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Register to vote

5 February 2015

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.

Extra-Curricular Scholarship – Apply Now

14 October 2014

 

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Are you involved in voluntary work? Do you want to volunteer to coach or teach overseas? Perhaps you have the opportunity to present at a conference, or perform at an event, or compete at an elite level. We may be able to help you achieve your goal.

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 – 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

 

Don’t forget to cancel your Programme Adviser Appointment if you no longer need it

24 September 2014

We would like to remind you that if you no longer need a Programme Adviser appointment that you have booked can you please cancel your reservation so that the timeslot can be made available.

You can cancel your appointment via the link on your SOLE page or by visiting http://www.timecenter.com/worcester

The Programme Advisory Service is currently very busy and we are experiencing a very high volume of requests for appointments from students. If you fail to attend an appointment you are using a slot that another student could take. Thank you.

Hereford and Worcester UCAS convention – Friday 21st March

18 March 2014

The annual Hereford and Worcester UCAS Convention will take place on the St John’s campus on Friday 21st March. This is a major event with over 4200 visitors attending from schools across both counties.

Areas around the Sports Centre, Drama Studios and Gym will be exceptionally busy on Friday 21st March. In order to minimise disruption for colleagues and students at St John’s we have made the following arrangements for the set-up of the event and for the day itself.

Traffic Management – Friday 21st March

Please use the Malvern Gate entrance. Access through the Severn Gate (Hylton Rd) will be for UCAS permit holders only.

Vehicle access through campus via the Malvern Gate will be restricted on Friday 21st March. Traffic will be allowed only as far as the post room.

Car park closures

Car Park N (Darwin) 9pm Wednesday 19th March – Friday 21st March inclusive.

Car parks M (main), G (Binyon) and R (Netball courts/Sports Centre car park) will all be closed from 6pm on Thursday 20th March – Friday 21st March inclusive.

If you are a disabled/blue badge holder which necessitates you using these car parks please contact Tom Taylor, Head of Security and Campus Services who will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking. Tom can be contacted on t.taylor@worc.ac.uk or through main reception by dialling ‘0’.

Thank you to all staff and students 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 Service Essential Maintenance

7 January 2014

Due to essential maintenance the following services will be at risk and may be unavailable for short periods on Sunday 12th January between 08:00 – 12:00.

  • SOLE
  • Blackboard
  • Library Catalogue
  • Email and Storage

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Christmas / New Year Opening Hours in ILS and 24/7 Access Arrangements

23 December 2013

Information regarding opening hours for ILS and 24/7 access arrangements over the Christmas and New Year period can be found in this document and on LibGuides, the ILS Matters Blog and the ILS Facebook page.

Christmas and New Year opening hours for Firstpoint

23 December 2013

Firstpoint will close at 1pm on Tuesday 24 December for the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and will reopen on Thursday 2 January 2014.

Full details of Firstpoint Christmas and New Year opening hours:

Monday 23 December 2013 Normal opening hours
Tuesday 24 December 2013 9am-1pm
Wednesday 25 December 2013 Closed
Thursday 26 December 2013 Closed
Friday 27 December 2013 Closed
Monday 30 December 2013 Closed
Tuesday 31 December 2013 Closed
Wednesday 1 January 2014 Closed
Thursday 2 January 2014 Normal opening hours
Friday 3 January 2014 Normal opening hours

University of Worcester Carol Service

6 December 2013

Tuesday 10 December 2013, 7.15pm for 7.30pm
Worcester Cathedral

This year’s University of Worcester Carol Service takes place on the evening of Tuesday 10 December 2013. This year the service will be held in The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary of Worcester.

The University’s annual Carol Service is arranged by the University Chaplain, Revd Dr Fiona Haworth. This year Fiona has chosen to focus the Carol Service on the theme ‘Good News to the Poor’, with readings from the bible and poems.  The Carol Service will, of course, contain familiar, well loved carols with the opportunity for everyone to join in singing.

During the Carol Service a collection will be held in support of St Richard’s Hospice which is this year’s University of Worcester Charity of the Year.

Family and friends are also very welcome to accompany students to the Carol Service.

Please rsvp to rsvp@worc.ac.uk, or call Rebecca Lowe on 01905 857515.

Industrial Action, Tuesday 3rd December – Additional Information

2 December 2013

These are the modules that we are currently aware are cancelled on Tuesday 3rd December due to industrial action. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list and it is possible that other courses may be affected. We will update this list when further information is available.

