Summer Startup Boot Camp

Do you have a great business idea? Attend our FREE intensive Summer Startup Boot Camp & learn the skills and knowledge to develop and run a business.

Its open to both staff and students who are interested in setting up and running their own business / working self employed / freelance.

Its starts on the 9 July 2018 and runs for 4 days, with various follow up days in July and August.

To sign up or find out more information, visit the Boot Camp web page or email Jo Murphy.

Help & Advice service available throughout the summer

Students can continue to access the Students’ Union Help & Advice service over the summer.

The SU offers advice on academic issues such as academic misconduct, mitigating circumstances, and fitness to practise. Advice is also available on accommodation and welfare issues, and much more.

Students can arrange appointments in person, via Skype, or telephone.

To make an appointment, visit the SU Welcome Desk between 10-3:30, or make an online enquiry via https://www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice/adviceform/

SU advice

Summer Equality and Diversity Event

The University of Worcester in Collaboration with Unison will be showing the film Offside. The film is about female fans in Iran, trying to gain access to watch football matches. The event is timed to coincide with the World Cup and the theme of the evening will be linked to women and football.

Monday 9 July from 6.30pm.

The evening is open to all.

Equalities flyer July 2018

University Teaching Award Scheme

The 2018 University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched, and this has been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This new scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellent and outstanding practice in teaching, and in supporting and leading learning. The Scheme explicitly promotes innovative, inspiring and excellent practice which is outstanding in its impact to enhance and inspire student learning.

There are three categories of Award:

A             University of Worcester Teaching Award

B             University of Worcester Teaching Team Award

C             University of Worcester Leading Teaching Award.

Applications are welcomed from staff with a range of experience including academic staff, professional services and staff working in learning support. Full details are attached, and also available via the webpage http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/1285.htm.

Introductory information workshops are scheduled through May and June. This year all applicants must attend an information workshop prior to application.

Bookings can me made via the staff development webpages

UW Teaching Award Scheme: Information Workshops

This workshop offers the opportunity to understand the requirements for the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

NB: All applicants MUST attend an information workshop prior to application

Writing Workshops:

These offer the opportunity to write, ask questions and receive one-to-one support.

Wednesday 12 July 2018                12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                  room CC 009 (Hereford Room)

Important Dates:

Submit application: by 21 September 2018 (3 pm deadline) via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

If you have any questions please email Kerry Whitehouse at k.whitehouse@worc.ac.uk or teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Yoga – Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm

Vinyasa Flow is a more dynamic style of yoga which links breath with movement to get you warm and keep you in motion throughout the session. We work through the Sun Salutations A and B to warm up and then move through balancing, core strength, back bends and twists before coming to a lovely deep rest and meditation to finish.

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. The group is very friendly and we like having fun and giving everything a go – no matter how much we wobble!

Classes are every week on Tuesday from 5:15-6:45pm in Gym 1, St John’s Campus.

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.

Lovetree Yoga_Summer Classes 2018_Poster for Reception

Summer Holiday camps at Lakeside Campus

The University of Worcester presents a series of fun-packed holiday clubs, of outdoor adventure sport and activities. Held during the school holidays, treat your children to quality time playing in the great outdoors under the careful guidance of our qualified and friendly instructors. Whether it’s canoeing on the lake, soaring on a zip line or testing your bush craft skills – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bush craft and much much more…

Week 1 – 30th July to 3rd Aug (Monday to Friday)
Week 2 – 6th Aug to 10th Aug (Monday to Friday)
Week 3 – 13th Aug to 17th Aug (Monday to Friday)
Week 4 – 20th Aug to 24th Aug (Monday to Friday)
Week 5 – 28th Aug to 31st Aug (Tuesday to Friday)

Time – 08:30 to 17:00
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call: 01905 622 223 or email: Lakeside@worc.ac.uk
Book online at:
Price:
1-5 Days £30.00pp/pd
6–10 Days £25.00pp/pd
11+ Days £20.00pp/pd

The Hive Digital Family Festival

Digital Festival Family Night

Thursday 28 June, 4.30pm – 8pm.

A fantastic family friendly digi event showcasing a variety of fun interactive digital activities for all ages. Come and control the weather, experience virtual reality and much more!

Coding Playground

45 minutes at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.

Inspiring children to become future coders. In this fun activity, children will use code to build a Shark game using the software SCRATCH, an animated Shark will be used to move around the screen and catch as many fish as possible for maximum points.

