University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Conference – Call for Papers

Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring Life-long and Life-wide Learning
University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Conference
13-14 June 2018

Call for papers

The theme for the University of Worcester Learning and Teaching 2018 conference is:  Unlocking potential: the key to inspiring life-long and life-wide learning.

In today’s culture of increasing accountability in Higher Education, this conference seeks to explore the opportunities for unlocking student potential. There are numerous strategies to inspire life-long learners, including authentic learning experiences, working in partnerships and sharing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

The Conference will include a panel discussion on breaking boundaries and keynote lectures from:

Eric Stoller – A higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker. He frequently gives keynotes on how educators can use social media for learning and engagement and is a proponent for teaching students about digital identity development.

You can get a taste of Eric’s work on his blog at http://ericstoller.com/blog/

Luke Millard – The Director of Educational Development Service at Birmingham City University;  he is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and was Chair of the European First Year Experience conference in 2017.

We invite proposals which showcase teaching practice that encourages independent, holistic and continuous learning from those who work and study at the University of Worcester, partner colleges and beyond.

Abstract proposals and Titles for Ignite, should be submitted using the linked form.  Abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations should be no more than 250 words.  A title and key words should be submitted for the Ignite presentations.

You are invited to submit an abstract to be presented in one of the following formats:

Ignite format – no more than 5 slides delivered in a short (max 5 minutes) session. Q&A will be at the end of all session along with networking opportunities.  See www.ignitetalks.io for more information

Oral presentation – a presentation of no more than 12 minutes in duration with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A

Poster – specific guidance on the final layout and formatting will be provided upon notification of acceptance.

Although the conference committee aims to accommodate as many applications as possible, this is a selective process and spaces are limited.  Where space is very limited in a particular strand, applicants may be asked to present in a different format to their original submission.

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants contacted during the week beginning 30th April 2018.

You will also need to register to attend the event in order to contribute to the conference; further information will be sent out in due course.

Criteria for acceptance

In order to be selected for the conference, your proposed contribution will need to:

  • Have clear relevance to the overall conference title and agenda
  • Be written with clarity so that the content is easily understood by the review panel and by conference delegates
  • Be of interest to conference delegates by describing practice or research from which others might learn
  • Ensure accuracy of citations, where these are used.

The closing date for submissions to the conference is Monday 9 April 2018.  Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

For further information please contact ltconference@worc.ac.uk .

Library news: Tech for students with additional needs, Resource Lists: reminder of the basics, New view for Resource Lists

Tech for students with additional needs

Library Services subscribes to Sensus Access, a handy tool which helps students with additional needs convert files into more accessible versions. For more details see our blog post.

Resource Lists: reminder of the basics

Our Resource Lists advice page for staff has had a refresh, including an updated video guide. All resource lists for semester 2 should now be published- contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you have any queries.

New view for Resource Lists

Talis have refreshed the student view of Resource Lists in response to user feedback.

New features include:

  • additional item details which display within the list itself, instead of a separate screen;
  • book jackets where available;
  • the ability to change referencing style within the list;
  • a button to report broken links next to each item.

The new list view keeps all your notes and sections. It also works in Blackboard, so you can still link to a list and embed sections of a list within different parts of your Blackboard module.

Ready to take a look? Log in to http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk and find your list. You’ll have the option to switch your list over to the new view. Once you’ve logged in and clicked on the List beta button, you will see the new list view displaying.  To ensure it also displays in Blackboard, click on List beta on the top right corner and select 2.0 as default.

All feedback welcome: please email your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Weekend student football league

Football league

New 7-aside football league
Sunday Evenings, 6 – 8pm at the University of Worcester (3G astro)

To join you will need to either:
1. Enter your own team of (max. 10 players and min. 7 players)
2. Sign up individually and you will be placed in a team
Cost per team – £16 registration fee and £16 weekly subs fee.

For more information and to sign up, please contact h.simpson@worc.ac.uk and follow the Facebook page @UWWFL2018

Lecture on Glaciation to teachers, pupils, students and PGCE trainees

The new Worcester Geographical Association branch kicked off with a talk from Dr Des McDougall on Glaciers and Climate Change in the European Alps at the University of Worcester on February 1st.

