Share and Inspire – Sharing Good Practice In Assessment Feedback

25 October, 12:15pm, CC004

Catriona Robinson, Suzanne Lawson and Michael Bradshaw

Providing written feedback on assignments is one of the most time-consuming things tutors do. This ‘share and inspire’ event will look at the university’s recently launched Style Guide for Tutors to share good practice between markers. The Style Guide will be a starting-point; but the session will be discussion-based; colleagues will be encouraged to offer examples from their own practice, and to compare approaches between subjects. Themes for discussion will include the volume and style of annotation, structuring summative feedback, and also making effective use of the Feedback Studio assessment tool within Turnitin.

Autumn Election Results

Last week the Students’ Union held its Autumn Elections for Part-Time Officers, NUS Delegates, and Student Councillors. The turnout was the second highest ever for an autumn election, with almost twice as many students voting than in 2017.

We’re pleased to announce the following students as our new representatives:

Hannah Barnett – BAME Officer
James Gould – LGBT+ Officer
Neal Morris – Mature Students’ Officer
Kaya Tveito-Duncan – Student Disability Officer
Shannon Bolton – Sustainability Officer
Chris Wolff – Welfare Officer
Euan Morrison – NUS Delegate
Gianina Ratiu – NUS Delegate
Valerie Deeley – Student Councillor for School of Nursing and Midwifery
Harry Lonsdale – Student Councillor for School of Sport and Exercise Science
Emmy Khan – Student Councillor for School of the Arts
Gianina Ratiu – Student Councillor for Worcester Business School

Part-Time Officers and Student Councillors will now sit on Student Council, which represents a range of student groups and interests and holds all of our elected officers to account.

Our NUS Delegates will represent the Students’ Union at the NUS National Conference in March 2019. The conference gives delegates from students’ unions across the country the opportunity to debate and vote on various issues, and elect the political leadership of NUS for the year ahead.

For more information on Students’ Union elections please visit our website – www.worcsu.com/elections

Upcoming Staff Workshops from the TEL Unit

We now have a series of technology enhanced workshops available over the next few months. For further details and to book your place, head over to the staff development workshops page.


Camtasia

Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screen casts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.
Managing online group work in Blackboard

The group’s tool in Blackboard provides a powerful way of setting up and managing group work within the VLE. This workshop will work through the various options for creating online groups and their individual merits and look at the different tools and options that can be assigned to groups. Participant will be engaged both as group members to experience the student view and also as tutors setting up and organising their own groups to gain an all-round appreciation of the group function.
Running an Online session in Collaborate
The best way to get to know a new tool is by using it, so this session will be delivered online using the Collaborate virtual classroom. Guidance on best practice will be discussed and participants will be able to experience the interactive features this tool has to offer. There will also be a chance for discussion and questions.
Setting up Turnitin for Assessment
This workshop will cover setting up Turnitin assignments for summative submission, marking and feedback.
Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, gauge understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.


If you have any questions about any of these workshops, please contact us by emailing TEL@worc.ac.uk

University of Worcester Storytelling Festival

Family Programme

27 – 28 October

The festival is a celebration of stories and storytelling in all their wonderful forms. Now in the twelfth year of Beeline, we are excited to welcome you to the first ever ‘Family Weekend’.

Events will take place at The Hive, the University of Worcester’s City Campus and the Art House.

Weekend events include model-making workshops with Aardman Animation, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Wallace and Gromit films, giving children the chance to make the famous duo, along with Shaun the Sheep.

Popular storyteller, Peter Chand, will be combining his Punjabi and English roots to enthral children with his tales, while Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden will be recounting takes from around the world, including Greek myth.

Author / illustrators, Petr Horacek, whose works include The Fly and Blue Penguin, Chloë Inkpen, of the picture book series Zoe and Beans, and Kristina Stevenson, the author and illustrator behind Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, will be bringing their characters and stories to life.

Lempen Puppet Theatre Company will be using cardboard to create the ‘ultimate animal’ as it performs its Cardboard Carnival – inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of Animals.  Afterwards, children will have a chance to create their own animals out of recycled materials at a workshop.  Indigo Moon Theatre presents a new take on Arabian Nights tale Aladdin through large-scale shadow puppetry.

Story theatre from Kuran & Noah (graduates from the university) will explore adventures from both Eastern and Western cultures, while characters Maisy Mouse, Winnie the Witch and The Bear, from author Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, will also be on hand for storytelling sessions throughout the weekend.

