Share and Inspire Seminars Semester 1, 2017/18

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester

Share and Inspire seminars for the next period are aimed at generating discussion and sharing practice in relation to issues of academic practice that we know are challenging to colleagues.

Research inspired teaching and employability are key considerations for any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum – but how can they be related to provide effective learning?  This session will explore examples and identify ways in which students can develop employability through developing research sills and understanding.

Strategies for engaging student pre-entry
This share and inspire workshop aims to interactively explore a range of strategies used to engage students prior to formally starting their University studies. It will consider strategies used from initial interest in studying at the University and following the offer of a conditional/unconditional place.

Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision
This Share & Inspire session will share best practice in doctoral level supervision through a series of short talks…

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Upcoming Research Supervisor Training Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Book onto a workshop via the Staff Development Portal (under ‘your online services’)

Research Examiner Training 

Research Degree Examiner training is designed primarily for colleagues wishing to join an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate examination team at Worcester. The session is however also popular with supervisors whose research degree student is approaching examination and can also be useful for colleagues acting as research degree examiners at another UKHEI. The sessions combine information around the regulations and procedures associated with examining at MPhil and doctoral level with more interactive sessions around examining the thesis, asking the right questions etc.

Date: 16/11/2017
Time: 9:15-13:15
Location: JL G012

Supporting your Student through RDB1

This session is designed for research degree supervisors who have a student preparing, or about to start preparing the RDB1 (Research Proposal) The workshop is organised into two parts. The Research School Manager will run through the essential procedural and regulatory side of the RDB1 process. Prof Eleanor Bradley (a Health Psychologist from the Institute of Health and Society and MPhil/PhD Course Leader for her Institute) will then talk, from her experience of being a research degree supervisor, RDB1 expert reviewer and research degree examiner, about how to approach the completion of Section 4 of the RDB1 form ‘The Research Proposal’. During this session, we will also discuss how the student engages with and responds to the expert reviews and share some good examples from previous students. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions about any aspect of the RDB process during the session.

Date: 28/11/2017
Time: 12:15-14:15
Location: JL G010

Refresher Training for Research Supervisors

All current, active research degree supervisors on the Register of Approved Supervisors are required to attend Refresher Supervisor Training once every 3 years. The date that this training is due will be calculated from the date you originally attended Research Supervisor Training. Refresher training takes place for 1h30 over lunch and is an informal session where we refresh some of the core regulations and look at key changes that have been made to research degree regulations and procedures over the last 3 years. At the end of this session is an opportunity for you to share your own personal experiences of supervision and to reflect on areas that could benefit from change in the future.

Date: 29/11/2017
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: CH 1003

Research Supervisor Training

The Research Degree Supervisor Training is a half day training session designed for those new to research degree supervision or new to research degree supervision at Worcester. The session includes a mixture of interactive workshops, some focussed on regulatory and procedural matters relating to the research degree programme at Worcester and others focussed on supervisory methods and practice.

Date: 23/01/2018
Time: 9:15-13:15
Location: JL G010

Working as a Supervisory Team

This workshop will focus on the following: how to get the best out of supervisors, how to get the best out of students, negotiating team roles, resolving conflict, the practicalities of effective team working.

Date: 05/02/2018
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: EE G169


Supervising part-time research students

More than half of all doctoral students in the University study part-time. Part-time students have particular pressures and issues that do not affect full-time students in the same way, for example financial pressures, committing up to six years to a doctorate and employment demands can sometimes mean that the supervision of part-time students can at times be more demanding than that of full-timers. The aim of this workshop is to identify the issues and challenges of supervising part-time students and to explore good practice in addressing these challenges. The workshop will consider the expectations, challenges and opportunities of supervision from the perspective of both the supervisor and the research student. It will then provide an opportunity to share good practice and learn from the experience of colleagues in different parts of the University. This workshop is aimed those who currently supervise part-time students registered for an MPhil, PhD or a Professional Doctorate, as well as those who may be supervising a part-time student in the future.