He developed knowledge and understanding of the glaciers in the Alps with proof of change over the centuries of the impact of changing climates. There were photos, maps and graphs to identify what has changed and where. The impact the changes are having on the human development of the land and the physical changes are quite dramatic in such a small area but having a wider impact globally. We had an enthusiastic audience who were able to enhance their knowledge as well as make suggestions for future meetings.

Our next meeting will be at The Hive on March 22nd at 5.30 where we are going to display the winning photos from our water photography competition and share some ideas for working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and some resources that have been made to use at the Hereford Waterworks Museum.

The purpose of the new Geographical Association is to promote Geography in Worcestershire and to provide a forum for people to share ideas and support one another. The recent changes at GCSE and A level have been a challenge for teachers and we are hoping that people will embrace the opportunity to meet regularly to share concerns and ideas of resources they have developed. Please contact Sue Rees on s.rees@worc.ac.uk or Rob Bircher on rob.bircher@gmail.com for further information.

February Holiday Clubs and Activities at Lakeside

A series of fun-packed school Holiday Clubs!

Lakeside 1Lakeside 2Lakeside 3

The University of Worcester Lakeside Campus presents a series of fun-packed holiday clubs of outdoor adventure, sport & activities. These clubs offer 6-14-year-olds an exciting time in the outdoors to broaden their minds and exercise their bodies. Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bushcraft and much much more.

The next club is being held during the February half-term break (19 – 23 February) and booking is open now at this site here or by contacting us directly:
Phone: 01905 622223
Email: lakeside@worc.ac.uk
Web: worcester.ac.uk/lakeside


Outdoor Activities and team building for schools, youth groups and corporate clients

Please find attached our guide which details the engaging experiences we deliver through outdoor activities and team building within our local communities for
schools and youth groups as well as corporate clients. We can run a
variety of one day to multiple day courses and have a proven track
record working with many local schools, colleges and professionals.

Staff Development Workshops

Course Leaders Skills Gyms Working with Others Part 1

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. She has run a number of very successful training sessions for staff at the University who have reported back how the sessions have enabled them to have open and honest conversations with team members and this has had a very positive impact on the working relationships. This Skills Gym is will look at understanding those you work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable you to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations. This session will look at how our perceptions become our reality, how we react to the needs of others, using questioning and listening skills to understand rather than judge. You will look at how to establish the best approaches, verbally and non-verbally and stay professional under pressure

  • 14-03-2018 13:00 – 16:30


Course Leaders Skills Gym Working with Others Part 2
 

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. She has run a number of very successful training sessions for staff at the University who have reported back how the sessions have enabled them to have open and honest conversations with team members and this has had a very positive impact on the working relationships. This Skills Gym will look at demonstrating personal confidence and self-belief while embracing the power of non-verbal communication. This will include the introduction to 4 styles of communication, looking at how you can flex your style to improve your effectiveness in working with others and identifying communication switch-ons and turn-offs for each style. The session will include look at the power of non-verbal communication creating a positive impact with your voice and body responding to body language shown by others.

  • 25-04-2018 13:00 – 16:30

Information Security Awareness Training

IT workshops are designed to provide you with the opportunity to understand and comply with current IT security best practice and identify access appropriate support. The one hour sessions will help to: Improve your understanding of Information Security Find out about the wide range of IT services and support available to you Discover what tools are available to help you work more securely

  • 19-02-2018 11:00 – 12:00
  • 26-02-2018 11:00 – 12:00
  • 05-03-2018 11:00 – 12:00

Skills Gyms – Working with Others (part 1)

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. This Skills Gym will look at understanding those we work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable us to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations. This session will look at how our perceptions become our reality, how we react to the needs of others, using questioning and listening skills to understand rather than judge. You will look at how to establish the best approaches, verbally and non-verbally and stay professional under pressure

