Staff Mental Health Network

The Staff Mental health Network is an informal peer support network run by staff, for staff working within the University. The network also seeks to contribute toward mental health awareness and wellbeing in the University workplace.

The network aims to:

  • Offer the opportunity for peer support through sharing personal experiences and coping strategies with staff colleagues;
  • Raise awareness and reduce stigma in relation to talking about mental health and seeking support within the University workplace:
  • Share information and work together to improve the workplace experience for staff;
  • Work collaboratively with other groups locally (within the University and with other organisations) to improve mental health support for staff;

The network is open to any staff member who would like to join:

  • Maybe you or someone you love faces challenges relating to mental health and wellbeing
  • Maybe you manage staff who do
  • Maybe you simply feel solidarity with those who live with mental health concerns and want to make a positive difference

Join the conversation: come along to one of our open and friendly meetings:

Next Staff Mental Health Network Meeting Date:

22 August from 12.30pm – 2.00pm in TT 006, St John’s Campus

E- mail to get connected with network members and for more details: staffmentalhealthnetwork@worc.ac.uk

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester Blog

New posts to the Realising Teaching Excellence Blog include:

 The URL for the blog is https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/.  If you have something you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact LTWorcester@worc.ac.uk or your School Learning and Teaching Lead.

New library catalogue: finding print and ebooks

Our shiny new catalogue is now available. Check out the Books and other media tab on our Library Search page.

books and other media

Our General search won’t include print books and some ebook records for several weeks, while we refresh the data.  Please use Books and other media in the meantime to find books on the shelves in The Hive and across Worcestershire County Council Libraries.

Resource lists

Thanks for bearing with us while we install our new library catalogue. You can now add to and edit resource lists for the new academic year.

Please note that if you are looking for print books you’ll need to use the Books and other media tab while we refresh our data. The General tab will continue to show our ebook and journal article subscriptions. We’ll be back to normal service with everything available under the General tab in a couple of weeks.

Helping students find accommodation

The Students’ Union administers a Facebook group aimed at helping students who find themselves searching for accommodation for next year. Only registered students can join the group and we have helped many students find accommodation since the group was set up 18 months ago.

If you know of any students facing difficulties with accommodation, please remember to tell them about this group – www.facebook.com/groups/WSUHousemateFinder/

Hire out The Hangar for your next party!

The Hangar bar in the Students’ Union is available for private hire for all University of Worcester staff (and anyone else!). We can host pretty much any kind of event you like, from birthday parties, to wedding receptions, to school proms.

Venue hire is available from just £360 and our Bar and Events team will work with you to make sure your event is exactly how you want it.

To get in touch with the team, email thehangar@worc.ac.uk or make a booking via www.thehangarsu.com

You can also find us on social media:

Facebook – @TheHangarSU

Instagram – @the_hangar_

 

 

 

Currently drive to work but live near the train line? Want to try a new commute?

Are you one of the fifty to a hundred members of staff who could get the train to work but find the walk from Foregate street station too far? Then try a free bicycle from the station that you can pre-book up to ten days in advance. A weekly season ticket would reduce the train cost and no more sitting in traffic queues, or hunting for a car park space.

West Midland Railway is piloting a ‘last mile’ bike link between the Riverside and St John’s Campuses. Collect a Free bike at the station to take to work. The trial is planned to start during September and more details will be announced nearer the time. For more information and to take part in the trial contact Katy Boom k.boom@worc.ac.uk.

WMR bikes 1WMR bikes 2

Association for Dementia Studies blog

Our blog post this week provides a summary of progress for the Meeting Centre Support Programme as it approaches the end of its first year. Have a look at what’s been happening at https://adsdementiablog.wordpress.com/.

To contact the Association for Dementia Studies please use dementia@worc.ac.uk

Connect with us on twitter @DementiaStudies and on Facebook @adsuow

Art House – parking restrictions

With effect from 1 September 2019, the following parking restrictions will apply at The Art House:

Monday to Friday – 4 hours maximum parking time

Saturday – Sunday – 2 hours maximum parking time – no return within 2 hours

No overnight parking allowed.

Contravention of any of these regulations may result in a warning or parking fine being issued.

Estates & Facilities Department

St Richard’s Hospice Coins for Care

October 11 @ 8:00 am – October 13 @ 5:00 pm

Coins for Care is our first mass collection weekend where we will be asking for donations at various places across Worcester over 3 days, asking for donations to support our care.

Last year it cost £8.8 Million to fund our care – with two-thirds of this amount coming from the generosity of the local community that we serve.

We’re asking our supporters to spare an hour of their time at one of our collection stations to help us to raise the most that we can. The more volunteers that we recruit, the more money we can raise to continue

The launch of St Richard’s Hospice Coins for Care is particularly poignant in 2019 as the dates fall within Hospice Care Week, 7-13 October; the theme this year being This Is What It Takes.

