Last few days for final year students to participate in the NSS

24 April 2015 by

If you have not already done so, please do use your opportunity to have your say about your university experience. If completed online via http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/ before the closing date of Thurs 30th April 2015 (midnight) you will receive £5 credit for use with printing or in the canteen, and additionally the University will make a donation to the Access to Learning Fund. With the latter we should like to reach the maximum donation of nearly £11,000 – we are currently on £8,155.

Essential Blackboard Maintenance – Saturday 25th April

22 April 2015 by

Blackboard will be unavailable from 00.00 – 06.30 BST on Saturday 25th April for essential maintenance work. We have scheduled this work to take place overnight to cause minimum disruption to students and the service should be resumed by 6.30am at the latest.

This work will ensure greater capacity and stability as we move forward into this assessment period.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Learning and Teaching Technology Unit

Module Selections 2015/16

21 April 2015 by

Unfortunately, an email regarding Module Selection availability has been sent out too early. You should be able to choose your modules later this week. We apologise for any confusion caused by this error.

Car Park Information

21 April 2015 by

Please note the following information regarding car parking for the next two weeks: Wednesday 22 April – Car Park C (Woodbury car park) and Car Park D (Conference Centre car park) will be reserved for PGCE Primary, Primary Initial teacher Education, Physical Education and Nursing interviews. Wednesday 29 April – Car Park C (Woodbury car park) and Car Park D (Conference Centre car park) will be reserved for Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, Physician Associates and PGCE Primary interviews. As the University has recently invested in additional parking provision at the City Campus, colleagues will now find that there is much more available space at the Riverside car park. Colleagues are also kindly invited to park at Coppertops (Oldbury Road, WR2 6AS). Both the Riverside and Coppertops car parks can accommodate a large number of cars and are no more than a 10 minute walk from the St John’s campus. If you are disabled/a blue badge holder, which necessitates you using a specific 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’.

Calling all final year undergraduate students…!

20 April 2015 by

Are you about to finish your undergraduate degree and not sure what to do next? Have you thought about furthering your education? Would you like to experience postgraduate study? Why not take part in the Institute of Education’s Graduate Summer School? This year the focus is the Practice of Mentoring and Coaching, a key skill for any professional regardless of their field of expertise.

From 20th to 24th July you will be attending lectures, seminars, research induction and group discussions. You will have the opportunity to share the classroom with recent graduates and also experienced professionals and current masters students. Moreover, if you complete the module assignment, you will be awarded 20 credits at masters level.

To find out more please visit our website www.worcester.ac.uk/graduate-summer-school or contact us on cpdeducation@worc.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

CPD Team
Institute of Education

University announces funding for 19 Vacation Research Assistantships for Summer 2015

17 April 2015 by

The University is funding 19 Vacation Research Assistantships for the summer 2015. These are open to the following students:

Students completing the penultimate or final year of an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at the University of Worcester or partner institutions;

OR

Students completing, or who have completed, an undergraduate degree at another university (with 1st or 2:1 predicted/achieved) who are about to commence postgraduate studies at the University of Worcester.

Please go the vacancies page on the main University website to see full job descriptions, person specifications and details on how to apply.

Careers and Employability Appointments

17 April 2015 by

We are aware that some of you are having problems booking Careers appointments through timecenter at present. This is due to unprecedented demand on the system, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. We are hoping that the service will be returning to normal over week or so, but if you do have any further problems let us know at careers@worc.ac.uk.

Student Finance Update

16 April 2015 by

We have received confirmation from the Student Loans Company (SLC) this morning that the issue regarding incorrect term dates/instalment dates has now been resolved. For those students that have been affected by this, payment of your maintenance loan should be in your bank account by the end of next week at the very latest. If you are still experiencing difficulties after this date please contact Firstpoint.

We provide data regarding term dates to the SLC via a secure portal. This data is then disseminated down from the SLC to Student Finance England (SFE) for your applications to be processed. As stated in the previous posting, we notified SLC of the amendment to the term date in January 2014 which was in plenty of time prior to the commencement of the 2014/15 academic year. We were led to believe on two occasions in the last 12 months that the situation had been rectified but it was not until students did not receive payments as expected on Monday 13th April that it was evident that there was still an issue. We have logged a formal complaint with SLC about how the situation has been handled and have also expressed our dissatisfaction that staff at SFE were not aware there was an issue.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but would like to assure you that staff at the University have been working closely with staff at SLC to get this resolved as quickly as possible.