Full details are available by clicking on the link https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/beeline-festival-programme.pdf

To book tickets visit http://www.thehiveworcester.org/family-events.html

Beeline

Can you spare 5 minutes to provide the IT Service with your feedback on the ways you store files?

Dear Colleague,

As part of our commitment in the IT Service to ensure that we provide quality solutions that evolve with the needs of the University, we would like to gain some valuable feedback from staff on our shared drive system known as the O: drive.

Please could you spare 5 minutes to complete the short questionnaire below. Your feedback will better inform IT Service on the many varied requirements across the University and help tailor future solutions to your particular needs.

The questionnaire can be accessed here.

If you are re-prompted to enter your login credentials using Office 365 when accessing the questionnaire you will need to use your email address and network password not your username.

Many thanks

IT Service

 

Performance in the Park

Free Performance in Cripplegate Park – Monday 22nd October 10:30-10:45 am

If you find yourself in Cripplegate park on Monday then come see a short performance from the students on our Dance courses. Fun, relaxed and inspiring it’s the perfect way to set you up for the day.

We’re also performing at dawn on the Monday morning and dusk on the Sunday evening if you want to enjoy the a performance during sunset/sunrise.

Dr Paul Golz FHEA, FRSA

Every Mind Matters Campaign

nhs poster

We all have mental health, and like our physical health it goes up and down, directly affecting our overall wellbeing, quality of life and life expectancy. And just like our physical health there are things that we can do to improve it. Every year 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem; the total cost to the country was recently estimated at £105 billion. This is why Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new campaign to empower people to take control of their mental health, called Every Mind Matters. The campaign focusses on the things we can all do to protect and improve our own mental health and how we can look out for others. This campaign is being launched via a phased approach, which started in the Midlands on World Mental Health Day, and will continue across the rest of the UK next year.

Support on offer –the every mind matters online guide

At the heart of the campaign is the Every Mind Matters online guide which consists of:-

  • An interactive video called the ‘Every Mind Matters Guide’.
  • Eight supporting individual ‘module’ videos highlighting the most common mental health issues, and how to help others.

The guide:

  • Provides advice on how to spot the signs of common mental health problems.
  • Offers practical self-care tips and guidance.
  • Explains what’s okay and when people should seek further support.
  • Is endorsed by the NHS.

The content is available as online video content, a downloadable e-booklet and an audiobook – all via the One You website. These can be accessed through http://po.st/EMM_Worcestershire

 

‘Not in my backyard’ Challenging Domestic Abuse in Worcestershire

‘Not in my backyard’
Challenging Domestic Abuse in Worcestershire

26 November 2018
13.00-15.00
Riverside Building, Severn Campus
University of Worcester

Flyer_Not in my backyard

This event marks the launch of the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence in Worcestershire. The 16 Days begins on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on 10 December with Human Rights Day. This international campaign seeks to end the abuse of women and girls around the world.

At the University of Worcester, we are committed to raise awareness and challenge all forms of violence and abuse. To this end, we have been working on a Bystander Intervention programme for our students – the aim being to challenge the norms in our society that permit and condone sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

This free event focuses on the work that is being done here at the University of Worcester and local schools, in order to prevent sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The event will also bring together agencies across Worcestershire who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence so that attendees can network and build links between services.

Delegates are invited to bring a Christmas present suitable for a child of any age. Christmas presents collected will be donated to children in refuges. All donations should be unwrapped and new or in very good condition.

Bookings

This event is free-of-charge. To book a place, please click here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or would like to be removed from our mailing list.

Best Wishes,

Esther Dobson
Study Day, Conference and Events Co-ordinator
tel: 01905 54(2711) email: e.dobson@worc.ac.uk

Launch of the 2018-19 Students as Academic Partners (SAP) Scheme

Following a very successful SAP scheme in 2017-18, we are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s programme. The outputs from previous years are now available for inspiration.

Applications are now open until Friday 19 October 2018.

As in previous years, this is open to all staff across academic and professional support departments at the University, and we are very keen to encourage cross-School/Department projects. We would also like to see an increase in student-led projects; these will still need a named staff project lead, but we would encourage you to speak to your students about any ideas they have for projects.

