news &views THE UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER MAGAZINE
In this issue:
Nursing and midwifery training commended Seal of approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council p.4
Woodburyâ€™s new roof High tech solution p.10
Discover the Motion & Performance Centre A closer look at the MPC p.6
New Fire Service partnership launched Memorandum of Co-operation signed p.2
COVER STORY University and Fire Service staff celebrate the Memorandum of Co-operation
NEW FIRE SERVICE
A new partnership has been launched between the University of Worcester and Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service.
he partnership will enable the Service to utilise academic expertise to enhance its activities. In addition to the research carried out by members of the University’s academic staff, research will also be carried out by undergraduate and postgraduate students which will add a vocational experience to their studies and give them invaluable workplace skills and a potential advantage when entering the job market.
A Memorandum of Co-operation was signed by both organisations at a special launch event on Thursday, April 15 at the Fire Service’s headquarters in Worcester. Professor Geoffrey Elliott, Director of Regional Engagement at the University, said: “This is a strategic partnership with the aim of providing training, development, research and consultancy activities. “Our students could carry out research on specific topics requested by the fire and rescue service, for example equipment testing, or areas of human resources. Or
we could propose particular research projects.” The University has held a similar partnership with West Mercia Police since 1997, which has seen a wide range of successful research projects take place. Chief Fire Officer, Mark Yates said: “The Service is pleased to be working collaboratively with the University and I foresee great benefits for both organisations. “This partnership agreement will make excellent use of valuable public resources and the practical implementation of key research projects will certainly assist with the improvement of Service operations whilst providing important work experience for local students.”
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Professor David Green and Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates sign the Memorandum of Co-operation
COVER STORY wELCOME
elcome to the May 2010 issue of News and Views.
Following on from the positive theme of last issue, this edition boasts a number of positive stories, not least our cover story featuring the formalising of the University’s relationship with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire Service. There’s further good news with the completion of Woodbury’s new roof, the commendation of the University’s nursing and midwifery training by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a number of impressive student and staff achievements.
This month also sees the launch of our new occasional series of features focusing on the work of various areas of the University. First up is the Motion and Performance Centre, whose cuttingedge work is long overdue some extra exposure. If you would like your own particular area of the University to be featured in a future edition, or if you have any news you would like to share with colleagues, please get in touch via email@example.com
The award, from the Fairtrade Foundation, recognises the University’s commitment to supporting sustainable development in the developing world. The University sells a wide variety of Fairtrade products across its cafes, the canteen and Students’ Union shop, including tea and coffee, sugar, fruit juices, bars and cookies. All coffees used by catering for hospitality and conferences are also Fairtrade. Environmental Co-ordinator Jan Dyer said: “This is excellent news. For several years, the University of
COVER STORY New Fire Service partnership launched
features In focus: The Motion & Performance Centre New Worcester Arena spurs sporting achievement
UNIVERSITY AWARDED FAIRTRADE STATUS The University of Worcester has been awarded Fairtrade Status.
Worcester has been active in promoting Fairtrade and has developed a broad commitment from different staff and student groups. This is reflected in the wide range of products available in our catering outlets and the Student Union shop.” Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.
University awarded Fairtrade status University’s nursing and midwifery training commended Elite Lithuanian stars join Masters programme Rediscovering Daniel Defoe Tim Maxfield becomes affiliate of the Security Institute University and Wolves launch women’s basketball team Additional places created on vocational courses Putting our best foot forward Partnership forged with Hurd library Woodbury building finally gets its new roof Research explores the primary teaching of values Former teacher launches new ADHD toolkit Sports student gets scholarship to work at West Brom Footballers score second promotion Nursing student’s Tibetan charity trek Students stage sleep show
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university’s Nursing and Midwifery Training Commended
he training of nurses and midwives at the University of Worcester Robert Dudley, Head of Pre-Registration Nursing, said: “Along with our practice partners, the Institute is committed to ensuring that all of our has been commended following a two day inspection. graduates are equipped with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes The Nursing & Midwifery Council, the regulatory body for the that will enable them to succeed as nurses and midwives. I am delighted two professions, sets the standards of education, training and conduct that the Nursing and Midwifery Council has recognised that our that nurses and midwives need to deliver high quality healthcare provision is robust and meets the very rigorous standards that are set by consistently throughout their careers. the Council.” Its report contained a number of commendations, particularly The University trains around 200 nurses and midwives every year, many around the University’s Institute of Health and Society’s admissions of whom go on to work in the West Midlands region. and progression and fitness to practice procedures. The University’s partnership with practice providers was also commended.