With this theme in mind, we want the focus to be on our wonderful community who help us to do What It Takes to continue to provide care in our community, the patients and their loved ones.

Help us at Coins for Care Weekend – Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October 2019, across Worcestershire – locations include, Worcester, Evesham, Droitwich, Malvern and Tewkesbury.

See https://www.strichards.org.uk/event/coins-for-care/ for further details.

Students’ Union RAG total tops £35,000!

With a combined effort from our RAG Committee, Clubs and Societies, SU staff (with a special mention for our Student Engagement Coordinator, Eleanor York), and our amazing students, the Students’ Union has had a fantastic year of fundraising.

Our students have hosted and taken part in sports tournaments, bake sales, Zumbathons, puppy pat and chat, our first ever Colour Run, and the annual Student Race Day. All of these efforts have seen us raise money for a number of worthy charities.

And after all this, our RAG total for the 2018-19 academic year has almost doubled the previous year’s total, reaching £37,585.35!

Our RAG Charity of the Year for 2018-19, WMRSASC will receive £3,565.58 to help them continue their support for the survivors of sexual abuse.

The RAG total will now be reset to £0 in anticipation of another fantastic year of fundraising.

We want to thank everyone that has supported and contributed to our total. Our students have gone above and beyond this year, and we’re excited to see what the next year will bring!

RAG total

Helping students find accommodation

The Students’ Union administers a Facebook group aimed at helping students who find themselves searching for accommodation for next year. Only registered students can join the group and we have helped many students find accommodation since the group was set up 18 months ago.

If you know of any students facing difficulties with accommodation, please remember to tell them about this group – www.facebook.com/groups/WSUHousemateFinder/

Blackboard: Have you requested access to your 19/20 modules?

Just a reminder that staff have not been rolled over onto modules for 2019/20. All staff, including module leaders will need to complete the Blackboard Access form on the logged in Staff Portal for each of their modules. Please allow 24 hours for your request to be actioned.

More information can be found here.

If you have any queries, please contact the TEL Unit at TEL@worc.ac.uk

Blackboard Scheduled Downtime

We are pleased to announce that Blackboard, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment is moving to a managed hosting Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment method this August.

There are many benefits to making this change including:

  • A reliable, scalable and robust infrastructure
  • Improved performance, giving a better user experience.
  • Zero or minimal downtime including scheduled maintenance and annual upgrades
  • Ability to deliver continuous updates including new features or enhancements
  • Quicker resolution of any technical issues, bug fixes, etc.
  • Access to facilitate new integrations

These changes will not affect the end user experience and you don’t need to do anything with your modules and organisations – these will all be transferred centrally, however there will be a period of downtime from 8pm on Friday 9 August until midday on Monday 12 August while the transition is carried out.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any issues or questions with regard to this please contact tel@worc.ac.uk.

Website: www.uwtel.co.uk | Twitter: @UW_TEL

Currently drive to work but live near the train line? Want to try a new commute?

Are you one of the fifty to a hundred members of staff who could get the train to work but find the walk from Foregate street station too far? Then try a free bicycle from the station that you can pre-book up to ten days in advance. A weekly season ticket would reduce the train cost and no more sitting in traffic queues, or hunting for a car park space.

West Midland Railway is piloting a ‘last mile’ bike link between the Riverside and St John’s Campuses. Collect a Free bike at the station to take to work. The trial is planned to start during September and more details will be announced nearer the time. For more information and to take part in the trial contact Katy Boom k.boom@worc.ac.uk.

WMR bikes 1WMR bikes 2

Association for Dementia Studies blog

Our blog post this week is from another of our PhD students looking back at a conference they presented at last month, the Leisure Studies Association Conference in Dundee, https://adsdementiablog.wordpress.com/.

To contact the Association for Dementia Studies please use dementia@worc.ac.uk

Connect with us on twitter @DementiaStudies and on Facebook @adsuow

Art House – parking restrictions

With effect from 1 September 2019, the following parking restrictions will apply at The Art House:

Monday to Friday – 4 hours maximum parking time

Saturday – Sunday – 2 hours maximum parking time – no return within 2 hours

No overnight parking allowed.

Contravention of any of these regulations may result in a warning or parking fine being issued.

Estates & Facilities Department

New library catalogue: finding print and ebooks

Our shiny new catalogue is now available. Check out the Books and other media tab on our Library Search page.

books and other media

Our General search won’t include print books and some ebook records for several weeks, while we refresh the data.  Please use Books and other media in the meantime to find books on the shelves in The Hive and across Worcestershire County Council Libraries.

Resource lists

Thanks for bearing with us while we install our new library catalogue. You can now add to and edit resource lists for the new academic year.

