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The latest study and research news from the University of Winchester

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University welcomes best-selling crime writer PD James to campus for Hampshire Writers’ Society

PD James, one of the world’s top crime fiction writers, will be opening the new season of events at The Stripe this month for Hampshire Writers’ Society (HWS).

Murder and Mystery: The Craft of the Detective Story on 11 September will give an insight into how the author has successfully developed her craft over the last 50 years.

‘What a fantastic way to launch our new season of meetings and events,’ said Gary Farnell, Liaison Officer for Hampshire Writers’ Society and Senior Lecturer in English at Winchester. ‘PD James really is the doyenne of crime writing and detective fiction and it will be fascinating to hear what she has to say. Listening to established writers speaking about their craft really is a terrific way to enhance creative practice and critical writing here at the University.’

Phyllis Dorothy James is the author of 20 books, including her latest Death Comes to Pemberley which has been in the Top Ten Bestselling Paperbacks for most of the summer. A former civil servant in the Home Office and now Baroness James of Holland Park, she has served as a magistrate and as a governor for the BBC alongside winning a wealth of literary prizes and honours.

Murder and Mystery: The Craft of the Detective Story will be held at 7.30–10pm on Tuesday 11 September at The Stripe, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. Free parking is available. HWS members and all students are free. Non-members £5. To book a place please email membership.hws@hotmail.co.uk.

Hampshire Writers’ Society members are encouraged to create an amateur detective character in 250 words to bring along to the evening. Competition entries will be judged by Becky Bagnall of the Lindsay Literary Agency.

The Hampshire Writers’ Society is an offshoot of the Winchester Writers’ Conference, now in its 33rd year at the University of Winchester. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7.30–10pm at the University. Speakers for forthcoming events include Marc Morris, Nicolette Jones, Graham Hurley, James McConnachie, Fleur Adcock, Julian Stannard, Julian Unthank and literary agent Madeleine Milburn.

Further information about the Hampshire Writers’ Society.

The University of Winchester offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study in Creative Writing. Please see the University’s website for a full listing.

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British Student Film Festival 2012 – Winchester student film shortlisted for best documentary

A short film made by BA Film Production student filmmakers from the University of Winchester has been nominated for this year’s best documentary at the British Student Film Festival.

Beyond the Corner focuses on soapbox oratory and the many varied groups and individuals who populate Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park each weekend. The film is one of only three documentaries to reach the 2012 shortlist.

‘We’re very excited that Beyond the Corner has been recognised in this way,’ said Tony Leigh, programme leader for BA Film Production at Winchester. ‘The nomination reflects the creativity and rigour brought to this project by this group.’

The film is the work of second year BA Film Production students Callum Murphy, Joe Green, Charlotte Patrick and Holly Bugbee. It will be screened at the British Student Film Festival’s main event to be held at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London from 23–30 April with winners of all categories to be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on 27 April.

‘We really hope Beyond the Corner will bring home the Documentary trophy for the University of Winchester,’ said Tony Leigh. ‘This film is just one of many exciting films being produced at the moment on our BA Film Production course.

‘Film Festivals like this give direct and impartial feedback to students, placing the qualities of their work in a national context. They also serve to build confidence in practising film students.’

The British Student Film Festival is a digital student film exhibition which showcases some of the 30,000 short films created each year by school, college and university students. Short-listed films tour four festival ports – Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol and London.

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University hosts family event to celebrate links with multi-cultural communities

The University of Winchester in partnership with CultureNet Winchester will be hosting ‘One World Family Day’ on Saturday 10 March 2012, to celebrate local minority ethnic and international communities in the region.

The fun multi-cultural exchange event for all the family will include African drumming, Nepalese costume and dance, storytelling, Filipino national dance, Brazilian Capoeira, origami, a Japanese tea ceremony and plenty of different international food.

‘One World Family Day has been designed to promote awareness, interaction and understanding amongst the many diverse and dynamic communities within the Winchester District,’ explained Helen Briers from the University’s Widening Participation Team who has been helping to organise the event.

