GDPR Mandatory Training

As I am sure you are aware a new data protection regulation, GDPR, came into force on the 25th May 2018. Whilst the principles of data protection legislation remains much as before there is an increased responsibility on organisations to be open and transparent with how they use personal data and to ensure that it is kept securely.

At the time of the new legislation coming into force I shared with you, via alluser email, the new Data Protection Policy, Data Protection Guidance Handbook, Data Breach Notification Procedure and other important information about data protection including how we use staff data and I indicated that there would be mandatory training for all staff.

We have been working with Marshalls to develop the online training module and would like to thank colleagues in Finance, IT and the School of Education for piloting the training for us. The online training module is now available via the LearnUpon staff development portal. The module builds on the information security training all staff undertook in 2017 so much of it will be familiar to you.

You can access the training via your staff login page; we recommend that you use Chrome internet browser to access the training module.

  • Login to your staff page on the University intranet
  • click on the blue ‘Learn Upon’ icon in the bottom left corner  to open your own staff development training page.
  • Then select ‘GDPR training’ which will launch the module.
  • Upon completion of the module it is important that you close the module by either clicking on the grey X in the upper right side of the course or the exit button at the end of the course. If you simply close the browser your result will not be recorded and you will not be marked as having completed the course.

It is mandatory for all staff to complete the online training by the 31st January 2019. If you have any problems accessing the training please contact training@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks

Helen Johnstone

Public Lecture – All Welcome: Tsunamis: A little knowledge is dangerous

Department of Geography and Archaeology
School of Science and the Environment

Public Lecture – ALL WELCOME:

Tsunamis: A little knowledge is dangerous
Prof James Goff (UNSW, Australia)

Thursday 6 December, 6.15 – 7.15 pm
EE G087 (Urwin Lecture Theatre)

The modern era of tsunami research started in the late 1980s. Significant progress has been made since then, to the extent that many researchers now believe their work is done. Sadly, such a sentiment is far from the truth. One of the most significant misconceptions is that we can now model tsunamis and so predict how bad waves will be once they reach land. This is really where the problems start – the theory and the reality rarely converge. Events that are bigger than expected continue to happen, such as Japan in 2011 and Indonesia in 2004 and 2017.

This talk looks at some of the realities of what causes tsunamis and why we do not know as much as we think we do. It also argues that if only we opened our eyes a little bit, we would realise that much of what we do not know is in fact staring us in the face – and has been for years. Examples are mainly drawn from the Southern Hemisphere. By the end of the talk, you may be glad that you do not live around the Pacific Ocean!

For further details, please contact Des McDougall (d.mcdougall@worc.ac.uk)

Tsunami lecture - Worcester Thurs 6 DEC 18

 

Carol Service

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Dear students, staff, families and friends,

You are warmly invited to the University of Worcester’s annual Carol Service, on the evening of Tuesday 11 December. The service will be held in the beautiful setting of Worcester Cathedral, with arrival at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Join in traditional carols, and enjoy readings, poems, and a drama and music performance by students; the perfect way to start the Christmas season and not to be missed!

A collection will be made during the service, with proceeds going to the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel, and the Students’ Union’s Charity of the Year, West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre.

The theme of the service is ‘Shine a Light at Christmas’, suggested by the Student Wellbeing Champions as part of the University’s Health & Wellbeing activities. The Christmas tree in Reception, St John’s Campus, will be decorated to match this theme.

We look forward to seeing you at the Carol Service.

Gift Donations wanted for Worcester Foodbank

Poverty affects more than one in four children in the UK today. And that means many children will wake up on Christmas Day without any presents to open. During the festive period, many families find themselves getting into debt as they try to provide for their children.

This Christmas, Worcester Foodbank is asking for donations of presents that can be given to those most in need. The Students’ Union is offering their support and asking for donations of presents to be dropped off at the Welcome Desk between now and Friday 14 December.

Presents must be no more than £15 and targeted at children aged between 0-18 years old. Please don’t donate clothing/electrical games or games that require batteries and make sure presents are left unwrapped. This is so presents can be matched to each child personally.

A box will be left behind the Welcome Desk in the Students’ Union for any donations from staff or students, which will then be dropped off weekly at the foodbank.

