Humanities & Arts Research Seminar – “Return of the Living Slave: Jordan Peele’s Get Out as Zombie Film”

Please see attached details of the inaugural IOA/IOH Research Seminar for this semester where Dr Mikel Koven, author of several publications on the Zombie Film genre, will be presenting:

“Return of the Living Slave: Jordan Peele’s Get Out as Zombie Film

Date/Time: Tuesday 20 February @ 5.15pm

Location: St. John’s Campus, Conference Centre CC 007 (Malvern Room)

IHS Research Seminar – 28 February

On 28 February 2018, Ros Weston (Midwifery) will be presenting a session entitled ‘Stories and Storytelling: An Ancient Way of Learning that is still valid for HEI Students in the 21st Century. Why the findings of this phenomenographic study are significant for curriculum development ’.

The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in BY1147.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

ISES Research Seminar on 26 February

Staff and students are invited to attend a Research Seminar being held on Monday 26 February 2018. This will take place in EE G089, St John’s Campus from 13:00-14:00.

Metabolic Responses to Acute and Prolonged Hypoxic Exposure

Dr Ben Duncan
Sport & Exercise Science University Tutor

Since the observed decreases in body mass of mountaineers travelling to and spending prolonged periods at altitude, the cachexic effects of such an environment have been considered. This presentation will focus on the responses to both short term and long term hypoxia in relation to its potential benefits on human metabolism. More specifically the presentation will focus on the potential use of reduced oxygen availability, such as that experienced at high altitude, as an effective method to induce favourable changes in body mass amongst an unhealthy population. The increased interest and research in this area has occurred in response to the global growing prevalence of obesity.

Humanities & Arts Research Seminar – The Value of Value, or: The (Un-)Thinkability of a Postcapitalist Order of Things”

Please see attached details of the second IOA/IOH Research Seminar for this semester where Gerold Sedlmayr (Technische Universität Dortmund), will be presenting:

“The Value of Value, or: The (Un-)Thinkability of a Postcapitalist Order of Things

Date/Time: Tuesday 27 February @ 5.15pm

Location: St. John’s Campus, Conference Centre CC 007 (Malvern Room)

IHS Research Seminar Series – 14 February – Innovative Methodologies

On 14 February 2018, as part of the IHS Research Seminar Series, Professor Eleanor Bradley will be chairing a session entitled ‘Innovative Methodologies – Part 1’’. Karen Gray (PhD Student – Association for Dementia Studies) and Elaine Walklet (Senior Lecturer – Psychology) will be presenting methodologies they have used in their own research.

The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in EE2012.

For further details please see the attached flyer.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Drug Driving Research

You are invited to participate in a research project An investigation into the knowledge and attitudes of staff and students, at the University of Worcester, into driving whilst under the influence of illicit drugs’. This is a collaborative project involving University of Worcester staff including; Lecturers, Security, Student Support, University of Worcester Students’ Union, West Mercia Police, South Worcestershire Safer Roads Partnership and Public Health. The project was first launched at an event at the Hanger on Wednesday 15th November to a very positive response and forms part of the University’s commitment to awareness raising events and collaborative working. The ultimate aim of the research project is to use the findings to inform a future local police awareness campaign. It has been timed to coincide with the Drink Driving Campaign, Road Safety Campaign and Alcohol Awareness Week all near this date.

The survey, which is anonymous, will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete and in addition to asking questions also gives answers to develop knowledge and awareness.

Please follow the link below:

https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/an-investigation-into-the-knowledge-and-attitudes-of-staff

High-intensity interval exercise research study – participants needed

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.

If you are female, aged 18-50, currently doing less than 150 minutes of exercise per week and with a BMI of 25-35, we would love to have you involved. 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!

Recruitment Poster

Crowdfunding in the Curriculum Research Seminar

Staff and students are invited to attend a research seminar on Tuesday 16 January. This will take place in EE1057 between 1pm – 2pm.

Crowdfunding in the Curriculum
Dr Paul Blakey
Course Leader for MSc International Sport Management and Senior Lecturer in Sport Management/Sport Development

Whilst money seemingly pours into many professional sports in the UK, community sports groups, and, increasingly, aspiring athletes suffer a funding gap in order to maintain their sporting infrastructure. The traditional funding streams through sports governing bodies necessitates a detailed application ‘pitch’ and on-going review and evaluation, even for funds as little as £300. Crowdfunding – the practice of funding a project by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people – is developing a positive reputation for enabling direct engagement opportunities for sponsoring donors seeking affiliations with sports projects and campaigns of all size.

For educators, crowdfunding platforms can be a powerful new teaching tool that provides the opportunity to sharpen these vital components of the sports business skill-set. This study aims to examine the use of an online platform within teaching and learning. Specifically, it will consider how such tools can be used pedagogically to enhance students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of fundraising in sport, and the development of the skills vital for future employability.

Research seminar – A New Moral Separatism for Healthcare Professionals?

On 24 January, Dr Paul Snelling (Nursing & Midwifery) will be presenting a session entitled ‘A New Moral Separatism for Healthcare Professionals?’. The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in PNG009.