‘It will offer people the chance to explore activities from a wide range of cultures. Alongside lots of great entertainment and music, there will be demonstrations and activities for all ages, run by local community groups as well as some of our own overseas students.’

The event forms part of the University’s 12 for 12 Project, a community initiative designed to celebrate sports and culture in the region for London 2012. The aim of the project is to deliver 12 celebration events in the run-up to the Olympics that incorporate the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, friendship, determination, inspiration, equality, courage and excellence.

One World Family Day will be held from 10.15am–2pm on Saturday 10 March at the University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. Admission is free by ticket in advance. Free parking available. For more information and to request a ticket please email oneworld@winchester.ac.uk.

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University and NATS announce potential new degree to get students off to flying start

A new partnership will see NATS and the University of Winchester working together to explore the opportunity to develop the first undergraduate degree for trainee air traffic controllers in the UK.

The Air Traffic Management degree complements NATS’ already well-established direct entry pathway for trainee controllers. The degree would provide students with the opportunity to combine air traffic control training with academic study. The move is intended to further develop a career structure for professionals within the sector and ensure that NATS continues to secure the skills that the business requires.

‘NATS is proud to be working in partnership with the University of Winchester to explore the potential of this exciting new degree course,’ said NATS’ Human Resources Director, Gerry Skelton. ‘This will help ensure we continue to attract high calibre and skilled candidates with the potential to become air traffic controllers of the future.’

The Air Traffic Management programme would lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree combining business management and aviation-specific topics with professional education in air traffic control (ATC) allowing students to develop expertise in their chosen profession.

‘The University of Winchester is delighted to be working with NATS on the development of innovative programmes of study for their employees,’ said Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. ‘It is a perfect example of what can be achieved when universities are responsive to the needs of business and when business recognises the resources and assistance that universities can give them in helping their development.’

It is hoped the programme would take an integrated approach to learning through the use of real-world, classical and contemporary study. Delivery of much of the programme will expose the student to problems and situations that will require the application of their knowledge, values, skills, and technical competence to current challenges in the industry.

Professor Neil Marriott, Dean of the Winchester Business School commented: ‘A new degree in Air Traffic Management could offer a unique blend of the technical skills demanded in a challenging role in an important global industry with the essential skills associated with leadership and managing people. The graduates of such a programme would possess an enviable combination of talents that would help them build a long and successful career.’

Though this initiative is at an early stage with the University of Winchester, NATS anticipate that this partnership will identify opportunities for further co-operation and joint research and development in disciplines of mutual interest.

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Hampshire Writers invited to bring their love letters to the Stripe on Valentine’s Day

The University of Winchester hosts a special Hampshire Writers’ Society event on Valentine’s Day (14 February), which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Barry Lipscomb.

Aspiring and published writers from across Hampshire are invited to write a love letter, containing not more than 250 words, and bring it along to the event. Entries will then be judged by Winchester screenwriter and part-time lecturer at the University, Julian Unthank whose short film Love at First Sight made it to this year’s Oscar Shortlist and BAFTA Longlist.

During the evening, Patricia Duncker, award-winning author and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester, will give a talk titled Choosing English, where she explains why she and many writers choose to write in English even though it is not their first language.

The event will be held at 7.30pm–10pm on Tuesday 14 February at The Stripe, the University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. Free parking is available. The mid-season subscription for Hampshire Writers’ Society is £15 and the visitors fee for each meeting is £5. The cost for students per meeting is £3.

The popular Hampshire Writers’ Society is an offshoot of the Winchester Writers’ Conference, now in its 32nd year at the University of Winchester. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm–10pm at the King Alfred Campus. Speakers for forthcoming events include Rebecca Shaw, Ali Sparkes, Jan Bidder (aka Sophie King) and Lindsay Ashford.

Further information about the Hampshire Writers’ Society as well as Winchester Writers’ Conference can be found on www.writersconference.co.uk/hws. 

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University historian’s book selected for Outstanding Academic Titles list

A book on Anglo-Saxon warfare, researched and written by a History lecturer from the University of Winchester, has been selected by Choice review as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011.

