New Web Content Management System

From Reddot to Contensis

As communicated to Heads of School in the summer, we’ve recently procured a new Web Content Management System (WCMS) to replace Reddot – this is the system we use to manage and publish our main University website, as well as the majority of internal staff and student webpages.

logo-ContensisOur new WCMS partner is Zengenti, whose Contensis product is used by many universities, including Birmingham, Nottingham, LSE and Southampton Solent, as well as a number of organisations outside HE.

Contensis will provide us with a long-term, stable and frequently updated platform on which to develop our websites. It also allows us to establish robust content governance policies and procedures, which will ensure information on the site is accurate and relevant.

Design refresh

Changing WCMS does not necessarily mean changing the design of the website and it would have been possible to migrate the site exactly as it currently is onto this more stable platform.

However, we are also going to take this opportunity to work with Zengenti’s user experience and content governance experts to review the content of the site and undertake some user testing to identify areas of the site where some redesign work would be beneficial.

Project time frame

Our plan is to launch a refreshed site before the end of 2018.

Over the next few months we’ll be working with Zengenti to migrate our main website to Contensis.

As part of the migration there will be content freeze, during which only emergency changes will be made. We will be in touch again to let you know exactly when this will be, and what you should do if an urgent change is needed.

Staff and student webpages

In the first phase of the project we will look only at the main website, and Reddot will still be used to manage our staff and student webpages.

In the second phase we will aim to migrate our staff and student pages as well as other web properties on Reddot.

 

We’ll continue to keep you informed of the projects progress via the staff blog. If you have any questions or feedback please email web@worc.ac.uk

Communications & Participation

 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The University of Worcester has successfully achieved the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

athena award 1

The awards, made by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), recognise commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education and research.

The Universities application and associated action plan was developed by a Self-Assessment Team chaired by Dr John-Paul Wilson, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Research, who is also senior lead for Athena SWAN with Professor Maggie Andrews as Academic Lead for Athena SWAN.

About Athena SWAN

‌ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was originally established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Athena SWAN at Worcester

The University is a member of Athena SWAN and is fully committed to the principles of the Charter. We set out our commitment in our application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2017, you can read the full application below.

For more information on Athena SWAN at Worcester please email AthenaSWAN@worc.ac.uk.

STEM Ambassador Hub

The West Midlands STEM Ambassador Hub at a Primary Maths and Science Teachers Conference

On Thursday Zoe and Liz from the STEM Ambassadors Hub went to a Primary Maths and Science Teachers Conference in Birmingham. They shared ideas, resources and most importantly how schools can request STEM Ambassador support from the University with over 100 Primary School teachers from the West Midlands.

The West Midlands STEM Ambassador Hub at the Big Bang West Midlands

On Thursday Katie, Linda and Sue from the STEM Ambassadors Hub went to The Big Bang Fair West Midlands. They ran a teachers area and gave lots of teachers advice about the STEM activities that we can support them with in school and how to request a STEM Ambassador from the University of Worcester.

New Film – Marc Scriven – Athlete | Graduate | Mentor

We are proud to present this new University of Worcester video featuring our very own Marc Scriven.  Marc has very kindly shared his story with us and we hope it will inspire people from all backgrounds.

This is the first in a series of films we are producing, telling individual stories from around the University.

Please do watch the video and share with others.

Marc Scriven | Graduate - University of Worcester

Pitchcroft Parkrun Starts Saturday

A new Worcester Pitchcroft Parkrun has been initiated and developed by one of our current Sport Business Management students, Sam Payne. The run launches on Saturday 10 June 2017 at 9am, with a 8.45am meet at the grandstand

Sam first developed the idea through his second year Sponsorship & Fundraising module, and has since focused on the initiative for his Sport Development Project (IS equivalent), raising the required funding, linking local partner organisations and undertaking the time consuming and gruelling processes of application, planning and risk management procedures.

Please do attend and offer your support for this 5k event and for Sam.

If you are currently registered with parkrun then remember to bring your barcode details on the day, but if not and you would like to register to get an official time, then please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

University of Worcester News – a round-up of news, events and success stories

autumn-2016_university-newsfcFrom students competing at the Rio Games, to hosting talks at the Hay Festival, the Autumn issue of University News is packed full of exciting stories. The main feature article celebrates the University of Worcester being shortlisted for University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2016).

Autumn 2016 University News

 

 

University News – May 2015

The May 2015 edition of University News is now May 2015 Uni Newsavailable for download and includes a review of key news, updates and milestones from around the University of Worcester. This issue features the Guardian University Award for the Arena, the launch of Steven Knight’s new screenwriter’s award and student scholarships.

As always we would be very happy to receive any news and comments from members of the University via communications@worc.ac.uk

University News and Vice Chancellor’s Report

The latest editions of University News and the Vice Chancellor’s report from the University of Worcester are available here:

Vice Chancellor’s Report July 2014

University News July 2014

University News celebrates a number of recent successes at Worcester, including the opening of our National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Domestic Violence and a wide range of student achievements. The Vice Chancellor’s report addresses many of the pressing issues facing Higher Education, including tuition fees, nursing and midwifery places.

As always, we are grateful for news and suggestions from you, so please keep in touch with us at communications@worc.ac.uk

University News – May 2014

The May 2014 edition of University News is now available for download and includes a review of key news, updates and milestones from around the University of Worcester. This issue features multiple successes on the basketball court, new projects for our research centres and student achievements.

As always we would be very happy to receive any news and comments from members of the University via communications@worc.ac.uk