What’s On at The Hive in October

We hope you can join us on Saturday 7 October for Space Day, our biggest event in October. From 11am – 4pm there will be talks by Space professionals, storytimes with children’s author Hazel Hiles, displays, hands-on activities and a whole host of Space experts to talk to.  During October we have also got several new exhibitions in the atrium, cafe, cabinets next to the cafe and on Level 2 to look out for,  a book signing with Chris Riddell, illustrator extraordinaire and workshops and theatre, both part of Beeline – University of Worcester Storytelling Festival for Children.

All of our October highlights are listed below.  For our full Autumn programme please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you in The Hive.

Get Online Week  (2 – 8 October) free drop-in sessions Using your Tablet or Smartphone for eBooks – Monday 2 October, 10 – 11am Finding and Booking Holidays Online – Thursday 5 October, 10 – 11am Understanding Social Media – Thursday 5 October, 10- 11am

Picture This! – 29 September – 30 October Exhibition of prize-winning entries from the Picture This! Illustration Competition. Featuring three winning UK entries.

Every Picture Tells a Story – 3 – 30 October Collection of illustrated poems and stories created by graphic designer and illustrator Mercedes Pearson on display in the café.

Baat Region 6 Presents – 4 – 30 October Selection of artworks made by therapists from the British Association of Art Therapists (Baat) Region 6 on display in the cabinets next to the café.

Starting Family History (2 parts) – Wednesday 4 October, 2 – 4.30pm Want to know how to begin tracing your ancestors and building your family tree? This two-part workshop will explain how to get started, key tips and the main sources you will need. Tickets £15.00 Book tickets

First Steps in Family History – Thursday 5 October, 11.30am One hour introduction to guide you round the family history resources held on the Explore the Past floor.  £5.00 Book tickets

The Great Hive Book Rescue – Wednesday 4 October, 12 – 2pm Rummage through our wide range of academic and non-academic titles, all for 50p each, and raise money for charity.

Workplace Skills courses organised by Worcestershire County Council Adult Learning Team Emergency First Aid in the Workplace – Thursday 5 October, 9am – 4pm, £57.00. Introduction to Business Accounts for Sole Traders – Thursday 5 October, 10am – 3pm, £36.00.

Space Day – Saturday 7 October, 11am – 4pm Join us for a day of space. Talk to experts, look through powerful telescopes, find out how astronauts live in Space and what it takes to launch a rocket.  Book a place to hear Alan Brunstrom from ESA talk about how Space helps you every day and Dave Shayler talking about How the Space Shuttle Assembled and Supplied the Space Station.  Find out more and book tickets

Explore House History – Saturday 7 October, 10am – 1pm Interested in discovering more about the house you live in, or another historic building? Book onto this three hour workshop to find out about the resources held in The Hive that could help you discover more.  £15.00 book tickets

Book signing – Chris Riddell, Illustrator Extraordinaire – Monday 9 October, 4.30pm onwards

Story Pit Tales – 10.30am – 12.30pm On three Saturdays during the University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival we will be joined by professional storytellers who will tell stories from around the world. 7 October – Peter Chand,  14 October– Sally Tonge,  21 October – Amy Douglas No booking required.

Shopify: A Guide to Selling Online with eCommerce – Tuesday 10 October, 4 – 6pm Introduction to the world of ecommerce with Shopify.  Covering domain names, Shopify platform, Payment Gateways, website design, products and orders, shipping and taxes, order notifications and apps.  Book tickets

Migrant Press (Revisited) – 12 – 26 October on Level 2 New works by artists Sonia Boyce, S Mark Gubb and David Blackmore responding to the 1960’s transatlantic poetry publisher. Level 2.

Young at Art – Thursday 12 October, 10.30am – 12pm Art and story themed sessions for Under 5s.  No booking required. £3.00 per child.

Resources for supporting A-level coursework – Wednesday 18 October, 6 – 8pm An introduction for teachers to the 45,000 online journals and other resources available to students at The Hive.  £3.00 Book tickets

October half term holiday Rat-a-tat Tales – Wednesday 25 October, 11am and 2.45pm The Ugly Duckling children’s theatre – Thursday 26 October, 11am & 2pm, tickets £4.00. Book making workshop with illustrator Sarah Millin – Friday 27 October, 10am & 1pm, tickets £4.00.

