Worcester Business School Annual Lecture: Ken Olisa OBE

You are warmly invited to the Worcester Business School Annual Lecture, which takes place on Thursday 18 May, full details of which are on the attached and below.

The WBS Lecture has become an established event in the local business community and we are delighted that Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Directors is able to join us to deliver the lecture.

We look forward to seeing you at what should be, once again, an enjoyable and informative event. To secure your place please RSVP to Sally Docherty by reply on s.docherty@worc.ac.uk.

5.30 for 6-7pm lecture
Joel Richards Suite, the University of Worcester Arena

WBS Annual Lecture Invitation


Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period

28 April 2017 – 9am-5pm Charles Hastings Building, City Campus.

Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Periodemrgposter-1Early Modern Research Group

Our Research Group brings together researchers with shared research interests c.1550-1800.

The Early Modern Research Group gathers University of Worcester staff and external scholars with interests ranging from medieval drama and pageantry, through to Shakespeare and the Jacobeans, from witchcraft and the devil during the Renaissance to Irish history after the Restoration, from seventeenth-century landscape poetry to the long eighteenth century in fiction, poetry and journalism. The group is directed by Drs Cinpoes and Mueller.

For further details please email: emrgworc@gmail.com

Tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student for a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher

HEA_Surveys_logos_PRES - colourThe Postgraduate Research Experience Survey at the University of Worcester is now open. The survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student.

Feedback is vital to the university and your department. It lets us know how your programme of research is going, and allows us to compare how we are doing against the experience of students at other institutions, helping us make changes that will improve the experience for research postgraduates in the future. All your responses will be confidential and any reporting will be anonymous.

Information about previous PRES surveys and the changes that have been made as a result of feedback can be found on the ‘Student Surveys’ page on the Research Degree Programme Blackboard organisation.

To complete the survey, look out for emails in your student email inbox with a link to the survey. Alternatively, log in by visiting https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/pres2017 using your student username (all uppercase, e.g. XYZA1_15) and the password w25_amazon_gift_card__02031orcester1

Please complete the survey by the 18th May for a chance to win 1 or 3 £25 Amazon gift cards.


Notice: Essential ICT Maintenance Work – Saturday 18 March

Essential ICT maintenance work will be carried on Saturday 18th March. This is to undertake urgent remedial work following the outage on the 16th February. The work will begin at 09:00 and be completed by 15:00.

The main switchboard will be unavailable. If anyone needs to contact the University in an emergency during the outage, they will be able to contact reception via 01905 428384.

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

St John’s Campus and Severn Campus

No services available, this includes access to PCs, Print and Copy Services, Wi-Fi (eduroam), teaching facilities and telephony.

City Campus, Jenny Lind and The Hive

Services available: Access the internet, Wi-Fi (Eduroam), teaching facilities and Print and Copy.

No access to email and N and O Drives. All other services including telephony will be at risk so access may be intermittent.

Off-site access

No access to email and N and O Drives . All other services will be at risk so access may be intermittent.

We apologise for any inconvenience during this essential maintenance work.

Opportunity to become a Student Panel Member

Dear StARs

Are you interested in opportunities to develop your skills and make an impact upon the quality of the student experience across the University?

We are looking for Student Representatives to help with the development and approval of new courses and the review of existing ones.

This opportunity will allow you to:

  • make valuable contributions to courses outside your own Institute and potentially bring back good practice to your own course/Institute;
  • develop and enhance your skills, CV and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR); and
  • meet and make links with academic staff and students from across the University.

Training will be required to help you prepare for the role but there is also the opportunity to earn £90 for each approval or review you are involved in.

Training sessions (with lunch included) are currently scheduled for:

  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 12:15-1:45pm at St John’s Campus
  • Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 12:15-1:45pm at City Campus
  • Friday 24th March 2017 at 12:15-1:45pm at St John’s Campus

If you are interested or have any queries please contact Richard White (r.white@worc.ac.uk) via email.

Many thanks

The Academic Quality Unit (AQU)

Claiming expenses?

business-17610_640Quick reminder that if you are on a studentship and claiming expenses (whether through Access aCloud or submitting a booking request form) – please remember to include evidence of support from your Director of Studies. We cannot process your claim without this!

You can attach a screenshot of an email along with your receipts on Access aCloud or forward the email along with your booking request to the Research School.

Call for Abstracts: Postgraduate Research Conference ‘Seeds of Knowledge’

“The seeds of knowledge may be planted in solitude but must be cultivated in public” – Samuel Johnson

Deadline: Tuesday 25th April 2017

Effective dissemination of knowledge is at the heart of good research. The University of Worcester Research Student Society is pleased to announce its 2017 Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. This is a great opportunity for all postgraduate research students (PhD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil or MRes), to present and discuss their research in front of a supportive audience and to develop and enhance their skills in sharing their work.

We invite postgraduate research students from all disciplines to submit an abstract for an 15-minute oral presentation (this will be followed by 5-minutes of questions) or A1 poster presentation.

Please email submissions, indicating your choice of either oral or poster presentation, to worcspgrc@outlook.com by Tuesday 25th April. Submissions should be in the following format: 1. Name, 2. Affiliation, 3. Overview of the presentation (no more than 300 words); suitable for an academic by non-specialist audience) 4. Brief Bio (no more than 100 words).

Date: Thursday 29th June 2017, from 9am

Location: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, Worcester, WR1 3PD

There is no charge for this conference. We look forward to receiving your abstracts. For registration and more information, please see below.

Register for this event online: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postgraduate-research-conference-seeds-of-knowledge-tickets-32083026195

Download the Call for Abstracts [PDF].