Date: 05/03/2018
Time: 12:15-14:15
Location: JL G008

Open Access week

University of Worcester weekly staff news

Open access is an increasingly important aspect of the scholarly communication chain, making research outcomes available to everyone. The 10th International Open Access week takes place between the 23rd and 29th October and coincides with 10th anniversary of the University’s research repository  WRaP (Worcester Research and Publications). To celebrate these two anniversaries we are planning a number of events over the week:

  • An exhibition of original research articles, books and other research outputs in The Hive. An opportunity to showcase the research that the University of Worcester carries out, and to explore the role of open access in research dissemination.
  • We will also run three Open Access drop in sessions during the week:
    • Wednesday 25th October 11am-3pm near the main reception at St John’s campus
    • Thursday 26th October 11am-3pm near a reception at City campus
    • Friday 27th October 11am-3pm near an atrium at The Hive,

During these drop in session…

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News from Su in Library Services

Welcome to the start of another academic year!


From 1st September 2017 I will be working part-time, so email will be the best way to contact me. The numbers of hours allocated to support the Research School won’t be changing, and I will work as flexibly as possible to accommodate meetings and other commitments. Although I will continue to be based on Level 2 in The Hive, I am more than happy to meet you at any of the university’s locations.  My time on the askalibrarian desk on Level 3 of The Hive is advertised on the Researcher Guidance Webpages.


New Resources

As ever, Library Services have been negotiating access to new resources over the summer. This has also included upgrades to some existing databases. A summary of the new resources can be seen here.


Research collections

These collections have finally moved from their scattered locations on St John’s Campus to The Hive. Most of the collection is now searchable from the catalogue.  Do contact the team if you want to view something specific, or if you have an idea of using part of the collection during your time at the University. You can also visit their office on Level 2. Watch out for the various displays that are being set up around the building.


The Hive at Five

We celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of The Hive in July. How the time has flown!  So many activities have gone on in the building since we opened, and it has been particularly pleasing to see the University’s research community highlight their activity through Professorial lectures, Image of Research exhibitions, the Research Student Conferences, Academic Book Week events etc.

I am always keen to encourage active engagement with The Hive, so do please get in touch if you have ideas to explore.


What’s On at The Hive is published quarterly; there’s something for everyone!



“Shut up and Write!” Sessions

I continue to organise with Charlotte in The Hive.  Get away from the normal distractions, find a quiet space and just write!  This year we are trying something a little different, by advertising the dates as part of the RDP.  This should give you plenty of notice to plan your attendance.

But don’t forget, even if you can’t make one of the planned dates, there is plenty of opportunity in The Hive to just find a space suitable for your style of working. Many PGRs find Level 4 particularly useful, especially if you want to consult the print journal holdings, or browse the thesis collection during your visit. (Remember that the nearest photocopier is on Level 3).


A date for your diary

23rd-27th October 2017 is Open Access Week, and we have a series of special events planned. Watch out for details. Come along and ask any questions you may have about depositing your publications in WRaP.


Support when you need it

Do remember that I’m available to support any library-related resources you need to use, so get in touch if you want any information about anything mentioned here. I can also advise about aspects of Research Data Management, the use of referencing and bibliographic software, and how best to build your researcher profile through social media tools.

Your academic liaison librarian is also available to help, so do introduce yourself. They particularly welcome suggestions of resources to add to the collections.  We can’t promise to purchase everything, but if there is something you think would enhance the resources for your subject, then do speak to them about it.


And finally, if you will be leaving the University this year, or have friends that may already have done so, then do remember our services for Alumni. These allow you to continue to borrow books from The Hive, and have access to some e-resources.  All of which may come in handy if you are job-hunting, or leaving academia altogether.

Study Happy!


Su Fagg

Research Support Librarian

Coming up on the RDP in October…


Welcome to the start of a new academic year, and the 2017/18 Researcher Development Programme!

View the upcoming workshops in October:

Finding Funding for Research* 16/10/2017 12.15 13.45 Karen Dobson Conference Centre (St Johns) CC 007
Feminist Approaches to Research 17/10/2017 12.15 14.15 Prof. Maggie Andrews Jenny Lind (City) JL G010
Structuring Your Thesis 25/10/2017 12.15 14.15 Dr Bere Mahoney Peirson (St Johns) PN G009
Introduction to NVIVO 27/10/2017 13.15 17.15 Dr Heather Yemm Edward Elgar (St Johns) EE 1022

*Open to staff only.

