Students’ Union Induction Talks

We’d like to give staff a friendly reminder that this September, the SU is once again offering 15 minute induction talks for all courses. These talks can be embedded within your existing induction sessions and we can be flexible regarding locations and times.

For more information, and if you would like to book an SU talk for your induction session, please email our Student Voice Assistant, Jodie Stilgoe at j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk with the date, time, and course(s).

High-intensity interval exercise research participants required

Final few participants required! 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 (over the next couple of months), 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

Speakers for community coffee group

Free speakers come along every Friday to Waitrose Community Room in Worcester to do a talk on a subject of their choice. The room is booked between 12.30 and 14.30.

If anyone from the University would like to do a free talk for the coffee group please see the link below for further details. Click on Events to see the titles of talks.

Please contact Jean via Facebook for further information https://www.facebook.com/Jeans-Coffee-Meet-At-Waitrose-Community-Room-Worcester-1893426494244042/ 

Thank you

 

Yoga – Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm

Yoga is back! Join Lovetree Yoga on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45pm in Gym 1 at St John’s Campus. The yoga at these classes is Vinyasa Flow – a more dynamic style of yoga which links breath with movement to get you warm and keep you in motion throughout the session.

All levels of experience welcome! Mats are provided and you are welcome to bring your own. Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or purchase a 5 class pass for £35. Remember that your first class is half price so perfect if you’re unsure and would like to have a go! The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk or follow ‘Lovetree Yoga’ on Facebook for details of the classes running throughout the summer.

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Spring Plant Stall for Charity of the Year

Spring Plant Stall for Charity of the Year

The Communications and Participation Department will be selling a selection of home grown, garden-ready plants in the St. John’s Main Reception from 11-1 this Wednesday. You’ll find a good choice of flowers, vegetables and herbs…perfect for potting up a window box over the long weekend!

There will also be a few crafts tucked in with the plants, and a great gardening raffle prize, which includes tickets to the Autumn Show in Malvern, a picnic set, a bottle of wine and a few other treats (could make a very handy Father’s Day present!)

We’d be grateful for donations of additional plants. If you have a few spare seedlings lurking in the greenhouse, please drop them off in our offices in Woodbury, bring them along on the day and add them to the sale, or email us at communications@worc.ac.uk and we’ll come and collect them.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Why Gardening is Good For You

 

 

 

Learn to Crochet workshop for Charity of the Year

Learn to Crochet for Charity of the Year

Following last week’s successful paper flower-making workshop, we are pleased to announce the next session in the Communications and Participation ‘How to’ series: ‘Learn to Crochet’.

This hour and a half long session will introduce you to crochet. You’ll learn the basic stitches, how to read a pattern and where to find helpful resources and tutorials. It’s really easy to learn and you don’t need any prior experience! By the end of the session you’ll already be working on your first project.

The session costs £10 and will include all of your supplies. You’ll also receive a resource pack to take home with you, so you can carry on your work after the session.

We haven’t set a date yet. If you would be interested in taking part in a session, please send an expression of interest to us at communications@worc.ac.uk and we’ll do our best to set a date that suits as many people as possible.

All money raised will go to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.

Five reasons why crochet is good for your brain

 

Charity photo sessions with photographer to the stars

Award winning rock photographer, Iona Bateman, is offering one hour photo shoots and one on one photography lessons for £100, with 100% of money raised going to the Smile for Joel charity.

Iona has worked for bands and record labels around the world including the Foo Fighters, Greenday, U2, BBC Radio 1 and MTV, with her photos featuring on the covers of Kerrang and NME.

Whether you’re a budding snapper, rock star, actor or just want to mark a special occasion then don’t miss this one off opportunity.

