University of Worcester
University of Worcester
Programme of higher education-related CPD. Suitable for teachers, tutors, advisers and mentors who provide higher education-related advice in schools and colleges. at University of Worcester

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Event Summary:

Programme of higher education-related CPD. Suitable for teachers, tutors, advisers and mentors who provide higher education-related advice in schools and colleges.

Full Event Details:

During the summer term we will be offering a series of free workshops and seminars for staff that provide higher education-related advice in schools and colleges. The seminars will cover a range of topics to help you in your role, whether experienced or new to this type of work.

With the rise in student fees and changes to higher education affecting the decisions students make we have designed a programme of events to support your delivery of informed impartial advice and guidance.

Sessions are taking place on the following dates at the University of Worcester:

Date Topic Time
Wednesday May 1st Student Finance 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday May 8th UCAS/HE update 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday May 15th Personal Statements 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday June 5th Reference Writing 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday June 12th Running a HE/careers event 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday June 19th Getting into teaching 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday June 26th Getting into Nursing 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday July 10th Confirmation and Clearing 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Wednesday July 17th Graduate Labour Market 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Seminar topics

Student Finance
Katy Barge from Student Finance England will go through the student finance package for 2014 / 15 including the Disabled Student Allowance followed by a look at the Student Finance England Practitioner Resources available for use with students.

UCAS/HE update
An update on any changes for 2014 entry and the UCAS application process together with key points to remember when advising students. Reflection on the 2013 cycle and a look at the impact of changes to HE funding, number controls and measures to improve social mobility.

Personal Statements
What are admissions tutors looking for? How should your students prepare an effective personal statement that does them justice and in a timely manner?
With more and more students offering the grades required, admissions tutors look more to personal statements to decide on who to make offers to and who to invite to interview.

Reference writing
Are you doing the best for your students? Are you helping your students by providing the information needed to support their application? Admissions departments and tutors often select students according to references and this could be based on the quality of the reference not just the content.

Getting into teaching
Information about the pathways to teaching and how to help your students get onto these competitive courses. Are their choices realistic? How are applicants selected? What are admissions tutors looking for? Entry requirements including work experience and skills tests.

Getting into Nursing
Information about the pathways to nursing and how to help your students get onto these competitive courses. Keep up to date on the entry requirements, skill requirements and how applicants are selected for interview including what happens at interviews and what makes a successful student.

Advising your students for results day and clearing
With the demise of Connexions, schools and colleges and careers advice services are now looking at having to provide a service on results day to assist students. What should you be doing prior to results day, what advice should you be giving students about their choices, have they changed their minds about course subjects?

Graduate Labour Market
What does the future graduate market look like locally and nationally? Is the current climate an indicator of future trends and does it influence decisions now? Students increasingly want a return for their investment in higher education and will research employment statistics to help with decision-making.

Who should attend?
These seminars are suitable for teachers, tutors and advice staff in schools and colleges and other practitioners who provide higher education advice to prospective HE students. The seminars will cover a range of topics to help you in your role, whether experienced or new to this type of work.

To book your place please contact Annabel Kray on 01905 542294 or email [email protected]

For suggestions for future workshop topics please contact Hilary Fox, Outreach & Recruitment Officer (IAG) on 01905 855252 or [email protected]

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Teachers (CPD)


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Institution Profile:

The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level.

The University is a truly inclusive place where every person counts as an individual. From designing imaginative facilities to providing practical support and tailored learning, we strive to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their own rich potential. We work hard to break down barriers and provide opportunities for all.

Worcester is home to Europe’s first integrated university and public library, The Hive, and Britain’s first inclusive indoor sports hall purpose-designed to include the wheelchair athlete, the University of Worcester Arena, two facilities that exemplify our commitment to inclusion. We are top in the UK for gender equality and in the top 10 of universities to best reflect society.

Our commitment to supporting students’ wellbeing was recognised in being shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support in the 2018 Times Higher University Awards, and we are regularly identified as a best practice example in this field.

We believe in educating and supporting the whole person to succeed in their own personal endeavours but to also use the skills they develop to build a better world.

Worcester has one of the best records of graduate employment in the Country. In the Government-published Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017), Worcester was placed in the top 10 for sustained employment with or without further study, one, two and three years after graduation. Over 97% of our graduates are in work or continuing to study within six months of graduating.

A key feature of a University of Worcester education is the golden triangle of professional education, which interweaves expert knowledge and practical learning. At the three points of the triangle are the well-motivated student, an inspiring educator, and an expert professional mentor.

With close industry links across a range of sectors, Worcester students have opportunities to access work placements, to earn-as-they-learn in jobs relevant to your studies, as well as volunteering, all helping to build your skills, confidence and employability.

In the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Worcester was rated Silver, with assessors commenting that Worcester “delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and “consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.

We were placed 15th for teaching quality and 18th for student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2019.

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This really is a very special place to study.

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