You have until Friday 14 December to make a donation.

Would you like to host an international student this Christmas?

The International Experience team are looking for people to host international students over the Christmas period.

This is a wonderful experience for both hosts and international students. A great opportunity to share how different cultures celebrate Christmas and a chance to experience authentic Christmas traditions.

For more information please contact the International Experience team at internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk.

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Call for Donations of Plastic

One of the University’s Film Production students is producing an experimental exhibition on plastic waste entitled ‘The Tide Mourns’. We are requesting donations of plastic to be delivered to the Students’ Union Welcome Desk between now and Wednesday 19 December. Plastic straws, razors, or toothbrushes cannot be accepted, but all other plastics are okay. Please wash all plastics before donating.

The final exhibition will be open to the public in the New Year.

International Experience Christmas Ceilidh – All Welcome!

The International Experience team would like to invite you to our Christmas Ceilidh on Monday 10 December from 7pm in The Hangar at the Students’ Union.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun event bringing home and international students and staff together. The live Herefordshire band ‘The Hopeless and Maria Nowhere’ will be calling the dances so no excuses for not joining in!

Roast chestnuts and other traditional treats will be served. Hot mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available at the bar.

Tickets are £2.50 in advance (£3 on the door) and are available here: https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/christmas_ceilidh/booking.pl.

For more information please contact internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk

Look forward to seeing you there!

New Christmas Ceilidh

SCALE Project launched

The launch of the SCALE Project took place in Worcester last week.

Student Centred Adult Learning Engagement in Higher Education (SCALE) is a project aimed at supporting lecturers delivering degree level courses in universities, colleges and other educational providers. It is led by Sharon Smith and Richard Woolley from the School of Education.

Over the next 30 months the project will explore how lecturers are supported and equipped to meet students’ learning needs in Higher Education. This project will explore needs that lecturers identify, and also their examples of best practice. It will respond to the needs, and collate the best practice, adding to this to create a toolkit to facilitate high quality learning support for students working at degree-level. The resulting toolkit will be freely available online in the partner languages of English, Italian, Polish and Spanish. Staff development will be provided for lecturers through an e-course that will be piloted, refined and published as part of the SCALE project. The result will be the upskilling of at least 80 lecturers during the development of the project, with tried and tested high quality resources established to support many more following the launch of the toolkit.

Pictured are Sharon Smith and Richard Woolley with members of the SCALE Project (Erasmus+ Project Code: 2018-1-UK01-KA203-048055).

SCALE

Information Security Awareness Training (Induction)

Dates & times:

Monday 3 December – 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Monday 10 December – 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Monday 17 December – 11:00 – 12:00 – Room WB023

Overview; this workshop will provide you with information relating to IT security best practice.

Participants; all colleagues, both Academic and Professional Services staff.

Learning outcomes; to improve your understanding of Information Security; to understand the range of IT services and support available to you; to understand the tools available to help you work more securely and comply with the policy.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; none required.

Future opportunities; to be confirmed.

Session facilitator/s; Owen Parry, and ICT Support Officers.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Aimee Longbottom.

You can now book a place through the workshop bookings system or by contacting the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk) if you have not yet completed this Induction training.

 

Comedy Night Returns to The Hangar

The Students’ Union is delighted to announce that Comedy Night is returning to The Hangar!

Thursday 29 November will see some of the UK comedy circuits finest talents joining us for two hours of laugh out loud entertainment.

Host Comedian – Tony Simpson

Tony is full of energy and improvisation, a strong compere who can interact with any kind of audience. Finding fun, energy, and positivity he loves nothing more than taking the audience by the hand and dragging them along.

Tony has written and performed in two sell out Comedy Festival Shows on matters such as being ‘Cheeky’ and why we all need a bit of ‘cheekiness’ in our lives. And a show all about adrenaline called ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ in which Tony tells the tale of a year in his life of competing in the British Rally Championships while also performing stand up gigs as he travelled around.

Opening Comedian – Peter Brush

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes. Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Peter has been a finalist in a variety of local and national comedy competitions including the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, as well as winning the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012. He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Show What You Wrote’ and ‘Newsjack’, and supported Arthur Smith during his 2013 tour.