Please see the attached flyer for further information – IHS research seminar flyer

We look forward to seeing you there.

High-intensity interval exercise research study – participants needed

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.

If you are female, aged 18-50, currently doing less than 150 minutes of exercise per week and with a BMI of 25-35, we would love to have you involved. 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!

Recruitment Poster

Researching Domestic Violence in the Context of Intellectual Disabilities – Prof. Erica Bowen

On 13 December 2017, Professor Erica Bowen (Centre for Violence Prevention) will be presenting a session entitled ‘Researching Domestic Violence in the Context of Intellectual Disabilities’. The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in PNG009.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Situational Motivation in Sport and Exercise

Staff and students are invited to attend a research seminar on Tuesday 5 December. This will take place in EEG089 between 1pm – 2pm.

Situational Motivation in Sport and Exercise
Dr Julia West
Senior Lecturer in Sports & Exercise Science

Motivation is a crucial concept in sport explaining the direction, persistence and intensity of an individual’s participation in a sport and/or exercise situation.

Situational motivation is a relatively understudied phenomenon and yet relates to a here-and-now interpretation of drive for an activity.

In a moment-by-moment approach to motivation the underlying theoretical concepts can be viewed as cyclical creating both feedback and feedforward episodes thus influencing immediate performance. Through a series of studies, specific aspects of the situational motivation process are investigated culminating in a better understanding of the factors affecting practice and performance in sport and exercise.

Suffrage tea and talks

Suffrage tea – November 19

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Part of the Nationwide Festival of Humanities

Over 100 years ago Edwardian suffragette campaigners spread their message by holding ‘suffragette teas’, this is your opportunity to join in all the fun they had. Play suffragette board games, view an exhibition, design badges and banners, buy a little jam or sample suffragette themed cakes and chat to those studying and writing about women’s suffrage.

All will take place at Croome Park, a National Trust Property, where you can of course visit the 1940s style canteen or the tea-room in the house after sampling suffrage recipes.

At Croome you can also learn about the house’s own Hidden Suffragette Heroine – Sophia Duleep Sing who was a keen member of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Her support for militant suffrage activities involved making marmalade and jam to raise funds, joining parades and refusing to pay taxes including dog licences. Her brother married the daughter of the ninth Earl of Coventry and the owner of Croome Park.

Book via https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/suffrage-tea/


Suffrage talk and taste – November 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, St Swithun’s Church, Church Street, Worcester, WR1 2RH

Part of the Nationwide Festival of Humanities

A talk exploring the significance of food, cooking and recipes for many suffrage campaigners and tasting recipes that suffrage campaigners included in their fund raising cookery books. There will also be the opportunity to see inside St. Swithun’s Church, an impressive Grade I listed Georgian building located in the heart of Worcester. It has an outstanding interior, retaining all the furnishings of its time, including box pews, early English organ and rare three decker pulpit.

Book via – https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/suffrage-talk-and-taste/

New book on Education and Inclusion

A new book on inclusion and education has been published by colleagues in the Centre for Education and Inclusion in the University’s Institute of Education.

Published by Routledge, Understanding Inclusion: Core concepts, policy and practice explores inclusion in a broad understanding of the term including through social class, global perspectives, religion and belief, disability, gender, leadership and the arts.

A brief launch event will be held on 21st November at 12.15 pm. For details please contact Dr Richard Woolley r.woolley@worc.ac.uk.

IHS Research Seminar Series – Transforming Practice through Heuristic Research

On 22 November 2017, Dr Wayne Richards from Allied Health & Social Sciences will be presenting a session entitled ‘Transforming Practice through Heuristic Research’. The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in BYG197.

Please see the attached flyer for further information: Flyer – W Richards – 22 November 2017

We look forward to seeing you there.

Treatment durations and chronic ankle instability Research Seminar

Staff and students are invited to attend a research seminar on Wednesday 8th November 2017. This will take place in EE1061 between 12midday – 1pm.

‘Treatment durations and chronic ankle instability. Is twice as much, twice as good?’
Christopher Holland
Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in the active population and account for nearly a quarter of all sports injuries. Although often considered an innocuous injury, it is well documented that more than 75% of people with a history of previous ankle sprain will develop residual symptoms. This can include ligament laxity, loss of proprioception, instability and decreased range of motion. Joint mobilisation techniques are often used to address these deficits, but there is a lack of consensus regarding the most efficacious treatment parameters. The research seminar will discuss the preliminary results of a PhD level study into the effect of joint mobilisation on patients with chronic ankle instability, with a specific emphasis on the influence of treatment durations.

Future of Sport Conference

Please find attached a press release for the forthcoming Future of Sport Conference 2017 entitled ‘Global Sport Business Education’ to be held at the University Arena on Monday 13th November. This is the 2nd annual conference and we will welcome a global delegate audience including 33 students and staff from the University of South Florida. They are led by Dr Bill Sutton, a world-leading sport marketing and management academic who is currently consulting with the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team  http://www.usf.edu/business/contacts/sutton-william.aspx. Bill will be the keynote speaker at the conference and he is really excited about bringing a group of his students from the Vinik MBA Sport and Entertainment Management programme overseas for the very first time. The group will be in London from Friday 10th November visiting Octagon Sports Agency (http://www.octagon.com/ ), Crystal Palace FC, AELTC at Wimbledon with a talk from IBM, plus going to Wembley to see England v’s Germany. They will be in Worcester on Saturday evening until Tuesday morning. A charity sports challenge event will take place between USF and UoW on Sunday 12th November.