Worcester nursing students and lecturers
Alumni Weekend Saturday July 10 – Sunday July 11 2010 A fun event for you and your family
Saturday - 12pm onwards • • • • • • • • •
Solve a mock murder on campus take part in our speed, reaction and stamina tests Ultimate golf experience 10am - 2pm enjoy garden games and a bouncy castle Flick through our alumni archives Feast on hog roast and ice cream enjoy an assortment of hot and cold drinks Pick up a prize in our fun competitions While away the day with sounds of the seven decades
Sunday Sports Day 11am - 2pm
to celebrate our long standing history of sports at the University of Worcester, we will be inviting alumni to take part in a range of games for all the family to enjoy; from football to tag rugby and rounders. Come to the twenty20 cricket at Worcestershire County Cricket ground at 2:30pm.
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COVER STORY news
Elite Lithuanian Stars
join Masters programme
More elite basketball stars have signed up to the first MSc in European Basketball Coaching Science, delivered by Worcester in partnership with the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education.
obertas Javtokas and Arvydas Macijauskas are the second and third Lithuanian basketball stars to enrol on the course this year, with Linas Kleiza signing up in January.
Thirty-year-old Javtokas is a Euroleague champion, ULEB Cup champion, participant of two summer Olympics and winner of the European championship bronze medal. He said: “The Secretary General of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, Mindaugas Balciunas, informed me about this opportunity. It intrigued me because it involved two institutions from two different countries, so each of them brings a different perspective. I figured, if I could combine playing and studying at the same time, why not do it?”
Thirty-year-old Macijauskas, a once-feared three point specialist, is nicknamed “Lithuanian Kalashnikov”. He has been a European champion, Lithuanian champion, Spanish Cup winner, and Euroleague Final 4 participant. He said: “Once people from the Lithuanian Basketball Federation alerted me to the course I was very interested. Basketball has been a huge part of my life and I intend to stay close to it after I’m done playing. We all like doing what we’re good at, and basketball is my thing. Maybe coaching could be the next step in my professional career and this course will certainly give me a strong foundation.” The course, endorsed by the Federation for International Basketball in Europe (FIBA Europe), involves teaching in both Worcester and Lithuania.
Rediscovering Daniel Defoe
r Andreas Mueller’s new book, A Critical Study of Daniel Defoe’s Verse: Recovering the Neglected Corpus of his Poetic Work, has recently been published by The Edwin Mellen Press.
Completed during his recent project leave, Andreas’ monograph is the first booklength study of Daniel Defoe as a poet and it addresses a long-standing gap in Defoe scholarship. It offers detailed readings of Defoe’s verse in relation to its historical and literary context, and investigates Defoe’s poetic theory and practice. In response to the common view of Defoe as, first and foremost, a novelist, the author argues that he was England’s leading poet during the first decade of the eighteenth century.
Reaction to the book has been very positive, with Professor Robert Mayer from Oklahoma State University saying “Mueller’s study deepens our sense of Defoe as an essential writer of the early eighteenth century by repeatedly providing a rich sense of the political and cultural contexts of his individual works.”
TIM MAXFIELD BECOMES AFFILIATE OF THE SECURITY INSTITUTE Tim Maxfield, the University’s Director of Business Development has recently become an Affiliate of the Security Institute. In order to be granted membership, applicants have to either undergo a rigorous validation process which reviews relevant work experience, training and qualifications or complete a period of study and academic qualification in a security-related subject. The Security Institute has approximately 1000 members, and is the largest association for security professionals in the UK. The Security Institute promotes the highestpossible standards of probity and professional competence in the business of security, by working with the public and private sectors, and with other security-related associations, by agreeing core standards, by networking and by encouraging excellence in training. Tim is currently working alongside key colleagues in the Business School, and with a range of organisations in the Security Industries to devise appropriate training & development solutions and progression opportunities for employees undertaking qualifications linked to the sector.
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The Motion & Performance Centre
Physiotherapy by numbers:
Also based within the Thomas Telford Building, Two-0-Six Therapy offers physiotherapy, sports massage and pilates.