To book a session or for more information please email ionabateman@gmail.com or check out Iona’s website at www.ionabateman.com

Places are limited and must be booked by the 31 May.

ionabateman

WBS Annual Lecture – 31 May – Women of Influence

You are cordially invited to the
Worcester Business School Annual Lecture in Association with the Institute of Directors

Women of Influence
“Something I’ve been giving thought to lately is the need for business to focus on experienced women”

Mivy James
Head of Consulting National Security & Technical Consultant BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Thursday 31 May
5.30pm for 6pm start
University of Worcester Arena

After the lecture you are welcome to join us for light refreshments

Book your place here or contact Sally Docherty tel: 01905 855279 or email s.docherty@worc.ac.uk

Please see the attached flyer for further details.

The Annual Judy Dale Lecture Advance Care Planning: Moral Compulsion or Ethical Mine Field?

Dear Friends & Colleagues

The Annual Judy Dale Lecture

Advance Care Planning: Moral Compulsion or Ethical Mine Field?

by Professor Derek Willis MBChb (Hons) FRCP, Medical Director at Severn Hospice

Thursday 24 May, 5.15 for 5.30pm start, University of Worcester Riverside Building, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN

It gives us great pleasure to invite you and your guest to the fourth Annual Judy Dale Lecture, delivered this year by Professor Derek Willis. The lecture will take place at 5.15 for 5.30pm start on Thursday 24 May, at the University of Worcester Riverside Building, and is entitled “Advance Care Planning: Moral Compulsion or Ethical Mine Field?” The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also warmly invited.

In 2014, the University of Worcester launched the Centre for Palliative Care with a lecture presented by Dr Judy Dale. Dr Dale was the first Worcestershire NHS consultant in palliative medicine, driving the philosophy of palliative care across South Worcestershire to improve the quality of care given to all dying patients and those important to them. The success of this lecture has been the catalyst for further annual events and we have introduced an annual lecture in Dr Dale’s name.

This year the lecture will be delivered by Professor Derek Willis. Professor Willis is Medical Director at Severn Hospice (Shropshire and Mid-Wales), and Honorary Chair in Bioethics and Palliative Care at the University of Chester. He is both General Practice and Physician-trained and teaches medical ethics at several universities. Professor Willis is an academic representative for the West Midlands Collaboration Actioning Research in End of life and Supportive care (WMCares) and Treasurer of the Association of Palliative Medicine (APM). At present he is working in partnership with the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and Muscular Dystrophy UK to explore palliative medicine provision for adult patients with muscular dystrophies.

According to Professor Willis, Advance Care Planning has become the new ‘good’ of palliative care, in that it invites patients to state their preferences for care at the end of life. Professor Willis will discuss whether healthcare practitioners are morally required to carry this out, or whether it is ethically unclear. This lecture seeks to define the ‘good’ aspects behind Advance Care Planning and what this means for both healthcare professionals and patients.

We do hope you are able to join us.

Please register your place by clicking here. Alternatively you may reply to Becky Lowe at rsvp@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 85 7515.

With best wishes

Professor David Green
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Worcester

June Patel
Chief Executive
St. Richard’s Hospice

IHS Research Seminar Series – 23 May – Darier Disease and Neuropsychiatric Illness

As part of the IHS Research Seminar Series, Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith (Mood Disorders Research Group) will be presenting a session entitled ‘Darier Disease and Neuropsychiatric Illness’ on 23 May 2018.

The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in EEG020.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

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 Institute Learning and Teaching Lead.

#UWRocks

Over the past 5 months, students and staff have decorated around 200 rocks at a variety of events including Holocaust Memorial, Student Mental Health day and at Fancy a Cuppa events. The Student Wellbeing Champions have then distributed the “pebbles of positivity” around St John’s Campus, Riverside and City Campus.

The rocks are marked with the instructions “keep me or move me, but tag me! @wellbeingchamps #needtotalkUW #UWRocks”. We have had amazing feedback from people on social media:

Enjoyed finding these rocks on campus today

Going about my work day and I find this little gem! Be positive and spread the love, positivity and hope by raising awareness to others

I’m a warrior not a worrier! A nice little find today on my walk around campus! What a thoughtful idea

Found this on my way to writing retreat this morning … perfect motivation for a productive day! Love these #UWRocks thanks @wellbeingchamps @worcester_uni

If you would like more information on the work of the Student Wellbeing Champions or have any suggestions for campaigns, please contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team in Student Services; studentlife@worc.ac.uk.