  • 13-03-2018 09:00 – 12:30
  • 20-03-2018 09:00 – 12:30

Skills Gyms Working with Others part 2

Sally Booth is a highly experienced trainer who is passionate about building confidence and skill in others to help enhance their performance at work. Her personal satisfaction comes from enabling people to increase their personal impact and to encourage influential team and individual communication. This Skills Gym will look at understanding those we work with, both customers and colleagues, to enable us to understand the issues and effectively resolve difficult situations This session will look at demonstrating personal confidence and self-belief while embracing the power of non-verbal communication. This will combine with an introduction to 4 styles of communication and how you can flex your style to improve the your effectiveness in working with others. Part 2: Follow-Up  Key Topics: Demonstrating Personal Confidence and Self-Belief A further look at the Power of Non-verbal Communication Creating a Positive Impact with your Voice and Body Responding to Body Language shown by others Introduction to 4 Styles of Communication (Driver; Expressive; Amiable; Analytical) Identifying own preferred Style and that of others Communication switch-ons and turn-offs for each style.

  • 14-03-2018 09:00 – 12:30

If you’re interested in any of the above workshops, you can now book a space through the Staff Development System  or by contacting the HR Training Team (training@worc.ac.uk ).

IHS Research Seminar Series – 14 February – Innovative Methodologies

On 14 February 2018, as part of the IHS Research Seminar Series, Professor Eleanor Bradley will be chairing a session entitled ‘Innovative Methodologies – Part 1’’. Karen Gray (PhD Student – Association for Dementia Studies) and Elaine Walklet (Senior Lecturer – Psychology) will be presenting methodologies they have used in their own research.

The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in EE2012.

For further details please see the attached flyer.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Student Services Newsletter

Student Services News aims to provide current University of Worcester staff information, updates and insights from across Student Services. We support students in many different ways, across all aspects of student life. Student Services includes:

  • Careers & Employability
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counselling & Mental Health
  • Disability & Dyslexia Service
  • firstpoint
  • Money Advice
  • Student Achievement
  • Student Support & Wellbeing
  • Unitots

You can access the latest newsletter here: Semester One 2017-18

Pledge to participate in the ‘Sustainable Development Goals Teach-In’ 19-23 February

The SDG teach-in is being promoted by the NUS and asks educators across UK universities and colleges to pledge to include the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their teaching, learning, and assessment in one or more of their courses during the week. This may be done through case studies, debate, discussion, group work, or simulations relating to topics included within the SDGs. Ideally, students will learn about the SDGs and their relevance to the course. The SDG teach-in will give lecturers and teaching staff the chance to start the conversation, help raise awareness of why the SDGs should be at the heart of further and higher education, and stimulate the change needed to make this happen.

Find out more at https://sustainability.unioncloud.org/responsible-futures/esd-teach-in/pledge

Sustainable Development Goals Teach in

Students’ Union Elections – Nominations Open Soon

Nominations for the Students’ Union Elections will be open from Monday 19 February until Thursday 1 March.

As a Union, we would really like to encourage as many students as possible to stand in the Leadership Elections. Being an SU Officer is a tremendous opportunity for students of any age and from any academic background. This role will help students to develop skills and confidence, whilst providing them with a range of experiences and opportunities that will improve their employability and prepare them well for their future careers.

Do you know a student who would be amazing?

In order to encourage students to consider standing for one of these positions, the Students’ Union is inviting both students and staff to recommend individuals who they feel would be suitable candidates. For more information on the roles, please see http://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/. These anonymous recommendations will be followed up by the SU where the students concerned will be told that they have been recommended and they will be invited to consider nominating themselves. If you would like to recommend a student, please complete the form at http://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/recommend/.

You can view our Elections Teaser Trailer on our Facebook page (not for the faint of heart…….) – https://www.facebook.com/worcestersu/videos/1742517285770808/

Production Print Services switching to Digital Storefront

Dear colleague,

Please note that Production Print Services will be switching to Digital Storefront as its only job submission method from 31st January 2018 onwards.

Over the past year we have been developing and testing an alternative to submitting requests via email which offers a number of advantages to make the process of submitting work to the Print Room far easier, including an “Amazon style” online shop front to make it easier to select what you need.

The Digital Storefront can be found on the Staff homepage under “Production Print Services Portal” or by using this link

Should you require training on using any of its features please log a request via the IT Service Desk.

