Open Day, Sunday 11th September

9 September 2016 by

The University is hosting an Open Day this Sunday (11th September), 10am-3pm, so the campus and car parking will be busier than a usual weekend.

The Peirson Study & Guidance Centre is being used during the day for potential students to find out more about subjects and support at the University.

All information about the event is available in the Open Day programme, available at www.worcester.ac.uk/opendays

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Sian Gould – email s.gould@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 542467.

Best wishes

Communications & Participation

Jenny Lind Car Park Closure 1st and 2nd September

31 August 2016 by

To allow access for a large furniture delivery this week, it will be necessary to close the car park at the Jenny Lind building on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September.

If you usually park here, please remember that UW Permit Holders can also  use the Moors Car park on week days.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using the Jenny Lind 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 by dialling ‘2189’.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this closure.

Kind regards

The Estate Services Team

Timetables unavailable on SOLE

31 August 2016 by

We are currently experiencing some technical issues with the timetabling software. We are working hard with our software provider to get these resolved as soon as we can.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Firstpoint closure notification

31 August 2016 by

firstpoint will  close tomorrow at 12 noon The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open as normal, with access via the 24 hour entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

firstpoint closure notification

23 August 2016 by

firstpoint will  close at 12 noon on Thursday 1st September. The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open as normal, with access via the 24 hour entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Meningitis Vaccine

18 August 2016 by

Students’ health and wellbeing is a priority for us, and we would like to alert you to the new Meningitis ACWY Vaccine, which is being made available to all new students up to the age of 25.  We strongly recommend that you contact your GP to take advantage of this simple, preventative measure before you arrive at university.  More information can be found on the NHS website:  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx

Reminder regarding the embargo – please read

15 August 2016 by

Dear Colleague

Tomorrow, Friday 12 August you will be receiving results data under embargo.

Following three recent embargo breaches in relation to SQA results data, we would like to remind you of your obligations while under embargo conditions. Please remember that you are strictly prohibited from releasing results information and any related information during the embargo period, and to contact me immediately if you have or suspect a breach, even if you are still investigating.

The embargo period not only covers the disclosure of results information, but also an indication of an applicant’s final decision. The most common embargo breaches are automated systems and notifications regarding registration, accommodation, provision of reading materials, or offering alternative options.

I appreciate that you will have your own protocols and contingency plans in place, but we would be grateful if you could review these to ensure you have done everything possible to prevent a breach in your organisation.

In accordance with the terms of service, UCAS has agreed to share results under the conditions that you:

  1. use the results for the sole purpose of facilitating the Confirmation processes
  2. do not share the results either intentionally or inadvertently, nor respond to any communications from any third party, including the applicant or their advisers, or any journalist prior to publication day
  3. implement and maintain operational, organisational, and technical measures to safeguard against unauthorised access, loss, destruction, theft, or inadvertent disclosure of the results prior to publication day
  4. ensure the security in your IT solutions, and operating procedures implemented by you, are sufficiently robust to safeguard against the serious damage that may be suffered by an applicant and UCAS as a result of a disclosure breach

Guidance

  • Please remind all colleagues that your university or college must uphold the results embargo and they are aware of their responsibilities if they suspect a breach.
  • If you have, or suspect you have, breached the embargo agreement, please contact Francesca Fairhurst on 01905 855010 immediately, even if you are still carrying out investigations.
  • If you suspect or identify a breach, please include the following information:

o   the date and time you discovered the breach

o   the type of breach, including the systems involved

o   the number of applicants involved or affected

  • Privileged access to early results data is critical to your admissions process, and it is important we work together to minimise the risk of any breaches during the embargo period. Our aim is to support you in the best way possible during this crucial time. However, we reserve the right to withdraw access to results from any provider that breaches and/or fails to notify us of potential or actual breaches, with immediate effect.

Further guidance is available on the Awarding Body Linkage page on ucas.com, and in Appendix H of the UCAS Undergraduate Admissions Guide.

Timings  

For A level results, the embargo period starts at 14:00 on 12 August and ends at 06:00 on 18 August.          