UW Rocks

Library news: Essential work to Library System Monday 28 May; Marketing at The Hive; Resource Lists rollover

Essential Works to Library System – Bank Holiday Monday 28th May

Due to essential technical work on the library management system, the system will be unavailable during the following times:

Library System unavailable 7am – 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May

Further ‘At Risk’ period 12 noon-6pm on the same day

The work has been scheduled to be performed on the Bank Holiday, a closed day for all libraries, to minimise disruption to library services.

During the period 8am-12 noon on the 28th May, the following services will be unavailable:

– The ‘My Account’ function of the library catalogue. Borrowers will not be able to access their account, nor renew borrowed items.

– The real-time catalogue details. Borrowers will not be able to see availability of items, nor be able to place reservations.

There will be a further ‘At Risk’ period 12 noon-6pm on that day.


Marketing at The Hive

The Hive is a truly unique building that can offer a unique experience. Based at The Hive, is the marketing and events team consisting of Communications officer, Beth Campagna, Events Manager, Caroline Hill and myself, Oliver Willis.

I am a full time Marketing and Communications Officer based at The Hive. I run all communications going to the media and the public and help to promote and market events in conjunction with my colleagues.

I work closely with both the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council communications teams and am able to utilize their resources to the benefit of The Hive.

Looking forward I am aiming to make the marketing and communications we do more pro-active. Liaising more with organizers of events to be able to plan, as far in advance as possible, how we can promote it, where the best places to do so are and when it should begin.

We have a host of marketing tools at our disposal and one of the most long-standing and most visual is the What’s On guide we publish three times a year. The summer guide has just been released and is now available at various places across the county.

I also aim to improve our social media reach and content and am looking for volunteers, preferably University of Worcester students who have an interest in social media and want to get some experience contributing to the accounts of an iconic building.

If you know any students who may be interested in getting involved or you have some ideas on how we can improve our marketing then please do get in touch with me on owillis@worcestershire.gov.uk I would love to hear from you.


Resource Lists rollover

Resource Lists (Talis Aspire) has successfully rolled over for the 2018/19 academic year.  All lists have been rolled over into draft status.

For advice on what to do next, please see our latest blog post.

firstpoint wall art

We hope you will find a moment to pop into firstpoint to view our new wall art, designed and created by Laura Paice, as a piece of work for her third year Graphic Design and Multimedia BA (Hons) course.

Students and staff have mentioned how much the design adds to the window nook area in firstpoint, making it feel a warm and welcoming place to meet, study and work.

The Student Support and Wellbeing Team regularly hold Fancy a Cuppa sessions in this area each week on a Tuesday and Thursday, 1.00 to 2.00pm.

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High-intensity interval exercise research participants required

Final few participants required! 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 (over the next couple of months), 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

University of Worcester at Hay Festival

Tickets are selling fast for a series of events delivered by the University of Worcester at this year’s Hay Festival – widely regarded as one of the world’s top literary festivals.

Colleagues in Illustration are hosting two workshops for children on Saturday, June 2, both of which have already sold out.

Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler are delivering printmaking workshops as well as the chance to have a go at creating characters through rubber and foam stamping techniques.

The Hay Festival takes place in the picturesque market town of Hay on Wye, Wales, over 11 days in May and June.

The University of Worcester series also includes the following talks:

  • Friday, May 25 at 8.30pm – a panel discussion asking the question, is 2018 the year for women? It is 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK – albeit partial. Yet women are still embroiled in daily battles to get parity with their male colleagues and partners. The discussion will ask whether 2018 will be the year that marks a true step change in gender equality?

