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

Internet access restored at The Hive

30 September 2014 by

Following on from yesterday’s message, we are pleased to be able to confirm that internet access has now been restored at The Hive.

Internet access unavailable at The Hive – Monday 29 September

29 September 2014 by

There is currently no Internet access available in the Hive.

Facilities at City, Riverside and the St John’s Campus are unaffected.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Update on 30 September, 9am: We are pleased to confirm that this issue has been resolved.


Don’t forget to cancel your Programme Adviser Appointment if you no longer need it

24 September 2014 by

We would like to remind you that if you no longer need a Programme Adviser appointment that you have booked can you please cancel your reservation so that the timeslot can be made available.

You can cancel your appointment via the link on your SOLE page or by visiting

The Programme Advisory Service is currently very busy and we are experiencing a very high volume of requests for appointments from students. If you fail to attend an appointment you are using a slot that another student could take. Thank you.

Welcome to all freshers and all returning students!

23 September 2014 by

Did you know that that Careers and Employability can help you with looking for part time work while studying, as well as planning your graduate career. To be the first to hear about vacancies or to find out about careers events follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Cashier Service Closure in Firstpoint

23 September 2014 by

The cashier service in firstpoint will close at 4pm from 23rd September until Monday 6th October. The firstpoint enquiry desk will remain open as usual from 9am -5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 10am until 5pm on Tuesdays. This is to allow for cashier training.

Important changes to wireless access from Monday 22nd September

18 September 2014 by

From 22nd September how you access the University wireless network will change.  Instead of connecting to uw_wireless you will only be able access the University wireless network through eduroam.

As a result of this change, the uw_wireless service will cease to exist and you will have to reconfigure your mobile devices.

To find out more, including how to connect, please visit the following website:

Road closures this Wednesday (10th September) for the Tour of Britain

8 September 2014 by

The ‘Tour of Britain’ cycle race is coming to Worcester this Wednesday (10th September) with the Worcester to Bristol stage starting at The Hive. There will be an impact on traffic and some car parks close to The Hive will be unavailable. The published detail is as follows:

The Race is coming to the County on Wednesday 10 September and will start from the Cattle Market Car Park in the city centre (beneath The Hive) at approximately 10:30 am.   From there the riders will undertake a circuit around the city centre before leaving via St John’s to Bransford, Malvern, Upton, Pershore, Evesham and Broadway.

The route and race operates under a police rolling road closure, which closes the affected roads for a period of 30 minutes at each location (in effect, 15 minutes before the expected arrival  time of the riders until 15 minutes after they depart).  The roads affected and estimated times of arrival are available from the Tour of Britain website.

The only road closures outside of rolling road closures are planned FULL CLOSURES with no exemptions, as follows:

  • The Butts, Worcester – between 4-5.30 am and 9 am – 1 pm
  • Church Street, Wells Road and Abbey Road,  Malvern – between 8 am – 2 pm
  • Market Square, Evesham – between 10 am – 2 pm
  • High Street, Broadway – between 10 -11.30 am

Road signage will be placed along the affected route.

In addition to this there is a race guide specific to the stage, which you can access here:

The University will be fully open throughout the event.


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