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.

Peirson Study and Guidance Centre/Firstpoint – Thursday 4 September

3 September 2014 by

Please be aware that there will be some disruption expected in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre all day tomorrow (4th September) due to our staff setting the space up for Open Evening, taking place in the evening.

Firstpoint will operate as usual, however it will close slightly earlier than normal at 4.30pm. Additional quiet Study Spaces are available in the Edward Elgar building in rooms EE G023 and EE 1022.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Best wishes

Communications and Participation

Are you interested in starting your own Business on graduation?

1 September 2014 by

The University has been in consultation with Worcestershire County Council about the potential development of Graduate Business Starter Incubators across the County and we are keen to evaluate the potential demand that might exist for such support.

If this is something that you have considered, I would encourage you to complete the short survey on the link below (it only takes 5 minutes).

Many thanks in anticipation.

Accommodation available

22 August 2014 by

If you are a full time student looking for good quality, affordable, all inclusive accommodation, close to the St John’s Campus, then look no further!

This year, the University has reserved a number of student shared properties in the local area, specifically for continuing students, enabling them to take advantage of some of benefits that it has recently been able to negotiate for new students joining the University.

Here are just a few of these:

  • No retainer

Unlike dealing direct with private landlords, the University will not charge you a fee to hold the room – cutting your upfront costs down by around 50%!

  • All inclusive utilities

Having all of your bills already accounted for makes budgeting easy, and you will not need to worry about whose turn it is to top up the electricity meter, or hefty bills arriving through your letter box!

  • Individual Agreements

You do not need to fear the dreaded joint tenancy with us, as the University only ever issues individual agreements!

  • Termination

Unlike private landlords, should you find yourself in a position where you are unable to continue your studies at the University, the University will release you from your agreement. You will only pay for the nights that you stayed in the accommodation. With a private landlord you will normally be held to the end of your tenancy whether you are studying or not!

In addition to the above, we also offer free gym membership, contents insurance, unlimited Internet access, together with the flexibility to move to other University Managed Accommodation should you wish to do so.

What’s not to like – Call now on 01905 855300, or email for further information


Worcester Male Voice Choir Bursary

21 August 2014 by

There is an opportunity for a student to be an accompanist to the Worcester Male Voice Choir. The holder of the bursary (£900 payable in three instalments) would be expected to attend one evening a week, a Monday or a Friday from 7.30 to 9.30 and to support concerts if needed and if he or she can. The commitment would amount to at least 30 sessions in the year. You will need to be qualified to play piano at Grade 8 or equivalent, be able to prepare music to be played and to work well within the musical team of a choir. The successful candidate would have the opportunity to play in concerts locally and nationally.

Selection will be by interview and performance of a selected and a choice of piece.

If you would like to apply please e-mail

Seeking participants for a study of mobile device use

4 August 2014 by

The Department of Computing in the Worcester Business School are offering £10 Amazon vouchers in return for participation in a study of mobile device use.

They are looking specifically for individuals who:

  • are 18 years or older.
  • own an Android mobile device based on Android version 4.0 or greater. (Check here:
  • use that device as their primary mobile device.

Click here for more details.

Peirson Study and Guidance Centre Update

17 July 2014 by

The network connection has been restored to the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre. All PCs, Macs and print and copy services are now available.

Due to summer upgrades the following rooms will be unavailable until further notice:

  • EEG169
  • EEG031
  • CH1001
  • CH1007 A
  • CH1007 B

Services at the Hive and Riverside remain unchanged.

Essential Blackboard Server Maintenance

15 July 2014 by

The Blackboard server will be offline for planned essential maintenance on Saturday 19th July 2014 at 16:30.

The maintenance should be completed on or before Sunday 20th July 2014 at 07:30.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Reference PC availability

15 July 2014 by

Due to circumstances beyond our control there is currently no student PC access available in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre. Wireless access is unaffected.  We are working to get the connection back up as quickly as possible.

EEG031 is available for computer and print access on the St John’s Campus when not booked for teaching, as well as PCs at our Riverside Campus and the Hive.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.