Remembering the WW1 Home Front

Organised by the Women’s History Network, University of Worcester and the Voices of War and Peace World War One Engagement Centre.

At The Museum of Carpet, Stour Vale Mill, Green Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1AZ

On Saturday 11th March from 10am-3:30pm.

The First World War was a conflict which was not only fought in the battle-torn lands, skies or seas of Flanders, Serbia, Egypt, Italy or Turkey, but also in the factories, kitchens and fields on the home front. This conference seeks to explore how the First World War was experienced in industry, mining, agriculture, shops, pubs and homes of the Midlands.


John Martin, Professor of Agrarian History, De Montfort University – Feeding the Population in the First World War: Case Study of Leicestershire

Karen Hunt, Professor Emerita Modern British History, Keele University – Maskery’s bakers, Leek: a window onto the Midlands’ home front

Please book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remembering-the-ww1-home-front-tickets-31763698076

Socio-cultural influences for the inception and development of Wing Chun Kuen

Staff and students are invited to attend a research seminar on Wednesday 1st March 2017. This will take place in EE1061 between 1pm – 2pm.

Socio-cultural influences for the inception and development of Wing Chun Kuen
Dr Scott Buckler
Sessional Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art, popularised by Bruce Lee and more recently, six films focused on his instructor, Ip Man. According to the Wing Chun myth, it was developed by a nun who escaped the destruction of the Southern Shaolin Temple, although this historical account is questionable. Research would however indicate a far richer history relating to secret societies, piracy, and a group of travelling opera performers.

This seminar will provide a current debate of the issues, along with a discussion of the socio-cultural influences for the inception and development of the style.


Introduction to Statistical Methods

An introduction to the role that statistical inference and hypothesis testing play in quantitative analysis in research, and an overview of some simple but commonly used statistical tests.

Date: 1st March 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE G027

CVs for Researchers

This practical workshop session will start by looking at the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of CV writing before looking at the particular requirements for non-academic (reverse chronological) CVs and academic CVs. Bring your CV along.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G008

Engaging the Public with Your Research

Public engagement has in recent years become central to the research agenda. The ability to share your research effectively with non-experts has become an increasingly important skill for a researcher to develop.  This session will explore fully the meaning of public engagement and its significance to your research.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G024

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights

This session will provide a basis overview of the nature of Intellectual Property Rights when engaging in externally funded research projects or unfunded collaborative projects. This session will be useful for all colleagues who are currently engaged in research projects or who are interested in doing so in the future.

Date: 8th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G012

Hosting an International Visiting Researcher at UW (Staff only)

This session will provide information to colleagues who are interested in hosting an International Visiting Researcher at the University of Worcester. It will explain what support and processes are in place at the University, and also explore the benefits of hosting an International Visiting Researcher.

Date: 9th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G010

Leading in Research (Vitae material) for PGRs

This workshop is an introduction to Leadership which you may wish to explore further once you have completed it. Whether or not you are presently in an ‘official’ leadership role, developing your leadership skills will make a significant contribution to your success in getting things done, forging collaborations and advancing your career.  It is likely that you will already have demonstrated leadership skills in your day to day work as a research student, or through current/ past employment, on a sports field or through voluntary work.  This workshop will help you to identify and put into practice leadership skills and behaviours in your daily life.

Date: 14th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G010

Making Sense of Stats in Applied Health Research

This is a session about statistics from a non-statistician, so there will be very little maths! The session leads on from the real statistics teaching delivered by statisticians, and focuses on using and interpreting statistics in applied research rather than on how to ‘do’ statistics (the examples will be from mental health research as that is my area of expertise).  I will use worked examples from my own research, including making sense of SPSS outputs and how to translate these into a Results section for a thesis/paper.

Date: 15th March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:30

Location: EE G021

Engaging Parliament with Your Research

The aims of this session are to give participants the knowledge they need to engage effectively with Parliament and its various processes. At the end of this session participants will gain an understanding of the key ways to engage with Parliament as part of their research and identify when and how to effectively enhance this engagement.

Date: 21st March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:15

Location: BY 1145

External Research Relationships and Collaboration

This workshop will explore the topic of external research partnerships and collaboration. What are the potential benefit and the risks? What factors need to be considered when embarking on an external collaboration/partnership in terms of leadership and collective responsibilities. The workshop will identify key elements to discuss and agree when drawing up a partnership agreement to support a successful collaboration.

The format will include some brief group exercises and small group discussion to allow participants with experience of external collaboration to share and discuss personal experiences of successful and unsuccessful partnerships and to consider factors that are critical to partnership success or failure. A PowerPoint slide presentation will cover key points of the workshop.

The workshop would be appropriate for students coming towards the end of their research degree or staff seeking advice on how to network and form collaborations but also would be appropriate for staff who are currently working on funded or unfunded projects with external collaborators.

Date: 23rd March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal

This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to systematic reviews and critical appraisal methods, with a particular focus on the synthesis of quantitative health research. This workshop is suitable for students who wish to conduct a systematic review as part of their PhD, and academic or research staff who would like to conduct a systematic review as part of a research project, or in preparation for a funding bid.

We will use a mix of group work and practical sessions to introduce the following topics:

  • What is a systematic review?
  • Developing a protocol for your systematic review
  • Literature searching
  • Data extraction
  • Critical appraisal
  • Writing the synthesis
  • Reporting your systematic review
  • Disseminating your systematic review

Please note that this workshop will not cover meta-analysis.

Materials will be provided for workshop attendees. A laptop or tablet will be required for this session.

Date: 30th March 2017

Time: 9:00-5:00

Location: EE 2021

All information correct at time of posting. For the most up to date information and to book your place, please visit the student portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.