International Open Access Week – 23 – 29 October   Exhibition of original photographic images and records used in University of Worcester research. See and understand the research that the University of Worcester carries out and explore the role of open access – a vehicle for research dissemination.

Discover More About Archaeological Finds (4 weeks) – Thursday 26 October, 7 – 8.30pm £45.00 more information and to book tickets.

Creative Digital Media – 30 October – 3 November Exhibition of work by students completing the Masters in Creative Digital Media.

Love To Ride, UniCycle October

Free entry!

Anyone who logs a bicycle ride this October will enter the prize draw. Just for riding a bike once this October you could win:

A hot air balloon ride for two! Enjoy a flight from a choice of 100 UK destinations.

£500 voucher to buy a new bike from a local bike shop of your choice!

Hi-Vis winter cycle clothing from Proviz! Stay dry, warm and visible

Super bright lights from Exposure! A pair of Trace/TraceR bike lights for daily commuting or winter leisure rides

Torch T2 Helmet, Comes in a range of colours, large light panels provide 360 visibility to help you be seen

CarraDry Bags from Carradice! Waterproof and fit all bikes, Universal/Front Pannier, Rucksack Pannier, Midi-saddlepack

Since the competition started this summer the riders have logged 600,000 miles, lets go further!

UniCycle is a partnership between Love to Ride, National Union of Students and the EAUC.

Staff and students at the Universities of Worcester, Sheffield, Leicester, Exeter, Brighton, the West of England and Kingston are invited to ride and encourage their colleagues and friends to experience the joys and benefits of cycling.

There will be a year-long programme of events and competitions.

Love to Ride wants to encourage more people across the UK to try a bike. It’s a fun, free, national competition to see which organisation can earn the most points for riding and encouraging their members to take part.

Register here or confirm participation now:

http://www.lovetoride.net/mysite/user_profiles/mine

 

Share and Inspire Seminars – Semester 1, 2017/18

Share and inspire seminars for the autumn term are aimed at generating discussion and sharing practice in relation to issues of academic practice that we know are challenging to colleagues.

Creating effective learning environments and classroom civility: we know that managing student behaviour in the classroom can be challenging, and is a concern to staff and students alike when learning is ‘disrupted’.  This session and the follow-up opportunities will explore solutions.

Developing student’s academic and study skills is central to the higher education experience, but what assumptions do course teams make about the skills students have at the start of their course, and are there effective and innovative ways to support development, working with Library Services?  This session will showcase examples of practice.

Research inspired teaching and employability are key considerations for any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum – but how can they be related to provide effective learning?  This session will explore examples and identify ways in which students can develop employability through developing research sills and understanding.

Please see the Realising Teaching Excellence blog via https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/ for further details and book through the University Staff Development webpages.

Hate Crime Awareness Week, 14 October 2017

Hate crime is a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s: Race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour); Religion or belief; Sexual Orientation; Disability; Gender Identity, or any individual characteristic that makes someone appear different.  Examples of hate crime can include: Assault; Criminal Damage; Harassment; Murder; Theft; Fraud; Graffiti; Arson; Hate Mail and Name Calling.

You can report a hate crime in confidence in any of the following ways: In an emergency call 999; For non-emergencies call 101

Events for Hate Crime Awareness Week – Community Safety Partnership

South Worcestershire

Sat 14th Oct – Worcester (St. Martin’s Gate), 10 – 2pm

Mon 16th Oct – Malvern (Retail Park) 10 – 2pm

Sat 21st Oct – Evesham (Bridge Street) 10 – 2pm

North Worcestershire

Tuesday 17th October – hate crime pop up stall in the market area of Bromsgrove Town Centre, between 10- 2pm

Wednesday 18th October – hate crime pop up stall in the Kingfisher Centre, Redditch, between 10- 2pm

Thursday 19th October – hate crime pop up stall at Kidderminster Town Centre, between 10- 2pm

Friday 20th October – North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partner relaunch, Hilton Bromsgrove, 10 – 2pm

Further information is available from: elliott.nixon@malvernhills.gov.uk

Launch of 2017-18 Students as Academic Partners scheme

Following a successful Students as Academic Partners (SAP) scheme in 2016-17, with very high quality projects being completed, we are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-18 scheme. Applications are now open until 30 October 2017. Please can you share this information with colleagues who may be interested in applying to the scheme.

