April17

IHCA Research Seminar: Cross-Institute Sport, Arts & Culture Event Weds 26 April

IHCA Research Seminar_26 April flyer

The next IHCA staff research seminar will be a Cross-Institute Sport, Arts & Culture Event on Weds 26 April at 5:15pm in Room CC004 (Worcester Room). Speakers include: Rich Allen, Geoff Kohe, Gyozo Molnar, John Parham, Verity Postlethwaite, Andy Stevenson and Dave Storey. Full details on the attached poster; everybody welcome.

Please note that the seminar which was scheduled for Wednesday 3 May (Andreas Mueller. ‘Trauma, Narrative, Memory: Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year’) has been cancelled so the final IHCA Research Seminar for this semester will be:

Wednesday 10 May, 5.00pm-7pm CC009 (Hereford Room)

IHCA Postgraduate Research Seminar (Daniel Brookes and Harriet Carter).

Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period

28 April 2017 – 9am-5pm Charles Hastings Building, City Campus.

Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period

Early Modern Research Group

Our Research Group brings together researchers with shared research interests c.1550-1800.

The Early Modern Research Group gathers University of Worcester staff and external scholars with interests ranging from medieval drama and pageantry, through to Shakespeare and the Jacobeans, from witchcraft and the devil during the Renaissance to Irish history after the Restoration, from seventeenth-century landscape poetry to the long eighteenth century in fiction, poetry and journalism. The group is directed by Drs Cinpoes and Mueller.

For further details please email: emrgworc@gmail.com

IHCA Research Seminar: Cross-Institute Sport, Arts & Culture Event Weds 26 April

IHCA Research Seminar_26 April flyer

The next IHCA staff research seminar will be a Cross-Institute Sport, Arts & Culture Event on Weds 26 April at 5:15pm in Room CC004 (Worcester Room). Speakers include: Rich Allen, Geoff Kohe, Gyozo Molnar, John Parham, Verity Postlethwaite, Andy Stevenson and Dave Storey. Full details on the attached poster; everybody welcome.

Please note that the seminar which was scheduled for Wednesday 3 May (Andreas Mueller. ‘Trauma, Narrative, Memory: Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year’) has been cancelled so the final IHCA Research Seminar for this semester will be:

Wednesday 10 May, 5.00pm-7pm CC009 (Hereford Room)

IHCA Postgraduate Research Seminar (Daniel Brookes and Harriet Carter).

 

Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period

28 April 2017 – 9am-5pm Charles Hastings Building, City Campus.

Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period

Early Modern Research Group

Our Research Group brings together researchers with shared research interests c.1550-1800.

The Early Modern Research Group gathers University of Worcester staff and external scholars with interests ranging from medieval drama and pageantry, through to Shakespeare and the Jacobeans, from witchcraft and the devil during the Renaissance to Irish history after the Restoration, from seventeenth-century landscape poetry to the long eighteenth century in fiction, poetry and journalism. The group is directed by Drs Cinpoes and Mueller.

For further details please email: emrgworc@gmail.com

4000 and counting! A significant milestone and other good news from the WRaP team

Firstly, at the beginning of the month the 4000th record was deposited in WRaP; A book chapter ‘Becoming a Reflective Practitioner’ written by Karen Hanson and Karen Appleby.

Secondly, congratulations go to Nicoleta Cinpoes from the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts and Simon Evans and Dawn Brooker from the Institute of Health and Society for promptly depositing their latest research outputs within hours of acceptance for publication, and

Thirdly, there were eight items deposited in WRaP during March that potentially qualify for the 2021 REF exercise and for the first time this year, all of the potential REF items met HEFCE Open access requirements!

Well done and thank you to everyone who contributed to these successes!

Finally, please note it has been a year since HEFCE has implemented the Open Access requirement, to ensure your research output qualify for the next REF 2021 exercise, please deposit your research in WRaP within three months of its acceptance for publication. Additionally, to ensure that your deposit meets HEFCE Open Access requirements, please supply a deposit with an author’s accepted manuscript.

If you need any assistance with WRaP, Open Access, ORCiD etc., please do let me, or any other member of the WRaP team know, we will be happy to help.

Karol Kosinski

k.kosinski@worc.ac.uk

wrapteam@worc.ac.uk

Links to WRaP records mentioned above:

Becoming a Reflective Practitioner  http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/5399/

The ‘Cumberbatch’ Hamlet  http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/5413/

Comparison of the Adaptive Implementation…  http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/5430/

 

 

Online misogyny – a challenge for (legal) regulation?

The University of Worcester School of Law warmly invites you to the next research seminar in our series:

Online misogyny – a challenge for (legal) regulation?

Wednesday 5 April 2017 1pm – 2pm
The Courtroom, School of Law, University of Worcester
Dr Olga Jurasz
Senior Lecturer in Law, Open University

Cyberspace has traditionally been regarded as a lawless environment as much for its jurisdictional difficulties, as for its lack of physical nature. In the last 10 years, there has been a huge increase in cybercrime, and recently, cyber stalking, cybersex and cyber-pornography have all become prevalent. However, such environments remain largely unregulated. Gender inequality, racism, and other forms of discrimination are perpetuated in modern society and the criminal justice system. These forms of discrimination now also include violence against women perpetrated by trolls through social media sites. But how are these gender-based abuses addressed by the law? This paper will explore the critical issues of gender-based cybercrime in popular culture and media, assessing the progress made, and contemporary challenges to tackling such behaviours. This paper will critically analyse the ‘harm’ inflicted through gender-based abuse online, before exploring potential solutions to such behaviours.

Dr Olga Jurasz is a senior lecturer at the Open University Law School. Her research focuses on international law, gender and post-conflict reconstruction, violence against women and women’s rights. Olga is also currently working on collaborative research project concerning gender, cyberviolence and law.

This event is free and all are welcome so please do forward on to colleagues, students and anyone who may be interested!

You can reserve a place at this event by contacting Janey Robins (j.robins@worc.ac.uk)