Alfred’s Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age by Dr Ryan Lavelle was selected from over 7,000 works reviewed by Choice last year. Its prestigious Outstanding Academic Titles list appears annually and reflects the best in scholarly titles, attracting extraordinary attention within the academic library community.

‘Obviously I’m absolutely delighted that my book has been recognised in this way,’ said Dr Lavelle who is also General Editor of Wessex Historical Databases based at the University of Winchester. ‘It’s fantastic to think that Alfred’s Wars might become a standard point of reference for further research and teaching on Anglo-Saxon warfare.’

Cited by Choice as ‘a treasure trove of material accessible to anyone interested in Viking Age Anglo-Saxon warfare and military organisation, Alfred’s Wars forms part of a larger Warfare in History series published by Boydell.

Dr Lavelle’s study has involved many years of detailed research looking at all aspects of warfare in the two centuries leading up to the Norman Conquest. In 2008 he was involved in launching the King Alfred exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre titled Alfred the Great: Welfare, Wealth and Wisdom.

Last year Alfred’s Wars formed the basis of a feature for BBC History Magazine as well as a podcast. The same month, Dr Lavelle gave a lecture about the minutiae of medieval warfare for the Winchester Branch of the Historical Association.

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Short film by University of Winchester screenwriter makes final stages for 2012 Oscars and BAFTAs

A creative writing lecturer from the University of Winchester has heard that his short film, Love at First Sight starring John Hurt and Phyllida Law, has made this year’s shortlist for an Oscar as well as the longlist for a British Academy Film Award.

Professional Screenwriter Julian Unthank is currently writing New Tricks for the BBC as well as developing two new series, Five Simple Mistakes and Hooked for Harry Potter Producer David Barron.

As well as having developed projects for many film and TV companies, Julian’s credits include ITV’s The Bill and BBC’s Robin Hood. He also works part-time at the University of Winchester, teaching a module in Creating Short Screenplays for both BA Creative Writing and BA Film and Cinema Technologies.

Love at First Sight won ten awards in 2011 and we’re all tremendously excited to be shortlisted for the Oscars and longlisted for the BAFTAs in 2012,’ said Julian who lives in Andover and worked closely with Director Michael Davies and Producer Sandra Gorel on the film. ‘It’s fantastic to know that such a simple little film has managed to connect with so many people. A nomination for either award would be an incredible achievement.’

The 12-minute film was cast by Harry Potter Casting Director Fiona Weir and financed by the Wellcome Trust for Spellbound Films. Accolades to date for Love at First Sight include Best Short Film at the prestigious Rushes Soho Shorts and Raindance Film Festivals as well as being awarded Best Short Film by the Royal Television Society. Final announcements for the 84th Academy Awards and BAFTAs will be made at the end of January.

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University student prepares for Paralympic swimming trials for London 2012

A student from the University of Winchester is in training for the London 2012 Paralympic Games after achieving the qualifying times for next year’s Paralympic swimming trials.

Alex Goodman from Wickham near Fareham recently picked up a silver medal in 50m Butterfly in the multi-disability class at the ASA Youth Championships in Sheffield. He will compete in the S7 class for the Welsh National Championships in Swansea in December, a world ranking meet for disability swimmers.

‘It is everyone’s dream to compete at top level. The honour of competing for your country at the Paralympics is as good as it gets,’ said Alex who is in his third year of BA Media Production and Film and Cinema Technologies at the University of Winchester. ‘It is what I have worked towards and what I want to achieve.’

Alex has cerebral palsy and for the past year he has been juggling his university studies with a training programme involving more than 15 hours in the pool each week, training both with Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club and the Royal Navy.

Alex has also been taking part in individual land training sessions each week with third year BSc Sports Science student, Conor Power in the University gymnasium. Sessions have specifically involved strengthening core muscles and developing the power essential for butterfly strokes.

‘I know that I have to be better than other swimmers in my classification to be in with a chance,’ said Alex. ‘As a cerebral palsy swimmer I am only just coming in to my own, as cerebral palsy swimmers develop later than other swimmers due to the way muscles work and develop. It will be a case of putting in a lot of hard work and being tough enough to get up there with the best.’