Students and staff are invited to submit applications which have a clear emphasis on supporting future course development and improving the course and student experience. The scheme seeks to employ students as active partners of learning and teaching project teams based within the University. SAP is open to all students who are eligible to work in the UK and registered on a course for this academic year, and to all staff at the university.

Information on the scheme and details on how to apply are here:

SAP Project Scheme 2017-18

SAP_application_17_18

Final reports from previous years are also available for inspiration!

We look forward to receiving your application. Please contact us if you need any further information:

Karen Blackmore (k.blackmore@worc.ac.uk), academic lead for the SAP project scheme.

Carolyn Nisbet (c.nisbet@worc.ac.uk) project manager for the SAP project scheme.

Graduation

The dates & times of this year’s Graduation ceremonies are as follows:

Tuesday 31st October 10:00 am
Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Tuesday 31st October 1:45 pm
Worcester Business School

Wednesday 1st November 10:00 am
Institute of Health and Society 1
All Nursing and Midwifery courses, FD Paramedic Science, all NCT courses, Health Sciences
Postgraduate courses in Advancing Practice, Urgent & Acute Care, Physicians Associate, Health Professions Education

Wednesday 1st November 1:45 pm
Institute of Health and Society 2
All FDs (except Paramedic Science and NCT Birth & Beyond)
All Psychology, Counselling, Criminology, Social work, Social Welfare and Youth & Community courses
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
All Postgraduate courses except those listed in Health and Society 1

Thursday 2nd November 10:00 am
Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts

Thursday 2nd November 1:00 pm
Institute of Science and the Environment

Thursday 2nd November 3:15 pm
Institute of Education 1
FD in Teaching & Learning
BA Education (Professional Practice)
Primary ITE

Friday 3rd November 10:00 am
Institute of Education 2
FDs in Learning Support and Early Years
BAs in Education Studies, Early Childhood and Integrated Working with Children & Families
All Postgraduate courses except PGCE

Friday 3rd November 1:45 pm
Institute of Education 3
Diploma in Education & Training
PGCE Primary & Secondary

Staff Robes and confirmation of attendance

You can order your robes via the staff portal. Please log-in with your network log-in and password (not through staff SOLE) and go to Your Online Services in the centre where you should see Robe Booking New.  If you have ordered robes this way before then your details should be shown and you need only confirm which ceremony/ceremonies you are attending and book (at bottom of page).  If your details are not shown, please enter your details as appropriate.  Please ensure that you have booked your robe by Thursday 12th  October.

If you are graduating this year you should wear the correct robes for the award you will be receiving at that ceremony rather than robes from a previous award.  If you have your own robe, please still go through the robe booking facility to confirm attendance.

To confirm your attendance, and reserve a place on the coach please make sure you have used the Robe Booking facility on the staff page (as above). Once you have successfully booked you will receive a confirmation email summarising your details.

Staff robes will be available for collection on the day of your ceremony from 8.00 in the Dance Studio RB1001 (at Riverside).  Please enter Riverside via the doors at the back of the building, nearest the car park.  Robes should be returned by 5.30 the same day to the designated room at the front of the Arena.

For any queries regarding your gown hire, please contact Sallie Walters on ext 5499 or email s.walters@worc.ac.uk

Partner Organisation staff

Generally a formal invitation goes to the Principal/Chief Executive of partner organisations. We do not send invitations to other staff at partner organisations as they are treated as associate staff. We expect Institutes to ensure that their associate staff at partner institutions are kept up to date with the arrangements for graduation including booking robes, coach times etc.

Rehearsal

There will be a rehearsal at the Cathedral for those in the Platform Party at 2:00pm on Monday 30th October. This is particularly important for those involved on the platform – please let me know if you wish to attend.

Car parking

As Worcester Week activities will be taking place at St John’s campus, all graduands have been advised to use City Centre car parks. Staff, however, will be able to use the St John’s campus car parks as usual.  Staff will not be able to use the Riverside car park without a Graduation permit.