This year sees a slight change in the application process; all applications to the scheme for staff and students will now be managed online via https://worcesterstudentpartnershipscheme.wordpress.com/ The form to fill in is straightforward and the input required concise (approximately 600 words), very similar to that used last year. There is also an FAQ available which we encourage applicants to look at.

The core requirements for the scheme remain unchanged, and all of the application criteria and information can be found on the new site. The key difference for this year is that we are no longer requiring a named student at the point of application, rather we are asking students to apply directly for a project on the scheme rather than just being appointed. This is to promote equality of opportunity across the University as the scheme now employs in excess of 60 students per year and we therefore feel it should be open to all students rather than only being made available to smaller groups. We would still expect project leads to promote the scheme to their students.

The application process for students is very straightforward, and asks them to provide a very short (c.200 word) statement detailing why they are interested in working on a particular project. This process will be managed online and administered by QED staff, with information on applications sent directly to project leads for review. We do not anticipate that this will create a great deal of extra work for project leads. This process will also help with the management of HR and finance processes for students. Further information and guidance will be made available to all successful project applicants.

Key dates for this year’s scheme are as follows:

Date Item
Friday 19 October 2018 Deadline for submission of project proposals
Friday 2 November 2018 Project teams informed of decision
Monday 5 November Applications for students open online
Friday 16 November 2018 Applications for students close
Thursday 29 November 2018 Lunchtime briefing session for project teams
By end December 2018 Students register for payment
Friday 28 June 2019 Final project reports due

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any queries then please do get in touch either at ltworcester@worc.ac.uk or directly to the scheme director at k.blackmore@worc.ac.uk

University Diploma in Tutoring – Information Event

Tuesday 30th October
15:00 – 16:00

Venue: University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, WR2 6AJ
Room: BYG198

Are you a teaching assistant or a private tutor? Would you like to start a tutoring business?

Tutoring is an excellent and flexible way to help students improve their performance in your subject whether you are self-employed or you work within an organisation.

  • Find out about our 30 Credit Level 5 Diploma
  • Develop your tutoring skills – find out about safeguarding, how to structure lessons, tutoring environments including tutoring at home, online and outdoors, how to find work etc.
  • Learn how to support individuals with subject knowledge, exam preparation and career change.

The course fee is £600 for current University of Worcester students, £750 for University of Worcester Alumni and £900 for those who have not studied at the University of Worcester.

Find out more here: https://www.worc.ac.uk/courses/university-diploma-in-academic-tutoring.html

Please contact us if you would like to attend: July Perry j.perry@worc.ac.uk  telephone 01905 855175

We look forward to meeting you.

Isabelle Schäfer
University Diploma in Tutoring Course Leader
University of Worcester

 

 

Participants Wanted for the Heritage at Home Project

The Heritage at Home Project, an HLF funded project documenting the history of migration in Worcester since 1945, is looking for participants.

Over two years we’ll be working with a group of 16-25 year olds to record oral history and curate portrait exhibitions around the city that tell previously untold stories about how Worcester has changed, this will then form part of a photo book which will be freely available.

The project is designed fluidly, and participants can engage in whichever areas they find interesting or would like to explore more.

Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund means we can run fantastic free workshops for young people, delivered by high quality partners including a curator at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, award winning filmmakers, and the Worcestershire county archive service. Workshops include:

  • Portrait photography
  • Exhibition Curation
  • Archiving and oral history
  • Evaluating projects
  • Photo book curation

This project lets young people take a hands on approach, including interviewing members of communities around Worcester with the support of staff, learning about technologies like field audio recorders and publishing your art work, all whilst having fun and meeting new people.

We’re also keen to work with established groups and can run sessions within your communities.

If it’s something you are interested in please drop us an email on info@cagedarts.com and we’ll get back to you or please share with anyone you think might be interested.

Open Access week 2018

International Open Access Week is a global event held to celebrate and promote the benefits of Open Access. It helps to raise awareness of what Open Access means, why it is important and how to engage with it. The first Open Access Week (originally just “Open Access Day”) was held in 2007 in the USA and organised by SPARC. Since then, it has grown to be an entire week that is celebrated across the world. More information about the history and mission of Open Access Week is available from the SPARC and Open Access Week websites.

The next Open Access Week is due to happen during the week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 October 2018. The official theme of this year’s event is “Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge”, which aims to address barriers to engagement in Open Access, potential inequalities that might be made worse in an entirely “open” environment.

