Elective Module Choices at Level 5 for 2014/15

23 April 2014 by

Single honours students have the opportunity to choose to take an Elective module in their first year and/or second year.

Taking an Elective module can provide added value to your degree, making your degree distinctive, and can make you more employable.

Elective modules are innovative and inter-disciplinary, providing the opportunity to work with students and staff from different specialisms in acquiring an understanding of key issues that affect our contemporary world.

You may have taken an Elective module in your first year and wish to carry on studying this topic (or a different topic) in your second year. Five 30 credit Elective modules are available at Level 5:

CULT 2001: Cultures and Societies in a Changing World

EDUC 2001: Engaging with Education

ENTP 2111: Starting and Business or Social Enterprise

HLST 2001: Promoting Healthier Lifestyles

SUST 2001: Sustainability in the Workplace

You will be able to select these modules via your SOLE module selection page.

Students who have not studied an Elective module at Level 4 can also select one of these options.

More information about Elective modules can be found on the University’s Elective Module Page:

http://www.worcester.ac.uk/journey/elective-modules.html

Library Catalogue Maintenance

23 April 2014 by

We are happy to say that the Library Catalogue issue has now been fixed.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk

Library Catalogue Maintenance

22 April 2014 by

There are currently problems accessing the library catalogue, which our provider is working hard to fix.

Please note that you can continue to access e-resources via:

http://libguides.worc.ac.uk

or

http://summon.worc.ac.uk

You can renew items on your record by calling 01905 822866.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk

PGCE Taster Afternoons

10 April 2014 by

Do you want to find out more about the Primary PGCE course? Would you like the opportunity to question some of the current PGCE students? Come along and join in some practical activities and find out more.

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First and second year students: have your say – DEADLINE EXTENDED

9 April 2014 by

If you’re a first or second year student you still have time to take part in the University of Worcester Student Survey. You should have received a personalised link to the survey via email or you can access the link via Blackboard.

The survey is your opportunity to have your say and provide feedback on your course and learning. All responses are anonymous.

To give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate, the deadline has been extended. The survey will now close on Friday 9 May 2014.

The survey is very quick and easy to complete on any computer or via a smartphone or tablet.

The University will use the results of the survey to identify areas which are working well, as well as matters for development or review. We want to provide the best possible course experience for you and for future students, so don’t miss your opportunity to have your say.

Student Dissertation Binding

8 April 2014 by

The service will run from Monday 14th April until 1st May, from 10.00am until 4.30pm, Monday to Friday only.

The service will not be running on Good Friday or Easter Monday.

The service will operate from PN1014 (upper tower room) and will be run by fully trained student ambassadors.

Students will pay for their binding at Firstpoint and take their receipted form up to PN1014 and have their work bound whilst they wait or they can return the next day.

The room will be locked outside of the services opening hours so work awaiting collection will be secure.

Dissertations will be fastback bound with a blue or black back cover and a clear acetate front cover.

Pricing will remain the same as last year (£2.50 per copy).

For the last 3 days of this time period we have been unable to secure the Upper Tower room with Timetabling so we will likely be operating from somewhere in the Firstpoint Foyer on those days. Appropriate signage will be placed on the Upper Tower room doors during those days of avoid confusion.

Medical cards for collection

1 April 2014 by

If you registered with a doctor during Freshers’ Week at the beginning of the year and have not yet collected your medical card from firstpoint, please do so before 30th April.

Car Park M Closure

1 April 2014 by

Please be aware that car park M (long stay car park) will be closed on the morning of Friday 4th April for the University’s Applicant Day.

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 g.cozens@worc.ac.uk or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

Best wishes,

Communications and Participation

Module Selections 2014/15

31 March 2014 by

This posting is for students studying an undergraduate degree programme (excluding professional courses such as nursing and teaching).

You should be able to select your modules for 2014/15 from 28 April. We will send a notification email to your University email address when selections go live.

In response to your feedback there are changes to module selections this year. There will not be a limit to the number of places available on modules at this stage, and therefore modules will not be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  When module selections close on 11 May, each course team will investigate whether they are able to accommodate the number of students wishing to take each module.  We are also asking you to choose a reserve optional module in the event that this is not possible.

We will be available to assist you at a series of workshops and Programme Advisor appointments during this time – details will be included in the notification email.

Are you a British student considering postgraduate study in Holland?

31 March 2014 by

Sign up for a presentation to find out what you need to know about the Dutch higher education system.

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First and second year students: have your say!

27 March 2014 by

If you’re a first or second year student you still have time to take part in the University of Worcester Student Survey. You should have received a personalised link to the survey via email or you can access the link via Blackboard.

The survey is your opportunity to have your say and provide feedback on your course and learning. All responses are anonymous.

The survey will close on Friday 11 April 2014 – so you don’t have long left to participate.

The survey is very quick and easy to complete on any computer or via a smartphone or tablet.

The University will use the results of the survey to identify areas which are working well, as well as matters for development or review. We want to provide the best possible course experience for you and for future students, so don’t miss your opportunity to have your say.

The Careers & Employability Service are now on Twitter!

19 March 2014 by

Follow @worc_unicareers for employability advice and guidance, jobs, news and events.

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Hereford and Worcester UCAS convention – Friday 21st March

18 March 2014 by

The annual Hereford and Worcester UCAS Convention will take place on the St John’s campus on Friday 21st March. This is a major event with over 4200 visitors attending from schools across both counties.