Please note that if you are looking for print books you’ll need to use the Books and other media tab while we refresh our data. The General tab will continue to show our ebook and journal article subscriptions. We’ll be back to normal service with everything available under the General tab in a couple of weeks.

 

Art House – parking restrictions

With effect from 1 September 2019, the following parking restrictions will apply at The Art House:

Monday to Friday – 4 hours maximum parking time

Saturday – Sunday – 2 hours maximum parking time – no return within 2 hours

No overnight parking allowed.

Contravention of any of these regulations may result in a warning or parking fine being issued.

Estates & Facilities Department

Sports Therapy Summer Clinics

Clinics are for Injury Assessment, Rehabilitation and Massage

Dates Available  Clinic Time (1 hour treatment slot)
Monday 5th August 09.00 – 11.30
Wednesday 14th August 09.00 – 11.30
Monday 19th August 09.00 – 11.30
Wednesday 28th August 09.00 – 11.30
Monday 2nd September 09.00 – 11.30
Monday 2nd September 13.00 – 15.30

To make an appointment call: 01905 542333

OR

Book in directly at St Johns Sports Centre Reception

This is a student-led clinic supervised by experienced staff

Sports Therapy Summer Clinic

New library catalogue: finding print and ebooks

Our shiny new catalogue is now available. Check out the Books and other media tab on our Library Search page.

books and other media

Our General search won’t include print books and some ebook records for several weeks, while we refresh the data.  Please use Books and other media in the meantime to find books on the shelves in The Hive and across Worcestershire County Council Libraries.

Resource lists

Thanks for bearing with us while we install our new library catalogue. You can now add to and edit resource lists for the new academic year.

Please note that if you are looking for print books you’ll need to use the Books and other media tab while we refresh our data. The General tab will continue to show our ebook and journal article subscriptions. We’ll be back to normal service with everything available under the General tab in a couple of weeks.

 

Association for Dementia Studies blog

Our blog post this week is from one of our PhD students looking at her work around uncovering the hidden voices of women in respect to dementia, sport and reminiscence https://adsdementiablog.wordpress.com/.

To contact the Association for Dementia Studies please use dementia@worc.ac.uk

Connect with us on twitter @DementiaStudies and on Facebook @adsuow

Free Bikes from the Train Station

We are looking for staff or students who commute by train (doesn’t have to be daily, just sometimes) to take part in the pilot program for Stack Rack Bicycles, a unique integrated transport concept that allows users to use bicycles connected to the railway station as part of their integrated journey to and from work or study.

The scheme is being funded by West Midlands Railways and will feature a unique capability to pre-book a bicycle up to ten days ahead. This allows travellers to buy a weekly train season ticket in the secure knowledge there will be a bicycle available every day.

The plan is to have 12 bikes available at Worcester Foregate Station, with docking racks on various sites across the university for locking the bike during the day.

The trial is planned to start during September and more details will be announced nearer the time. For more information and to take part in the trial contact Katy Boom k.boom@worc.ac.uk.

Students’ Union recruiting Student Trustees

The Students’ Union is currently recruiting for the position of Student Trustee. Trustees sit on the SU Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the management and administration of the Students’ Union, including responsibility for governance, finances, and overall strategy.

Student Trustees will be expected to attend all Board meetings, usually six per year, and participate in these meetings as fully as possible. They will play an important role in all aspects of the Students’ Union administration and management.

Student Trustees must be current University of Worcester students and will be appointed for a period of two years (final year students are therefore unable to apply for this position).

If you know of any students who may be suitable for this role, please let them know about the position and direct them to our website for further information – https://www.worcsu.com/jobs/vacancy/54/

Student Trustee

 

New RAG Charity of the Year

From the beginning of August, PAPYRUS will be the Students’ Union’s RAG charity of the year. PAPYRUS was chosen by our students following an online nomination process and vote.

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. PAPYRUS aims to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

Throughout the year the newly recruited RAG Committee, made up of student volunteers, will work together to create fantastic events and come up with innovative fundraising activities in order to raise money for such a great cause.

For more information about PAPYRUS, visit https://papyrus-uk.org/

And keep an eye on the RAG Facebook page and Instagram, for further updates on their plans for Welcome Week 2019 and RAG Week 2019, as well as other fundraising activities.

 

Staff Football

Hi All.

Staff football starts on 16th July and continues throughout the summer.

 Staff football runs on Tuesdays at 5-6pm on the St John’s Campus 3G pitches. 

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.

Cheers, James

Lovetree Yoga Classes – Summer Break

Thank you to everyone who has attended a yoga class or two with me over this year – it has been fab! Please note that there will be a break in classes on a Tuesday from 30 July for the rest of the summer. I look forward to welcoming you back on the mat in September, details to follow.

If you would like to start practising yoga or get back into it following a break, please stay in touch on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on classes. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch with any queries at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk.

Summer at UW LTY2019