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September/October 2013 | Volume 1

The Worcester Source

Welcome!

Locate Larry!

SHU

Health MOTs

Recipe of the month

Halloween Competition


To all of our new students welcome to the University of Worcester and for our returning students welcome back! We know iit s an exciting and busy time for you all but we have events, competitions and information in this brochure to try and help enhance your student experience. So whatever course you are on and whichever year you are in, read on to find out how you can get involved in your student community. Good luck for the year to come. We hope to see you soon!

The UCDWs Who are we?

How to find us:

The University Community Development Workers. We are part of the Student Experience Team, here to make your life at University run that little bit more smoothly.

Come to the firstpoint desk in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre and ask for the UCDWs. Alternatively you can contact us via Email: ucdw@worc.ac.uk Phone: 01905 542241 Mobile: 07811 458754

What we deal with? Homesickness

Advice on healthy living

Conflicts in accommodation

Information about wellbeing

Bullying/ harassment

Personal safety

Problems settling in

Adapting to student life

Anti-social behaviourt

General support and advice


The University Community Development Workers (UCDWs) Each month we put a member of staff under the spotlight . We ask them a series of questions so you can find out more about the services the University offers.

Tell us about your role and what you offer to students? We are University Community Development Workers (UCDWs – and the longest job title award goes to…) and our role is to create an inclusive and safe environment for all students here at the University of Worcester. We offer confidential advice and guidance and can provide a safe space for you to speak to other students you might have an issue with. You might see us helping out from time to time at firstpoint and we also manage events and campaigns to increase awareness about health and wellbeing. We’ve been busy redesigning the new branding for the SHU (Sexual Health 4 U) clinic. We also work with community groups and our local policing team to ensure students on and off campus are safe and happy.

What kind of interaction do you normally have with students? We deliver the Worcester Source every month, so we get to catch up with our halls’ residents then. During campaigns and events we’ll hand out useful information and have a chat with our students. We’ll also see students who need advice/problems on an ad hoc basis if they wish to come through firstpoint.

What events do you have planned/in the pipeline? Well we have a health event coming up, in partnership with the NHS where we’re offering all students a chance to get a full health MOT including BMI, Blood Pressure, Peak Flow, Oxygen levels and more! This event will be on the 24th September and the 3rd October in Main Reception from 12:00 – 3.00pm. We’ll also be providing you with tips on healthy living and lots of recipe ideas for quick and cheap meals. Then, we’ll be asking you all to get creative with a Pumpkin carving competition – get involved and text your picture in to 07811458754 for a chance to win a £20 grocery voucher of your choice! Here is one of the entries from last year:


Most memorable time/event whilst working at the University? It would have to be Movember when our team all donned moustaches – we had such a laugh dressing up and managed to raise some funds for Prostate Cancer UK. Have a look at the photo from last year:

How can students get in contact with you? You can text us on 07811458754, call us on 01905 542241, email us ucdw@worc.ac.uk or of course you can go to firstpoint and ask for UCDWs.

Our top tips for communal living! If you haven’t experienced living with a group of people before it can be quite a shock. Here are some top tips for coping with the transition.

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Compromise: remember that not everyone has the same standards as you and that doesn't make you right or the other person wrong. Think about meeting in the middle.

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Relax: settling in and making somewhere feel like home can take a while so don't expect everything to click into place in the first couple of weeks.

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Talk about it: talking to your other housemates about issues that you might be experiencing can stop it becoming a problem. The Student Experience Team can act as a mediator to help you to discuss issues as a group.

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Ask for help: if you are struggling to settle in then there are lots of people here to help you; so ask. Visit firstpoint for more information.

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Be respectful: remember that people living around you all come from different backgrounds; whether student or resident try to be considerate


Listening Ear

Transitions Workshop: Settling into UW

World Mental Health Day

Mindfulness meditation drop-in sessions

‘Spectrum’

International Students


FREE Health MOT


Pumpkin CARVING competition

From the 24th—31st October, text your pictures of carved pumpkins in to 07811458754 along with your flat, name and student number, for your chance to win

a ÂŁ20 grocery voucher of your choice!