Please note that any email submissions to Production Print Services will cease to be actioned as of January 31st 2018. The only exception to this rule is for general enquires or business card orders*  which can be placed by emailing print@worc.ac.uk along with a completed UW Business Stationary form found on the O: drive here

Many thanks

Production Print Services

*Please note that business stationary orders are produced during the 1st week of each month subject to demand.

Toni and Guy offer for staff and students

Toni and Guy Worcester have agreed a deal with the University of Worcester for 25% off all cut and colour services for all staff and students. Representatives from Toni and Guy attended the Refreshers Fair at the Students’ Union and proved very popular with students and staff alike!

For bookings and further information contact:

11 The Foregate, Worcester, WR1 3QD
01905 731111

Winter Equality and Diversity Event

The University and Unison Celebrate Women’s International Day 2018.

Free Film Evening on Tuesday 6 March at 6.30pm

University of Worcester Riverside Building (free entry to event, parking available)
Pre-film refreshments served from 6.30pm

Bucket Collection in aid of West Mercia Women’s Aid
Everybody welcome!
Info: unison@worcestershire.gov.uk

International Women's Day

Linking and learning globally through online collaboration: Engaging with the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and beyond

Most disciplines strive to ensure that their graduates have the requisite knowledge and skills to engage effectively in cross-cultural and transnational contexts. However, many colleagues and students may struggle to find the time and resources to embed these concepts meaningfully into the curriculum. Associate professors Dr Helen Mongan-Rallis and Dr. David Syring from the University of Minnesota Duluth have joined a growing cadre of colleagues from across the globe aiming to overcome the challenge of connecting students and academics through collaborative online international learning (COIL).

Typically, COIL projects involve the co-development of a course, module or series of lessons by two or more lecturers from different countries who recognise that an innovative and valuable kind of learning occurs when students from different parts of the world work together on a common area of focus. Helen and David have ample experience of how this works by connecting students and lecturers so they can expand their understandings of intercultural and transnational learning.

If you’d like to develop links in your own discipline with other colleagues throughout the world, or even if you’d like to know more about COIL and how it works, then you’re cordially invited to attend one of two open sessions. Details of these sessions are as follows:

Monday 19 February 2018 – 9.15 – 10.15, at St John’s Campus (room BY 1147) An additional hour has been added (10:15 – 11:15) for an informal discussion/drop in session in the same room

Monday 19 February 2018 – 13.15 – 14.15, at City Campus (room CH 1003). An additional hour has been added (14:15-15:15) for an informal discussion/drop in session in the same room

Interested colleagues are invited to express their interest by signing on via the Staff Development Workshops website.

If you’re unable to attend either of these learning and networking sessions, and if you’d like to make an individual appointment to meet up with Helen and David while they’re visiting Worcester between 19 and 22 February, please email Helen directly at:  hrallis@d.umn.edu.

Students’ Union RAG total on the rise

The Students’ Union are very pleased to announce that this year’s RAG total has now reached over £8500. This means we’ve smashed last year’s grand total just in semester one! Kudos to the committee over at Worcester Students’ Union RAG and to everyone who’s contributed to this total, no matter how big or small.

Worcester Students’ Union Raise and Give (RAG) works to facilitate student fundraising at the University of Worcester. Every year we have a nominated local charity that we will fundraise for throughout the year and who will be the recipient of all proceeds raised during RAG week. This year our students have voted Alzheimer’s Society as our nominated charity.

Keep an eye out for more fundraising activities from our students throughout the year!

RAG

Exhibitors for the 2018 Hive Science Night

The Hive are looking for exhibitors for the 2018 Hive Science Night and it sounds like a great opportunity…

The 2017 Science Night was our most successful yet with an estimated 400 attendees who came to see over 20 table-top interactive exhibitions and 6 engaging talks presented by local institutions, organisations, community groups and academics. The event provided a great opportunity to introduce children to the wonder of the sciences and showcase the work of scientists to the local community.

In 2018, we have chosen the theme “Fragile Earth” and we hope to find contributors from across many disciplines; from bee keeping to volcanoes, renewable energy to extinction, water cycle to geology, rainforests to ice ages, and everything in between!