How to book

Research Students: book online at and select ‘Researcher Development’ from the dropdown menu.

Staff: book online through the staff development portal on the staff home page.

The 2017/18 programme can be found on Blackboard on the Researcher Development Programme – Students and Researcher Development Programme – Staff sites.


Research students celebrate conference success

The University of Worcester hosted the Postgraduate Research Conference: ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ on Thursday 29th June, at the Hive. The day attracted over 100 registrations; there were 20 oral presentations and 25 poster presentations throughout the day – represented by a range of Worcester and external postgraduate researchers. The whole conference was opened by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sarah Greer, who spoke eloquently about the value of research, being a research student and her sage advice about being a researcher. The crowd nodded in agreement when Sarah expressed the need for academic generosity, and a day such as the conference is a perfect example of such. With a warm and encouraging tone set for the day it was a jam packed schedule with 5 oral sessions – ranging from – ‘body and mind’ to ‘history and literature’ to ‘physical and mental health.’ In the middle and sandwiched around lunch the poster presenters had time and space to showcase their research as delegates walked through the exhibition.

We have had some excellent feedback already, through emails, the feedback forms and twitter, ranging internal and external delegates, staff and presenters. With one delegate expressing it was extremely professional throughout and there was a great buzz and a presenter kindly stating “the structure was excellent with designated themes and I really thought the addition of the Q&A sessions at the end was excellent.”

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The quality of the day was a true reflection of the quality of the research. An addition this year being prizes! Firstly, for outstanding presentations in each session, the following people from a variety of institutions were celebrated: Lucy Piggott (University of Chichester), Benjamin Ong (University of St. Andrews), Anna Muggeridge (University of Worcester), Benjamin Parry (University of Birmingham), Francis Blore (University of Northampton) and Hilary Causer (University of Worcester).

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The day closed with a panel on the ‘Post PhD Experience’ where a session was led by questions from the audience about – doing, completing, using and emotions – of postgraduate research. We had Dr. Rachael Bullingham, Dr. Scott Buckler and Dr. Danielle Stephens, Charlotte Taylor and Professor Maggie Andrews give varying perspectives from University of Worcester, academic staff, research development staff and general personal views. It rounded the whole day off wonderfully, as we were all able to leave with both practical and pastoral advice to take forward in our postgraduate research and careers.

Finally, the Postgraduate Research Conference would like to thank the following people as without their support and contributions the day would not have been such a success.


  • University of Worcester Research School;
  • The Hive Team;
  • All presenters and delegates;
  • All chairs and speakers;
  • A lot of staff and students at the University of Worcester who aided in ‘the little things’… such as, printing, spreading the word and generally supporting.

See you next year, The 2017 Postgraduate Research Conference Committee!

View photos from the conference here

Images of Research 2017: Winners announced!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Images of Research Gala Evening on Wednesday 28th June, we hope you enjoyed the evening! A special thank you to our colleagues at The Hive, our judging panel: Professor Sarah Greer, Anne Hannaford and Greg Dunn and to all staff and research student colleagues for entering this year’s competition.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Images of Research 2017….


JUDGES CHOICE AWARD: DR DANIEL SOMERVILLE Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

Seeing Red: A Carmen Story

“This image shows second year MTheatre student, Lauren Clarke, in an adaptation of Bizet’s opera Carmen.  The production was a physical-visual theatre performance that employed my PhD research into the ‘operatic’ through applying a choreographic vocabulary based on the movement of opera singers.  The ‘operatic’ as a concept and style, emerges in the movement and scenography of the performance, but also through the use of operatic structure and theory, which informed how we devised the production.  This research enables students to encounter opera by deconstructing it, bringing them nearer to the drama and characters, making opera more accessible and relevant.”


JUDGES CHOICE AWARD: ROB SHOTTON, Institute of Science and the Environment

Can solar farms help stop farmland bird decline?