The swimming trials for the London 2012 Paralympic Games take place next April in Sheffield.

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University gets go ahead for new £5.6m Learning and Teaching Building

The University of Winchester has been given the green light by Winchester City planners to build a state-of-the-art £5.6m Learning and Teaching Building. The development will include eight new lecture rooms and extensive landscaping, creating an impressive central piazza at the heart of the King Alfred Campus.

‘This is an exciting development for the University,’ said Tommy Geddes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. ‘The Learning and Teaching Building will provide a fantastic new facility for both current and prospective students, particularly important as the University enters a time of heightened competition and a new fee regime.’

There will be six 80 seat lecture rooms and two 70 seat lecture rooms, four of the eight rooms will be double height. Plans include an atrium linking the new building with the existing St Edburga building sited on an upper level of the University campus. The atrium will also contain a high quality mezzanine area with open access PCs and social learning areas.

‘The student experience remains uppermost in our mind when we consider the planning and design of a new building,’ added Tommy Geddes. ‘We want everyone who works here – staff and students – to have first class facilities.

‘This is a critical development for Winchester and supports our core mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement. It’s exciting to see building work underway.’

The new development will be constructed on the footprint of the University’s old Exam Hall and Arts Centre and work should be completed by September 2012.

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Winchester graduate awarded highly-coveted internship at Porsche Cars GB

A newly qualified BA (Hons) Business Management and Marketing graduate from the University of Winchester has been chosen over hundreds of hopeful applicants to work as a marketing intern at the Head Office of Porsche Cars GB in Reading.

Katie Archer, who is graduating from the University in November at a ceremony in Winchester Cathedral, impressed senior managers at Porsche after she completed research on the company for her Final Year Project.

She has already started her new job which involves attending regular events at a number of venues, including Silverstone, doing online marketing and providing market research and analysis, building reports and intelligence on the car industry and economic climate.

‘My favourite part of the job is liaising with clients. Also working directly with the product, especially the sports cars – which is a very exciting part of the business,’ said Katie who was brought up on the Isle of Wight. ‘It’s great to be able to provide information and reports as well as project work that directly impacts and effects the marketing decisions made by the company. I hope I can make a good impression this year, applying myself the best I can and showing what skills I can offer.’

Katie puts her internship success down to gaining plenty of work experience whilst at University and what she learnt on the programme: ‘My degree at the University of Winchester helped me to develop and apply theories to assignments, drawing up well-researched business cases and plans. The knowledge and encouragement that I received from lecturers who had worked within the industry has proved invaluable to me.’

Katie won the Highest Achiever Award for her Final Year Project, awarded by the University’s Winchester Business School, which explored how gender affects marketing in the car industry.

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University hosts Pitstop Refuelling Weekend for writers

The University of Winchester is holding a Pitstop Refuelling Weekend from 28–30 October to help authors, at any stage of their career, to write, re-draft and prepare their submissions for publication.

‘This energetic and interactive workshop offers the unequalled opportunity for writers to check out their ideas and manuscripts with publishing industry specialists,’ explained Barbara Large MBE, Founder Director of the Winchester Writers’ Conference at the University of Winchester.

‘Writing can be a lonely business and it’s easy to lose momentum. This weekend is designed to offer guidance and support in a warm friendly atmosphere. It is especially useful for anyone struggling to finish a manuscript.’

The weekend includes two workshops: Writing Marketable Children’s Fiction, with award-winning children’s author, Sarah Mussi and publisher Jude Evans from Little Tiger Press; and Creating, Writing, Editing and Marketing Your Fiction with author Adrienne Dines and literary agent, Judith Murdoch.

‘I have found both the Winchester Writers’ Conference and the Pitstop Refuelling Weekends absolutely invaluable,’ said Hampshire resident, Lisa Rodriguez who is currently completing her first novel. ‘The encouragement and information they provide to aspiring authors is fantastic.’