We are planning a variety of things to promote Open Access.

  • An exhibition of original research articles, books and other research outputs at The Hive. An opportunity to showcase the research that the University of Worcester carries out, and to explore the role of open access in research dissemination.
  • We will also run three Open Access drop in sessions during the week:

–              Tuesday 23 October 10am-2pm near the main reception in Jenny Lind building

–              Wednesday 24 October 10am-2pm near the main reception at St John’s campus

–              Friday 26 October 10am-2pm Business Centre at The Hive

During these drop in session the Research Team will be available to answer questions around Open Access and scholarly publishing.

 

New Staff Governors

Sarah Pittaway (Team Leader: Academic Services in Library Services) and Marc Scriven (Director of Strength and Conditioning in the School of Sports & Exercise Science) have been appointed as Co-opted Staff Governors on the University’s Board of Governors for a four year term, commencing 1st August 2018.

Research Seminar Series 2018-2019 – 24 October 2018 – Dr Carol McKinstry / Health Workforce Trends in Australia

As part of the Research Seminar Series 2018-2019 our inaugural seminar will be presented by Dr Carol McKinstry from La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 1.00pm-2.00pm in BY1148.

Dr McKinstry will be presenting a seminar entitled ‘Health Workforce Trends in Australia’. Please see the Research Seminar flyer for further information.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Copyright Licensing Agency Assessment

Dear colleague,

The Copyright Licensing Agency have informed the University that they will be completing a site wide assessment between Monday 17th September 2018 and Friday 26th October 2018.

We wish to thank those staff members who have engaged with the process so far and would like to clarify details of the exercise for anyone who is yet to participate.

The purpose of the exercise is to collect evidence of copyright photocopying under the CLA Licence which assists with the distribution of royalty payments to the rights’ holders. This is in accordance with, and forms part of, the current licence agreement with the University that provides the authorisation to allow staff and students to copy what they need from academic materials within the boundaries of the licence.

This is not a policing exercise, rather a data capture process in order to check that we have the correct licence in place for what we do.

During the exercise you will notice posters, label packs, and boxes placed near several staff MFDs around campus sites.

All Staff will be required to follow the instructions on the box by placing 1 extra front page (a copy of the page showing the ISSN/ISBN number) from all academic materials they have photocopied from into the box along with an attached sticker indicating how many copies they have made of the item.

We will also be collecting extra copies of any course materials produced for AY 18/19 in the Print Room.

The CLA would like to also ensure staff are aware of the benefits of such an exercise in that those staff with published works are protected by the licence which works to ensure that unauthorised copies aren’t made of protected materials and that royalties are distributed fairly to rights holders.

For more information on the CLA and why this is being undertaken please visit: https://cla.co.uk/who-we-are

Alternatively please contact Tom Green (t.green@worc.ac.uk) for further information

Many thanks for your cooperation

Best regards

Tom

Tom Green
ICT Team Leader | Print and Digitisation

Information & Communication Technology

 

 

Book your place for free transport to the People’s Vote March in London

On Thursday 27 September, Student Council approved a motion for Worcester Students’ Union to support the campaign for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, and call on our students to join fellow students from Unions affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) on Saturday 20 October in London for the People’s Vote March.

Passing the motion means that Worcester Students’ Union will now align with NUS to support the campaign for a People’s Vote and a final say on Brexit.

Student Council noted that leaving the EU would have a number of impacts for our students including academic mobility, such as the Erasmus+ scheme which offers opportunities for not only Higher Educations (HE) students but apprentices, volunteers, academics and young people to study, work, volunteer, teach and train across Europe.

Student Council believes that whether students voted leave or remain, nobody voted to damage the prospects of our graduates, make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS, to affect the future of millions of young people, or to make this country more divided. The motion also held the viewpoint that, given the current state of negotiations and with a no-deal Brexit becoming increasingly more likely, students should have a final say on how or if we leave given the likely impact of Brexit on HE, the economy and wider society.

If you would like to support the campaign the Union will be providing free transport for staff and students to and from the march.

We will be marching from Hyde Park to Parliament Square in support of the People’s Vote campaign.

Book your space now at http://www.worcsu.com/ents/event/1008/. The deadline for booking your space is Friday 12 October at midday. Travel is free but we will be asking for a deposit of £5 that will be refunded on attendance.