Age 7 – 14

Free event

LEGO Mindstorms

30 minute sessions at 5pm, 5.45pm, 6.30pm and 7.15pm.
Put your programming skills to the test using LEGO Mindstorms software. In this taster workshop you will learn the basics of programming, in order to navigate your robot around a course.
Age 7 – 13 (children aged 7 will need to be accompanied by a paying parent)
Cost £3.95

Booking essential

Charity Challenge 80s Disco

Following the success of the University Charity Challenge, the 80s Edition Team would like to invite all competitors, university colleagues, friends and family to an 80s themed fundraising disco on Friday 13th July from 7.00pm in The Hangar.
Tickets are £5 with all proceeds going towards Smile for Joel.
The evening will feature our very own Terry Walls performing a live set followed by a disco, an 80s themed tuck shop and a raffle.
We look forward to seeing you there and hope to see you in your 80s wear!
Please register your interest by emailing s.franklin@worc.ac.uk.
 
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New Officer Team at the Students’ Union

After saying a very sad goodbye to Jade Haley and Sophie Glenny, our outgoing President and VP Student Activities, our new Full-Time Officer team has officially started at the Students’ Union.

Back in March, our students turned out in record numbers to elect Lucy Conn as President, Euan Morrison as VP Education, and Harrison Jarrett as VP Student Activities. The new Officers have had a whirlwind induction getting to grips with life at the SU, and are now looking forward to their year in office representing students here at the University.

All three Officers already have some fantastic ideas for the SU, and will help us to grow and continue giving our students the best possible university experience.

Take a look at their first ever (and slightly chaotic) Officer Vlog right here –

You can also follow them via their Twitter accounts; @worcsupres, @worcsuvpsa, @worcsuvped

RAG Charity of the Year announced

We are pleased to announce that our students have voted West Mercia Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (WMRSASC) as our 2018-19 RAG Charity.

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

Keep an eye on the RAG Facebook page and Instagram (Worcestersurag), for further updates on their plans for Welcome Week 2018 and RAG Week 2018, as well as other fundraising activities.

About WMRSASC

WMRSASC provides a free, confidential, and non-judgemental service for male and female survivors aged 5+ who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time. WMRSASC is committed to raising awareness about the damaging effects that rape or sexual abuse can have on individuals. WMRSASC offers both a face to face counselling service and an advocacy service that supports clients through the criminal justice system. They operate two telephone helplines covering the Worcestershire and Herefordshire areas, providing both crisis and ongoing support to survivors of any form of sexual assault, violence or abuse; be it recent or historic; and their family and friends.

For more information on West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre: https://www.wmrsasc.org.uk/

About RAG

RAG stands for ‘Raise and Give’ and that’s exactly what we do. RAG is run by a student committee who organise fundraising events and other activities to raise money for nominated Charities. RAG supports students to fundraise for any registered charity of their choice as well as fundraising for our nominated charity. We also coordinate the Students’ Union’s efforts for national events like Red Nose Day and Children in Need.

We’re still looking for students to join the RAG Committee for 2018-19. Any student can be on the committee and it’s a fantastic way for students to get involved with a number of great causes while at university. To find out how to get involved, please visit the RAG pages on our website – https://www.worcsu.com/volunteer/rag/getinvolved/

While the Students’ Union will focus its’ fundraising on WMRSASC, we will support all students in their fundraising efforts. We can loan buckets, promote events on social media, and host events in The Hangar. We also provide expert advice on fundraising legally and help you complete street collection permits etc. We also bank the money you raise and make sure it gets paid to the right charity. Anything you raise will also be added to the RAG total.

For more information on anything RAG related please email Eleanor York, Student Engagement Coordinator – e.york@worc.ac.uk

IHS Research Seminar Series – Dr Bere Mahoney: The impact of implant loss in women having immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy – 27 June 2018

As part of the IHS Research Seminar Series, Dr Bere Mahoney (Senior Lecturer – Psychology) will be presenting a session entitled ‘The impact of implant loss in women having immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy: “…the infections and the chemotherapy… wanted to finish me off… never the cancer”’ on 27 June 2018.
The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in BYG197.
Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Introduction to Challenging Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination

time to change

Challenging Mental Health stigma and discrimination workshop on 16 August.

Worcestershire County Hall (Kidderminster Rm), Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
1.00-4.30pm

Time to Change are a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. Worcestershire Time to Change Hub is a partnership of local organisations and people who are committed to ending mental health stigma and discrimination.