The Pitstop Refuelling Weekend takes place from 7pm on Friday 28 October until 3.30pm on Sunday 30 October at Shawford Hall, near Winchester. The course costs £170 including lunch at the Bridge Hotel on Saturday and Sunday. Free and accessible parking is available. For an application form please email Duncan.Hanner@winchester.ac.uk or call 01962 826367.

Further information about events planned in association with the Winchester Writers’ Conference at the University of Winchester can be found at www.writersconference.co.uk.

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Winchester Business School offers innovation solutions to local companies

The Winchester Business School at the University of Winchester is launching two exciting new network services, to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) innovate and expand their business.

The new services use the InnoLab and BusinessLab concepts and involve teams of business students working on development and research-orientated projects tailored to individual needs. The Labs have grown out of the rapid success of the Winchester Enterprise Network which was set up three years ago and now has more than 200 members drawn from the University and local business community.

‘The InnoLab invites businesses to submit their innovation-related project assignments to be completed by our student teams,’ says Dr Helena Forsman, Reader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Winchester Business School. ‘The InnoLab can help organisations that need new fresh ideas for improving their existing products or services. It can also provide consumer insights for early-stage inventions and assist with identifying real opportunities for your business.’

The InnoLab starts accepting their first projects at the end of this month with proposed solutions presented three months later. If firms need help in turning InnoLab solutions into detailed plans, BusinessLab teams can offer support by developing feasible business plans that cover the necessary information required to present to investors.

‘We’re looking forward to receiving assignments from a wide range of businesses within the local community,’ said Dr Forsman who is an expert in Innovation Management and before coming to Winchester worked at Lahti School of Innovation at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. ‘We anticipate that InnoLab and BusinessLab will be a highly rewarding experience for both business partners and students.’

For further information about Winchester E-network please visit their website.

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University’s new Expansive Education Network attracts hundreds of UK teachers and educators

The University of Winchester is coordinating a radical new initiative, the Expansive Education Network (eedNET) which hundreds of teachers across the UK have already signed up to.

The project is the brainchild of Professors Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton from Winchester’s Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL). The eedNET provides a network of universities, bringing together teachers and educators who are passionate about expanding young people’s skills.

‘In today’s complex world parents and employers all want the same thing – young people with a set of wider capabilities as well as good knowledge in a range of subjects,’ explained Professor Lucas.‘Schools, colleges and universities want this too. With the demise of the local authority role in providing training and school improvement, it seems as if our Expansive Education Network might be the way of filling a gap and engaging teachers in improving the prospects of their students.’

Launched this month with sponsorship from the world’s leading learning company Pearson, eedNET provides a powerful new way of engaging teachers in professional development at the same time as improving learning opportunities for young people.

Teachers learn how to undertake their own research in the classroom using a network of universities across England and Wales. The facility will create a secure professional membership community where teachers can publish and share research as linking with other like-minded colleagues. A group of educational companies also provide free resources for the benefit of all those who use the website.

The Expansive Education Network has received praise from a range of respected educationalists. ‘This development provides a timely opportunity for teachers and school leaders to regain control of the professional dialogue that should drive teaching and learning,’ said Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.

‘Inquisitive students need inquisitive teachers,’ added Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College. ‘The Expansive Education Network is a key innovation that will build that spirit of inquiry across the land and beyond.’

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University excavations challenge traditional thinking on the treatment of lepers

Archaeologists from the University of Winchester are holding an Open Day on Saturday 10 September, inviting the general public to view the latest excavations at St Mary Magdalen Hospital, a former medieval leper hospital on the outskirts of Winchester.

The site, known locally as Hospital Field, is believed to be the home of Britain’s earliest known hospital and recent findings have been overturning preconceptions concerning how lepers were actually treated and perceived within their community.

‘We’ve had a lot of media and public interest this year,’ said project Director Dr Simon Roffey from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester. ‘Special visitors this month include the Dean of Winchester, the Mayor of Winchester and local MP Steve Brine, who has featured the excavations on his website. Next week the BBC’s One Show will broadcast from the site.’