We will also be holding a placard making event in the Students’ Union from 3pm to 5pm on Friday 19 October.

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Help your students find their space at The Hive

Students can now book study spaces at The Hive using the new online booking system.

The system will allow students to book Nooks, study tables and meeting rooms for study purposes up to 48 hours in advance. The system will allow bookings of up to 2 hours per day per student. Meeting rooms can only be booked for a group of 4 or more students.

Full details of the new booking system can be found on the Library Services webpages.

Staff should continue to book using The Hive Room Booking Form.

Hive Projection Competition

If you know someone aged 16 – 25 who enjoys art & design then you may be interested to know that The Hive is running a Christmas Light Competition with a prize of £500 and their design projected onto one of the most iconic buildings in the city!

The design needs to be festive yet contemporary and submitted online or via a memory stick.

To find out more or to submit your entry email hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

Knitted and Crocheted Poppies Project – Can you help?

Handcrafted Poppy Project

We would love for your poppies to become part of a stunning display at The Hive in November to commemorate the centenary of World War One. Our aim is for over 10,000 poppies to be created to represent servicemen and women who lost their lives in the Great War. The poppies will be sewn together in October to create a weeping wall in The Hive atrium.

If you would like to contribute a handmade poppy you can drop them off at your local library, send them to The Hive in the internal post, or hand them to a member of staff at The Hive. All poppies need to be received by mid-October so that we can sew them together in time for the display in November.

Click for a knitted poppy pattern, or crocheted poppy pattern alternatively please feel free to download your own choice of pattern from the internet.

Half Term at The Hive

Children’s Poetry Performances with James Carter

ZIM ZAM ZOOM

29 October, 1:30pm – 2pm

The Hive in the studio

A gentle, fun and interactive session for 0 to 6 year olds and their parents/carers. Expect soothing guitar music as well as poems, riddles and action rhymes aplenty, full of bugs and bubbles, rockets and pirates, aliens and a whole heap of funny faces.

£2 per ticket

Book tickets here

 

Once Upon a Star – The Story of the Big Bang

29 October, 2:30pm – 3.30pm

The Hive in the studio

A totally cosmic spacey show for 5 to 11 year olds with interactive storytelling, drama, music and poetry – all based on James’ non-fiction picture book Once Upon A Star. James has taken this show to the Roald Dahl Museum, Oxford Story Museum and Edinburgh Festival. Includes a mini writing workshop.

Children £3, Adults £7

Book tickets here

 

The Blue Bird – children’s theatre

2 November, 2pm – 3pm

The Hive in the studio

One wintery evening Tyltyl wakes to find a humpback figure in his bedroom. She is obviously a fairy. Tyltyl must find the bluebird that makes people happy. And he must do so before morning. Tyltyl doesn’t know about bluebirds, or where he might find one but joined by his faithful pets the search begins…

Suitable for children 4+ years

General Admission £7 + booking fee (50p)

Concession £5 + booking fee (children, unwaged, over 60s and students)

Book tickets here

 

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

29 October, 11am – 1pm

Children’s Library

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s BATS!

Join Worcestershire Wildlife Trust for a super bat-themed day. Find out what you can do to help bats in your garden, follow the bat trail, or book in for a bat-tastic activity 11am, 11.45am, and 12.30pm

Book tickets here

Halloween Faces – Make & Take – Thu, 01 November

All over the world archaeologists have found masks and pots decorated with human faces. Using these as inspiration, make your own clay face pot and mini-mask to take home – will yours be ghoulishly scary or friendly? 30 minute sessions from 1-3pm.

Suitable for 7 years +

Thursday 1 November at 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm £3 per child

Book ticket


University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival

Saturday 27 October to Sunday 28 October.

To find out about all of the illustrators, authors, storytellers and performers visiting The Hive and the University of Worcester City Campus grounds for the weekend family festival and to book your tickets, visit www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/beeline-storytelling-festival

FREE Business Strategy and Networking Hive Events

Raising Business Finances

Business Workshop with Worcester Entrepreneur, Dom Portman

13 November, 4pm to 6pm

Starting out in business is tough. One of the greatest headaches is identifying how much money you need and raising it. Dom has been fortunate to have raised finance from many sources including grants, crowdfunding, bank loans, angel investors and VC’s. In this FREE workshop he will cover 4 topics;

1) Identifying how much finance you will require by projecting profit and loss and cashflow
2) Realising the strengths of your business and what makes you different from the competition
3) Types of funding; grants, crowdfunding, banks, VC’s, angel investors & friends/family,
4) Pitching your business

Dom is a true Midlands success story having studied at Nottingham Trent University and deciding to set up a business here in Worcester. He set up Fancy Dress Worldwide as he had experienced, first-hand, the influence of fancy dress in building friendships at university and now helps others do the same.