Student Finance

14 April 2015 by

We are aware that some students are experiencing issues with payment of the third instalment of their maintenance loan and we understand that upon contacting Student Finance England are being advised that there is an issue that the University needs to resolve. The University informed the Student Loans Company in January 2014 that the start date for Term 3 of the 2014/15 academic year was 13th April 2015 (and not 27th April 2015 as we had initially informed them). The data is showing correctly on our systems and we understand that payment schedules have been received by students stating a payment date of 13th April 2015.

There was a system fault at the Student Loans Company which prevented the update being recognised on their systems. We were informed by them in August 2014 that the issue had now been rectified but now the date for payments to be released has arrived it appears that this has not been the case. We are currently working with Student Loans Company to get the matter resolved.

Classroom & Learning Spaces Technology Showcase Day: 10th April 10:00 – 14:00

8 April 2015 by

As part of our efforts to formulate plans for future teaching and learning space technology development we have invited several suppliers to demonstrate a range of new and innovative products for both staff and students. These are highly experienced suppliers who work extensively in Higher Education institutions throughout the UK.

Resident technology in these areas is continually emerging with an increasing emphasis on the ability to collaborate, receive and share content from any device with minimal fuss, this also includes new flexible furniture designs to better reflect class and group study scenarios.

Using feedback gained on this day and at other events we hope to develop new design models for room upgrades and new projects in order to better reflect your needs and aspirations.

We are inviting all staff and students to drop into the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre (St John’s Campus) on Friday April the 10th between 10:00 – 14:00.

Representative from each of the exhibiters will be available for you to talk to, and of course an opportunity to try out their products!

The technologies being demonstrated break down in to four main categories:

  1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Technology

Content sharing platforms that allow users to present content to a display screen directly from their laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Suppliers attending:

Kramer; demonstrating VIA Collage
Crestron; demonstrating AirMedia
Extron; demonstrating ShareLink and TeamWork

  1. Touchscreen Technology

Large displays that encourage collaboration through touch and interactivity.

Suppliers attending:

Sahara; demonstrating Clever Touch
Panasonic; demonstrating a touch table
Medium; demonstrating C Touch
SMART; demonstrating Smart E70 interactive display screen

  1. Content Delivery

Content delivery platform that allows lecturers to share their content with the rest of the class straight to their laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Suppliers attending:

Sahara; demonstrating DisplayNote

  1. Teaching Space Furniture

Furniture designed to work alongside products featured above and allow more flexible learning and teaching through use of space.

Suppliers attending:

Top Tec; demonstrating Synergy Plectrum
TeamMate; demonstrating WorksZone table

Firstpoint Closure

31 March 2015 by

Firstpoint will be closed for staff training on Wednesday 1st April. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

The firstpoint area itself will be closed, but the rest of the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will be open with access via the 24 hour entrance.

Hive café closure for event 26/03/2015

24 March 2015 by

The Hive café will be closed for the ‘Made By Hand’ Picture Book Launch and Exhibition from 3 – 8pm this Thursday 26th March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

UCAS Convention on campus this Thursday

17 March 2015 by

This is a reminder that the annual Hereford and Worcester UCAS Convention will take place at the University of Worcester Arena on Thursday 19th March 2015. This is a very large event with over 4,200 visitors attending from schools across both counties. We will be welcoming exhibitors from across the UK, representing more than 130 Higher Education institutions, as well as our own.

Areas around the University of Worcester Arena and the Riverside Building will be exceptionally busy during the set-up times on Wednesday 18th March and the day of the Convention, Thursday 19th March 2015.

The Exhibitor Hall will be located in the main hall of the University Arena, while seminars for visitors will be taking place at Riverside. Please note that the Social Learning Space at Riverside will be closed for students from 8am until 2pm on Thursday as this will be used for the Convention.