We hope we can count on you and your teams to adhere to the embargo agreement and notification protocols.

If you have any questions about the embargo, please contact awardingbodylinkage@ucas.ac.uk.

St Johns Halls – Laundry

22 July 2016 by

Please be aware that from Monday 25th July, we will be undertaking refurbishment works within the Laundry at St Johns Halls. We envisage these works will be completed by the 1st August.

During these works, anyone wishing to use Laundry facilities can use the Hines Laundry from 1800-2100 free of charge. Please note that this laundry will be closed at 9pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure

Parking Restrictions on St John’s Campus weekend 23 July

22 July 2016 by

On Saturday 23 July, we will be undertaking line-marking on the recently resurfaced road and parking areas between the St John’s Halls of Residence and Bredon Building, in front of Ability House/Forensic Science House and also in front of our Storage Unit of Hylton Road (at the rear of Evening News building).

The areas will be cordoned off in advance and we kindly ask you not to park in the recently tarmacked areas or in the car park at St John’s Halls.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using these 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 by dialling ‘2189’.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during these closures.

Kind regards

The Estate Services Team

The Access to Learning Fund is still open

21 July 2016 by

The University’s Access to Learning Fund for academic year 2015/16 remains open until the 31st of August. Application forms and guidance are available from firstpoint or can be downloaded from the UW Money Advice webpages.

The University Money Advisers are always available

21 July 2016 by

The UW Money Advisers are available to see or telephone students throughout the summer and appointments can be made through firstpoint

Timetabling update

6 July 2016 by

Please be advised that 2016-17 Timetables for continuing students are currently being finalised and should be published later this month.

Thank you.

Malvern Gate Entrance: Closure 1 – 3 July 2016

27 June 2016 by

As part of the repairs being carried out to roadways and the Woodbury car park:

Malvern Gate will be closed

From 07:00 Friday 1st July until 20:00 on Sunday 3rd July

Vehicular access to the main entrance of the Edward Elgar Building will not be permissible during this time and Car Park A (the Visitors car park) will be closed.

On Friday 1 July, access to Woodbury car park will be maintained, but will be closed on the Friday evening until Sunday evening as repair works to the car park are being undertaken over the weekend.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using these 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 by dialling ‘2189’.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during these closures.

New accessibility checker for disabled students, staff and visitors

27 June 2016 by

Disabled students, staff and visitors can now find out more about the accessibility of buildings and facilities across campus, thanks to a new online resource.

We’ve worked with a national disability organisation, DisabledGo, to produce guides which provide detailed information about the facilities on campus such as reception areas, toilets, meeting rooms, libraries, lecture halls, shops, accommodation and more.

The detailed access guides are live and available for all to use at: http://www.disabledgo.com/organisations/university-of-worcester

The University was independently assessed in person by trained DisabledGo surveyors to ensure accurate, detailed information was collected.

Ross Renton, PVC Students, said: “the University has a long-standing commitment to inclusion, ensuring that all students reach their full potential. We’re therefore delighted to be working with DisabledGo in the production of these access guides to benefit our students, staff and visitors.”

Firstpoint Closure

16 June 2016 by

Firstpoint will close at the slightly earlier time of 17:20 on Thursday 23rd June 2016, before reopening for a Conference reception. The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open throughout via the 24 hour entrance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Message from the Vice chancellor

16 June 2016 by

Dear all

I am writing to you about the terrible atrocity in Orlando, Florida.

I know that the entire University community is appalled by this horrific attack and its terrible consequences.

Our hearts go out to all the families and friends of the victims, to members of the LGBT communities worldwide and to the citizens of the United States of America.

Terrorism of any kind has no place in the world. Members of the LGBT community have so often been victims of hate crimes, and it is most important at this critical moment that all our students, colleagues, partners and friends stand together to support all the victims, their families and loved ones. Members of this University know just how devastating cruel acts of terror by a single gunman can be. It is just over 11 months ago that our student Joel Richards, aged just 19, was killed in Sousse, Tunisia by a lone gunman.