The aim of this workshop is to increase your skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in an effective way. The workshop is open to all interested organisations and individuals in Worcestershire.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this workshop you should be able to:

  • Explain what stigma and discrimination are in relation to mental health
  • Describe their impact and consequences
  • Identify effective strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination in a group or individually
  • Apply these strategies in practice
  • Identify ways of keeping safe

To book a space for the free workshop, click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-champions-in-hubs-good-practice-tickets- 45557791581

For further information and questions, please contact Community First as the Worcestershire Time to Change Co-ordinator (Amanda Wright amandaw@comfirst.org.uk)

 

University Teaching Award Scheme

The 2018 University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched, and this has been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This new scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellent and outstanding practice in teaching, and in supporting and leading learning. The Scheme explicitly promotes innovative, inspiring and excellent practice which is outstanding in its impact to enhance and inspire student learning.

There are three categories of Award:

A             University of Worcester Teaching Award

B             University of Worcester Teaching Team Award

C             University of Worcester Leading Teaching Award.

Applications are welcomed from staff with a range of experience including academic staff, professional services and staff working in learning support. Full details are attached, and also available via the webpage http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/1285.htm.

Introductory information workshops are scheduled through May and June. This year all applicants must attend an information workshop prior to application.

Bookings can me made via the staff development webpages

UW Teaching Award Scheme: Information Workshops

This workshop offers the opportunity to understand the requirements for the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

NB: All applicants MUST attend an information workshop prior to application

Writing Workshops:

These offer the opportunity to write, ask questions and receive one-to-one support.

Wednesday 28 June 2018               2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                    room EEG024

Wednesday 12 July 2018                12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                  room CC 009 (Hereford Room)

Important Dates:

Register intention to submit an application: by 29 June 2018 via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Submit application: by 21 September 2018 (3 pm deadline) via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

If you have any questions please email Kerry Whitehouse at k.whitehouse@worc.ac.uk or teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Summer Startup Boot Camp

Do you have a great business idea? Attend our FREE intensive Summer Startup Boot Camp & learn the skills and knowledge to develop and run a business.

Its open to both staff and students who are interested in setting up and running their own business / working self employed / freelance.

Its starts on the 9 July 2018 and runs for 4 days, with various follow up days in July and August.

To sign up or find out more information, visit the Boot Camp web page or email Jo Murphy.

Summer Equality and Diversity Event

The University of Worcester in Collaboration with Unison will be showing the film Offside. The film is about female fans in Iran, trying to gain access to watch football matches. The event is timed to coincide with the World Cup and the theme of the evening will be linked to women and football.

Monday 9 July from 6.30pm.

The evening is open to all.

Equalities flyer July 2018

Car Park B Closure

Dear Colleagues

As part of the on-going infrastructure works, Car Park B (at side of Peirson Building) will be closed from Monday 18 June and will reopen on Friday 22 June.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure and remind colleagues that Car Park C (Woodbury) will also be closed for most of Monday but will be open from Tuesday onwards.

Kind regards,

The Estate and Facilities Department

Facilities Helpdesk:  01905 (54) 3344

Public talk: Towards Healthy Ageing

Staff and students are invited to attend an Institute of Sport & Exercise Science Research Seminar/Public Talk being held on 21 June 2018 at The Hive – further details below and in the event flyer.

Towards Healthy Ageing: Exploring the psychological, physical and cognitive dimensions of ageing and physical activity

Thursday 21 June 2018 from 13:00-14:00 in The Studio at The Hive

Dr Jennifer Joyce and Dr Clare Rhoden

The World Health Organization global strategy and action plan on ageing and health (2016-2020) articulates a commitment to promoting healthy ageing in every country through raising awareness of the value of healthy ageing, combatting ageism and creating age-friendly environments. In working towards these aims, it is recognised that the process and experience of ageing is diverse and multifaceted with factors such as the environment, personality and social networks all playing a role in how we age.

Lifestyle factors which have received significant attention are physical activity and fitness levels. Current research evidence suggests that being active in later life can reduce age-associated cognitive decline. But what are the exact effects of exercise on memory, processing of information and decision-making and what type of exercise is best? Research also tells us that exercise can increase our mood, positivity and sense of belonging. But other factors including society’s views of ageing, our own confidence to be active and perceptions of our health may encourage or thwart our attempts to be active as we get older. This talk discusses research and theory from the domains of cognition, psychology and sociology to explore their relationships with physical activity and ageing and the overarching aim of improved quality of life.

Introduction to Challenging Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination

time to change

Challenging Mental Health stigma and discrimination workshop on 16 August.

