Riverside Car Park closure from 3pm, Friday 26 January

25 January 2018 by

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 carparking@worc.ac.uk  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.


HSBC Strength Based Recruitment Skills Session with Worcester Bright Futures Monday 5th February 2018 – 4.30 – 6.30pm EE 1057

25 January 2018 by

Are you currently applying for jobs or going through the recruitment process? Then this could be the event for you.

Come and join HSBC and MyKindaFuture in this interactive workshop to gain a deeper insight into your strengths, how they can be applied to the work environment and find out how to improve your chances for success in a Strengths Based Recruitment (SBR) process.

Whether you’ve applied for HSBC this year, or are going through the process with other companies or just getting ahead and planning for next year, come along to find out more.

Some companies are making the shift between Competency Based Recruitment to Strengths Based Recruitment, HSBC is one of these forward-thinking companies. Instead of measuring your future success based on your past experience, SBR recruitment focuses on your strengths and how this may help you succeed in your future job role. HSBC will show you how to highlight your strengths in the interview and online assessment by giving you hints and tips for success.

Find out more and register for the event click here

PebblePad Maintenance

23 January 2018 by

Dear Student

Just to let you know that PebblePad is due to undergo an update over the next couple of weeks.

PebblePad have made numerous improvements to the system which will be rolled out during the upgrade.

One of the more noticeable updates will be the new, improved editor. The formatting bar will appear towards the top of the page and will always be visible when editing a text block. It will also provide better copy and paste function and more fonts.

Please see this video example of the new editor: https://vimeo.com/242223235


Getting in to teaching alternatives

22 January 2018 by

During the week beginning the 29th January, your Careers and Employability team has organised another in our series of themed weeks this time looking at teaching in different settings.

In Firstpoint there will be a display of information you can take away and three lunchtime talks during the week covering Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Coaching and Mentoring and Private Tutoring delivered by staff from the university. You can book to attend the workshops by going to www.worc.ac.uk/workshops and these sessions will also count as evidence towards completing the Worcester Award. It would be great to see you there.

Essential IT maintenance – Sunday 14 January

11 January 2018 by

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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42562303

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: http://servicestatus.worc.ac.uk/

We apologise for any inconvenience this essential work may cause.

Meeting the Challenges of Working with Children, Young People, Families and Communities: “Embrace resilience: overcome the challenge”

9 January 2018 by

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

There are still spaces available on the above conference – book a place now at www.worc.ac.uk/workshops for this amazing opportunity to hear from professionals about how to become resilient practitioners whilst embracing the challenges and demands of the ever-changing employment landscape.

Timetabling issue – resolved

8 January 2018 by

Following our earlier message, we are pleased to confirm that the issue with the University’s timetabling system has now been resolved.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Timetabling issue – 8 January 2018

8 January 2018 by

There is currently an issue with the University’s timetabling system, affecting all timetabling related services.

ICT is working to resolve the issue now and hope to restore functionality as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Meeting the Challenges of Working with Children, Young People, Families and Communities: “Embrace resilience: overcome the challenge”

7 January 2018 by

Are you interested in working with children, young people, families and communities?

Our fourth annual conference – Meeting the Challenges of Working with Children, Young People, Families and Communities – is taking place on Tuesday 23rd January – open to ALL students!

Book your place & find out more information at www.worc.ac.uk/workshops

Explore how to become resilient practitioners whilst embracing the challenges and demands of the ever-changing employment landscape.

We have a range of speakers so we are looking forward to an interesting and interactive day.

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

3 January 2018 by

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 carparking@worc.ac.uk   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 by

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 by

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 by

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.

University of Worcester Student Travel Survey 2017

29 November 2017 by



This is an anonymous questionnaire for students based at the University of Worcester designed to help us review issues such as travelling to the university, car parking, and to assist in developing future policies. Please be as open and honest as possible in your answers to help us achieve our aim. We may also use this data in academic journals and conference presentations. Thank you for helping us out; participation in this survey is voluntary, you can exit the survey at any time.

It should take about 10 -15 minutes to complete and can be completed on a phone/tablet.

At the end of the survey there’s an option to be entered into a prize draw of either a year’s free University of Worcester gym membership or a reconditioned bike (up to the value of £90) from the campus bike shop. Names and contact details to be entered into the draw will not be linked to your responses.

Whilst your data is anonymous it will be managed and processed in accordance with applicable legislation including the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Data will be held for up to 15 years. For the purposes of data protection legislation the University of Worcester is the Data Controller.  The University’s Data Protection Officer is the Head of Information Assurance infoassurance@worc.ac.uk .

Drug Driving Research

28 November 2017 by

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 by

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 http://www.worc.ac.uk/community/current-vacancies.html

Get your summer sorted #gethired

24 November 2017 by

Interested in paid summer 2018 job opportunities? A range of companies will be on campus to tell you more:

Monday 27th Nov: Think Pacific

Tuesday 28th: Smaller Earth (firstpoint, 12-2); Frontier

Wednesday 29th: APM

Thursday 30th: China Teach; Opportunity China (firstpoint, 11-3); USA Summer Camp

Monday 4th Dec: Camp Counselors USA

Wednesday 6th:  Pioneer & Beyond

Book your place at presentations now at:  www.worc.ac.uk/workshops

Open Day, Sunday 26th November

23 November 2017 by

The University is hosting an Open Day this Sunday (26th 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 and on Saturday 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 email study@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 855141.

Best wishes

Communications & Participation

Christmas Choir Rehearsal Cancelled

22 November 2017 by

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.

Careers in Criminal Justice Fair #gethired

16 November 2017 by

Find out about graduate and volunteering roles in the Criminal Justice System on Tuesday 21st November, 1.30-2.30pm, in firstpoint. Organisations at the fair will include the National Probation Service, Victim Support and West Mercia Youth Justice Service. There will be speeches from professionals at 12.30-1.30 – book your place here:  www.worc.ac.uk/workshops