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:

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 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


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.


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 (

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

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.

Prison and Probation Services: Graduate opportunities

26 January 2015 by

There will be a careers presentation for those interested in working for the prison or probation services. Find out about the roles available, entry methods, and how to apply.

Presentation: 12.15-1.15 Tuesday 3rd February.
Book your place through

Colleagues from the Prison Service and NOMS will also be available for informal discussions in firstpoint 13.15-13.45

Graduate opportunities with prison and probation

Keep the Memory Alive: Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

26 January 2015 by

On Tuesday 27 January at 7.30pm, members of the faith communities across Worcestershire will gather at the Hive for an act of Commemoration to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The event has been organised by Worcestershire Interfaith Forum, working with the University of Worcester, and civic and educational leaders will be present. Testimonies of the survivors of genocide will be read out and students from Worcester schools will lead those present in an act of commitment for a better future. The commemoration will be followed by light refreshments, hosted by the University.

27 January 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and 2015 is also the 20th anniversary of the massacre of mainly Muslim Bosnians at Srebenica. These two anniversaries of horrendous genocides will form the key points of the commemoration. This year’s anti-genocide theme is “Keep the Memory Alive”.

In addition to the Tuesday evening commemoration, an exhibition will run throughout the week in the Hive. This will feature Holocaust Memorial Trust materials, panels from a display on how the Holocaust affected Gypsy Roma & Traveller communities, and photographs of Auschwitz and the Polish ghettos from local Bromsgrove priest and photographer Peter Holzapfel.

The Bishop of Worcester’s Interfaith Adviser Dr Fiona Haworth, who is also chaplain at the University, said: “After the events of recent weeks, it’s more important than ever for members of all faiths and none to come together to remember the human capacity for evil, and to take a stand together against it in the name of our common humanity as well as our own individual beliefs.”

More information on Holocaust Memorial Day can be found at:

All are welcome to attend the Act of Commemoration. Please contact the Chaplain, Revd Dr Fiona Haworth for more details:  tel: 01905 542327

How is my degree classified – your questions answered

16 January 2015 by

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 described in the Undergraduate Regulatory Framework.

How is my degree classification calculated?
Using 15 credit modules, the Honours degree classification will be calculated two ways, and the Board of Examiners will confirm whichever of the two methods results in the higher classification. For the majority of students the classification will be the same using both methods.

Method 1: classification is determined on the profile of the best four grades (60 credits) achieved at Level 5 and the best 8 grades (120 credits) at Level 6:

Method 1 - L5 and L6 classification









Method 2: classification is determined on the profile of the best 8 grades (120 credits) at Level 6:

Method 2 - L6 classification








When a result is for a 30 credit module rather than 15 credits, the grade achieved will be used twice e.g. a grade B in MOD3001 which is a 30 credit module will count as two B grades in the calculation.

Students who are following a top-up (Level 6) course having previously studied a HND or Foundation Degree will only have results at Level 6, therefore only Method 2 will be used to calculate the classification.  The modules from a separate course will not be used.

The rules are defined formally in the Undergraduate Regulatory Framework.

Worcester Award

15 January 2015 by

Are you doing the Worcester Award? Complete and hand in your log book to firstpoint, and be eligible for a prize! Or, if you want your log book checked before handing it in, please get in touch:

Car Park Closure

12 January 2015 by

A section of car park M (long stay car park) will be closed on Wednesday 14 January for Institute of Sport & Exercise Science and PGCE Primary and Primary Initial Teacher Education interviews.

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’.

Are you looking for work experience to develop your employability and add to your CV?

12 January 2015 by

Some fantastic opportunities with local organisations in areas such as music festival publicity , political campaigning, online gaming and social media campaigns! Take a look at

Working with Children, Families and Young People: Embracing the Changing Employment Landscape conference – Tuesday 27th January

9 January 2015 by

The compassion conundrum: compassion or punishment – which is most effective? This and other issues related to working with children and young people will be raised by Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE, chief executive of Kids Company at the forthcoming student conference. Places are filling up quickly. Booking essential at For further information please contact
CYP conference poster

Firstpoint Closure

17 December 2014 by

Firstpoint will be closed on Monday 22nd December 2014.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Firstpoint closures – 9th and 11th December

8 December 2014 by

Firstpoint will be closing at 1.15pm on Tuesday 9th December and at 3pm on Thursday 11th December.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Interested in working with Children, Families and Young People?

8 December 2014 by

An exciting new conference on January 27th will give you the chance to find out more about opportunities with children beyond teaching, nursing and social work.

Key note speaker: Camila Batmanghelidjh from Kids Company.
Panels include recent graduates and employers from public, private and third sectors.

Advance booking essential at

For further information please contact

The Worcester Award

4 December 2014 by

We now have 500 students registered for the Worcester Award, so our 500th student will soon receive their prize! Sign up to the Worcester Award and there will be more rewards for those who hand in their log books!

Car Park Closure

2 December 2014 by

Please be advised that Car Park C (Woodbury) will be closed off to staff and students until 10am on Wednesday 17th December. During this time Car Park C will be open only to Geography Interview Day attendees. A student ambassador will be on site to register those attending the Interview Day as they enter the Car Park.

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’.

Business School Programme

1 December 2014 by

The Business School is working with Young Enterprise to implement a Women in Business programme with a focus around the visitor economy (tourism, travel, hospitality and leisure) for all female students from any institute. A great experience not only for your CV, but to work as part of a team to put your learning into practice and set up a business!

Our first mentoring session will be held at St Johns on 3 December in room EE 2015 by Anna Madden from Curo Chartered Accountants – who was recently features in Economia magazine (see the link:

Anna will speak about her experience in business and will also go over the background to the programme finance structure, cost build and YE VAT / corporation tax, and the role of the finance director within the teams.

Anyone who is interested in being involved in one of our teams should contact Lisa Loudon on

Car Park Closure

28 November 2014 by

Car Park R (the old tennis court) will be closed for an event on Tuesday 2nd December.

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’.


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