Worcestershire County Hall (Kidderminster Rm), Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
1.00-4.30pm

Time to Change are a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. Worcestershire Time to Change Hub is a partnership of local organisations and people who are committed to ending mental health stigma and discrimination.

The aim of this workshop is to increase your skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in an effective way. The workshop is open to all interested organisations and individuals in Worcestershire.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this workshop you should be able to:

  • Explain what stigma and discrimination are in relation to mental health
  • Describe their impact and consequences
  • Identify effective strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination in a group or individually
  • Apply these strategies in practice
  • Identify ways of keeping safe

To book a space for the free workshop, click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-champions-in-hubs-good-practice-tickets- 45557791581

For further information and questions, please contact Community First as the Worcestershire Time to Change Co-ordinator (Amanda Wright amandaw@comfirst.org.uk)

 

Worcester Students’ Union nominated for NUS Union of the Year Award

The Students’ Union has been shortlisted for the NUS Union of the Year Award. There were a total of 41 nominations for the award, so making the shortlist is a great achievement in itself.

The SU has gone from strength to strength this year, with a record turnout in the March elections, increased levels of student satisfaction, over £15,000 raised for RAG, and a number of fantastic achievements from our Clubs and Societies.

The NUS Union of the Year Award recognises the excellent work of all those who have been involved in making this one of the best years yet for the Students’ Union.

Winners will be announced at the annual NUS Awards ceremony at the NEC Birmingham on 4 July.

Union of the year

 

Summer Startup Boot Camp

Do you have a great business idea? Attend our FREE intensive Summer Startup Boot Camp & learn the skills and knowledge to develop and run a business.

Its open to both staff and students who are interested in setting up and running their own business / working self employed / freelance.

Its starts on the 9 July 2018 and runs for 4 days, with various follow up days in July and August.

To sign up or find out more information, visit the Boot Camp web page or email Jo Murphy.

Union Awards: Students’ Choice 2018

This year we received almost 600 nominations from students for the Union Awards: Students’ Choice. This was a 98% increase on last year’s total nominations. Congratulations to all those nominated.

The Union Awards: Students Choice celebrates the hard work of teaching and support staff here at the University of Worcester, from Outstanding Lecturers, to Personal Academic Tutors, to those members of support staff who consistently go the extra mile. All of the winners were initially shortlisted from the nominations submitted by students, with the Institute of Education receiving the most nominations. A panel consisting of Institute Reps and Euan Morrison, our VP Education, then chose the winners. The night ended with Deputy Vice Chancellor, Sarah Greer, presenting her very own special award. The recipient of this award was Lisa Griffiths of the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science.

union awards

The Students’ Union will be producing profiles for all the winners of the Union Awards: Student Choice. Our Student Engagement team will be in touch with winners within the next few weeks.

And once more, we would like to congratulate all members of staff who were nominated for the Awards!

Student Choice Poster

The Hive Digital Family Festival

Digital Festival Family Night

Thursday 28 June, 4.30pm – 8pm.

A fantastic family friendly digi event showcasing a variety of fun interactive digital activities for all ages. Come and control the weather, experience virtual reality and much more!

Coding Playground

45 minutes at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.

Inspiring children to become future coders. In this fun activity, children will use code to build a Shark game using the software SCRATCH, an animated Shark will be used to move around the screen and catch as many fish as possible for maximum points.

Age 7 – 14

Free event

LEGO Mindstorms

30 minute sessions at 5pm, 5.45pm, 6.30pm and 7.15pm.
Put your programming skills to the test using LEGO Mindstorms software. In this taster workshop you will learn the basics of programming, in order to navigate your robot around a course.
Age 7 – 13 (children aged 7 will need to be accompanied by a paying parent)
Cost £3.95

Booking essential

Worcester International Cookbook

Worcester International would like to present our new International Cookbook!

A collaborative effort from the Worcester International teams (International Experience, International Recruitment and the Language Centre) with design and photographs by third year students Emma Copper and Nathan Griffiths. Our international students and staff have provided a range of recipes of dishes that remind them of home and special occasions. The book also features a recipe from Mark Stinchcombe of Eckington Manor (Winner of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2015) and, of course, one from David Green!

The book will be on sale at Firstpoint, and The Hive.

Worcester International Cookbook

University Teaching Award Scheme

The 2018 University Teaching Award Scheme is now launched, and this has been developed as part of the initiatives to celebrate excellence at UW.

This new scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellent and outstanding practice in teaching, and in supporting and leading learning. The Scheme explicitly promotes innovative, inspiring and excellent practice which is outstanding in its impact to enhance and inspire student learning.