Our message today is to ask if you would be interested in taking part in the event in 2018? We are looking for interactive exhibitions aimed at families (generally children 6-12 and parents but all ages welcome), which excite the imagination and really engage visitors. Previous exhibitions have included using microscopes, friction experiments, thermal imaging cameras, making marine conservation reserves, gazing at the stars through telescopes, rocket demonstrations, holding prehistoric stone tools and much more.

The event will be on the evening of Thursday 15 March 2018 between 4.30 and 8pm. For more information about The Hive please visit http://www.thehiveworcester.org/
If you would be interested in providing an exhibit or talk at The Hive Science Night in 2018, or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get back in touch via Andie Webley awebley@worcestershire.gov.uk.

Our exhibitors list currently looks like this:

  • Volcanology                                        University of Bristol
  • Making Lava Lamps                           Christopher Whitehead Sixth Form
  • Minecraft Volcanoes                           Lancaster University
  • Science for Under 5s                          Science from the Start
  • Flooding and Water                             Environment Agency
  • Bees                                                    Worcester Bee Keepers
  • Mass Extinction                                   University of Leeds
  • Ocean Chemistry                                 University of Birmingham
  • Renewable Electricity                          Transition Worcester
  • Voyages in Deep Time                        H&W Earth Heritage Trust
  • Prehistoric Animals                             Archive and Archaeology Service
  • The Plastic Tide                                  Citizen Science & British Science Week
  • Science Busking                                 The Hive Library
  • Images of Science Exhibition              Royal Photography Society
  • Fun activities for younger children      The Hive Library

If you’d like to get involved please contact Andie (details below).
Thank you for your time and kind regards

Andie Webley
Library Team Leader
The Hive | Sawmill Walk | The Butts | Worcester  | WR1 3PD
tel: (01905) 822866
email: awebley@worcestershire.gov.uk

Social Media in the Workplace: Lessons in Employment Law

Stephen Hurley (Solicitor & Senior Lecturer in Employment & Equality Law at University of Worcester

Date: Wed 21 March 2018 Time: 6pm-7.30pm
Venue: The Hive Cost: Free

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube … the list grows and grows. What does the law say about an employee’s ability to use social media at work? Is social media use at work a basic human right or a dangerous luxury, liable to end in tears?

This lecture will suggest some lessons we can all learn from the caselaw. (Note: The talk is for educational purposes only. It will not be legal advice.)

Booking required via the Hive website at http://www.thehiveworcester.org/business-events.html

Events at The Infirmary

Medical Book Group: The Physician by Noah Gordon

Date: 22 Feb Time: 7pm
Venue: The Infirmary Cost: FREE

Gather in the exhibition to discuss the epic classic novel charting the 11th century journey of Robert Cole from London to Persia to learn about medicine. The group discussion focusses on the medical story and how that might be interpreted today. Booking preferred at www.bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets

The Physician


Bones, Bricks and Buildings

Date: 20 Feb and 23 Feb Time: 11am & 1pm (both days)
Venue: The Infirmary Cost: FREE

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the architecture? Who built it? When? Why? Take a walk around City Campus to look at the range of Georgian, Victorian and contemporary buildings. Also, discover more about the bone pits found on site and what we think they were used for. It will take place outside for 40 minutes. Free with booking required at www.bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets

An event during Love Worcester Heritage Festival.

Arrows


Dissection of a heart

Date: 21 Feb Time: 11am & 1pm
Venue: St John’s Campus Reception Cost: FREE

During love and infatuation, the heart gets the blame. What is a heart? How does it function? Undertake a guided pig heart dissection with friends and family to find out more! FREE. Suitable for all over six years old, all children must be supervised. Booking essential at www.bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets

An event during Love Worcester Heritage Festival.

