Archive for the ‘Staff’ Category

Firstpoint in the City

5 March 2018

Following feedback from students, firstpoint will be at City Campus to provide services at Charles Hastings reception from 11:00 to 13:30. Please see flyer for dates when we will be available to assist you with any enquires.

Please contact firstpoint for any further details.



Firstpoint Closure

2 March 2018

Firstpoint will close at the slightly earlier time of 15:00 on Friday 2nd March 2018.

We re-open at 08:30 on Monday 5th March 2018.

The PCs and study areas will remain open as normal, with access via the 24 hour entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience

Snowy conditions – Friday 2 March

2 March 2018

snow-2-march-2018-crop-2There is currently snow and ice on the ground in Worcester and the surrounding area, with further snow and very cold conditions forecast:

The University’s practice is to remain open during adverse weather, including snow. The University has invested in additional snow-clearing equipment since the last significant snowfall, which is helping Campus Services teams to clear pathways on campus with greater speed and efficiency.

Please ensure that you travel safely and take all sensible precautions. Snow and ice may affect travel to and from the campus so please ensure that your route is clear. There is some general guidance on road travel in wintery conditions on the Met Office website and on the AA website. You can find useful traffic and travel updates on the Worcester News website.

We will always publish the latest information on our weather advice page:

If information is changing rapidly, we will include a link to this information direct from the University’s homepage and from the Student homepage. If there is a possibility that there will be an impact on important, specific activities (such as assessments), we will include the latest guidance for both staff and students on this page.

We will also keep staff and students updated through the following channels:

  • All student and staff emails (for urgent information only)
  • Regular posts on our official social media channels, including  Facebook and Twitter
  • Posts on the firstpoint blog

Parents of nursery and school age children may wish to take a day’s leave if they unexpectedly need to look after their children due to school closures. School closures in the region are published on the following websites:

Some staff who are unable to travel to Worcester may be able to work productively from home. Any arrangement to take leave or work from home must be agreed with your line manager.

Staff, particularly those with teaching responsibilities, who are able to reach campus during significant snowfall are encouraged to focus on the most essential commitments, including teaching classes. Any staff member who is due to teach but cannot get to campus due to the weather should follow the arrangements detailed in the Class Cancellation Policy:

Have you 20 minutes to spare?

14 February 2018

Join students, staff and our Associate Chaplain, Rev Owen Gallacher, for 20 minutes of calm and reflection.

Riverside Car Park closure from 3pm, Friday 26 January

25 January 2018

Due to an event taking place at the Arena this weekend, could we kindly request that staff do not leave their cars in Riverside car park after 3pm tomorrow, Friday 26 January. The car park will be required for unloading equipment into the Riverside building.

If you have a disability/are a blue badge holder which necessitates you parking in Riverside car park, please email  or telephone the main security control room on x5495 and they will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking.

Riverside car park will be open as normal from Monday 29 January.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Essential IT maintenance – Sunday 14 January

11 January 2018

You may have seen a number of reports in the media recently on the newly discovered vulnerabilities in the Intel, AMD and ARM CPU chips installed in many systems around the world:

This weekend the University’s IT team will be implementing a number of security updates and patches on key systems to ensure that our services are protected.

The work will take place on Sunday morning (January 14th) between 08:00 and 13:00. During this period there may be short outages to some services while the updates are being installed. Detailed planning has taken place to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and, although there should be no interruption in the availability of the University website, student portal and Blackboard during this time, these services should be considered ‘at risk’ on Sunday.

For a full list of services affected please visit the IT Service Status page:

We apologise for any inconvenience this essential work may cause.

Car Park Closure, St John’s Campus, Thursday 4 January 2018

3 January 2018

To provide parking for an event taking place in Edward Elgar Building on Thursday morning, Car Park D (Conference Centre) will be closed  tomorrow, Thursday 4 January and will reopen later in the morning.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder, which necessitates you parking in these car parks, please email   or telephone the main security control room on x5495 and they will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these closures.

Holocaust Memorial Day invitation

2 January 2018

Come and join us at this amazing opportunity to hear the powerful words of a survivor of Auschwitz, Mindu Hornick; The Power of Words.

Electrical Works: Edward Elgar w/c 1 January 2018

19 December 2017

As part of our ongoing improvements to the infrastructure services across the University, we will be undertaking some small electrical works from Tuesday 2 January to Friday 5 January 2018.

This will require us to turn off the power to small areas of the Edward Elgar building at a time from 6pm each evening throughout the night.