Communal Living

If this is your first time living away from home, there will be a period where you adjust to your new environment. We hope that this is a smooth transition and you settle in quickly. Here are some top tips for adjusting to sharing your environment with other students.

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everyone you live with know beforehand. People have different schedules and Get involved. We all come from different academic commitments, so it is important backgrounds. Look at this as an opportunity that they know what will be happening in to learn new things and share time with their home and have the right to discuss this people you’d otherwise never have met. with you. After all, that’s what University is all about! Be inclusive. If there are members of the flat who are more reserved, it might be nice to invite them to your social activities, even if it’s just chatting in the kitchen. If you yourself are more reserved and shy, remember, everyone is in the same boat! Introduce yourself to everyone. If you feel shy about it, don’t beat yourself up; just try again when you feel more comfortable.

Shared Spaces It’s likely you will share a kitchen, living room and bathroom. Everyone has different habits and different standards, so the key is to be flexible and above all reasonable.

Some students find that sitting down and setting ground rules helps to get things off on the right foot. Do what feels comfortable for you. If you see yourself as more of a Be considerate. Whether in halls or a leader in these situations, fine, but be sure university managed house, be considerate to listen to every flat member’s opinions of the other residents. If you are planning to about what they expect when living have a party or get together, be sure to let together.


‚ The kitchen will probably be the most regularly used space for all flat members. Something worth establishing to begin with is, if and how, you want to share food. But take into account, some people might be vegetarians, have food allergies etc. Be respectful of other people’s food . If tensions or other disputes arise surrounding the topic of food, the easiest option is to address the people involved and you will be surprised at how easily these things get resolved.

The University is committed to the local community by ensuring that the growing student population continues to live harmoniously with local residents and we encourage our students to behave in a positive and considerate manner. The Student Experience Team works in close collaboration with the Local Policing Team to ensure that Worcester community continues to be a safe and welcoming environment for students to live in.

Living in the Community When you move to Worcester, you become a member of the local community. Please ensure that the impact you have on your community is a positive one. Private rented student houses and the St John's campus itself are conveniently placed in central residential areas. The area is home to a diverse culture and a mixture of family and single professional housing as well as the student houses and halls of residences.

If you experience any difficulty with communal living like the washing not being done, disruptive noise or if you are just struggling with being away from home - come and see us! Ask for UCDWs at firstpoint, in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre , phone us on 01905 542241, text us on 07811 458754 or email us on ucdw@worc.ac.uk.


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Do you have any suggestions for us? Any ideas about an event we could put on for you? We are looking for input on what we could do to help improve your student life. So add us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, have a look at our Tumblr page or just email us with your ideas.

www.facebook.com/ UoWStudentExperienceTeam

@Worcester_UCDWs www.twitter.com/Worcester_UCDWs

www.uniofworcestercommunity.tumblr.com/

Our email: ucdw@worc.ac.uk


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HEALTH UCDWS LISTENING WELCOME

Larry is hiding somewhere in this edition of the Worcester Source. Text 07811 458754 with your name, student number and Larry’s location to be in for a chance to win one of our goody bags! We will enter all names into a draw and the winner will be notified on the 15th October.

Good luck! (The Larry to the right is for illustration purposes only. The ‘A Week in the life of Larry’ page will not be taken as an answer)

Win a goody bag!


Looking for something to be a part of? Or searching for advice? Take a look at our campus notices. Free student workshops A programme of study skill workshops are held throughout semester 1 and 2, workshops are open to all students, just attend the sessions that you decide you need. Topics include: studying at HE level, understanding lectures & seminars, essay and report writing, presentation skills, critical thinking and much more… To see the full list of workshops and for more details, including booking your place, go to: www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops

Prayer and Quiet Rooms are available at City Campus and St John’s. At City Campus the Prayer and Quiet Room is located on the Lower Ground Floor of Charles Hastings (LG 030). At St John’s the Prayer and Quiet Room is located in Bredon (BB 179). Both rooms have screens and prayer mats provided, and adjacent washing facilities. At City Campus the Jenny Lind Chapel is also available for prayer and quiet reflection when not in other use and can be accessed from the corridor to the left of the Board Room.