Dom will be coming to The Hive regularly to talk about his experience establishing a successful business and offering advice to budding entrepreneurs.

FREE

Book tickets

 

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: In Conversation with Mary Portas

Thursday, 15 November, 7pm to 8.30pm

Mary Portas in conversation live at the British Library is being screened at The Hive, Worcester. Mary will be launching her new book around this time too.

Come along to this free event, watch and Tweet your questions live to the British Library.

FREE

Book tickets

 

Haines Watts Business Breakfast – Making Tax Digital

Tuesday 4 December, 7.30am to 9.30am

Is your business for Making Tax Digital? If not then you need to act now! With Tim Pearce, Managing Partner, Haines Watts Worcester/Evesham.

Making Tax Digital comes into force for VAT registered companies from 1 April 2019. Are you ready? This session will explain it all and help you to gain a clear understanding of what can be expected.

FREE

Book tickets

Students’ Union recruiting Student Trustees

Students have just a few days left to apply for the position of Student Trustee and sit on the Students’ Union Board of Trustees. The Board 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 – www.worcsu.com/jobs/vacancy/50/. Applications will close on Friday 19 October.

Yoga – Tuesdays in Gym 1 5:15-6:45pm

Lovetree Yoga is in Gym 1 at the St John’s Campus every Tuesday from 5:15-6:45pm providing a dynamic and invigorating Vinyasa flow (aka fitness yoga) class.

Prices are £8 to drop in or £3 for students and your first class is half price! If you would like to attend regularly, staff/community members can purchase a 5 class pass for only £35. The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. The group is very friendly and we like having fun and giving everything a go – no matter how much we wobble on our mats!

Mats are provided or you can bring your own if you have one. As we get quite hot during the class, you may wish to bring a bottle of water and a small towel with you.

Advance Notice: There is no class on Tuesday 23 October as the Gym is not available. There should be a class on Tuesday 30 October and further details will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook.

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University of Worcester Storytelling Festival

Family Programme

27 – 28 October

The festival is a celebration of stories and storytelling in all their wonderful forms. Now in the twelfth year of Beeline, we are excited to welcome you to the first ever ‘Family Weekend’.

Events will take place at The Hive, the University of Worcester’s City Campus and the Art House.

Weekend events include model-making workshops with Aardman Animation, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Wallace and Gromit films, giving children the chance to make the famous duo, along with Shaun the Sheep.

Popular storyteller, Peter Chand, will be combining his Punjabi and English roots to enthral children with his tales, while Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden will be recounting takes from around the world, including Greek myth.

Author / illustrators, Petr Horacek, whose works include The Fly and Blue Penguin, Chloë Inkpen, of the picture book series Zoe and Beans, and Kristina Stevenson, the author and illustrator behind Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, will be bringing their characters and stories to life.

Lempen Puppet Theatre Company will be using cardboard to create the ‘ultimate animal’ as it performs its Cardboard Carnival – inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of Animals.  Afterwards, children will have a chance to create their own animals out of recycled materials at a workshop.  Indigo Moon Theatre presents a new take on Arabian Nights tale Aladdin through large-scale shadow puppetry.

Story theatre from Kuran & Noah (graduates from the university) will explore adventures from both Eastern and Western cultures, while characters Maisy Mouse, Winnie the Witch and The Bear, from author Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, will also be on hand for storytelling sessions throughout the weekend.

Full details are available by clicking on the link https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/beeline-festival-programme.pdf

To book tickets visit http://www.thehiveworcester.org/family-events.html

Beeline

Kiss & Tell With The Staff Mental Health Network

(Kissing optional, don’t panic!)lips

What?

Wednesday October 10th is World Mental health Day. To mark the day we are running a fun ‘kiss & tell’ event in main reception.

