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Open Day, Sunday 25th June

23 June 2017

The University is hosting an Open Day this Sunday (25th June) 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. The study area will also be in use on Friday evening from 5pm to set up for the event.

All information about the event is available in the 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

IT Maintenance work – Sunday 14th May

12 May 2017

IT will be performing essential maintenance work on the IT Infrastructure at the City Campus on Sunday 14th May between 08:00 – 10:00.

During the maintenance work, access to a number of University systems will be unavailable or limited:

  • No internet access at the City Campus, and Jenny Lind Building (including Wi-Fi) – Student Halls will be unaffected
  • No Wi-Fi access for eduroam (Students) at the Hive.
  • No access to SOLE on all sites and from outside the University.
  • Access to Blackboard via the mobile app will be unavailable; access through myday will be unaffected.

We apologise for any inconvenience during this essential maintenance work.

Pepplepad update – 20 April

18 April 2017

Pepplepad will be updated to the latest version on the morning of Thursday 20 April.

During the upgrade process, Pepplepad will be unavailable for approximately 20 minutes.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Applicant Day and Open Day, Saturday 1st April

31 March 2017

The University is hosting an Applicant Day and Open Day this Saturday (1st April), 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. The study area will also be in use on Friday evening from 5pm to set up for the event.

All information about the event is available in the 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

UCAS Exhibition: Thursday 23rd March

22 March 2017

The annual Hereford and Worcester UCAS Exhibition will take place at the University of Worcester Arena this Thursday, 23rd  March. This is a very large event with over 4,000 visitors attending from schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We will be welcoming more than 130 Higher Education Institutions, as well as our own.

 

The Exhibitor Hall will be located in the main hall of the University Arena, with seminars for visitors taking place at Riverside. Please note that the Social Learning Space at Riverside will be closed from 8am until 3pm on Thursday, as this will be used for the Exhibition.

In order to minimise disruption we have made the following arrangements:

Traffic Management – Thursday 23rd March:

Please be aware that vehicle access to the Riverside Campus will be for exhibitors only (displaying a valid parking permit), coaches and minibuses attending the Exhibition.

Car Park closures for the event:

– 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 22nd March and will be fully closed from 9pm on Wednesday and all day Thursday 23rd March.

 

All Car Parks at the St John’s Campus and City Campus (Moors and Jenny Lind) will remain open.  Students and staff with permits to park at Riverside are very welcome to use any other University Car Park on the 22nd and 23rd.

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 or by dialling extension 2189.

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.

ICT maintenance this weekend – 11 and 12 March

10 March 2017

A number of University ICT systems will be undergoing routine maintenance and updates this weekend – Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March.

The impact of the various updates should be minimal, but you may experience:

  • Brief outages of the University telephony service between 9am and 1pm on Sunday
  • Minimal print and copy system outages between 10.30am and 11.30am on Saturday, and between 8.00am and 9.30pm on Sunday
  • Short outage of less than 20 minutes of access to some library resources between 9am and 10am on Sunday.

We apologies for any inconvenience

Network issues on campus – resolved

16 February 2017

The network and telephone issues on campus have now been resolved. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will post further updates, if required, on the student homepage:  http://students.worc.ac.uk/ and on our official Facebook page.

Any assessments that were due to be submitted today can be submitted by tomorrow (Friday 17 February) by 3pm. No late penalty will be applied.

If you have any further problems with access to any systems, please email us on firstpoint@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks for your patience and apologies for the inconvenience.

Network issues on campus – Updated

16 February 2017

There are currently network and telephone issues on campus.

We are still working to resolve the issue and will continue to post further updates here.

Any assessments that were due to be submitted today can be submitted tomorrow (Friday 17 February) by 3pm. No late penalty will be applied.

If you need to contact the University urgently, please call 01905 428384.

Network issues on campus

16 February 2017

There are currently network and telephone issues on campus.

We are working to resolve the issue and will post further updates here.

If you need to contact the University urgently, please call 01905 428384.

RPS International Images for Science exhibition in the Charles Darwin building

16 January 2017

The University of Worcester has been selected as one of the few venues to host The Royal Photographic Society “International Images for Science” exhibition. The exhibition features some of the world’s best science photography with astonishing scientific shots with beautiful and striking images of interest to everyone.

rps-exhibitionThe Institute of Science and the Environment is delighted to announce that the most recent version of the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images of Science will be exhibited in the Charles Darwin building from the 19 January until 5 February. This private display is open to all staff and students across the University who have an appreciation of the beauty of science through art.

The exhibition will formally open in the Charles Darwin Unit on the 24 January preceded by a Drinks reception in the Charles Darwin and opening address by the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor David Green.

Car Park closures – Wednesday 11 January

9 January 2017

Car Park C (Woodbury), Car Park D (Conference Centre) and the Riverside and Arena Car Parks will be reserved for Interview Day visitors on Wednesday 11th January.

All other car parks on campus will be available to park in.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder with specific requirements, please contact Graham Cozens on carparking@worc.ac.uk or on extension 2189.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Best wishes

Communications & Participation

Car Park closures on Wednesday 14th December

9 December 2016

Car Park M (the long stay Car Park near Severn Gate) and the Riverside and Arena Car Parks will be reserved for Interview Day visitors on Wednesday 14th December.