2014/15 Timetable Update

14 July 2014 by

This is a reminder that your timetable for 2014/15 is currently provisional while the final checks are being made. You will receive notification of your confirmed timetable via your SOLE page week commencing 21st July 2014.

You will have the opportunity to submit any module change requests should you wish to make any amendments once the confirmed timetable has been released. Please note that changes can only be made if there are places available on the module, the module is part of your validated pathway and the module does not clash with any other modules on your timetable.

We thank you for your patience during this time.

Temporary car park closure, Thursday 10 July

9 July 2014 by

On Thursday 10 July the University will be hosting an ‘Inspire Day’, specifically for local year 11/12 pupils.

The long stay car park (M) will be the designated car park for the event. It will be kept closed until attendees have arrived and will then open as usual. Coaches and attendees are expected to arrive around 9.30am at the latest.

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’.

University survey results

1 July 2014 by

We would like to thank all undergraduate students who have recently completed the University of Worcester Student Survey or the National Student Survey.

We very much appreciate the feedback you provide and are currently analysing the survey results to identify areas of outstanding practice and where we can improve.

The National Student Survey results will not be available until September, but the results of the University of Worcester Student Survey are now available for the University overall, and we would like to share some of them with you.

We are delighted with the very positive ratings and comments you have provided, particularly on the quality of learning and teaching, and your general satisfaction with learning resources.  You have told us that your courses support your personal development, engage you in collaborative learning and test your skills of application, analysis and evaluation.  You say that staff are generally accessible and supportive and are enthusiastic about what they teach.

Of course this is not uniform across all subjects and courses and we have made detailed results available to subject leaders so they can identify where there are opportunities to improve.  We have also asked that results are discussed with StARs early in the first semester of 2014/15, and that subjects make their survey results and responses available to all students via Blackboard.

We have already identified some areas for improvement.  It seems we could do more to guide and advise you in making module and study choices.  We need to share good practice across Institutes and courses and make sure the academic tutor system works effectively for all of you.  And, of course, you want us to ensure that you get timely and good quality feedback on your work.

The chart below summarises the results for the University as a whole.  Look out for subject level results when you return in September.  We will also be updating our webpages over the summer to let you know what action we are taking in response to the survey results.


Firstpoint Closure

12 June 2014 by

Please note that due to staff training, firstpoint will be closed until 1pm on Tuesday 17th June. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

SOLE Issues Resolved

10 June 2014 by

The earlier issue with access to SOLE  has now been fixed.

Thank you for your patience.

Issues accessing SOLE

10 June 2014 by

We are aware that there are currently issues with accessing the SOLE page.  This is to let you know that we are aware of the issue and we are currently working on a resolution.

SOLE Maintenance

6 June 2014 by

Due to essential maintenance work, SOLE will be unavailable to use from 9am – 6pm on Tuesday 10th June 2014.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Interested in becoming an Early Years Teacher?

16 May 2014 by

Are you interested in becoming an early years teacher? If so, click on the link below to find out more information.

Early Years Teacher Information 2014

Careers Support for Leavers

16 May 2014 by

Calling all finalists! As you come to the end of your studies, remember that you can continue to use the Careers Service after you have left. Some of the services which you many find useful:

Information about graduate job vacancies. Follow the link to the online vacancy service to see current vacancies which have been sent to the university.

• You can continue to use Careers and Employability at the University of Worcester for up to three years after you graduate. You can email us with enquiries at or if you are staying in the area, sign up for a careers appointment.

• See our careers web pages for a range of information including information about job applications, CVs, and application forms.

• Destination of Leavers survey. We will follow up all our graduates between November and March next year to see what you are doing in terms of work or further study. This is part of the national graduate destinations survey, but is also very helpful to us in course planning and advice, and because we like to keep in touch with our graduates! Please make every effort to respond to the emails and/or phone calls as you receive them.

Firstpoint Closure

15 May 2014 by

Please note that due to staff training, firstpoint will be closed until 1pm on Tuesday 17th June. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


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