The panel is made up of Professor Maggie Andrews, from the University of Worcester, who has recently published a book on women’s history told through 100 objects, and Worcester History student Anna Muggeridge, along with Professor Krista Cowman, from the University of Lincoln, who was an advisor to the Suffragette film, and Dana Denis-Smith, Chief Executive of Obelisk Support, Founder of the First Hundred Years Project. It will be Chaired by Professor Sarah Greer, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Worcester.

  • Tuesday, May 29 at 4pm-  a discussion exploring the future of higher education in the UK. Universities have long been hailed as one of the UK’s most successful attributes but in a time of mounting negativity from politicians and the media, fuelled by rising anger over tuition fees and perceived value for money, as well as recent attacks on free speech, this discussion will ask what is the future for our higher education system and that of our young people? Among the panellists will be Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, and Jade Haley, President of Worcester Students’ Union.
  • Wednesday, May 30 at 10am – a moving discussion on domestic abuse focussing on how children growing up in violent households can break the cycle. Inspirational survivors Ruth Jones OBE and Marc Scriven will be joined by former West Mercia Police Chief Constable, David Shaw, Jan Frances, former West Mercia Women’s Aid CEO, and Frances Howie, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council, to talk about how they used their experiences for positive change and how society can help lead transformation for the future.
  • Thursday, May 31, at 1pm – a panel discussion on the future of the NHS, to mark its 70th anniversary. The panel, made up of Dr Kathryn Gutteridge, President of the Royal College of Midwives, Steven Thrush, a Consultant at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor of the University of Worcester, one of the Country’s top educators of healthcare professionals, will discuss how health care staff remain resilient, compassionate and continue to innovate in the face of mounting pressures from over-stretched budgets, pay freezes, and a demanding population.

For tickets to any of the events please visit the Hay Festival website at www.hayfestival.org

Mental Health Awareness week

14 – 20 May 2018
The Green Ribbon Campaign

We are committed to changing attitudes about mental health, reducing the stigma and dispelling the myths.

Show your commitment and support by wearing a green ribbon. Ribbons will be available in firstpoint and Main Receptions at St John’s and City campuses during
Mental Health Awareness week.

#endthestigma
#needtotalkUW
http://www.worceter.ac.uk/counselling
http://www.worcester.ac.uk/studentsupport

MH Awareness Week

IHS Research Seminar Series – Innovative Methodologies – Part 2

On 9 May 2018, as part of the IHS Research Seminar Series, Professor Dawn Brooker will be chairing a session entitled ‘Innovative Methodologies – Part 2’’. Isabelle Latham (Senior Lecturer & PhD Student – Association for Dementia Studies) and Christopher Russell (PhD Student – Association for Dementia Studies) will be presenting methodologies they have used in their own research.

The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in EEG169. Please see the attached flyer for further information.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Union Awards: Students’ Choice Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist for the Union Awards: Students’ Choice. This year we have received more nominations than ever before.

Students have nominated outstanding lecturers, modules and support staff in the following categories:

Outstanding Lecturer Award

Arts – Simon Bovey
Education – Colin Barr
Health & Society – Peter Ayling
Humanities – Luke Devine
Science & the Environment – Mark Johnston
Sport & Exercise Science – Katie Fownes
Worcester Business School – Deepak Pathak

Module Excellence Award

Arts – Stephen Fowler ILTN3011 Authorial Practice
Education – Joy Carroll PITE2001 Professional Studies
Health & Society – Peter Ayling SOWK4010 Social Work Responses To Human Growth and Transition
Humanities – Ruth Stacey CPWT3006 Contemporary Poetry
Science & the Environment – Alan Dixon GEOG3136 Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sport & Exercise Science – Lisa Griffiths SPRT2032 Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
Worcester Business School – Sean Preston COMP3341 Advanced Web Applications Development

The Extra Mile Award for Support Staff (Non-Teaching)