Coaches

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday ceremonies

Staff and VIP coaches will depart from the Riverside coach bays at 9:30 for morning ceremonies and 1:15 for afternoon ceremonies. There will be a coach to take staff to Riverside from St John’s campus. This will leave from outside the Woodbury building at St John’s campus at 8:45 for morning ceremonies, and 12:15 for afternoon ceremonies.  There will also be a coach from City Campus to Riverside for the Worcester Business School ceremony (details to be notified).

Thursday ceremonies only

Staff and VIP coaches will depart from the Riverside coach bays at 9:30 for the morning ceremony, 12:30 for the middle ceremony and 2:40 for the afternoon ceremony. There will be a coach to take staff to Riverside from St John’s campus.  This will leave from outside the Woodbury building at St John’s campus at 8:45 for the morning ceremony, 11:15 for the middle ceremony and 1:45 for the afternoon ceremony

All ceremonies

After the ceremonies a coach will bring staff back to Riverside for the reception. There will not be a coach to return staff to St John’s or City after the reception unless there is heavy rain. This is to enable staff to stay at the reception with the graduates and guests for as long as they wish.

Procession

Staff will process from the Guildhall and will enter the Cathedral using the West Door (as last year). Access to this door is across some cobbled stones and a few steps.  If this presents a problem, please let Kevin Pickess know on the day, and you will be able to join the procession from inside the building.

The procession will leave the Cathedral via the North Door as in recent years.

Staff seating

Staff will be seated to the left of the platform.

Staff graduating

If you are a member of staff graduating please note that you must travel to the ceremony with your fellow graduands, and also sit in the graduate seats rather than with your colleagues. Please remember to collect your ticket with your Cathedral seat number from Riverside.

Live broadcasts

We are again offering graduands the opportunity to purchase tickets for their guests to view a live broadcast of their ceremony. These will be shown in Lecture Theatre in Riverside and entrance is by ticket only. This provides an opportunity for more guests to participate in the event.

Post ceremony reception

As usual, all participating staff are encouraged to return to Riverside and join their graduates in the Arena for a celebratory drink.  We have offered graduates and their guests the opportunity to purchase a hot meal (Chicken Thai Green Curry with rice, or Quorn Lasagne with Garlic Bread). If you would like the option of the hot meal, please email Sallie Walters at s.walters@worc.ac.uk by Thursday 12th October confirming which ceremony you will be attending.  In order to ensure that we are able to manage expectations and meet demand you will not have the opportunity to purchase the hot meal on the day.

Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass Series 2017

RI Mathematics Masterclasses are hands-on and interactive extracurricular sessions led by top experts from academia and industry for keen and talented young people.

The Masterclass programme was started by Prof Sir Christopher Zeeman in 1981 after the popularity of his 1978 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on mathematics.

Students attending the Masterclass in 2016 led by Dr Katie Steckles playing Noughts and Crosses on a cylinder.

Here at the University of Worcester we have been working with the Royal Institution since 2013 to deliver an annual series of six Mathematics Masterclasses in the autumn. Students from Year 9 are nominated by their schools and invited to attend – as the popularity of the Masterclasses has grown the series has become heavily oversubscribed. This year 16 schools from Herefordshire and Worcestershire are represented by the 52 students who will be attending.

Our first class takes place on Saturday 7th October and will be led by Dr Vicky Neale. Vicky is the Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford. She will lead a session on Number Theory which is her area of speciality. In subsequent weeks we will have the Operational Research Association leading a session on ‘Making Better Decisions’; a Cryptography Challenge and a session considering the use of mathematics in a business context. There’s always something for everyone in these classes and the feedback from students attending is always fantastic:

Thank you so much for these classes I have always loved maths but these have made me love maths even more!” Attendee 2016

Jane Moreton
PGCE Secondary Mathematics Course Tutor

University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference 2018

This is early information regarding the University of Worcester’s Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, which will take place on Wednesday 13th June 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm and Thursday 14th June 2018, 9am – 5.pm.

This year the conference day 1 will commence at 5pm with our first Keynote speaker. This will be followed by a series of ignite presentations (5 minutes each) and then the opportunity to view the poster presentations and network over a cheese and wine reception.