Headline Comedian – Jack Gleadow

Jack Gleadow is an award winning ‘one man comedy variety show’ from Hull. His show is an homage to the golden era of variety and includes sounds, funny stories, jokes, and sometimes even a scooter. Gleadow recently took home the prestigious title of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018. The competition has a star making formula as previous winners include Josh Widecombe, Jason Manford, Jonny Vegas, and Romesh Ranganathan.

Other recent awards under his belt include Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian of the Year and the Amused Moose National New Comic. This new rising star in comedy travels all over the UK to perform, including the Latitude festival Comedy Stage and recent tour support for Lloyd Griffith.

Tickets are on sale now at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk for just £5. Doors at 8pm.

You can also buy your tickets from the Students’ Union website – https://www.worcsu.com/ents/event/1019/

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night out!

Technology Enhanced Learning Unit new website

Following our recent office move to WB073, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit (formerly LTTU) is delighted to launch our new website.

There have been a number of developments in the field of TEL over the past few years, to reflect these changes and provide a more relevant identity for the team we have completely updated our web pages and changed our name to the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit (aka, TEL Unit).

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Please visit our website www.uwtel.co.uk to find information about the team, the services we offer and our current projects.

Here you’ll be able to access current information around the University’s technologies that we support in your learning and teaching practice, such as Blackboard, PebblePad and Turnitin.

subscribeBe sure to stay up to date with new technologies, updates to existing applications and available training by subscribing to our blog.

The website is still a work in progress so any comments or feedback would be welcome – please note our new email address – tel@worc.ac.uk

Donations needed for World AIDS Day clothes sale

The LGBT+ and Student Minds societies will be in the Students’ Union on Friday 30 November (11am-4pm) raising money and awareness for World AIDS Day.

We are asking for donations of unwanted clothes (in good condition please!) to be sold on the day to help raise funds for National AIDS Trust. If you have any unwanted clothes you are willing to donate, please bring them to the Students’ Union Welcome Desk by 5pm on Thursday 29 November.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. World AIDS Day gives you the chance to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide, by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon. Ribbons will be available from the stall on the day.

Please come along and show your support.

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. There are so many benefits to practicing yoga including increased flexibility, better posture, lower blood pressure, it alleviates the symptoms of stress and boosts an overall sense of wellbeing.

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.

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

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Children in Need Bake Sale

Finance are holding a charity bake sale on Tuesday 20 November (9am onwards) in main reception, to raise funds for Children In Need.

As well as a selection of homemade sweet and savoury bakes, we will be holding a raffle (Prizes include vouchers for Cote Brasserie, Worcester Racecourse, Morgan Car Factory tour, Worcester Wolves, tickets for Aztec Water Park, bottles of wine plus many more prizes).

Please come along and help us raise money for this great charity.

 

Worcester Journal of Learning & Teaching

About the Journal

Macmillan Coffee Morning – City Campus, Wednesday 26 September

Hello all!

The Partnerships department is running a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 26 September, 10-12 in Charles Hastings (by the museum) and in Mulberry House on the first floor. This is for support of a colleague of ours from the University of Birmingham who has sadly been diagnosed with cancer and we would like to continue to support his, and many other families, that suffer from such a terrible disease.

If you would like to bake or buy cake or other treats to donate to the cause or donate anything for a raffle, please get in contact with Charlie Kettlewell (c.kettlewell@worc.ac.uk).

Please also encourage students to come support a worthy cause.

Please give generously and we hope to see you there.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Partnerships

Information Security Awareness Training (Induction)

Dates & times:

Monday 3 September – 11:00 – 12:00 (Room: WB028)

Monday 10 September – 11:00 – 12:00 (Room WB023)

Monday 17 September – 11:00 – 12:00 (Room WB023)

Monday 24 September – 11:00 – 12:00 (Room WB023)

Overview; this workshop will provide you with information relating to IT security best practice.

Participants; all colleagues, both Academic and Professional Services staff.

Learning outcomes; to improve your understanding of Information Security; to understand the range of IT services and support available to you; to understand the tools available to help you work more securely and comply with the policy.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; none required.