Facilities – Anthony Darling
International Office – Claire Perkins
Research School – Joanna Jervis
Science and the Environment – James Atkins
Student Services – Paula Armstrong
Student Services – Clare-Marie Nield

Sustainability Award – Individual or Departmental Achievement

Communication and Participation – Graduate Ambassadors
Education – Elena Lengthorn
Library Services
Science & the Environment – Geography Department

Award for Exceptional Personal Academic Tutor (PAT)
Arts – Sarah Evans
Education – Nicola Watson
Health & Society – Lucy Hope
Humanities – David Arnold
Science & the Environment – Claire Martin
Sport & Exercise Science – Katie Fownes
Worcester Business School – Richard Wilkinson

Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award
Education – Alison Kington
Health & Society – Theresa Mitchell
Humanities – Maggie Andrews
Science & the Environment – Ian Maddock
Sport & Exercise Science – Gyozo Molnar
Worcester Business School – Robin Bell

Deputy Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching

Arts – Paul Elliott
Education – Lorna Williams
Education – Victoria Jenkinson, TLI
Health & Society – Darrelle Villa
Humanities – Luke Devine
Science & the Environment – Mark Johnston
Sport & Exercise Science – Lisa Griffiths
Worcester Business School – Deepak Pathak

All shortlisted staff will receive a complimentary ticket and further tickets can be purchased for £25 at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk. Winners will be announced at the Union Awards on 22 May.

Many congratulations to our fantastic staff!

 

Collaborate Virtual Classroom Survey

Do you have 5 minutes to spare?   if_Artboard_1_1790662
Have you used Collaborate within
the past 12 months?
If so, we’d really appreciate it if
you could complete our short survey!

We are interested in finding out how the tool has been used over the past year and what sort of impact it may have had. This will help us plan for future support and hopefully develop some specific use cases and success stories.

If you have had a particularly positive (or negative) experience and would like to provide more details in the form of a short case study, that would be fantastic and there is space at the end of the survey to provide this feedback.

The survey can be accessed here: https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/virtual-classroom-follow-up

Thank you!
Learning & Teaching Technology Unit
https://lttu.wordpress.com/

Recruitment and Selection Training Workshop

Date: Thursday 17 May

Time: 09.15 – 15.30   Room: JLG014 

This workshop is compulsory for staff who have any role to play in the recruitment and selection process of either staff or students. This session is suitable both as a refresher session or for colleagues who have not attended one before at the University. By the end of the session delegates will have gained and refreshed knowledge of the legal framework affecting recruitment and selection, diversity and equality of opportunities and will have reviewed all elements of the recruitment process and have considered “best practice”. Delegates must complete the online ‘Equality and Diversity’ module before attending this workshop.

If you’re interested in the above workshop you can now book a space through the workshop bookings system or by contacting the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk).

Library News: Great Hive Book Rescue, Student book recommendations, Resource List rollover, Services for alumni

Great Hive Book Rescue

We are now collecting donations of unwanted books in for next October’s Great Hive Book Rescue. Textbooks, fiction, kids’ books, cook books, academic or not, we will happily help you declutter and find new homes for any books you no longer need. Collection boxes are available at firstpoint, Charles Hastings and The Hive. Many thanks.

Student book recommendations

They say that money can’t buy happiness. Well, money can buy books, and that’s close enough for us. To keep our collections updated and relevant, we’re currently seeking student suggestions for new stock. Students have been invited to suggest book titles relevant to their course that they feel are missing from Library online/ print provision. Full details are available here.

Library news: resource list rollover

We are rolling over Resource Lists (Talis Aspire) at 4pm on Friday 11 May for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is where we take your 2017/18 list and copy it to the new academic year. Do not make any changes to your lists from the above date and time until you have been notified rollover is complete.

After rollover the new 2018/19 list will be available in draft and should be sent for review and published by 1 August for Semester 1 so that new items can be ordered in time.

What do I need to do now?