Day 2 will begin at 9.30am with a panel session, with the opportunity to discuss key themes of the conference and ask questions.  This will then be followed by a series of conference presentations throughout the day, culminating in the second Keynote speaker and closing address. It is hoped that the change of format will continue to attract a large number of colleagues and will enable inclusion of some alternative delivery approaches, providing increased opportunities for more staff to share their innovative, inspirational and excellent learning and teaching.

Further details of the conference and its theme will follow but colleagues are encouraged to hold these important dates in their diaries.

Prospective Mood Monitoring in Mood Disorders

On the 11 October 2017, 1.00pm-2.00pm, we will launch the IHS Research Seminar Series for this academic year

Professor Lisa Jones and Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith of the Mood Disorders Research Group will be presenting a session entitled ‘Prospective Mood Monitoring in Mood Disorders. The seminar will take place in EEG164.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Share and Inspire Seminars – Semester 1, 2017/18

Share and inspire seminars for the autumn term are aimed at generating discussion and sharing practice in relation to issues of academic practice that we know are challenging to colleagues.

Creating effective learning environments and classroom civility: we know that managing student behaviour in the classroom can be challenging, and is a concern to staff and students alike when learning is ‘disrupted’.  This session and the follow-up opportunities will explore solutions.

Developing student’s academic and study skills is central to the higher education experience, but what assumptions do course teams make about the skills students have at the start of their course, and are there effective and innovative ways to support development, working with Library Services?  This session will showcase examples of practice.

Research inspired teaching and employability are key considerations for any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum – but how can they be related to provide effective learning?  This session will explore examples and identify ways in which students can develop employability through developing research sills and understanding.

Please see the Realising Teaching Excellence blog via https://rteworcester.wordpress.com/ for further details and book through the University Staff Development webpages.

Academic Misconduct Committee – Staff Request

Dear Colleague,

I am looking for a volunteer member of the panel for two cases at the Academic Misconduct Committee due to take place on Tuesday 10th October between 10.50 am and 12.30 pm. Academic members of staff only please, members of the Institute of Science and the Environment and Institute of Sport and Exercise Science need not reply.

I am also looking for a volunteer member of the panel for two cases at the Academic Misconduct Committee due to take place on Wednesday 18th October from 10.00 am until 12.00. Academic members of staff only please, members of the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts and the Institute of Health and Society need not reply.

Replies can be sent to academicmisconduct@worc.ac.uk

Kind Regards

Sallie

New Education Modules for Key Stage 3

The University of Worcester, Institute of Education and the Waterworks Museum – Hereford are pleased to announce the availability of new education modules to support secondary teachers in the delivery of national curriculum key stage-3. The modules have been developed by Trainee Teachers from the University of Worcester, as part of a PGCE Teaching and Learning Project.

The modules comprise of a sequence of lessons centred on a visit to the Waterworks Museum. The resources, which are freely available, include suggested lesson plans, PowerPoint introductions to the themes and, where appropriate, supporting resources.

In Module 1 (Water – Development Issues and Global learning) pupils will be encouraged to think about their own use of water and from this develop their own ideas about water use for sanitation and drinking in the global context of water scarcity, infrastructure and access, as well as water scarcity.

Lessons in Module 2 will focus on Human Interaction with Water and will look at how this has changed over time and space. Pupils will be encouraged to form their own opinions to argue which was the most important evolution in this history.

Module 3 will look at the processes involved in river flooding, and include some work on local knowledge of Herefordshire. By investigating the question: Why do rivers flood? students will learn how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems.

PGCE Trainee Teachers have developed these KS3 modules in the first phase of collaboration between the University and the Waterworks Museum. They will complement the existing education service delivered at the Museum, which in 2016/17 received visits from over 600 primary school pupils and their teachers. Last year, the Museum also received visits from students at Hereford Sixth Form College and the Hereford College of Arts.

Museum Chairman, Richard Curtis said: ‘We were delighted to the approached by the University of Worcester to work with a group of Secondary PGCE Geography Trainee Teachers for an exercise in collaborative curriculum planning.  This has been very successful project. In just a matter of weeks the university Trainees identified clear and practical ways in which the Museum’s education service and visits to the Museum could support Herefordshire’s schools in delivery of the KS3 curriculum, especially (but not exclusively) for Geography and STEM subjects.’