Roman Catholic Mass: A weekly Roman Catholic Mass takes place in the Multi Faith Meeting Room in Bredon (BB 178) every Wednesday at 1.30pm. The Mass is led by Father Paul Whieldon of Our Lady Queen of Peace in St John’s.

Ecumenical Communion Service: An ecumenical communion service takes place every Monday at 1.15pm in the Multi Faith Meeting Room in Bredon (BB 178). An Iona Community liturgy is used with a particular focus on praying for issues of peace and justice. Communion services (Church of England) are also held for All Souls and on Ash Wednesday.

Meditation Group: Regular courses offering an introduction to meditation and mindfulness are run through the chaplaincy. Please contact the Chaplain, Revd Dr Fiona Haworth for more details. The prayer and quiet room is available for meditation and mindfulness when not in other use; prayer cushions, mats and prayer stools are available. The meeting room is available for worship and use by faith groups by arrangement with the Chaplain, Revd Dr Fiona Haworth. Fiona welcomes enquiries from individuals and groups of any faith or belief, and can also put people in touch with faith communities in Worcester and beyond. Fiona is happy to meet with individuals and groups informally. The Chaplaincy uses fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar. For further information on any of the above, or for help with other matters related to faith and belief, please contact the Chaplain, Revd Dr Fiona Haworth (BB 181) f.haworth@worc.ac.uk


LIBGUIDES—NEW RESOURCES ON THEIR WAY Look out for 3 major new online resources, available via Summon and LibGuides: Wiley journals - Over 1500 online journals covering Science, Geography, Education, Business, Humanities and more. Box of Broadcasts- Record, watch and create clips from TV and radio programmes due to be aired over the next 7 days. Euromonitor- Statistics and analysis on the world's countries, consumers and consumer markets. FIND A READING LIST Log onto the new reading list area through the student portal to quickly access the reading lists for your module. ‘RETURNS POINT’ FOR SHORT LOAN BOOKS IN PEIRSON By popular request, we’ve installed a drop off point for Short Loan Books (those with orange labels) at St Johns in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre NEW ‘SUGGEST A BOOK’ scheme You tell us which academic text you need and chances are we’ll get it for the library, email askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk for details Revamped ‘CASH 4 BOOKS’ Buy / Sell -Whether you’d like to buy textbooks more cheaply or have some to sell, the University provide a forum for buying and selling used textbooks on SOLE. Log in to the portal, go to SOLE, click on “DISCUSSION FORUMS” and see what’s available to buy, or add your academic books to sell. Donate - Alternately, you can always donate textbooks to the library if you’re feeling generous! Contact your subject librarian askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk

Would you like to STUDY ABROAD as part of your degree? Spend some time at one of our partner universities around the world America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain, Sweden or several other European countries. (Extra Erasmus grants are also available for European exchanges) This is an exciting opportunity to broaden your horizon it will add something extra to your degree, and your personal development, as well as employability. Find out more from the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre and call in to one of the Information drop-in sessions on Wednesdays 3-4pm and Thursdays 12-1.30pm

Hiring a bike from campus couldn’t be easier!!! All students and staff are welcome to join our Bike Loan scheme. All you need to do is to join our annual membership for a small fee of £20, you will be given a bike helmet to keep, and hiring a bike is completely free of charge. This year we have improved our membership system which will enable you to sign up online and check bike availability. For more information please visit: http://www.worc.ac.uk/discover/bike-loan.html


A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF LARRY... Larry has ju

st started h ere at the University o f Worcester and is very excited to s tart such a ne w experience .

e year th rt ta s to s e id c e Larry d tyle. He sees s fe li r ie h lt a e h a with lth MOTs a e H g in is rt e v d a a poster along. and decides to go

Larry has his BMI, blood pressure and his peak flow checked. He a lso takes lots of information to do with maintaining a healthy lifesty le.

the results h it w d e s a le p ry e v Larry is work hard at and will continue to ent. being a healthy stud

UCDWs are available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you need help with a problem or just want someone to talk to you can email us on ucdw@worc.ac.uk, phone us on 01905 542241 or visit firstpoint in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre and ask for the UCDWs.

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