  • Ensure all your current 2017/18 lists are published. Anything in draft will not be rolled over, though Library Services will endeavour to do a final check to catch anything.
  • Do not make copies of your new list and attach to the new academic year – this is automatically done for you.
  • Do not make any changes to your lists from 4pm on Friday 11 May until rollover is complete (maximum rollover time is 48 hours). You will receive an email to confirm rollover has completed.

What do I do after rollover?

  • After rollover, go to http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk and log-in. You cannot see your new draft list unless you are logged in.
  • Find your 2018/19 list and add to My Lists.  (We recommend you remove your 2017/18 lists from My Lists when the current academic year is complete).
  • In the Edit view of your 2018/19 list, make any needed changes, then press Request Review (so we can order anything necessary) and then press Publish (to make the list visible to students). Please note lists should be updated by 1 August for Semester 1 so that new items can be ordered in time.
  • If you will be teaching a module with an existing Resource List and need to change ownership of the list you can do so by clicking Edit and then Assign List Owner, and selecting Assign to me in the pop-up box. You do not need any additional editing rights to make these changes but will need to have created a profile in Talis Aspire.
  • If the module lead for 2018/19 is not known at the end of this academic year, then the outgoing module tutor or course leader should take responsibility for publishing the rolled over Resource List. The incoming tutor should not change the Recommended for Purchase text, or remove any Essential Reading. They can add Essential and Further Reading and otherwise shape the list structure to suit their teaching.

Is that it?

  • Yes, except for making any necessary changes to URLs in your module guides or handbooks.  The URL should be in the format http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk/search.html?q=ABCD1234, where ABCD1234 is your module code
  • The new Resource List will be linked into the 2018/19 Blackboard module once available.

Need any help?

We have webpages with step-by-step guides and videos available here.

Your Academic Liaison Librarian is also on hand to help you with any enquiries, either via email, over the phone, or visiting you in your office.

Services for alumni

Library Services have emailed all final year students confirming which library services will continue to be available for them after they have graduated. These include borrowing rights for books as well as continued access to a selected set of journals. More information is available on the Library Services website: library.worc.ac.uk/services/alumni

Humanities & Arts Research Seminar

Tuesday 1 May @ 5.15pm

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

Kirsty McGregor

British teenage girls and the normalisation of sexual violence

British teenage girls are increasingly bombarded with messages which normalise the sexualisation of young females. This has led to significant issues, including the sexual harassment and abuse of increasing numbers of teenage girls. Through the exploration of seventeen teenage girls’ narratives, this paper will highlight these issues and key opportunities for practical intervention. Everybody welcome.

Cultural destruction film screening

Dr Jodie Lewis, Course leader in Archaeology & Heritage Studies ISE, has organised a special screening of the recent documentary film ‘The Destruction of Memory’. The film looks at the urgent issue of cultural destruction in countries including Syria and Iraq and the efforts made to halt this process. The film is c.90 minutes long and film’s website is here http://destructionofmemoryfilm.com/

The film has won multiple awards and been screened around the world at festivals, museums and universities including the British Museum, Harvard, Brown, Cornell and Oxford over recent months, to name a few. The American writer, director and producer of the film, Tim Slade, will be at the screening to introduce his film and answer questions afterwards.

The screening will take place this Friday 13 April at 18:30pm in EE G087 (the Urwin Lecture Theatre) – all are welcome to attend but we recommend arriving by 18:15 to get a seat.