Areas around the Sports Centre, Drama Studios and Gym will be exceptionally busy on Friday 21st March. In order to minimise disruption for colleagues and students at St John’s we have made the following arrangements for the set-up of the event and for the day itself.

Traffic Management – Friday 21st March

Please use the Malvern Gate entrance. Access through the Severn Gate (Hylton Rd) will be for UCAS permit holders only.

Vehicle access through campus via the Malvern Gate will be restricted on Friday 21st March. Traffic will be allowed only as far as the post room.

Car park closures

Car Park N (Darwin) 9pm Wednesday 19th March – Friday 21st March inclusive.

Car parks M (main), G (Binyon) and R (Netball courts/Sports Centre car park) will all be closed from 6pm on Thursday 20th March - Friday 21st March inclusive.

If you are a disabled/blue badge holder which necessitates you using these car parks please contact Tom Taylor, Head of Security and Campus Services who will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking. Tom can be contacted on t.taylor@worc.ac.uk or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.

Thank you to all staff and students for your understanding and support. This event is an invaluable opportunity for local students to find out more about higher education, as well as allowing us to showcase the University and its facilities.

How is my degree classified – your questions answered

11 March 2014 by

Originally posted on firstpoint:


Around this time each year we are regularly asked about what is required to achieve a degree and what grades are required to achieve say an upper second class (2:1) degree. There is a link to all this information (FAQ) in the Assessments>Award Details container on your SOLE pages.

What do I need to be awarded a degree?
To be awarded an honours degree you will need to meet the following requirements:
To pass a total of 360 credits (this will often include the need to pass the 30 credits Level 6 Independent Study module)

Most students achieve this total credit requirement by passing 120 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6 but the rules for some courses permit some flexibility but all courses require students to:

To pass at least 120 credits at level 4 and
To pass at least 120 credits at level 6

The full flexibility is…

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Ever considered a career in the army?

11 March 2014 by

Do you think a career in the Army could be for you?  Come along to the presentation, given by former University of Worcester Student, Captain Rosie Brooks:

Monday 17th March, The Role of the HR officer in the Army,  Captain Rosie Brooks, Staff & Personnel Recruiting Officer, Adjtant General Corps Regimental Headquarters, Winchester.

Book online www.worc.ac.uk/workshops

There will also be a number of stands in firstpoint so come along and find out what life is really like in the army!

Students’ Union Leadership Elections 2014.

4 March 2014 by

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VOTE here in the Students’ Union Leadership Elections 2014 http://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections2014/

Voting is open until 4pm Friday March 7th

 

 

Car park closures – Wednesday 5 March

4 March 2014 by

Due to several on-campus events, car park C (Woodbury) and the Tennis Court car parks will be closed on Wednesday 5 March.

Alternative parking is available at the Coppertops Pub on Oldbury Road.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder or have a short term disability which necessitates you using this car park, please contact Tom Taylor, Head of Security and Campus Services who will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking. Tom can be contacted on t.taylor@worc.ac.uk or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by these unavoidable closures.

Extra-curricular scholarship – last chance to apply in 2013/14 – reminder

23 February 2014 by

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Are you involved in voluntary work, do you compete at a national level? Or do you want to volunteer to coach or teach overseas?  We may be able to help you achieve your goal

The University runs a University Extracurricular Scholarship Scheme each year to assist students with participating in extra-curricular activities.  You can apply for funding, up to £1000, to finance extra-curricular involvement in 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.

There are two categories you can apply under:

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

In 2012 students received scholarships to volunteer on projects in Madagascar, Peru, Uganda, Thailand and Worcester

It is important when applying for a scholarship for this category that you include information about the charity you are 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.

Category 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 national level)

Last summer students received scholarships to assist them in participation in national sports competitions in a variety of sports including: rowing, golf, swimming and trampolining. Scholarships were also awarded to assist with attending and presenting at conferences and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It is important when applying for a scholarship for this category that you include information, and evidence, of the costs involved.

To apply for a University Scholarship please complete  the Extra curricula scholarship application form downloadable from this post or from firstpoint in the Peirson Building, St John’s Campus.

There is one further opportunity to apply in 2013/14 with a deadline of the 28th February 2014. 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 etc you may still apply but any funds awarded will only be released once booking has been confirmed.

All applications will be considered by the Scholarship Panel and decision communicated to applicants by the end of March 2014.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to participate in some form of feedback on their activity and the form this will take will be notified in the award letter.

Please note that this fund is not available to pay for the cost of courses run by the University.  If you are struggling with course costs or have other financial difficulties please contact the Student Welfare and Financial Advice Service http://www.worc.ac.uk/wfa/  who will be able to advise you.  Retrospective claims will not be considered for the scholarship fund.

Information on other scholarships and bursaries that are available in 2013/14 can be found on the Finance webpages

Car Park Closure – 19th February 2014

14 February 2014 by

On the 19th February Car park M will be closed from 8-4pm for the Open Afternoon. If you are disabled/a blue badge holder or have a short term disability which necessitates you using the University car parks, 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 g.cozens@worc.ac.uk or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.

Library and ICT services unaffected

12 February 2014 by

To staff and students,

Whilst access across Worcester is restricted we just wanted to make you aware that Library and ICT staff are available and can be contacted at The Hive or in Peirson.

Email askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk and you will get a very quick response.  Please renew books on-line where possible and contact askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk if you have problems or concerns.

Ebooks and E resources remain available.

ICT staff can be contacted 24/7 on 01905 857500.

University updates and information on roads and travel can be found http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/adverse-weather-conditions.html


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