All Two-0-Six therapists are members of the CSP
Clients of Two-0-Six receive an initial 45-minute assessment before treatment. At the initial assessment clients are asked a number of detailed questions about their problem, possible related injuries and relevant medical history to afford Two-0-Six an understanding of their work and recreational activities. This is then followed by a thorough examination of the problem area and related areas of the body, before potential solutions are suggested. To book an appointment please call 01905 857521.
IN THE FIRST OF AN OCCASIONAL SERIES OF IN-DEPTH STUDIES OF VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE WORK OF THE MOTION & PERFORMANCE CENTRE.
espite its central location on campus, many of us have managed to remain oblivious to the existing work that takes place in the Motion & Performance Centre (MPC).
A hidden gem “People are obviously aware of the mobile unit, and they have a vague idea that we have some sort of scientific camera system, but beyond that I think it’s fair to say that most people around the University don’t really know what we do,” says MPC Co-ordinator Jenny Burchill. “A few people have even thought we were an external company that just happened to be based here.” In fact, the MPC is the research and consultancy arm of the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, although the nature of much of its activities means that it is also closely linked to the Institute of Health & Society. Its core work is to offer a full range of services to support anybody with a desire to enhance their sport or exercise performance, or to generally keep fit and healthy. The MPC’s state-of-the-art equipment can monitor an athlete’s The MPC’s list of specialities movements and analyse them for potential performance gains. is as long as it is impressive, encompassing performance testing, biomechanics, performance analysis, sports psychology, coach development, sports management, health care, sports nutrition and sports therapy & injury rehabilitation. It’s also a great resource for those wishing to increase their understanding of sport and exercise science and currently offers educational workshops and work placements to various interested parties.
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COVER STORY FEATURE
Staff at the MPC will be carefully watching the future career of Worcester Warriors’ Matt Mullan after he turned to them for some innovative treatment.
Many elite athletes turn to the MPC for performance testing, but you don’t have to be a star to benefit from its facilities.
Cutting edge technology The Centre is one of the most well-equipped areas on campus. Aside from the instantly recognisable mobile unit, resources include psychology, physiology and biomechanics laboratories, field-testing equipment, extensive training facilities, seminar and lecture rooms and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences accredited staff. The ‘scientific camera system’ that everyone associates with the MPC is crucial to its biomechanics work. Small lightweight markers are attached to landmarks on the body, which are picked up by the camera system to easily track movement in three dimensions as the wearer engages in virtually any activity. “Whether they’re bowling a cricket ball or kicking a football we can quickly and easily work out various joint angles and assess their movement across 3 planes” says Jenny Burchill. “It’s actually a really powerful tool that can highlight areas where performance might be improved and aid coaching.” The 3D movement analysis has many diverse uses beyond sporting applications, including assisting employers in determining whether staff are ready to return to work following illness or injury. It can even be used as a motion capture system to aid animation.
Learning the science of sport
Using the mobile unit, the MPC Sports Science Roadshow attends schools, colleges and conferences to give children a hands-on experience of different aspects of science within sport.
Matt Mullan undergoing performance analysis in the MPC
Matt, a prop who made his England debut in Rome in March in their 17-12 win against Italy, recently returned from injury. Matt had torn a hamstring during a Warriors game back in October last year. Staff in the MPC used a Cybex Isokinetic Dynamometer, a specialist piece of equipment, to get measures of Matt’s joint strength, power, fatigue and imbalance. Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “Detailed analysis of Matt’s condition provided by the MPC aided his recovery process. Our staff are highly experienced and the technology we use is state-of-the-art. We were only too happy to help on this occasion.”
Research The MPC has been involved in a number of diverse research projects over the last few years. The GB Dragon Boat team, GB Paralympic Equine team and England Cricket team have all have their techniques analysed by the centre. Some innovative products have been created with assistance from the MPC, including a saddle wheelchair for Cerebral Palsy sufferers and a two-handled spade designed to reduce back strain whilst gardening. It’s no surprise that the Centre has come to the assistance of University-based basketball squad the Worcester Wolves but the MPC has also analysed the free throw technique and performance of a group of Lithuanian Women’s Basketball players.
The MPC’s air conditioned Motion Analysis Laboratory is 1,000 cubic metres in volume and is often available for general University use.
The MPC also specialises in working with school and college students through the Aimhigher scheme in order to raise aspirations and awareness of progression to sports science related courses at higher education level. Workshops can be tailored to suit specific requirements, based on various elements of sports science, physical activity and health. Common topics have included performance profiling, key principles of physiology and heart rate monitoring, an introduction to biomechanics and team cohesion.