Last year radio carbon analysis at St Mary Magdalen Hospital provided new evidence that could redefine history, suggesting the site could have been created as a ‘blue print’ model in a period that witnessed widespread religious reform with England’s capital, Winchester, at its centre.

‘We’re beginning to build up a much bigger picture of how lepers were treated in medieval England and our findings are challenging traditional beliefs,’ added Dr Roffey who has been questioning how the term ‘leper’ became known as a derogatory term. ‘Far from being treated as sinners and outcasts, our excavations have shown lepers were in fact afforded tremendous dignity as human beings. We have even found evidence this week that suggests pilgrims might have been buried alongside them. Artefacts and remains reveal that both physical and spiritual needs were met extremely well for lepers. Far from being shunned, they were revered and respected.’

The Open Day will be held from 10am until 3pm. Regular transport will run to and from the site leaving on the hour from outside the University’s Department of Archaeology at Medecroft on Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR, with the last bus at 2pm. Parking is a problem at the site so visitors are recommended to take advantage of the pre-arranged transport.

Each year the University of Winchester runs a major research and training excavation as part of its on-going programme of research and practical training. For more information about the St Mary Magdalen site visit the University’s website.

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University awarded PADI funding for groundbreaking psychology research

The University of Winchester has been awarded $5,000 by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) to extend its research looking into the causes and effects of nitrogen narcosis in divers.

Nitrogen narcosis is a phenomenon that results from breathing air at increased ambient pressures. The symptoms include impairment of coordination, judgment, memory and alterations in mood and behaviour.

Narcosis is most commonly experienced by undersea divers at depths greater than 30m, where it is a significant contributing factor in diving-related accidents and impairment of underwater work performance. An improved understanding of narcosis has implications for diver training, safety and work performance in underwater environments.

‘There are many questions as to what exactly narcosis is and how it affects people, especially with respect to their cognitive functioning whilst underwater’, explains Dr Wendy Kneller, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Winchester. ‘We are hoping to find the answers to some of these questions, particularly with respect to how narcosis affects memory underwater.’

The research was initiated by diver and psychologist Dr Malcolm Hobbs who Dr Kneller teamed up with three years ago. Their first joint study appeared in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine in 2009 and was followed by a second study in Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine last year.

The team is currently investigating how divers are affected by anxiety and self-awareness of memory impairment underwater. This research has already received $6,220 initial funding from PADI and additional funding will allow them to extend their investigations.

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University takes on Go4Gambia challenge to travel more than 2,700 miles

Staff at the University of Winchester are aiming to cover a distance of 2,738 miles without actually leaving the city, helping to raise funds for the Hampshire Diamond Jubilee Gambia Project 2012.

The project, titled Go4Gambia led by the departments of Campus and Conference Services and Estates, challenges members of staff to clock up mileage by way of sponsored walking, cycling, swimming and running at a variety of organised events throughout this month.

‘It is exactly 2,738 miles from Winchester Sports Stadium to Soma in The Gambia,’ explained Alex Trumble, Event Organiser and Sports Facilities Development Manager at the University of Winchester.

‘Go4Gambia is a fantastic opportunity for all members of staff across the University to get involved in raising funds for the Hampshire Diamond Jubilee Gambia Project 2 – either by sponsoring a colleague or by participating in one of the activities. Even the smallest distance travelled will contribute to the final target.’

The Hampshire Diamond Jubilee Gambia Project is aiming to raise £20,000 by the end of July 2011 to renovate two classrooms at the Soma School and enhance facilities for girls studying at Tahir School in The Gambia. Children and teachers in schools throughout Hampshire are also involved in the Project with a target of opening the facilities in The Gambia in 2012, the year of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Every department at the University of Winchester will be organising an initiative to raise funds.

The last few miles of the Go4Gambia challenge are scheduled to take place at a special event on Friday 27 May at Winchester Sports Stadium in Bar End, Winchester. For more information please email or to make a donation visit the Virgin Money Giving website.

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Get ahead – explore the Winchester experience at the Postgraduate Open Evening

The University of Winchester is holding a Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 11 May. It is for people considering whether to study a Masters degree (MA/MSc/MBA/MRes/MTh) in September 2011 or PGCE in September 2012.