Colleagues will be invited to place a kiss on a card – either a full on smacker if you are feeling brave, or a simple ‘x’ marked on the card by hand if you are feeling the normal amount of inhibited. Lipsticks are provided for either form of mark-making, and you can take yours away with you afterwards as a free gift, either for yourself or for a friend.

You can then fix the kiss on to one of four clouds meant to represent anyone in your life who is currently living with a mental health issue, whether that be low level stress or full blown depression.

The four catagories are ‘friends’, ‘family’, ‘colleagues’, or ‘me’, and you can write an anonymous mesage on the back of your card to let the cosmos know that you are sending warm fuzzies in to the ether for them on this day. And don’t be afraid to use the ‘me’ cloud, it’s okay to take care of yourself.

As well as the opportunity to bag a free lippy, either for yourself or for a friend, we are collecting comments regarding what kind of support with mental health and wellbeing colleagues would find useful. These will be anonymously written on comment cards that can be posted in a collection box.

By the end of the day we hope to have a vivid illustration of those we know who are in our thoughts on World Mental Health Day, and a series of clouds suffused with positivity and best wishes.

Even if you don’t fancy the activity, please pop by, say hello, and pass a mindful minute decompressing at this busy time of year.

When & Where?

Wednesday October 10th, main reception, 10am – 3pm – just look for the lips!

Who?

The Staff Mental health Network is an informal peer support network run by staff, for staff.

  • 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, or simply email to find out more at staffmentalhealthnetwork@worc.ac.uk

Looking for information on graduate destinations?

For anyone involved in course planning, annual reporting, employability support, or giving information to prospective students; data on the graduate destinations of 2016/17 leavers is available and may be of interest to you.

This was collected as part of the annual Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey which surveys graduates on their employment circumstances 6 months after leaving UW.

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This is the last set of destinations results until January 2020 as we move to Graduate Outcomes where 2017/18 graduates onwards will be surveyed at 15 months post completion.

For further information on how we can work together to further improve graduate outcomes please contact Rose Watson, Careers & Employability Service Manager.

For further information about destinations data please contact Katherine Bruce or Matthew Thompson.

Nutritional Therapy Clinic appointments

Nutritional Therapy Clinic appointments will be available from 12th October at the McClelland Centre; to find out more or to book click here.

Nutritional Therapy applies evidence based nutrition science to promote health and wellbeing. A wide range of tools maybe used to assess and identify possible nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individuals’ symptoms and health concerns.  We work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help with health maintenance and it is suitable for those with chronic conditions or those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

It is not a replacement for medical care and generally three appointments are needed; the first to gather information, the second to deliver your personalised plan and the third for a follow up. Each one takes about an hour and further follow ups are available as needed.

 

Half Term at The Hive

Children’s Poetry Performances with James Carter

ZIM ZAM ZOOM

29 October, 1:30pm – 2pm

The Hive in the studio

A gentle, fun and interactive session for 0 to 6 year olds and their parents/carers. Expect soothing guitar music as well as poems, riddles and action rhymes aplenty, full of bugs and bubbles, rockets and pirates, aliens and a whole heap of funny faces.

£2 per ticket

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Once Upon a Star – The Story of the Big Bang

29 October, 2:30pm – 3.30pm

The Hive in the studio

A totally cosmic spacey show for 5 to 11 year olds with interactive storytelling, drama, music and poetry – all based on James’ non-fiction picture book Once Upon A Star. James has taken this show to the Roald Dahl Museum, Oxford Story Museum and Edinburgh Festival. Includes a mini writing workshop.

Children £3, Adults £7

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The Blue Bird – children’s theatre

2 November, 2pm – 3pm

The Hive in the studio

One wintery evening Tyltyl wakes to find a humpback figure in his bedroom. She is obviously a fairy. Tyltyl must find the bluebird that makes people happy. And he must do so before morning. Tyltyl doesn’t know about bluebirds, or where he might find one but joined by his faithful pets the search begins…

Suitable for children 4+ years

General Admission £7 + booking fee (50p)

Concession £5 + booking fee (children, unwaged, over 60s and students)

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Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

29 October, 11am – 1pm

Children’s Library

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s BATS!

Join Worcestershire Wildlife Trust for a super bat-themed day. Find out what you can do to help bats in your garden, follow the bat trail, or book in for a bat-tastic activity 11am, 11.45am, and 12.30pm

Book tickets here

Research Workshops

Workshops on Research and Knowledge Exchange Funding and Development

The Research Office is running a series of workshops on finding funding for research and knowledge exchange, bid writing and research development, as part of the Researcher Development Programme 2018-19.