As well as our expressions of love and sympathy, active solidarity is needed.

A fund has been set up by Equality Florida to support the victims of the Pulse shooting and I urge colleagues and friends to make a donation, however large or small at:

https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

On Thursday 16 June everyone is invited to observe a minute’s silence at 11am in an expression of solidarity, love and remembrance. We will gather by the flagpoles at the St. John’s Campus, which will enable colleagues and guests attending the Learning and Teaching conference to take part.

This will also be an opportunity to express our profound appreciation for the heroism of the many who acted so bravely to ensure that there were not even more casualties:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36526028

Any colleague, student, member of staff or member of the University community who would like to consult with the University’s expert counsellors is invited to contact Firstpoint to arrange an appointment at the earliest opportunity.

I am sure I speak for us all when I say on behalf of the University to all our friends in Florida and the USA and to members of the LGBT Community in particular:

We Are With You: Together We Will Overcome.

Yours in sadness

 

Professor David Green
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Worcester

Car Parking Update

16 June 2016 by

Just an update regarding various car parks affected by Summer Works

Jenny Lind

Part of this car park is fenced off for contractor site compound.  The remaining spaces are available as usual.

Car Park A (Visitors Car Park)

This car park will be closed on Monday 20 June for site deliveries.  The car park will then reopen but with limited spaces.

Car Park R (tennis courts/near sports centre)

This car park has been closed today and will be closed again tomorrow (Thursday).  When the car park reopens, the back part of the carpark will be fenced off as a site compound. This means the front part only will be available for parking.  Please note that as the car park ticket machine will be inaccessible, this car park should only be used by permit holders.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using these 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 by dialling ‘2189’.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during these closures.

Blackboard Update

8 June 2016 by

We will be updating the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment on 13th June, 2016. This will require a short period of downtime which has been scheduled to take place overnight and full service should be restored by 8am.

The update will provides a number of bug fixes and and enhancements to improve workflows and efficiency.

We apologise for any inconvenience this downtime may cause.

Social Justice Conference 23rd – 25th June 2016

8 June 2016 by

Challenging questions about social justice are being raised across all spheres of public life….

What aspirations do we have for social justice?

Do our public policies reflect a set of values which could enable us to achieve a fairer and more equal society?

The University of Worcester and the William Temple Foundation are holding a conference to explore these issues in the contexts of faith, education, health, welfare, public policy, economics, gender and sexuality.  

A full Conference programme is available at the Social Justice Conference website: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/social-justice-conference.html

Academic speakers from America, Australia, Israel, Canada and the UK will present on all these themes, led by 4 outstanding keynote speakers:

 

Professor Jon Glasby, Head of the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, will be speaking on…

  • What’s next for health and social care?’

Professor Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, Kings College London on…

  • ‘Social Justice  in an Ageing Society’

Professor Morwenna Griffiths, Chair of Classroom Learning, University of Edinburgh, on…

  • ‘Approaching the heart of the matter – A posthumanist perspective on ethical educational practices’

Professor Philip Goodchild, Professor of Religion and Philosophy in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham, on…

  • ‘Debt, Finance and Social Justice’

 

Delegates who are not sponsored by an organisation are able to book at a personal rate of:

Friday 24th June, including tea/coffees and sandwich lunch – £16.50

Saturday 25th June including tea/coffee and sandwich lunch – £11.00

Full ticket for both days – £27.50

Booking details are on the flyer.

Any queries please email socialjusticeconference@worc.ac.uk

Social Justice A5 flyer

Car Park Closures

8 June 2016 by

As part of further preparations for Summer Works some car parks will be closed as follows:

St John’s Campus:  Monday 13 June

Car Park A (short stay/visitors car park) will be closed for delivery of scaffolding and site compound cabins.

Part of this car park will remain blocked off as a site compound until the end of August.

Jenny Lind

This car park will be closed on Saturday 11 June for scaffold erection

The above closures are in addition to those notified last week (copy email below).

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using these 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 by dialling ‘2189’.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during these closures.