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National Museum & Wellbeing Week

Date: Week 12-18 March Time:
Venue: The Infirmary and George Marshall Medical Museum Cost: FREE

The medical museums of Worcester will be hosting various events this week to highlight the wellbeing. Activities will include sessions to focus on body and mind through yoga, walking, mind challenges, etc. Stay updated by following The Infirmary and George Marshall Medical Museum on Facebook or Twitter. Booking required at www.bit.ly/TheInfirmaryTickets

‘Agents of Development’ Conference – Saturday 17 March

In this year’s Beacons conference we step back from addressing some of the bigger contemporary themes in development, and instead take a more personal focus on what development means for different actors engaged in the development process.

In particular, we are keen to explore the relationship between individual experiences of ‘doing development’ (whether in a professional, voluntary, field practitioner or education-based capacity), and how this shapes our individual perceptions and guides our agency of what should be done, where and with whom.

At a time when the international development agenda is dominated by the overarching strategic aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is critically important not to lose sight of the individual roles that all development stakeholders can play – from the top-level of policy-making to grassroots activism – in influencing and delivering sustainable development.

Download the poster for more details.

Severn Stars Fixtures

The Severn Stars play their first home game of the 2018 season this coming Saturday 10 February, 6pm first centre pass. Here are the home fixtures for the rest of the season:

17th February 2018 6:00 pm Severn Stars vs Wasps Netball

7:30 pm Severn Stars vs Team Bath

6:00 pm Severn Stars vs Surrey Storm

6:00 pm Severn Stars vs Loughborough Lightning

See https://www.severnstars.co.uk/ for further details.

Launch of 2018 undergraduate student surveys

Dear colleague,

On Monday 5 February 2018, we are launching the National Student Survey (NSS) and the internal Course Experience Survey (CES) to all undergraduate students at the University. The NSS is open to all final year students who have not previously been invited to complete it, and the CES to all first and second year students, plus any final year students who have previously completed the NSS.

All staff are asked to promote the surveys to students to ensure that we achieve strong response rates. Weekly completion rates for the survey will be made available via www.worcester.ac.uk/surveys from the week beginning 12 February. Our response rates for the 2017 surveys remained high for the NSS (76%) and our highest ever for the CES at 50%, and we are aiming to build and improve on these results for 2018, with a target of 80% for the NSS and 60% for the CES.

Completion of these surveys confers many benefits to the University, including the use of NSS data in Key Information Set published at Unistats for prospective students, and to inform our ongoing work on further enhancing the student experience. Key NSS questions also make up 3 of the core TEF metrics. Information and supporting PowerPoint presentations and videos on this year’s surveys can be found on OneDrive.

The NSS is accessed via a personalised email link and at www.thestudentsurvey.com and the CES via a personalised email link and on MyDay.

All students who complete a survey online will have the option to enter a prize draw to win 1 of 5 £250 Love2shop gift cards. Additionally, £1,000 is available to Institutes with a 55%+ response rate for the CES. This fund is for Course Reps to use to improve the student experience within the Institute; IOE and ISE have both been awarded the funds in previous years, and have used the funds to set up a society, to organise events and to purchase equipment.

The surveys are open until 30 April, with results for the CES being made available during May, and the NSS during August/September.

Please encourage your students to complete these important surveys as their views and opinions will help to shape the future of our University and its student experience.

Regards,

Ross Renton
Pro Vice-Chancellor Students

Go Green Week

There’s only 1 week to go until Go Green Week, back with all your old favourites but packed with great NEW stuff.

Free sunflowers, make a wild bird feeder, learn about plastics in oceans and sign petitions, there’s a cheeky banana theme (Fair Trade of course, and loads of new stalls including hot Jamaican cooking).

All week you’ll have the opportunity to try an electric bike so make your way to the SU Hanger 11.00-2.00 Monday-Thursday, SJC reception on Friday.

Look out for the daily updates

Timetable

Happy Go Green Week

 

Library news: Tech for students with additional needs, Resource Lists, work placements and Study Happy

Tech for students with additional needs

Library Services subscribes to Sensus Access, a handy tool which helps students with additional needs convert files into more accessible versions. For more details see our blog post.


Resource Lists: reminder of the basics

Our Resource Lists advice page for staff has had a refresh, including an updated video guide. All resource lists for semester 2 should now be published- contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you have any queries


New view for Resource Lists

Talis have refreshed the student view of Resource Lists in response to user feedback.