In order to minimise disruption for colleagues and students we have made the following arrangements:

Traffic Management – Thursday 19th March:

Please be aware that access through the Severn Gate (Hylton Road) will be for coaches and minibuses attending the Convention. Any other traffic will need to enter the campus through the Malvern Gate.

Car park closures for the event:

– Car park M (long stay), St John’s campus

Car park M (long stay) will be partly closed on Wednesday 18th March and fully closed on the Thursday, 19th March 2015.

– Riverside and Arena car parks

The car park next to the Riverside Building and the car park behind the Arena will be partly closed during the day on Wednesday, 18th March 2015 and will be fully closed from 9pm on Wednesday and all day Thursday, 19th March 2015.

All other car parks at the St John’s campus, the Moors car park (permit holders only) and Coppertops will remain open. To access Coppertops, turn right out of the Malvern Gate on to Oldbury Road and continue to the bottom of the hill. Coppertops is on the left (WR2 6AS).

During these closures, there will be a number of other parking options available for students, including:

  • Students and staff with parking permits are welcome to park in any other University Car Park when Car Park M is closed. This includes Car Park A (the short stay Car Park near St John’s Main Reception) if no other spaces are available (although please refrain from parking in the specially marked, reserved spaces, which are indicated with signs)
  • Students and staff without permits are welcome to use the Pay and Display facility in any other University Car Park.  This includes Car Park A (the short stay car park near St John’s Main Reception) if no other spaces are available (although please refrain from parking in the specially marked, reserved spaces, which are indicated with signs). When car park M is closed, the Pay and Display rate will be £3 (i.e. the same rate as Car Park M) in all car parks (please disregard the time noted on your pay-and-display ticket – £3 will cover your parking for the full day)

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder, which necessitates you using a particular Car Park on campus, please contact Graham Cozens, Control Room Supervisor, who will be able to work with you to identify a suitable parking space. Graham can be contacted on g.cozens@worc.ac.uk

Please observe the car park closures as delivery lorries will need clear access for manoeuvring.

Thank you 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.

International stage awaits Worcester sports students

11 March 2015 by

A sizable global audience will tune in to hear two University of Worcester students deliver the first in a prestigious new series of online webinars that are to be hosted by The Inclusion Club.

The Inclusion Club is one of the leading online forums for the exchange of ideas, resources, and experience in the arena of disability and inclusive sport. With partnerships in over 30 countries across the world, The Inclusion club is an organisation with a truly global reach.

The webinar takes place on Thursday 12th March at 10:00 GMT, and those wishing to take part can get involved via:

https://global.gotowebinar.com/pjoin/7907221798988397825/1899474871657875202

As Inclusion Club Director and University of Worcester lecturer Ken Black explains:

“The Worcester Series marks the beginning of an exciting new partnership between The Inclusion club and the University of Worcester. The University is a national leader with an international reputation for excellent practice in inclusive sport, and I am sure that this collaboration will help us to share both our expertise and the ground-breaking work that we do in this area with a global audience.”

The first webinar in the series will be delivered by two University of Worcester students, Chloe French and Lauren Goater, who will be discussing their experience of working with the Worcester Snoezelen to provide inclusive sports opportunities for people with severe and complex impairments. The webinar will explore both the challenges they faced, and the huge personal and professional value they gained. As Lauren explains:

“This has been an amazing experience for us. To have the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of participants with a wide range of disabilities is a privilege. This experience has given me the chance to grow as a coach as well as provide fun and inclusive sports sessions to help the players’ development in a wide range of sports. For the experiences I have had, I will be eternally grateful to everyone at Snoezelen.”

Performance of Playland by Athol Fugard – Thursday 5th March, 7.30pm

4 March 2015 by

Set in a South African amusement park on New Year’s Eve in 1989, Playland is hard-hitting, edge-of-your-seat theatre that sees both sides of Apartheid coming together. Written by Athol Fugard. The play contains strong language and descriptions of a violent and sexual nature.