There are three categories of Award:

A             University of Worcester Teaching Award

B             University of Worcester Teaching Team Award

C             University of Worcester Leading Teaching Award.

Applications are welcomed from staff with a range of experience including academic staff, professional services and staff working in learning support. Full details are attached, and also available via the webpage http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/1285.htm.

Introductory information workshops are scheduled through May and June. This year all applicants must attend an information workshop prior to application.

Bookings can me made via the staff development webpages

UW Teaching Award Scheme: Information Workshops

This workshop offers the opportunity to understand the requirements for the UWTAS, consider one’s next steps to an application and ask any questions.

NB: All applicants MUST attend an information workshop prior to application

Writing Workshops:

These offer the opportunity to write, ask questions and receive one-to-one support.

Wednesday 28 June 2018               2.30 pm – 4.30 pm                    room EEG024

Wednesday 12 July 2018                12.15 pm – 2.15 pm                  room CC 009 (Hereford Room)

Important Dates:

Register intention to submit an application: by 29 June 2018 via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

Submit application: by 21 September 2018 (3 pm deadline) via teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

If you have any questions please email Kerry Whitehouse at k.whitehouse@worc.ac.uk or teachingaward@worc.ac.uk

SCIPS (Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study) Survey

Dear Colleague

I am currently undertaking some research in relation to the SCIPS website a resource available to staff to support an inclusive approach to learning and teaching.

SCIPS (Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study) is the result of a HEFCE funded project that was authored and managed by Dr Val Chapman (NTF) at the University of Worcester in 2003/04. SCIPS assists the academic community in developing a more inclusive approach to the design of teaching, learning and assessment strategies that will enable students with diverse needs /disabilities to participate more fully in Higher Education. The intention of this investigation is to evaluate the SCIPS website and identify the impact it is having on practice. How is the resource supporting lecturers / teachers in identifying students’ needs and providing effective strategies to support the student? It will also provide an opportunity to highlight areas for development for the website.

I would be most grateful if you would participate in the online survey provided in the link below. You will find attached a consent form to enable me to publish the results once the data has been collated.

https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/scipsuwstaff-j18

Please fill in the Consent Form and return to s.smith@worc.ac.uk. Your online responses will remain anonymous.

If you would be happy to take part in a focus group please would you contact me:
Sharon Smith s.smith@worc.ac.uk

Best wishes

Sharon

Sharon Smith

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Education)
Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Nominated Designated Safegaurding Officer for Centre for Education and Inclusion

Library News: Scopus & Web of Science workshops; Resource Lists: why bother?

Scopus and Web of Science workshops

Are you interested in discovering new research, tracking impact and find out about sources of funding?  Want to know how Web of Science and Scopus can support your research? Library Services are offering two sessions on our citation and abstract indexes to show you how these tools can help your work

  • Learn how to search efficiently and quickly
  • Use smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research
  • Searching for your author profile using ORCID

Two lunchtime sessions have been arranged for 26 June and 17 July, 1pm – 2pm, in EE1102, so there will be a chance to have some hands-on training.

Book now on the Staff Development Workshop webpage. Get a taste of what the tools can offer you from our blog.

For more information or any questions, please contact either Su Fagg s.fagg@worc.ac.uk or Hannah Hickman h.hickman@worc.ac.uk

 

Resource Lists: Why bother?

Backed up with solid statistics and student comments, here are the reasons why your Resource List should be an integral part of the teaching and learning in your module.

Summer Equality and Diversity Event

The University of Worcester in Collaboration with Unison will be showing the film Offside. The film is about female fans in Iran, trying to gain access to watch football matches. The event is timed to coincide with the World Cup and the theme of the evening will be linked to women and football.

Monday 9 July from 6.30pm.

The evening is open to all.

Equalities flyer July 2018

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Business Games

Enjoyed the Smile for Joel Challenge? Get your team back together and join us for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Business Games! Take part in challenges on dry land, on the water and in the air!

On the 11th July the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be hosting its inaugural Business Games at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus (formerly Top Barn). Team activities will include Raft Building, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Archery, Orienteering and the Ropes Course.

When: Wednesday 11 July 2018

Cost: £100 per team

Time: Activities start at 4pm (registration between 3:15 and 4:00pm)

Teams: 6-8 people: 4 team members to take part in each activity so choose your team wisely!

Enter by 22 June and get FREE team t-shirts!

Please note that this event is for over 18’s only.

Sign up for the event at www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/events/2018/07/herefordshire-and-worcestershire-business-games-2018