HIST 3020
HIST 1102
BIOS 3051
BIOS 3052
BIOS 2106

Industrial Action, Tuesday 3rd December

2 December 2013

Two of the main trades unions that represent staff working in universities, UCU and UNISON, will be taking national strike action on Tuesday 3rd December 2013. The action is being taken following the unions’ non-acceptance of the employers’ final national pay offer of an increase of 1%. The University will remain open on the day of action and all services including the Hive, Peirson and catering outlets will be available.

Please note that whilst we do not expect widespread disruption, there will be limited service at Firstpoint between 11am and 3pm.

It is also possible that some classes will be cancelled in cases where individuals who are members of the relevant trades union decide to take action. Where this occurs staff have been asked to apply the Class Cancellation Policy, which is available at: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/registryservices/documents/classcancellationpolicy.pdf

The University regrets any inconvenience caused.

University extra-curricular scholarships – applications invited

2 October 2013

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Are you involved in voluntary work, do you compete at a national level? Or do you want to volunteer to coach or teach overseas?  We may be able to help you achieve your goal

The University runs a University Scholarship Scheme each year to assist students with participating in extra-curricular activities.  You can apply for funding, up to £1000, to finance extra-curricular involvement in 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.

There are two categories you can apply under:

Category 1 – Voluntary activities which are community based, either in the UK, or abroad.

In 2012 students received scholarships to volunteer on projects in Madagascar, Peru, Uganda, Thailand and Worcester

It is important when applying for a scholarship for this category that you include information about the charity you are 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.

Category 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 national level)

Last summer students received scholarships to assist them in participation in national sports competitions in a variety of sports including: rowing, golf, swimming and trampolining. Scholarships were also awarded to assist with attending and presenting at conferences and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It is important when applying for a scholarship for this category that you include information, and evidence, of the costs involved.

To apply for a University Scholarship please complete  the Extra curricula scholarship application form downloadable from this post or from firstpoint in the Peirson Building, St John’s Campus.

There are two opportunities to apply with deadlines of the 2nd December 2013 and 28th February 2014 – however each student can only apply once. 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 etc you may still apply but any funds awarded will only be released once booking has been confirmed.

All applications will be considered by the Scholarship Panel.

Applicants applying by the 2nd December deadline will be advised of the outcome of their applications before Christmas, those applying by the 28th February 2013 deadline will be advised of their outcome by the end of March.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to participate in some form of feedback on their activity and the form this will take will be notified in the award letter.

Please note that this fund is not available to pay for the cost of courses run by the University.  If you are struggling with course costs or have other financial difficulties please contact the Student Welfare and Financial Advice Service http://www.worc.ac.uk/wfa/  who will be able to advise you.  Retrospective claims will not be considered for the scholarship fund.

Information on other scholarships and bursaries that are available in 2013/14 can be found on the Finance webpages

Nominations for Honorary Doctorates and University Fellowships

21 February 2013

Each year at the annual award ceremonies in November the University confers a number of honorary degrees and University Fellowships.  The awards are based on nominations made by staff, students and governors of the University.  All nominations are considered by the Honorary Awards Committee which then identifies a small number to take forward.

The criteria for the awards are:

Honorary Doctorate – the University is looking to recognise those who are particularly eminent in their field.  There is no restriction on the nature of the field in which the individual has excelled.  A previous or potential link with the region and/or the University is desirable but not essential.

University Fellowships – the University is looking to confer fellowships on those who have either already made an outstanding and normally voluntary contribution to the University, or whose current role provides opportunities for a particularly fruitful relationship to develop.  It is intended that Fellows should act as ambassadors for the University, helping wherever possible to raise awareness of and support for the University and its goals.  Normally such persons will already have an association with the University or local region.

How to make a Nomination

Please complete the Honorary award form and return it to me by the 22nd March 2013. If anyone wishes to discuss a nomination in advance of submitting it they should contact me in the first instance. (email: h.johnstone@worc.ac.uk, tel: 01905 855014)

It is very important that nominees should not be approach prior to consideration of nominations by the Honorary Awards Committee and should not, in any circumstances, be informed that they are under consideration

You can find information on the awards made in 2012 on the University web-site – http://www.worc.ac.uk/community/honorary-degrees-fellowships.html

University Scholarships for Extra-Curricula Activities

21 October 2010

Are you involved in voluntary work, do you compete at a national level, want to attend a summer school, or volunteer to coach or teach overseas?  We may be able to help you achieve your goal 

The University runs a University Scholarship Scheme each year to assist students with participating in extra-curricular activities.  You can apply for funding, up to £1000, to finance extra-curricular involvement in activities either directly related to or distinct from your course of study.