The Show

Nottingham-based New Perspectives Theatre is one of our regular visiting theatre companies who have given communities much pleasure over the last 30 years with their inventive shows. Now the team behind ‘The Honey Man’ and ‘Entertaining Angels’ bring you ‘Playland’; an inspiring piece of theatre written by one of the world’s greatest playwrights.

In the heart of rural South Africa, a travelling amusement park has opened its gates. With the country in the grips of a brutal apartheid regime, the park promises an evening of thrills and laughter.

Martinus, a black South African, is the amusement park’s night-watchman. Gideon, a white Afrikaner and ex-serviceman, has come along for a good night out. When they find themselves face to face, their encounter is charged with history and danger…

Athol Fugard is one of the world’s most performed living playwrights, and a fearless chronicler of South Africa and its troubled history. Playland is one of his most personal and rarely performed plays; gripping, comic and deeply moving. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the work of one of the world’s top playwrights on your doorstep.

PLEASE NOTE: this play contains strong language and descriptions of a violent and sexual nature.

Who should see it?

– Anyone looking for a high quality night out
– Theatre fans
– People interested in other cultures and cross-cultural themes
– Fans of Athol Fugard
– Performing arts/history/English literature students
– People interested in the history of the aparheid
– The South African community

Show Details:

Suitable for:  Adults (16+)

Running time: 80 mins + interval

Company website: www.newperspectives.co.uk

Thursday 5th March, 7.30pm

Tickets available from University Arena Box Office or they can be purchased on the door.

£8.50 (Standard)/ £6.50 (16-18 years, students or OAP)/ £23.00 (Group of 4 students)  

Understanding Behaviour Profile Event

27 February 2015 by

The Hereford and Worcester branch of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) are holding an event which will look at understanding behaviour profiles. The event will explore the benefits of behaviour profiling to understand why people that we have to deal with every day behave the way they do. This is important to improve buyer-seller and wider business relationships, but also relationships with our team, our wider colleagues throughout our organisation and even the people at home.

This event is taking place in room EE G162, St John’s Campus, on Wednesday 18th March 2015 from 6.30pm to 8pm and is free to attend. If you have any queries please call Paul Jackson on 07884 318793.

IHCA Research Seminar Series presents Caligari

23 February 2015 by

Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

Film Studies Presents:

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Remastered with an original live score by Chris Mapp and Mark Saunders

For one night only Film Studies is proud to present the remastered high definition print of Robert Wiene’s classic 1920 German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Wiene’s film will be accompanied by an original live score from Chris Mapp and Mark Saunders. All welcome.

Date: Friday 27th February 2015

Time: Film starts at 6:00 pm

Venue: EEG162

Dr Caligari poster

Odour Lab Panellists Required

20 February 2015 by

Hours: variable/part time

Rate of pay: £8.91/hour

We are looking to recruit individuals to participate in the Analysis of odours sent to spectrum odour lab by external clients here at the University, NPARU.

Suitable participants will be required when necessary, to sit on the sensory panel for a duration dictated by the analysis requirements, which is normally for periods of between 2 -4 hours each sitting.

For further information please contact NPARU Odour Lab coordinator, Mrs Angela Warren, at a.pomeroy@worc.ac.uk. The job specification can be seen below.

Odour Lab Panellist Job Specification v1

Extra-curricular Scholarships- Last chance to apply in 2014/15

16 February 2015 by

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The deadline for applying for an Extra-curricular Scholarship in the 2014/15 academic year is the 27th February 2015.

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.

Applying

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 (16:00) – 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 (h.johnstone@worc.ac.uk).

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

Register to vote

5 February 2015 by

The General Election is now just around the corner and we wanted to let you know that you can now register to vote quickly and easily online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Young people, including students, are less likely to be registered to vote than those in other age-groups. Around 30% of 18-24 year olds are not registered to vote compared to less than 5% of those aged over 65.

We are keen that everyone eligible at the University of Worcester is able to vote, but if you want to make your voice heard in the General Election on 7 May, you must be registered by 20 April at the latest, so we would encourage you to take 5 minutes to do this now.

Remember that when registering you’ll need your National Insurance number. If you don’t know where to find this, you should be able to locate it in a number of places, including on a pay slip or on the red and blue card that was issued to you when you were first given your National Insurance number.


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