With the London 2012 Olympics set to heighten the nation’s interest in everything to do with sport, the MPC is looking forward to further expanding and diversifying its work over the next few years.
Find out more:
To find out more about the work of the Motion & Performance Centre visit: www.worcester.ac.uk/mpc
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University and Wolves
launch women’s basketball team The Worcester Wolves Basketball Club, in partnership with the University of Worcester, is launching a women’s team to compete at national level. The Wolves currently field men’s teams in the BBL, EBL Division 4, AASE Academy, EBL Under 18 and EBL Under 15. It is now putting together a women’s team to compete in the England Basketball League Division 2, against sides including Birmingham As, Bristol Central Storm, Exeter Eagles and Solent Suns. The first informal training session took place last week when players from across the Midlands region travelled to the University to take part in a session led by England men’s coach Paul James. Paul, who is the Wolves Director of Basketball, said “We sent out an open invitation to players throughout the region to express an interest by attending an open run. “Considering this was the first meeting I was extremely pleased with the attitude and talent that clearly exists with this initial group. We are excited about this addition to the Club and firmly believe it will be successful and present some great role models for young females in the region.”
The first trial for the Worcester Wolves Women’s team was a great success
Jenny Burchill, a former Birmingham A’s (EBL Division 1) player and co-ordinator at the University of Worcester’s Motion & Performance Centre, will be one of the players joining the women’s campaign. “Worcester is a hot bed for basketball and there is a great need for a women’s team,” she said. “I am excited to be part of what I am sure will be an exciting journey that will hopefully bring success to the team and will encourage more young girls to join the sport. The training session received a great deal of interest and there were some very talented women on the court.”
Additional places created on vocational courses
putting out best foot forward...
The University is creating more places on vocational courses after successfully being awarded more than 100 cofunded Additional Student Numbers.
taff from the University of Worcester walked a staggering 400 miles as a part of ‘Walk to Work Week 2010’.
It will provide approximately 175 further fulltime and part-time places, equivalent to 122 full-time places overall. The places are co-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and employers in a variety of subject areas in business, education and health, including the Ministry of Defence. The places will be available on Foundation Degree programmes, including Integrated Children’s Services FdA, Mental Health FdA, Pre-Hospital, Unscheduled and Emergency Care (paramedic training) FdSc, and Worcester Business School’s Leading to Excellence programme. Professor David Green said: “I am delighted that the University’s bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for Additional Student Numbers on a ‘co-funded’ basis has been successful. This latest award will enable us to create more opportunities for people who want to learn the combination of practical and intellectual skills needed for today’s economy.”
A total of 67 members of staff signed up for the challenge that saw them walk to, from or during work. The national event, organised by Walking Works was aimed at lowering the nation’s carbon footprint and promoting a healthier lifestyle. The challenge took place from April 26-30 with more than 10,000 people from workplaces around the UK signing up and walking a collective 71,000 miles. This year’s challenge will contribute to the University’s six year vision to promote environmentally sustainable ways of working and living, and to act in a sustainable and environmentally-enhancing way.
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Leading by example: Head of Sustainability & Development Katy Boom, with Graduate Interns John Coleman and James Felton
NEW WORCESTER ARENA
ith the fast approaching Football World Cup and the promise of a successful London Olympics in 2012 stoking sports fever in the UK, the University of Worcester’s announcement that a ‘Worcester Arena’ is to be built has received a warm welcome.
Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “The work we have achieved at the University of Worcester demonstrates that sport and Higher Education can work collaboratively to break down barriers and develop positive life skills in young people.”
look to develop more innovative schemes, whilst also providing a venue that will attract a great range of spectator events to the city. The nearest major indoor facility is situated in Birmingham and we believe that the introduction of our very own arena will bring some fantastic opportunities to the region.”
In January the University announced that it had bought the former fruit and vegetable market on Worcester’s Hylton Road with the intention of building a new advanced indoor multi-purpose arena and active leisure centre, ‘The Worcester Arena’.
In recent years, the University has also become a Centre for Coach Education, offering courses at all levels as well as extensive sports science support to a range of sporting organisations.
The University is appealing for people to get behind the Worcester Arena and support sport.
