Social Learning Space at Riverside

18 November 2014 by

In order to accommodate Graduation activities, the Social Learning Space at Riverside will be unavailable from Tuesday 18th November to Friday 21st November.

Please use the facilities in Peirson or The Hive instead during this period.

Thank you

Interested in working at a Summer Camp?

17 November 2014 by

Want to boost your employability? Want to spend a summer working abroad? Want to find out more about the opportunities available for students at different summer camps?..

Various summer camp representatives will be on campus the week commencing Monday 24th November 2014 to promote their opportunities for students to work abroad at a summer camp.

Attendees include:
- Camp America – Monday 24th November
- USA Summer Camp – Tuesday 25th November
- CCUSA – Friday 28th November

To book any of the above presentations or for more details, please see:

…Where could you be next summer…?

£1,000 Extra Curricular Scholarship Money!

10 November 2014 by

Students have the opportunity twice a year to apply for funds, up to £1000, to assist them with activities such as:

• Voluntary activities which are community based, either in the UK or abroad
• Activities related to a pastime or interest in which the student is involved (e.g. music or some other arts-based area or sport)

The deadline for applications is the 28th November and 27th February this year and information regarding how to apply is available via the student SOLE page and firstpoint normally 6 weeks prior to the deadline.

Extra Curricular Flyer (2)

Car Park Closure – Conference Centre

31 October 2014 by

Please be aware that car park D (Conference Centre) will be closed from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th November due to repair works.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using this car park, please contact Graham Cozens, Control Room Supervisor, who will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking. Graham can be contacted on or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

Do you want to boost your employability?

30 October 2014 by

• The Worcester Award recognises & records activities you do outside of & within your degree.

• You can backdate any activity you’ve done since being a UoW student & use placements, part time jobs & volunteering to build up your hours!

• If you complete the award, it will be on your HEAR degree transcript, and will look great on your CV!

• For more information, or to register see:

Applications for teacher training are now OPEN!

30 October 2014 by

If you want help with your UCAS personal statement, come along to the careers drop in sessions in the careers area, Firstpoint:

- Tuesday 4th November 2-4pm
- Thursday 6th November 10-12:30pm

No need to book, but these sessions will be run on a first come first serve basis.

Graduation – payment reminder

27 October 2014 by

Please ensure that you have paid for all your guest and buffet tickets by Monday 3rd November in order for us to finalise numbers and seating plans. Following this date we will be sending an email confirming the order of events on the day of your ceremony.

If you have not already done so, please order your academic robes from William Northam

New e-smoking area on campus

24 October 2014 by

We are pleased to let you know that there is now a separate smoking area for those who wish to use e-cigarettes in the courtyard between the Edward Elgar and Charles Darwin buildings at the St. John’s campus.

Please can you be sensitive to others and do not smoke tobacco cigarettes in this area as many people are using e-cigarettes to try and give up smoking and the smell of real smoke may negatively affect their resolve to quit. The e-smoking area is also close to office windows and using tobacco cigarettes will affect people in nearby offices.

Careers Appointments

21 October 2014 by

In response to recent enquiries, we can confirm careers appointments are NOT fully booked up until Christmas!

Appointments are released each day by 9am and until they are released, the system shows them as ‘booked’ – we are unable to change the wording of this.

Our usual appointment times are:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11.30-2pm
Thursday 1.30-4pm

Please note we are operating a limited service during the last two weeks of October 2014; please go to for details.

Car Park Closure

20 October 2014 by

Please be aware that car park R (old tennis court car park) will be closed for an event this Thursday, 23 October.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using this car park, please contact Graham Cozens, Control Room Supervisor, who will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking. Graham can be contacted on or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

Issues with library catalogue resolved

19 October 2014 by

Following on from yesterday’s message, we are pleased to be able to confirm that the issues with the Library catalogue have been resolved.

Issues with library catalogue – 18 October

18 October 2014 by

We are currently experiencing difficulties in accessing the library catalogue, which also means that reservations cannot be placed. Online resources are unaffected, and all other services for students are as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Update on 19 October, 9am: We are pleased to confirm that the issue has now been resolved and all access restored.

Extra-Curricular Scholarship – Apply Now

14 October 2014 by



Are you involved in voluntary work? Do you want to volunteer to coach or teach overseas? Perhaps you have the opportunity to present at a conference, or perform at an event, or compete at an elite level. We may be able to help you achieve your goal.

The University runs an Extra-Curricular Scholarship Scheme each year to assist students with participating in extra-curricular activities.  You can apply for funding, up to £1000, to finance involvement in extra-curricular activities either directly related to or distinct from your course of study.  Applicants should be aware that it is exceptional for the full amount applied for to be awarded and students are expected to part-fund activities.

There are two categories you can apply under:

1 – Voluntary activities which are community based, either in the UK or abroad.

In 2014 students received scholarships to volunteer on projects in Madagascar, Mexico, Mumbai and Kenya as well as Birmingham.