Project Lead for the university, Jill Jackson, was keen to establish links with the Museum and found it to be a very productive and rewarding project for the geography trainees and tutors alike. The knowledge and passion shown by the volunteers at the Museum inspired and motivated the group to collaboratively plan and create an array of contemporary and relevant curriculum resources for schools.

For more information on these education resources please visit the Waterworks Museum website: www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk.

Sports Therapy Sports Massage and Injury Clinics

Dear all

Now the academic year is starting to gain momentum it is time to inform you all of the Sports Therapy Clinics that are running throughout semester 1, starting Monday 2nd October. As per previous years we will be running Sports Massage Clinics and Sports Injury Clinics, both of which are staffed by Sports Therapy students under supervision on the balcony in the Sports Centre.

Sports Massage Clinics
Monday 9.00-12.00
Tuesday 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00
Thursday 14.00-17.00

Sports Injury Clinics
Monday 14.00-17.00
Thursday 9.00-13.00
Friday 9.00-13.00

All bookings are to be made via the Sports Centre reception either in person or over the phone (please keep trying if you don’t get through as the Sports Supervisor may well be setting up equipment around one of the many sports facilities) on extension 2333 (01905 542333).

The costs this year for unlimited treatment* will be: UW Students £10, UW Staff £40 all other external clients £50, the fees are payable at the Sports Centre reception and are in place to cover consumables. We believe this represents excellent value for money, even if you only attend a few times throughout the year.

*subject to reasonable usage of no more than two sessions per week.

The clinics are open to all, all we request is that you come prepared i.e. shorts, vest tops etc and that you work with us to help develop the Sports Therapy students.

Please book early to avoid disappointment, clinics will be subject to cancellation on any day the University is forced to close or other unforeseen circumstances arise.

Kind regards,

Darren

Dr Darren Cooper
Principal Lecturer in Sports Therapy
ISES Technology Enhanced Learning Co-Lead
Co-Lead Sports Therapist for Worcester Wolves
Mendeley Advisor

The Open Access week

Open access is an increasingly important aspect of the scholarly communication chain, making research outcomes available to everyone. The 10th International Open Access week takes place between the 23rd and 29th October and coincides with 10th anniversary of the University’s research repository WRaP (Worcester Research and Publications). To celebrate these two anniversaries we are planning a number of events over the week:

  • An exhibition of original research articles, books and other research outputs in The Hive. An opportunity to showcase the research that the University of Worcester carries out, and to explore the role of open access in research dissemination.
  • We will also run three Open Access roadshows during the week, at The Hive, City Campus and St. John’s Campus where the Research Team will be available to answer questions around Open Access share tea and cake  – details to follow.

Contact
Karol Kosinski
k.kosinski@worc.ac.uk
01905 542909

What’s On at The Hive in October

We hope you can join us on Saturday 7 October for Space Day, our biggest event in October. From 11am – 4pm there will be talks by Space professionals, storytimes with children’s author Hazel Hiles, displays, hands-on activities and a whole host of Space experts to talk to. During October we have also got several new exhibitions in the atrium, cafe, cabinets next to the cafe and on Level 2 to look out for, a book signing with Chris Riddell, illustrator extraordinaire and workshops and theatre, both part of Beeline – University of Worcester Storytelling Festival for Children.

All of our October highlights are listed below. For our full Autumn programme please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you in The Hive.

Get Online Week  (2 – 8 October) free drop-in sessions Using your Tablet or Smartphone for eBooks – Monday 2 October, 10 – 11am Finding and Booking Holidays Online – Thursday 5 October, 10 – 11am Understanding Social Media – Thursday 5 October, 10- 11am

Picture This! – 29 September – 30 October Exhibition of prize-winning entries from the Picture This! Illustration Competition. Featuring three winning UK entries.

Every Picture Tells a Story – 3 – 30 October Collection of illustrated poems and stories created by graphic designer and illustrator Mercedes Pearson on display in the café.

Baat Region 6 Presents – 4 – 30 October Selection of artworks made by therapists from the British Association of Art Therapists (Baat) Region 6 on display in the cabinets next to the café.