All other car parks on campus will be available to park in. Students without permits will be charged at the same all-day rate as Car Park M (£3.60) in any of the Car Parks on the day. Simply enter this amount into any car parking machine and display the ticket in your car. 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).

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder with specific requirements, please contact Graham Cozens on carparking@worc.ac.uk or on 01905 542189.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Best wishes

Communications and Participation

Open Day, Sunday 27th November

24 November 2016

The University is hosting an Open Day this Sunday (27th November), 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. The study area will also be in use on Friday evening from 5pm to set up for the event.

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

Open Day, Saturday 1st October

28 September 2016

The University is hosting an Open Day this Saturday (1st October), 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. The downstairs study area will also be in use on Friday evening from 5.30pm to set up for the event.

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

Student as Academic Partners Project 2016/17

28 September 2016

The project scheme which offers students the chance to enhance their course and develop their own employability skills.

The Student as Academic Partners (SAP) projects scheme offers an opportunity for paid employment of £8.08 per hour plus £1.13 holiday pay for up to 100 hours per project (to be shared equally between students working on the project) to enable students to work in equal partnership with academic staff to strengthen the student learning experience at the University for the benefit of all. This year the scheme will focus in particular on the course experience.

The purpose of the programme is to develop collaboration between students and staff and a sense of shared ownership in the learning process. The scheme will employ students as active members of project teams based within the University’s departments.  This year we will be funding a maximum of 25 projects.

Eligibility

Students must be eligible to work in the UK and registered on a UW course or programme during 2016/17 to be eligible for the scheme. The scheme is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Applications

For further information and to submit your applications visit the Students as Academic Partners Projects page.

Please note that there must be at least one student named on your application and all applications need a member of University staff (academic or professional support) named as a project lead.

In order to help develop your ideas here are some examples of possible themes:

  • Evaluation of an innovation from a student perspective
  • Development of an innovation or idea relating to learning and teaching
  • Development or design of an assessment, learning resource or tool
  • The development of course materials such as a guide for students about a particular course or module
  • Research into innovative pedagogic practice including Technology Enhanced learning initiatives

Closing date for applications to Carolyn Nisbet (c.nisbet@worc.ac.uk) is Monday 31st October 2016.

Open Day, Sunday 11th September

9 September 2016

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

Message from the Vice chancellor

16 June 2016

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

National Student Survey

8 March 2016

student machine wallpaperDear Student

On behalf of the University, I wanted to thank you for your efforts so far in completing the National Student Survey. As of Friday 4 March, 52% of final year students had completed the survey, so we are making great progress towards our 80% + target for this year. You can see how well your course is doing at http://nss2016.worcestermedialab.com/.

I wanted to remind you that students who complete the NSS online at www.thestudentsurvey.com before 18 March 2016 will be able to claim a £5 Campus Credit on their student card as a reward for completing the survey. This is available to spend on print and copy credit, as payment for library fines, in the Made, City, Elgar and Pear Tree food outlets and in the SU shop.

The instructions for claiming the reward will be detailed on the ‘thank you’ screen at the conclusion of the survey. In addition the University will make a £5 contribution to the Student Access to Learning Fund.

All students who complete the survey online will also have the option to enter a prize draw to win 1 of 3 iPad Minis – instructions on how to enter are provided at the start of the survey.

The NSS feedback is used by your course team and the University to tell us about what works well and to inform improvements and changes to the courses and support services offered by the University. NSS results are also published to provide valuable information for prospective students.

Many thanks

Ross Renton
Pro Vice-Chancellor Students

The 2016 University of Worcester Student Survey

1 March 2016

The University of Worcester  Student Survey launches on 1 March – 30 April 2016 for all students who are not completing the NSS. This is a great opportunity to have your say and shape the future of your course. You will receive an email to your UW email address from ‘UW Survey Admin’ (hosting@evasys.co.uk)  inviting you to complete the survey. You can also complete the survey via ‘My EvaSys’ on Blackboard.

The UWSS asks a range of questions about your course:

  • Teaching on your course
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Academic support
  • Organisation and management
  • Learning resources
  • Personal development
  • Overall satisfaction (with UW and the SU)
  • You are also able to provide comments on your overall experience and to suggest  improvements at the University

Why should I complete it?

  • Tell us what was good about the course so far
  • Tell us what can be improved
  • Results used by course teams and University departments – e.g. Library and Student Services, to make improvements
  • Results support decisions about course developments, spending on facilities and on student support
  • £1,000 reward for Institutes that get a 55%+ response rate – StARS decide how this spent to improve the learning environment in the Institute

Car Park M closure on Tuesday 15th December

14 December 2015

Car Park M (the long stay Car Park near Severn Gate) and the Riverside and Arena Car Parks will be closed on Tuesday 15th December for an Institute of Sport & Exercise Science interview day.

All other car parks on campus will be available for staff and students to park in and there is also additional parking at Coppertops, located near to the St John’s campus. 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).

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder with specific requirements, please contact Graham Cozens on carparking@worc.ac.uk or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.