If you wish to apply for a scholarship under this category you need to include information about the charity you will be working for, the hours involved and the location of the work. You should provide evidence that you have been accepted as a volunteer.

Please note that the Scholarship Funds cannot be awarded to sponsor fundraising activities in aid of another charity.

2 – Activities relating to a pastime or interest in which the student is involved (e.g. music or some other arts based area or elite sport – normally there should be evidence of or recognised potential to participate at a national level).

In 2014 students received scholarships to assist them with appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, presenting at conferences in Russia, Stockholm and Jerusalem, and competing in a wide range of sports at national level. In 2015 the University introduced Sports Scholarships for those competing in sport at an elite level – information can be accessed from the Sports Performance Administrator. Students in receipt of a Sports Scholarship are not eligible to apply to the Extra-curricular Scholarship scheme.

If you wish to apply for a scholarship under this category you should include as much information as possible on the application form including associated costs.


To apply for an Extra-Curricular Scholarship please complete an Applicationform downloadable from this post or from firstpoint in the Peirson Building, St John’s Campus.

There are two deadlines for applications – 28th November 2014 and 27th February 2015 – students may only apply once a year.

You will need to supply supporting documentation with your application e.g. details of any study visit, invitations or bookings.  If you have not already booked places or flights you can still apply but any funds awarded will only be released once the booking has been confirmed.

All applications will be considered by the Scholarship Panel.

Applicants applying by the 28th November 2014 will be notified of the outcome, in writing, before the Christmas holidays. Applicants applying by 27th February 2015 will be notified of the outcome, in writing, before the Easter break.

Applications can be submitted to firstpoint, Peirson Building, St John’s Campus or to Helen Johnstone by email (

Please note that this fund is not available to pay for the cost of courses run by the University or other organisations, equipment, or to assist with costs associated with independent studies.  If you require financial advise please contact the Money Advice Service .  Retrospective claims will not be considered.

Information on other scholarships and bursaries available can be located here


Routes into teaching

13 October 2014 by

Want to know more about becoming a teacher? Come to one of our talks!

- Routes into Teaching – Tuesday 14th October
- Personal statements – Thursday 16th October

Book here:

Get Involved Fair – 20th October – Worcester Week 1

13 October 2014 by

Monday 20th October, 12-2:30pm, The Pear Tree

Looking for volunteering opportunities, maybe looking to get involved in something locally or looking for part time work? Then come along and speak to some of the excellent organisations we have coming along, such as: YMCA, Enterprise rent a car, Headway, TA, Sanctuary Housing and many more..

Come along on the day to find out more!

Essential ICT maintenance – Sunday 12th October

11 October 2014 by

Essential ICT maintenance will be carried out this Sunday. As a result many ICT systems will be at risk between 8am and 12 noon. This will include the Hive and University websites, and any resources accessed via the student online environment (email, Blackboard, SOLE, etc.).

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Graduation reminder

9 October 2014 by

The deadline for ordering tickets for this year’s Graduation ceremonies is Friday 10th October. Please order via your SOLE page under the Ceremony tab.

If you have already confirmed your attendance you will be receiving an email on 17th October regarding your ticket allocation and payment details.

If you have previously stated that you could attend, but now are unable to do so please let us know via email to so that your tickets can be reallocated.

For any further information please check the online Guide here

PGCE Bursaries

7 October 2014 by

There was a processing error on the BACS submission for the PGCE bursaries, which means that they will not go into their bank accounts until Wednesday 8th October rather than the 7th.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, also be re-assured that it will be paid on the correct day in future months.

Life’s more fun when you share!

6 October 2014 by

There are some things in life – like playing tennis, eating out and moving sofas – which just work better when you’re not on your own…

Commuting is the same. You can make your boring, costly trip to work alone every day – or find that life’s more fun (and a lot less expensive) when you share lifts. You can sit alone on crowded public transport, or find someone who’s already driving your way and brighten both your days by getting a lift (and cutting both your travel costs).

We provide you with a totally free-to-use website which shows you who else is going your way, so you can share. Why not start during Liftshare Week (6-10 October)?

Just want to give it a try before you commit? Make Tuesday your Twosday!

Plus you could win yourself a very nice £250! If you send another member a ‘request to share’ message between 29 September and 12 October, you could be the randomly-selected winner.

Go to and give sharing a go this Liftshare Week!

Car Share

Worcester Award

1 October 2014 by

Want to improve your employability and stand out from the crowd? Have a look at the new Worcester Award. This is now run at two levels, the first level involves undertaking at least 40 hours of work experience, 20 hours of activities to develop your skills, and at least one careers/employability activity. If you are already working or involved in clubs or societies, you may already be nearly there! Or why not take it a step further and aim for the Worcester Award Plus, which will involve further employability workshops and attendance at an interview panel with local employers!

Pick up your Worcester Award log book from firstpoint and register online at

You can get further information from


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