Please book online through the University’s Staff Development Workshops booking portal

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

 

Upcoming Workshops:

Finding Funding for Research

Description: 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.

 

Date & time Venue Tutor Contact
23-10-2018 12:15 – 13:45 JL G008 Charlotte Wasilewski researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

 

Finding Funding for Knowledge Exchange

Description: Knowledge Exchange (KE) describes the transfer of people, ideas, expertise, learning and skills between academic and non-academic communities. It includes CPD, consultancy, contract research and public engagement work. This session aims to enable you to be pro-active and re-active to KE opportunities. The session will identify what Knowledge Exchange is and provide examples of successful University of Worcester knowledge exchange activity. It will provide tips on developing and working in partnership with charities, public sector partners and business. It will also look at how knowledge exchange work can be funded, and the University of Worcester’s procedures and support available when you look to generate income or secure funding for knowledge exchange work. It will be of use to those new to knowledge exchange and those already engaged in knowledge exchange activity.

 

Date & time Venue Tutor Contact
15-11-2018 12:15 – 13:45 CH 1003 Prof. Erica Bowen and Karen Dobson researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

 

Using Research Professional Database Effectively to Find Funding

Description: Using Research Professional to Find Funding for Research.  This session will be run by Research Professional. Every University of Worcester staff member can access Research Professional’s online database of current research funding opportunities for free. This session is aimed at both those who don’t already use Research Professional, and those who are registered with Research Professional, but who would like to know how to use the database and email alert system more effectively. You will have access to a computer during the session which will cover registering with Research Professional, searching the database effectively, saving searches and setting up email alerts. The last 30 minutes of the session is time for you to ask Research Professional questions and set up your own searches with support from Research Professional and Karen Dobson.

 

Date & time Venue Tutor Contact
27-11-2018 12:15 – 13:45 EE G031 Research Professional karen.dobson@worc.ac.uk

 

Supporting Early Career Researchers and PGRs

Description: This workshop will identify funding opportunities for researchers who have recently completed doctoral study or who are in the final stages of their PhD. In particular, it will highlight the range of fellowships and funding available for early career researchers.

 

Date & time Venue Tutor Contact
12-12-2018 12:15 – 13:45 EE G021 Charlotte Wasilewski researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

 

Developing the Global Reach of your Research – 15th January 2019

Introduction to Bid Writing – 14th February 2019

See Staff Development Workshops portal for details

Free Business Strategy and Networking Hive Events

Raising Business Finances

Business Workshop with Worcester Entrepreneur, Dom Portman

13 November, 4pm to 6pm

Starting out in business is tough. One of the greatest headaches is identifying how much money you need and raising it. Dom has been fortunate to have raised finance from many sources including grants, crowdfunding, bank loans, angel investors and VC’s. In this FREE workshop he will cover 4 topics;

1) Identifying how much finance you will require by projecting profit and loss and cashflow
2) Realising the strengths of your business and what makes you different from the competition
3) Types of funding; grants, crowdfunding, banks, VC’s, angel investors & friends/family,
4) Pitching your business

Dom is a true Midlands success story having studied at Nottingham Trent University and deciding to set up a business here in Worcester. He set up Fancy Dress Worldwide as he had experienced, first-hand, the influence of fancy dress in building friendships at university and now helps others do the same.

Dom will be coming to The Hive regularly to talk about his experience establishing a successful business and offering advice to budding entrepreneurs.

FREE

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Inspiring Entrepreneurs: In Conversation with Mary Portas

Thursday, 15 November, 7pm to 8.30pm

Mary Portas in conversation live at the British Library is being screened at The Hive, Worcester. Mary will be launching her new book around this time too.

Come along to this free event, watch and Tweet your questions live to the British Library.

FREE

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Haines Watts Business Breakfast – Making Tax Digital

Tuesday 4 December, 7.30am to 9.30am

Is your business for Making Tax Digital? If not then you need to act now! With Tim Pearce, Managing Partner, Haines Watts Worcester/Evesham.

Making Tax Digital comes into force for VAT registered companies from 1 April 2019. Are you ready? This session will explain it all and help you to gain a clear understanding of what can be expected.

FREE

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