New features include:

  • additional item details which display within the list itself, instead of a separate screen;
  • book jackets where available;
  • the ability to change referencing style within the list;
  • a button to report broken links next to each item.

The new list view keeps all your notes and sections. It also works in Blackboard, so you can still link to a list and embed sections of a list within different parts of your Blackboard module.

Ready to take a look? Log in to http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk and find your list. You’ll have the option to switch your list over to the new view. Once you’ve logged in and clicked on the List beta button, you will see the new list view displaying. To ensure it also displays in Blackboard, click on List beta on the top right corner and select 2.0 as default.

All feedback welcome: please email your Academic Liaison Librarian.


Student work placements with Library Services

Do you supervise students who can choose to undertake a work placement as part of their taught course? Did you know that Library Services offers a range of project-based placements to suit all kinds of students? And it’s not all about books, we’ve designed placements that target all kinds of student skills, from research projects and video production to app design, and we’re also happy to discuss individual students’ ideas.

To learn more about the types of placements we offer, visit the Library Services work placements webpages or email m.george@worc.ac.uk.


Study Happy student support sessions

To help students and staff get Semester Two underway the right way, Academic Liaison Librarians will be on tour twice this February.

Study Happy askalibrarian on tour: *referencing special* Monday 12th February 10am- 2:30pm, Main Reception, St John’s Campus

Drop in and meet your friendly library team and discuss all things referencing.

This session is open to staff and students.

Study Happy askalibrarian on tour Tuesday 20th February 10am- 2:30pm, Main Reception, St John’s Campus

Academic Liaison Librarians and members of The Hive team will be on hand to answer your questions and talk all things library.

This session is open to staff and students.

February Holiday Clubs and Activities at Lakeside

A series of fun-packed school Holiday Clubs!

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The University of Worcester Lakeside Campus presents a series of fun-packed holiday clubs of outdoor adventure, sport & activities. These clubs offer 6-14-year-olds an exciting time in the outdoors to broaden their minds and exercise their bodies. Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bushcraft and much much more.

The next club is being held during the February half-term break (19 – 23 February) and booking is open now at this site here or by contacting us directly:
Phone: 01905 622223
Email: lakeside@worc.ac.uk
Web: worcester.ac.uk/lakeside


Outdoor Activities and team building for schools, youth groups and corporate clients

Please find attached our guide which details the engaging experiences we deliver through outdoor activities and team building within our local communities for
schools and youth groups as well as corporate clients. We can run a
variety of one day to multiple day courses and have a proven track
record working with many local schools, colleges and professionals.

Linking and learning globally through online collaboration: Engaging with the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and beyond

Most disciplines strive to ensure that their graduates have the requisite knowledge and skills to engage effectively in cross-cultural and transnational contexts. However, many colleagues and students may struggle to find the time and resources to embed these concepts meaningfully into the curriculum. Associate professors Dr Helen Mongan-Rallis and Dr David Syring from the University of Minnesota Duluth have joined a growing cadre of colleagues from across the globe aiming to overcome the challenge of connecting students and academics through collaborative online international learning (COIL).

Typically, COIL projects involve the co-development of a course, module or series of lessons by two or more lecturers from different countries who recognise that an innovative and valuable kind of learning occurs when students from different parts of the world work together on a common area of focus. Helen and David have ample experience of how this works by connecting students and lecturers so they can expand their understandings of intercultural and transnational learning.

If you’d like to develop links in your own discipline with other colleagues throughout the world, or even if you’d like to know more about COIL and how it works, then you’re cordially invited to attend one of two open sessions. Details of these sessions are as follows:

  • Monday 19 February 2018 – 9.15 – 10.15, at St John’s Campus (room BY 1147)
  • Monday 19 February 2018 – 13.15 – 14.15, at City Campus (room CH 1003)

Interested colleagues are invited to express their interest by signing on via the Staff Development Workshops website.

If you’re unable to attend either of these learning and networking sessions, and if you’d like to make an individual appointment to meet up with Helen and David while they’re visiting Worcester between 19 and 22 February, please email Helen directly at: hrallis@d.umn.edu.