Professor David Green said, “The Worcester Arena will seat up to 2,000 people in state-of-the-art facilities, and will have an exceptional standard of disabled facilities – giving our students, local children and the wider community more opportunity to participate and succeed in sport.” In 2008, five of our students participated in the Paralympics, competing in wheelchair basketball and blind football. Since then, further investment has been made in the provision of disability sports. Training and coaching programmes for children with disabilities, including dyspraxia and visual impairment, have also been included in some of our successful community initiatives such as the acclaimed Learning Through Sport programme.
Mick Donovan commented: “More than any other time in history, sport has become a science. At the University of Worcester we research and develop training techniques as well as sports injury recovery. “In March, colleagues in our Motion Performance Centre helped the recovery of Worcester Warriors prop Matt Mullan with his torn hamstring. Our team carried out detailed assessments and analysis of his condition using a Cybex Isokinetic Dynamometer machine, which measures joint strength, power, fatigue and imbalance. “The Worcester Arena will enable us to offer our unique services to local sports clubs in the community as well as elite and professional athletes around the Midlands. With spacious, high-tech facilities we can
Professor David Green concludes: “Sport has the power to transform people’s lives by creating valuable self discipline, teamwork and commitment. Many of the University’s initiatives have helped raise aspirations and enabled people to make more of their potential. “We hope that everyone who would like sports provision transformed in the region will see this as an opportunity for children and young people and will support the Worcester Arena.” If you would like to find out ways to support the ‘Worcester Arena’ either by buying a brick or assisting with other sponsorship opportunities and fundraising events then visit www.worcester.ac.uk/giving or contact Beth Heaney, Alumni, Fundraising and Endowment Officer on 01905 542273 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Partnership forged with Hurd library
The University of Worcester has become an official partner of one of England’s few internationally important 18th century research collections.
Two PhD students at the University of Worcester have now begun the process of digitally cataloguing the collection, which, once complete, will be available for the public to search.
The University’s Early Modern Research Group has launched a partnership with the Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle in Worcestershire, which will see the unique collection of more than 4,000 items digitally catalogued for the first time.
Dr Andreas Mueller, Co-Director of the Early Modern Research Group at the University of Worcester, said: “This is an extremely important collection of 18th century literature and we feel very privileged to have been allowed to create this partnership with the Hurd Library. “It is a substantial resource that, until now, has been largely untapped. Only a small number of scholars have previously used the Library.”
The Hurd Library is a unique example of a working library, formed by an 18th century scholarly bishop, which remains on its original shelves in the original room built for it. No other such collection has survived in the Anglican communion. It was built in 1782/3 by Richard Hurd, the 98th Bishop of Worcester, for his very fine collection of books. It has been preserved ever since and many consider it one of the most beautiful library rooms in the country. The partnership between the Library and the University was sanctioned by the Church The Hurd Library Commissioners, with the blessing of Dr John Inge, who, as the 113th Bishop of Worcester, is the custodian of the collection. The Bishop said: “I am delighted about this creative partnership and I am sure that my predecessor would approve. It will be of great benefit both to the University of Worcester and to the Hurd Library.”
The Library contains 43 books from Alexander Pope’s library, 97 from William Warburton’s and 103 gifts from George III, often with the royal arms on the binding. There are also works by Hurd himself, many of them unpublished, which it is hoped will also be digitised in the future. Dr Mueller said: “The cataloguing is key at the moment. We then hope that this partnership will help to promote the Library and its importance both nationally and internationally.”
finally gets its new roof After withstanding all that the British climate could throw at it for more than 60 years, the roof of the Woodbury building was finally replaced this spring.
time liaising with the building’s occupants. This was a huge undertaking as stripping a roof with a concrete screed is a
notoriously messy and noisy undertaking. The worst weather in some 40 years added to this burden but the work still proceeded according to a slightly delayed schedule.
entral Roofing won the contract for the work and opted to install a Liquid Plastics Omega 15 Built Up Roofing system.
A full strip of the roof was required which Central completed in numerous stages whilst at the same
Professor David Green and Estates Manager Andy Lewis inspect the new roof with Central Roofing personnel
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The flexibility and versatility of the Liquid Plastics Decothane product that was installed allowed Central Roofing to overcome the tricky gutter edge detail with ease. The introduction of 90mm PIR insulation has increased the thermal efficiency of the building, which in turn will lead to reduced heating costs and lower carbon emissions. To add some finishing touches to the project, new Aluminium down pipes were installed, in University of Worcester blue.