 There are three categories you can apply under: 

  • Category 1 – Voluntary activities which are community based, either in the UK, or abroad. In 2009 a group of students received help with funding a trip to Thailand to provide voluntary teaching and another student received help with funding a trip to Sri Lanka to coach football and cricket. Other students were funded to assist them travelling to voluntary placements in the UK with charities such as Turning Point and Save the Children. It is important when applying for a scholarship for this category that you include information about the charity you are working for, the hours involved and the location of the work.  You should provide evidence that you have been accepted as a volunteer.
  •  Category 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 b evidence of or recognised potential to participate at national level) Last summer students received scholarships to assist them in participation in national sports competitions in a variety of sports including: rowing, golf, swimming and trampolining. It is important when applying for a scholarship for this category that you include information, and evidence, of the costs involved.
  •  Category 3 – Activities which are course related but voluntary but, if undertaken, are likely to contribute to the scholar’s academic performance (e.g. a study visit or attendance at a conference). Please note that such activities must be organised by the individual concerned and not form part of a programme by the relevant Institute.  The fund is not intended to reimburse students for activities relating to the independent study. This year a student has received a scholarship to assist her in attending a drama course outside of the University. She has undertaken to feed back to her peers the knowledge she gains.  Other students have received funding to assist them in attending archaeological digs which will supplement their learning experience. Again these students will provide feedback to their peers on the knowledge they have gained. It is important when applying for a scholarship in this category that you provide written evidence of the costs involved and quantify the impact the activity will have on your academic performance.

 To apply for a University Scholarship please complete a form which you can access via this blog or from the Student Records Enquiry Counter in Woodbury. The deadlines for applying are the 1st December 2010 and 1st March 2011 – you may only apply once per year. You will need to supply supporting documentation with your application e.g. details of any study visit, invitations or bookings. 

 Please note that successful applicants will be required to participate in some form of feedback on their activity and the form this will take will be notified in the award letter.

 All applications will be considered by the Scholarship Panel and applicants will be notified of the outcome before Christmas.

 Completed application forms should be submitted to the Student Records Enquiry Desk by the 1st December 2010.  The next opportunity to apply for a University Scholarship will be March 2011.

 Please note that this fund is not available to pay for the cost of courses run by the University.  If you are struggling with course costs or have other financial difficulties please contact the Student Welfare and Financial Advice Service http://www.worc.ac.uk/wfa/  who will be able to advise you.

Application Form

What Next?

18 July 2008

Have you considered a Postgraduate Management qualification?

MSc Management

The following is an extract from Prospects.ac.uk:

It could be argued that, as a Masters graduate you possess many of the skills gained from a degree but to greater extent. Studying for a first degree requires a certain level of intellectual ability and motivation but completion of a Masters requires more commitment and capability. Employers value the more technical/vocational skills gained from specific Masters study.

Benefits of the Worcester Business School Postgraduate Management courses

  • The MSc courses offered by Worcester Business School are a flexible and dynamic group of courses that provide a sound understanding of managerial theory and practice
  • Option to switch pathway after the first semester
  • International context built into the course which will help improve your global awareness
  • 10% reduction in fees for continuing University of Worcester students
  • Opportunity to mix with International students helping to increase your cultural awareness

The Course

The six Masters awards in Management offered by Worcester Business School prepare you for a career in business and management. They offer real flexibility, and potential to specialise in your chosen areas of interest.

The six courses are:

  • Management MSc
  • International Management MSc
  • Management & Marketing MSc
  • Management & Finance MSc
  • Management & Human Resources MSc
  • International Marketing Management MSc

The MSc courses are primarily designed to meet the needs of graduates who have not previously specialized in management and business at degree level however it also offers business graduates the opportunity to enhance their vocational skills.

How to Apply

Please apply directly to Registry Services

For further information about the course please contact

John Gardener (Admissions Tutor)

Bredon 210

j.gardener@worc.ac.uk

Deadline for Independent Study Proposals

11 April 2008

UMS BA and BSc students intending to start an Independent Study in academic year 2008/09.