Starting Family History (2 parts) – Wednesday 4 October, 2 – 4.30pm Want to know how to begin tracing your ancestors and building your family tree? This two-part workshop will explain how to get started, key tips and the main sources you will need. Tickets £15.00 Book tickets

First Steps in Family History – Thursday 5 October, 11.30am One hour introduction to guide you round the family history resources held on the Explore the Past floor.  £5.00 Book tickets

The Great Hive Book Rescue – Wednesday 4 October, 12 – 2pm Rummage through our wide range of academic and non-academic titles, all for 50p each, and raise money for charity.

Workplace Skills courses organised by Worcestershire County Council Adult Learning Team Emergency First Aid in the Workplace – Thursday 5 October, 9am – 4pm, £57.00. Introduction to Business Accounts for Sole Traders – Thursday 5 October, 10am – 3pm, £36.00.

Space Day – Saturday 7 October, 11am – 4pm Join us for a day of space. Talk to experts, look through powerful telescopes, find out how astronauts live in Space and what it takes to launch a rocket.  Book a place to hear Alan Brunstrom from ESA talk about how Space helps you every day and Dave Shayler talking about How the Space Shuttle Assembled and Supplied the Space Station.  Find out more and book tickets

Explore House History – Saturday 7 October, 10am – 1pm Interested in discovering more about the house you live in, or another historic building? Book onto this three hour workshop to find out about the resources held in The Hive that could help you discover more.  £15.00 book tickets

Book signing – Chris Riddell, Illustrator Extraordinaire – Monday 9 October, 4.30pm onwards

Story Pit Tales – 10.30am – 12.30pm On three Saturdays during the University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival we will be joined by professional storytellers who will tell stories from around the world. 7 October – Peter Chand,  14 October– Sally Tonge,  21 October – Amy Douglas No booking required.

Shopify: A Guide to Selling Online with eCommerce – Tuesday 10 October, 4 – 6pm Introduction to the world of ecommerce with Shopify.  Covering domain names, Shopify platform, Payment Gateways, website design, products and orders, shipping and taxes, order notifications and apps.  Book tickets

Migrant Press (Revisited) – 12 – 26 October on Level 2 New works by artists Sonia Boyce, S Mark Gubb and David Blackmore responding to the 1960’s transatlantic poetry publisher. Level 2.

Young at Art – Thursday 12 October, 10.30am – 12pm Art and story themed sessions for Under 5s.  No booking required. £3.00 per child.

Resources for supporting A-level coursework – Wednesday 18 October, 6 – 8pm An introduction for teachers to the 45,000 online journals and other resources available to students at The Hive.  £3.00 Book tickets

October half term holiday Rat-a-tat Tales – Wednesday 25 October, 11am and 2.45pm The Ugly Duckling children’s theatre – Thursday 26 October, 11am & 2pm, tickets £4.00. Book making workshop with illustrator Sarah Millin – Friday 27 October, 10am & 1pm, tickets £4.00.

International Open Access Week – 23 – 29 October  Exhibition of original photographic images and records used in University of Worcester research. See and understand the research that the University of Worcester carries out and explore the role of open access – a vehicle for research dissemination.

Discover More About Archaeological Finds (4 weeks) – Thursday 26 October, 7 – 8.30pm £45.00 more information and to book tickets.

Creative Digital Media – 30 October – 3 November Exhibition of work by students completing the Masters in Creative Digital Media.

We would love to hear what you think about our events programme. Are we getting it right? Please help us by completing our short online questionnaire – thank you!

Launch of 2017-18 Students as Academic Partners scheme

Following a successful Students as Academic Partners (SAP) scheme in 2016-17, with very high quality projects being completed, we are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-18 scheme. Applications are now open until 30 October 2017. Please can you share this information with colleagues who may be interested in applying to the scheme.

Students and staff are invited to submit applications which have a clear emphasis on supporting future course development and improving the course and student experience. The scheme seeks to employ students as active partners of learning and teaching project teams based within the University. SAP is open to all students who are eligible to work in the UK and registered on a course for this academic year, and to all staff at the university.

Information on the scheme and details on how to apply are here:

SAP Project Scheme 2017-18

SAP_application_17_18

Final reports from previous years are also available for inspiration!

We look forward to receiving your application. Please contact us if you need any further information:

Karen Blackmore (k.blackmore@worc.ac.uk), academic lead for the SAP project scheme.

Carolyn Nisbet (c.nisbet@worc.ac.uk) project manager for the SAP project scheme.