Open Access blackboard

Dear All,
Open Access is a major player in the research agenda and scholarly publishing landscape. An initial motivation to accelerate research and enrich education has been appreciated by the major founding bodies worldwide. As a part of our preparation for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) exercise we have launched the open access blackboard site. It provides depositing and synchronising guidelines as well as the answers to many of the questions we have received about open access and our repository Worcester Research and Publications (WRaP).
Please enrol using the link below:
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
WRaP team

ISE Research Seminar Series

Thursday April 12th 1.15  EE1057
Bird use of solar farms
Rob Shotton, MRes student, UW
Thursday April 19th 1.15  EE1057
Sharks and tourists:
“I think we’re going to need a bigger boat”
Dr. Nigel Hardiman, formerly UW Business School
Thursday April 26th 1.15  EE1057
The Glorious Resolution!
How ultra high resolution data is changing river science
Rebecca Collins, PhD student/Sessional Lecturer, UW

Yoga – Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm

Burn off those Easter eggs at a Vinyasa yoga class on Tuesday! Join Lovetree Yoga every week on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45pm in Gym 1. All levels of experience welcome! Mats are provided and you are welcome to bring your own. Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or purchase a 5 class pass for £35. Remember that your first class is half price so perfect if you’re unsure and would like to have a go! The classes are open to all so please pass on this info if you have a friend or colleague who would be interested. Please contact Katy Chessum-Rice for further information at katy@lovetreeyoga.co.uk.  yoga

Share and Inspire: Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision

24 April 2018
12:30pm – 14:00pm, lunch will be available from 12:15pm
I would like to invite you to the first ‘Share and Inspire’ session to focus on the sharing of best practice in doctoral level supervision. The session will be held on Tuesday 24 April from 12:30-14:00 and will include a series of short talks from experienced supervisors across Institutes. Talks will focus on: transforming early PhD proposals, supporting students in developing philosophical foundations for doctoral study, inter-institute supervision, working in supervisory teams, and the role of coaching as an alternative model of doctoral supervision (see programme attached). The session will also highlight some of the developments in the research supervisor training programme at University of Worcester.
Please book onto the workshop via the staff development portal under ‘your online services’ and select ‘academic development’ from the dropdown menu.

Share and Inspire – Improving Direct Entry and Foundation Degree/HND Student Transitions to Honours Degrees

Thursday 7 June 12:15-14:00 (lunch available from 1200)

Room: SJC, Conference Centre, CC004 (Worcester Room)

Description: This Share and Inspire session will outline the key findings from a University retention and success project aimed at improving the transition experiences of Direct Entry, Foundation Degree and HND students who progress to Top-Up/Honours Degrees.

Sector research (e.g. French, Kempson and Kendal, 2015; Thomas, 2002; Thomas, 2012; Yorke and Longden, 2008) identifies a number of key transition points in the undergraduate student journey and that experiences prior to and at these points can have consequences for student satisfaction, progression, retention and achievement. Findings from this project suggest differences in students’ experience of transition to Top-Up/direct entry to L5/L6 of Honours Degrees at course/discipline level and that this represents a particular point of transition that may have some similar as well as distinct student needs in comparison to the ‘typical’ Honours Degree student. In particular, their transition can involve changes in culture, purpose, and connectedness and this may challenge their resourcefulness and capabilities to succeed.

This session will identify the key challenges and factors that may impede successful transition, provide the opportunity for you to share your own experiences and best practice in managing effective transitions and will showcase some initiatives from Institutes which aim to improve the student’s transition experience and promote student success.

It is particularly relevant to course leaders and anyone else seeking to further develop their approaches to support transition for students on HNDs, Foundation Degrees or ‘Top-Up’ Degrees or those who have direct entry students joining undergraduate courses at Level 5 or Level 6 of the Honours Degree.

Please book onto the workshop via the staff development portal under ‘your online services’ and select ‘academic development’ from the dropdown menu.

Degree Classification – Free Resource Available

 

The Students’ Union is currently promoting our annual degree classification campaign. The campaign helps students understand how their degree is classified and encourages them to achieve their full potential.

Students can find us on campus in the following locations to ask any questions they might have about degree classifications:

Monday 9th April – 12-2pm – Charles Hastings

Tuesday 17th April – 12-2pm – Peirson

We would also like to offer staff the opportunity to order our A5 leaflet, which simply and clearly explains degree classification.

You can order copies via our website – https://www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice/staff/