The deadline for submitting an Independent Study Proposal Form is Monday 21st April. Forms can be found on the SOLE page on the ‘My Course Information’ tab under ‘Independent Study Information’ or are available from the Student Enquiry Counter in Woodbury.

Race for Life

10 April 2008

Race for life logo

On Sunday 1 June 5,000 female runners and their families and friends will congregate on Pitchcroft Racecourse to raise money for Cancer Research UK by running, jogging, walking or crawling the 5k course which will finish in Worcester High Street.

Alongside Worcester City Council, Wyvern FM, and the Worcester News, the University of Worcester is now an official Local Partner of Worcester’s Cancer Research UK ‘Race for Life’.

How can you help?

Join Our Team

We recognise that many students and staff have participated in this event in previous years. This year, we are hoping that a sign of collective strength will be achieved by creating a University of Worcester ‘Race for Life’ team. If you are planning to take part this year, please contact Catherine Steele (Institute of Health and Social Care, x 5390), to join the University of Worcester’s team. You will still need to register with Race for Life on an individual basis; Catherine will be happy to provide guidance on this.

Sponsor our Team

There will be the opportunity to sponsor our group of runners both online and through the finance office (please note that individuals can still raise their own monies through friends and family). Once a team of runners has been established, details of how to sponsor the team will follow.

Support our Team

If you can’t run the event for any reason i.e. you’re male (!), but would like to support the event, please contact Richard Medcalf (Graduate Research School, x 5416). We need a group of volunteer race marshals who will line the route, directing and supporting all runners. Last year there were 6 people from the University of Worcester in this role; we’re hoping to smash this number this year with your support. It’s a really invaluable role on the day, and also great fun!

So please get involved in one of these three ways – we can’t do it without you!

Are you looking for work or accommodation during the Summer holidays?

10 April 2008

Attention All Students

We are recruiting Facilities Assistants @ £6.24 per hour

This type of paid work is an ideal way for students to enhance their CV.

This post is open to current University of Worcester students only and can be viewed at

http://cook.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/personnel/displayvac.pl?refno=stu0801a

Also, rooms are available in Chandler from the beginning of June to the end of August.

Please go to http://www.worcester.ac.uk/accommodation/

where you will find full details and the Summer accommodation booking application form

Thank You

A Road Trip Worth Taking

28 February 2008

Canadian theatre company, Ghost River, is renowned for its ambitious and compelling work. Their multi-award winning production, Mesa, has toured throughout Canada to critical acclaim and it can now be seen at the University of Worcester this March as part of a select national tour.

Imagine travelling from Calgary to Arizona, non-stop for five days, with your grandfather…

Paul, an out of work writer, is enlisted to drive his wife’s 93 year old Grandpa, ‘Bud’, from Calgary to his retirement trailer in Mesa, Arizona. Paul dreams of a great adventure in the American desert – strange roadside diners and sleeping out in the desert under the stars. Bud on the other hand wants the home comforts of hotel living. The two men are on the road to find America… and each other. They travel for five days, navigating the predictable turnoffs on the Interstate while discovering their need for each other, sharing their lives and experiences, and their hopes and dreams.

Based on a true story, this is road movie for the stage has toured across Canada and was showcased at last year’s ‘Pride of Place Festival’ in Ipswich.

Formed in 1999, Ghost River Theatre’s vision is to create new theatre that is innovative, original, and highly theatrical. Their plays explore contemporary issues and themes, combining live music and original stories with a unique theatrical perspective.

A road trip worth taking, this production promises a charming, funny, witty, sad and heartfelt evening. Not to be missed!

Sunday 9th March at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Drama Studio

Tickets are £8.50 (students £6) and can be booked in person from the Finance Office in Main Reception or from St Johns Library

Need to find more money to help you study?

22 February 2008

Try Educational Trust Funds.
Come to the Welfare & Financial Advice team’s promotion about easy access to Trust Funds on 3rd March in the Students’ Union.

Freshers – win a £30 voucher!

23 October 2007

We would like to hear about your experience of this year’s Welcome Week & Induction programme so that we can improve the induction of new students in the future. We would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the following questionnaire.

Sorry, but this survey does not apply to new nursing or teaching students.
At the end of the survey there is the opportunity to enter a prize draw for a £30 voucher for a high street retailer of your choice.

The closing date for the survey and prize draw entry is 24th October 2007.

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Posted on behalf of Student Services.