The Postgraduate Open Evening is an opportunity to explore the campus and meet with lecturers and current students to find out more about programmes of interest as well as studying at Winchester. It is an informal event and refreshments will be available.

Subjects of study span the arts, business, education, health and social care, humanities, media and social sciences. The University’s Winchester Business School has an MSc Business Management programme which offers a specialist pathway in sport. In addition there is also an MSc programme in Accounting and Finance and an MBA – Master of Business Administration. The Faculty of Education Health and Social Care offers full and part-time PGCE courses in Primary and Secondary Education. In addition there will be information available on Foundation degrees in Childhood Studies and Management.

The majority of programmes are offered part-time as well as full-time and teaching takes place mainly in the evenings and at weekends enabling students to combine their study with busy lifestyles, employment or family commitments.

‘The Open Evening is an ideal time to find out more about studying for a postgraduate qualification at Winchester,’ commented Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester.

‘People often study at this level to pursue a passion for a particular subject area, to gain a qualification which will advance their professional standing, or as preparation for a higher degree. In the current economic climate a postgraduate degree may be just what you need to beat the job competition. Whether you have just completed your first degree, been out of higher education for a while or have experience which would prepare you for this type of study, we hope that you will come and talk to us about the opportunities at Winchester.’

The Postgraduate Open Evening is on Wednesday 11 May from 5–7pm in The Stripe on the King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester. Refreshments are served from 5pm. To book a place at the event or to find out more information, please visit the University of Winchester’s website, email or telephone 01962 827185.

To find out more about the postgraduate qualifications offered at the University of Winchester visit the University’s website.

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Winchester archaeologists to provide fieldwork training for the University of the West Indies

Archaeologists from the University of Winchester have formalised an agreement with the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Barbados to provide fieldwork training for Caribbean students.

The fieldwork focuses on a joint research project looking at the archaeological and historical development of Speightstown, once one of the most important trading towns in the Eastern Caribbean. The first phase of work began in September last year and is supported by a Research and Knowledge Exchange grant from the University of Winchester.

‘The Speightstown Archaeological Research Project is a joint initiative working with UWI, Barbados Museums and Barbados National Trust,’ explained Dr Niall Finneran who specialises in Early Medieval Archaeology at the University of Winchester.

‘The project offers extensive scope for archaeological training. This year, students will be excavating an eighteenth century fort and will be undertaking a graveyard survey and buildings archaeology study. Such a variety of tasks will provide a challenging and diverse training package for UWI and Winchester students alike. Our maritime survey also indicates excellent potential for underwater archaeology at a number of sites in the future.’

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University hosts weekend refuelling workshop for aspiring authors

The University of Winchester is holding a Pitstop Refuelling Weekend for aspiring writers from 25–27 March in advance of this summer’s 31st Winchester Writers’ Conference (27 June to 3 July).

‘This enterprising workshop is designed to support writers in developing and finishing their manuscripts,’ explained conference Founder Director, Barbara Large MBE from Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Winchester. ‘Traditionally writing is a solitary business; it is easy to lose momentum. There will be a wealth of experienced, professional authors on hand to help writers with all stages of their work, guiding them towards successful publication.’

The weekend will include two parallel workshops: Writing Marketable Fiction and Non-Fiction for Children with award-winning children’s authors Sarah Mussi and Elizabeth Arnold, and Creating, Writing, Editing and Marketing Your Fiction with poet Paul Bavister and writer and playwright Adrienne Dines.

The Pitstop Refuelling Weekend takes place from 7pm on Friday 25 March until 3.30pm on Sunday 27 March at Shawford Hall, near Winchester. The course fee £160. Local accommodation can be arranged at extra cost. For an application form and more details please email Barbara.Large@winchester.ac.uk or call 01932 826367.

The 31st Winchester Writers’ Conference takes place at the University of Winchester from 27 June to 3 July. For further information about speakers and workshops please visit www.writersconference.co.uk.