Press Release

IHS Research Seminar Series – Involving People Living with Dementia in Research

On 25 October 2017 Jennifer Bray from the Association for Dementia Studies will be presenting a session entitled ‘Involving People Living with Dementia in Research: Different Methods of Engagement and their Related Challenges’. The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in EEG164.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Flyer – IHS Research Seminar – 25 October 2017

 

Funding for Research Workshops

The Research Office is running a series of workshops on finding funding for research, bid writing and bid development, as part of the Researcher Development Programme 2017-18.

Finding Funding for Research and Knowledge Exchange – Karen Dobson

If you’re looking for funding to support research and knowledge exchange activities this session will help you to navigate the opportunities available. The session aims to enable you to be pro-active and reactive to established and new funding opportunities and provides an overview of research funding in the UK. Key research funders, and the activities they fund, are highlighted, alongside the University of Worcester’s own research funding schemes and processes. It will be of use to those unfamiliar with the research funding landscape and also to researchers planning to make their first funding bid.

  • 16-10-17 12.15 – 13.45 St John’s Campus
  • 17-01-18 12.15 – 13.45 St John’s Campus

Introduction to Bid Writing – John-Paul Wilson and Rishi Verma

This session will identify the major research funders and set out good practice in writing a research funding application, drawing on guidance provided for example by the Research Councils and the experiences of staff who have written both successful and unsuccessful funding bids. This session will be useful for all those considering making an application for research funding.

  • 22-11-2017 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus
  • 14-02-2018 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus

Developing Your Bid – Rishi Verma

For those in the process of scoping a project with the intention to submit a bid – or whom have formed their research ideas in full to have started an application, having already identified a call, this session highlights key aspects for applicants to consider in terms of bid development, and the University’s role in the crafting, refining and submission of each bid. This workshop covers topics, including the internal approvals process to resource justification, enabling researchers to take into account key considerations to aid qualitative, viable and timely submissions to various research funders.

  • 11-12-2017 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus
  • 12-03-2018 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus

How to book

Please book online through the University’s Staff Development Workshops booking portal (click on the ‘Research’ tab).

For more information about these workshops, please contact research@worc.ac.uk

Karen Dobson, Research and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator, Research Office

 

Research Seminar on sports nutrition

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Tuesday 17 October 2017. This will take place in EE1061 between 1pm – 2pm.

Blackcurrant, a New Ergogenic Aid in Sports and Exercise Nutrition?

Dr Matthew Cook
Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science

Sports nutrition is a fast changing landscape, with a vast array of supplements on the market all purported to have some ‘ergogenic’ benefit, with different amounts of evidence to support their use. A recent addition to the sports nutrition market has been ‘functional foods’. Defined as those foods that provide additional benefits above their macronutrient content. For example, beetroot has been examined for its effects on lowering oxygen consumption to steady state exercise and exercise performance, while cherry has been examined for its effects upon recovery. This research seminar will discuss findings from recent studies using blackcurrant and highlight how it can have ergogenic effects during exercise and identify some of the mechanisms for the effects observed.

 

Prospective Mood Monitoring in Mood Disorders

On the 11 October 2017, 1.00pm-2.00pm, we will launch the IHS Research Seminar Series for this academic year

Professor Lisa Jones and Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith of the Mood Disorders Research Group will be presenting a session entitled ‘Prospective Mood Monitoring in Mood Disorders. The seminar will take place in EEG164.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Brilliant Mentor book

The second edition of ‘How to Be a Brilliant Mentor’, written by members of the PGCE Secondary team is now available.

It has been revised throughout to cover the new Mentor Standards and changes in teacher training routes and with two completely new chapters on school-based training (Trevor Wright) and development through risk-taking (Suzanne Lawson and Kerry Whitehouse).

Institute of Physics Lectures – University of Worcester

The lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Lectures start at 7.30pm but there will be someone in the room from 7pm. All take place in EE G089 Yelland Lecture Room.

  • Tuesday 19/09/2017 FROM MEDICAL TO FORENSIC RESEARCH: THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF PHYSICS
  • Tuesday 10/10/2017 FRICTION, STICTION AND AIR-FLOW CONSTRICTION
  • Wednesday 22/11/2017 WANDERING CONTINENTS: EVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • Tuesday 05/12/2017 FROM WIND-FARM TO POWER SOCKET-CONNECTING LARGE-SCALE RENEWABLE POWER SOURCES USING DC
  • Thursday 11/01/2018 EXTREME PHYSICS IN NEUTRON STAR BINARIES
  • Thursday 19/04/2018 SCIENCE OF THUNDERSTORMS