“Farmland bird numbers have declined by up to 50% over the past 30 years due to changes in farming practices and solar farms provide opportunities to address this decline. However, the impact of these installations is not well studied and as farmland is taken out of production for years it is vital to understand the effect on biodiversity. By performing bird and vegetation surveys on solar farms and traditionally managed farmland we’ll gain a greater understanding of wildlife’s use of solar farms and associated management practices leaving the industry better placed to manage them with a focus on environmental sustainability.”


PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (FIRST PRIZE): JO JOHNSON, Institute of Health and Society

The happiest time of your life…


“This woman that has a smile on her lips but her eyes translate her true feelings. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems during pregnancy.  Mental ill-health is under recognised and under treated but in many cases can have a serious impact on the woman and her family. My research will explore midwives knowledge of mental health disorders in pregnancy and their experiences of referring women for specialist support. I hope my research will help to improve care for pregnant women experiencing mental ill-health.”





“It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest things you will ever do” 

“My research concerns the causes of mood disorders.  These are common, severe mental illnesses, such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.  They affect around 1 in 5 people during their lifetime, and significantly impact family life, work and social life.  In many cases having a mood disorder is devastating for the person who has the illness, and for their family and friends.  The causes are complex and not yet well understood.  By learning more about the causes, my research is helping to improve treatments and ultimately the lives of those affected by mood disorders.” Title quoted by Stephen Fry



Breast Cancer, Lifestyle and Wellbeing

 “My research project is looking at the effects of a group lifestyle intervention that we run at Worcester University for women who have had treatment for breast cancer. During the 12 weekly sessions, the group members share recipes, try new foods and discuss healthy food choices in line with the World Cancer Research Fund recommendations; they also try different physical activities such as power walking, tai chi, Pilates and circuits. The research project considers whether this programme addresses people’s lifestyle concerns, improves wellbeing and influences behaviour change in the short and long term and investigates how this might have occurred.”


View all of the entries to this year’s competition in our catalogue

Images of Research 2017 – voting is now open!

Voting is now open for the Images of Research Competition 2017!

Following the success of the inaugural Images of Research competition in 2015, this exhibition showcases and celebrates current research by bringing it to the public arena.

The exhibition will run from 17th-29th June at The Hive.

An Overall Winner’s prize will be awarded for the best submission judged by a professional panel. There is also a Public’s Choice award voted for by you!

Visit The Hive and vote for your favourite images in the Public Choice category. Look for the box, located in the Atrium!

Can’t make it to The Hive to vote in person? Vote online! Browse our online catalogue and vote for your 3 favourite images (in no particular order). Online voting will close on 27th June.



PG Research Conference – Call for late-breaking abstracts

Did you want to submit an abstract to the Postgraduate Research Conference but missed the deadline?

On behalf of the conference committee, we are pleased to announce a call for late-breaking abstracts (poster presentations only). This is an idea opportunity to practise your presentation skills and disseminate your research in a supportive environment. I would strongly encourage anyone who has not yet submitted an abstract for a poster presentation to consider presenting your work at the conference. Don’t have any data to present? Not a problem! Whether you’re in the early stages of your research degree or almost ready to submit, a poster is an ideal format to outline your work.

Submissions should be in the following format:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Overview of the presentation (no more than 300 words)
  • Brief bio (no more than 100 words)

For more information and to submit your abstract please contact:

Please submit all abstracts by: Friday 9th June.

Don’t forget to register for the conference too, book your place here and follow the build up to the Conference on Twitter @UoWPGC

Images of Research Competition 2017

Some of our entries from our 2015 competition

We’re excited to announce the launch of our 2017 Images of Research Competition!

Following the success of our inaugural Images of Research competition in 2015, this year’s exhibition will take place between 16th-29th June at The Hive. This is a unique opportunity to communicate and disseminate your research to a non-specialist audience and enhance public engagement.

We invite all research students and staff to submit an image that encapsulates your research, accompanied by a short 100-word text. If you would like some inspiration, have a look at our catalogue from our 2015 exhibition.

How to enter

If you would like to submit an entry to the Images of Research competition, please complete the Images of Research application form 2017 and return to: The deadline for entries is 29th May.

If you have any questions, please contact

We look forward to receiving your entries!

The Researcher Development Team