Research explores the
primary teaching of values
A collaborative piece of research between two Paul Taylor, Ann Jordan and Anne Silvanus-Davis lecturers at the University of Worcester and a former student has been published in an international journal. SPORTS STUDENT GETS
nn Jordan, Associate Head of the Institute of Education (Quality Enhancement), and Paul Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education, have been working with Worcester graduate Anne Silvanus-Davis, who is now a teacher at Pitmaston Primary School.
Their research, ‘Exploring the Teaching of Values in Primary Education: Theory into Practice Through a Case Study of Living Values in an English Primary School’, has been published in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education: An International Journal. “The research looks at how we bring values into the curriculum so that we address all aspects of the child,” Anne Silvanus-Davis said. Paul Taylor added: “We are continuing to develop themes such as Personal, Social and Health education and Citizenship into our own teaching at the University and the school where Anne teaches has already developed much good practice. So it was an ideal opportunity to get together and carry out some research.” The research took the trio around 18 months to complete, looking at the relationship between theory and practice in regard to teaching values education. Ann Jordan said: “This was an excellent example of collaboration with a former student of ours who is now in practice. “We are very keen to encourage graduates to get involved in writing and to continue to support them in their careers.”
Former teacher launches
new ADHD toolkit
former University of Worcester student and ex-primary school teacher has launched a new guide for teachers to help children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
A football-mad sports student at the University of Worcester has scooped a £500 scholarship to continue his work with Championship club West Bromwich Albion. Will Patz has been working as a fitness coach with the women’s team at the Club since last spring, advising in a sports science role, with particular focus on nutrition, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning practices. “This is the first time I have applied for a scholarship and I’m really pleased to have been able to Will Patz secure one,” he said. “I’m at the Club about three times a week. It has been a fantastic placement and I’m hoping to stay on when I finish my degree and combine my work with a Masters. “It has been a fantastic experience to work alongside some very skilled coaches. The women have been very receptive and I’ve received great feedback from them regarding my coaching sessions. It has been incredible to work with both the male and female set ups at such a prestigious club and I can only hope I’m able to continue my professional development with them.”
Dr Linda Wheeler spent six years completing a PhD at the University looking at ADHD and how teachers can help children with the condition to learn. The ADHD Toolkit, published by Sage, is aimed as a complete guide for teachers and includes examples of successful tried-and-tested strategies, activities to use with children, information on referral pathways and case studies.
SCHOLARSHIP TO WORK AT WEST BROM
Dr Linda Wheeler
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Footballers from the University of Worcester are celebrating after being promoted for the second consecutive year. The University’s Men’s Football 2nd’s have been promoted to the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Midlands Conference League 2A, following a triumphant 2008/09 season, which saw the team promoted to League 3A. Team captain Michael Main said: “The opposition in League 3A included teams such as Coventry 1sts, Birmingham University 2nds, Wolverhampton 1sts and Birmingham City University 1sts. So to gain promotion from this league is a huge achievement for the team.” Eventually the team won the league by four points, securing a second consecutive promotion into BUCS Midlands Football Conference League 2A. In addition to league success, the team also progressed through five rounds of the cup Western Conference Cup. Michael said: “Progressing all the way to the semi-final, a Worcester 1sts vs. 2nds looked on the cards but unfortunately we came unstuck against an impressive Cambridge 1st team in the semis.”
Students Stage Sleep Show
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second year Worcester nursing student will be trekking across Tibet this summer, all in aid of charity.
Twenty-four-year- old Rhoswen Lloyd, from Wavertree, Liverpool, will start the trek in August, which will see her and a group of 11 others from Charity Challenge walking more than 200km in aid of the charity Clic Sargent. She said: “I am quite excited. I love a challenge. I spent my gap year trekking around New Zealand, which I hope has prepared me for this.” Rhoswen is already planning her next challenge for charity next year, when she will be embarking on a bike ride from Peru to the Amazon, also in aid of Clic Sargent. She has been awarded a £550 scholarship by the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel, for assistance with her bike ride next year.
A group of second year Worcester Drama and Performance students recently staged a production titled ‘The Fall of Sleep’. The performance, created by the students and directed by course leader in drama and performance, Jane George, was devised on the theme of sleep, including a journey for the audience through various spaces and installations.
Published on May 12, 2010