Future opportunities; to be confirmed.

Session facilitator/s; Owen Parry, and ICT Support Officers.

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Aimee Longbottom.

You can now book a place through the workshop bookings system or by contacting the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk) if you have not yet completed this Induction training.

 

 

 

Email Permissions & Encryption training

Dates & Times:

Tuesday 25 September – 10:00 – 11:00am

Wednesday 24 October – 14:00 – 15:00pm

Thursday 29 November – 10:00 – 11:00am

Wednesday 19 December – 14:00 – 15:00pm

 Location: WB023

Overview; introductory course covering Encryption for Windows, RMS & secure storage of University Emails.

Participants; any Academic or support staff.

Learning outcomes; to understand the basics of encryption and RMS. Users should understand how this can be used to allow secure transfer of information and storage of University data.

Prior experience required; none required.

Preparation before the session; none required.

Future opportunities; none planned.

Session facilitator/s; Emma Gavin, ICT Support Officers (Various).

If you have a health condition or disability which requires arrangements or equipment to be available to you during your workshop, please contact Aimee Longbottom.

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).

 

LGBT+ Staff and friends at Worcestershire Pride 2018

Worcestershire Pride will take place on 22 September 2018 and this year the event will include a walking parade from Cathedral Square to South Quay, in Worcester. The University of Worcester LGBT+ staff network are organising a walking group to join the parade – the first Pride Parade in the city.  Following the success of the first Worcestershire Pride last year, the University of Worcester are again supporting the event, which coincides with the closing of Welcome Week.

All staff are invited to join us in the parade, whether LGBT+, ally or friend; regardless of membership of the LGBT+ staff network.

If you would like to walk with us on 22 September 2018 please contact Kirsty at k.mcgregor@worc.ac.uk for further details and to register your interest.

To join the LGBT+ staff network or for further information on the activities of the network, please email Daniel at LGBTstaff@worc.ac.uk

 

SU Open Day for University of Worcester Staff

The Students’ Union will be hosting its annual staff open day on Tuesday 11 September.

This is an opportunity for all University of Worcester staff members to visit the Students’ Union and meet the Officers and staff. You’ll be able to find out about everything we do at the SU; Clubs, Societies, Help & Advice, fundraising, student representation, and much more. This is your chance to discover everything there is to know about the SU and pass this on to your colleagues and students throughout the year.

To register your interest in attending, please complete our short Wufoo form – https://worcsu.wufoo.com/forms/s1pqhv1d0a87xzo/

And remember, all staff are welcome to pop in to the SU at any time to come and speak to our Officers and staff team.

 

Students’ Union RAG highly commended in ‘Most Improved Student Fundraising Group’

Following a fantastic year of fundraising, Worcester Students’ Union RAG have been highly commended in the 2018 National Student Awards for ‘Most Improved Student Fundraising Group’.

Over the last academic year, students at the University of Worcester managed to raise an outstanding £17,993 for a variety of charities, including our chosen charity for 2017-18, the Alzheimer’s Society. This total has doubled from the previous year, showing considerable improvement and enthusiasm in terms of student fundraising at Worcester. Congratulations must go to the RAG Committee (comprised of students) and its Chair, Harry Lonsdale, as well as our Student Engagement Coordinator, Eleanor. Most importantly, we’d like to thank everyone who has put time aside this year to raise money for worthy causes.

The National Student Fundraising Conference celebrates the work of RAGs and student fundraising groups nationwide, whilst providing an environment where RAGs, staff members, charities and companies can all come together and learn from each other, in order to raise as much money as possible for charity. The conference ends with the National Student Fundraising Awards which recognise the amazing successes of fundraising groups over the last year.

For regular updates surrounding student fundraising, head over to Facebook and Instagram.

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Yoga – Tuesday 28 August 5:15-6:45pm

CHANGE OF VENUE – THIS WEEK ONLY

Lovetree Yoga is in the Riverside Activity Hall on Tuesday from 5:15-6:45pm providing a dynamic and invigorating Vinyasa flow yoga class.

Prices are £8 to drop in, £3 for students or staff/community members can purchase a 5 class pass for £35. Your first class is half price! 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!

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

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.

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