Power will be restored to all areas before 8am the following morning.  (Please not this work will not affect rooms EEG051 to EEG074 (science labs)).

We will work around timetabled bookings.  However, due to the nature of the works involved it is not possible to confirm which areas will be affected each evening.  Therefore, we ask that you ensure that all sensitive equipment and computers are switched off at the wall socket on each day during the week from 2 January.  If you have any concerns or wish to tell us about any events taking place during the evenings of that week then please reply to this email.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during these essential works

Blackboard Unavailable

11 December 2017

Please note that Blackboard will be unavailable from 19.30 on 26th December to 07.30 on 27th December due to an essential update.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Drug Driving Research

28 November 2017

You are invited to participate in a research project An investigation into the knowledge and attitudes of staff and students, at the University of Worcester, into driving whilst under the influence of illicit drugs’This is a collaborative project involving University of Worcester staff including; Lecturers, Security, Student Support, University of Worcester Students’ Union, West Mercia Police, South Worcestershire Safer Roads Partnership and Public Health. The project was first launched at an event at the Hanger on Wednesday 15 November to a very positive response and forms part of the University’s commitment to awareness raising events and collaborative working. The ultimate aim of the research project is to use the findings to inform a future local police awareness campaign. It has been timed to coincide with the Drink Driving Campaign, Road Safety Campaign and Alcohol Awareness Week all near this date.

The survey, which is anonymous, will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete and in addition to asking questions also gives answers to develop knowledge and awareness.

Please follow the link below:

Calling all staff and students!

27 November 2017

Careers and Employability are recruiting DLHE survey staff to help out with the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey in January 2018.

Salary: £8.63 per hour

Hours: 5:15pm – 7:15pm, Monday to Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm Saturday

Duration: Four to eight weeks from 9th January 2017

Applicants will not be expected to work every shift but will be expected to show reasonable commitment.

Closes December 3rd!

Apply now at

Christmas Choir Rehearsal Cancelled

22 November 2017

The Christmas choir rehearsal is cancelled on Friday 24th November 2017. Rehearsals will continue on Friday 1st December, 1.15-2.15pm in the Music Room, EEG119.

Firstpoint closures: December 2017

15 November 2017

Thursday 7th December 2017: firstpoint will be closed all day for Student Services Away Day.

Thursday 14th December 2017: firstpoint will close at the slightly earlier time of 15:30 before reopening for the Staff Mulled Wine and Mince Pies celebration at 16:00.

Wednesday 20th December: firstpoint will be closed all day for firstpoint Away Day.

Christmas Break: firstpoint will be closed from Monday 25th December 2017 to Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Firstpoint opening hours, week commencing 18th December 2017

15 November 2017

Our opening hours will be 08:30 -16:15 from Monday 18th December 2017 to Friday 22nd December 2017.

We will return to our normal opening hours of 08:30-17:30, Monday to Friday, from Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre will remain open throughout via the 24 hour entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Essential maintenance work – this Sunday at Hive – Update

8 November 2017

The maintenance work that was scheduled for this Sunday at the Hive has now been delayed.  The Hive will be operating as normal on Sunday.

Graduation week: Car Park Closure – Riverside

27 October 2017

As you are all aware we will be hosting many additional people next week during our annual award ceremonies, from Tuesday 31 Oct to Friday 3 November.

We will be utilising the Arena this year for pre- and post-ceremony events and activities, therefore there will be no car parking availability for permit holders at Riverside from Monday 30th October to Friday 3 November.

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

Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause during this extremely important week for the University.

Best wishes

Registry Services

University Money Advice Service

9 October 2017

The University Money Advice Service are hosting a visiting debt advice service via the Local Citizens Advice Bureau.

The advice is free and confidential and will be available on the second Thursday of each month at Firstpoint 2-4pm. The service commences Thursday  12th October.

Drop in or contact firstpoint to book a slot

Car Park Closure: Rear of Arena Wednesday 27 September

26 September 2017

To allow for line-marking, the stonechip car park at the rear of the Riverside/The Arena will be closed on Wednesday 27 September.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder, which necessitates you parking in these car parks, please email or telephone the main security control room on x5495 and they will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

Kind regards,

The Estates & Facilities Team

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales

25 September 2017

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will return to Worcester next month for its second performance at the University of Worcester Arena at 3pm on Sunday, October 1st, 2017. The concert will be recorded for future transmission on BBC Radio 3.

To purchase tickets, go to, call 0844 888 9991 or visit the University of Worcester Arena reception. Tickets are £38 for family (2 adults and 2 children), £19 for adults, £5 children, £9 concessions.