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Winchester students return from teaching practice in The Gambia

Six trainee teachers from the University of Winchester took a longer journey than usual to their school placements when they travelled to The Gambia to teach pupils at the Soma School for two weeks.

The students, all in their third year of studies, were enthusiastically welcomed by Gambian teachers who planned and taught alongside them in the first teaching initiative of this kind to be undertaken by the University.

‘There was a great deal of willingness on both sides to make the placements work,’ said Jonathan Rooke, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Winchester who accompanied the students as part of his own research project on traditional tales. ‘The students and teachers developed a mutual trust and understanding between each other which led to a rich exchange of professional knowledge and techniques as well as friendships.’

Primary Education will be compulsory from 2015 in The Gambia and the Soma School will be an e-learning centre for the ongoing training of teachers for children. Team working with the Gambian teachers was one of the most important aspects of the school placements in The Gambia.

‘The Gambian government is investing heavily in education,’ explained Senior Lecturer Jill Corfield who also travelled to The Gambia for professional research. ‘All teachers are required to work in schools for one or two years prior to their training. These untrained teachers were very grateful for the input from our students, especially regarding phonics and group-based work. The experienced Gambian teachers also benefited from the plethora of ideas that our students brought with them. Our students also learnt a great deal about how to teach with few or no resources.’

During their visit, the Winchester students planned, resourced and carried out a number of curriculum-based activities across a diverse range of subjects. They also helped to reorganise and brighten the school library and took part in a sports day and a drama festival.

‘This teaching practice has given me a whole new perspective on teaching,’ explained student Emily Dunford. ‘I want to return to The Gambia after I graduate; there is so much I can learn from their way of life. They value education so highly and the children and teachers alike appreciate everything you do. They are keen to learn and are taught so much respect for each other. It has definitely been a life changing experience which I will never forget and has given me inspiration to do more with my teaching degree than settle down in a local school.’

The Soma Proper Lower Basic School has a special relationship with the University of Winchester. Two years ago, the University donated a sum of money as part of the Hampshire Millennium Project which was used to build a new classroom as well as bedrooms for volunteers. More recently, the University launched the Hampshire Diamond Jubilee Gambia Project which involves schools across Hampshire helping to raise £20,000 to renovate two classrooms in the Soma School and enhance facilities for girls studying at Tahir School in The Gambia. Further details about The Hampshire Diamond Jubilee Gambia Project and how you can get involved can be found at www.winchester.ac.uk/Gambia or by emailing gambia.project@winchester.ac.uk.

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University marks International Women’s Day with debate on Women’s History

The Centre for the History of Women’s Education (CHWE) at the University of Winchester is hosting a lively debate on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day.

An open discussion titled The Uses and Abuses of Women’s History will put the history of women’s education under the spotlight, highlighting some of the ways historical sources can be manipulated to campaign for the present.

The debate will begin by focusing on the significance of the historic Sybil Campbell literary collection, built up over 70 years by the British Federation of Women Graduates and housed at the University of Winchester. The collection contains around 8,000 items and in part reflects the entrance of women into higher education and academic and professional life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century.

‘We can always find an example from history in order to prove our point or give us authority,’ explained Dr Stephanie Spencer from the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care at the University of Winchester. ‘We need to be wary of people making sweeping claims about how things have “always been done” or even creating a false trajectory of improvement. For example, has women’s experience really improved over the past 50 years or are there areas that might have been better or better managed in the past?’

The discussion The Uses and Abuses of Women’s History takes place on Tuesday 8 March from 1–2pm in Room 28, Herbert Jarman Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. For further information or to book a place please contact Stephanie.Spencer@winchester.ac.uk.

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University’s Employability Week helps Winchester students to stand out from the graduate crowd

The University of Winchester is launching Employability Week (21–25 February), which is designed to enhance opportunities for Winchester students in the competitive graduate job market.

The events on offer include workshops on social networking, CV writing, job hunting, volunteering, interview techniques, business start-ups and writing skills. There will also be a National Student Employment Week stand (21 February) and Employability Fair (22 February) where students can meet with different employers and organisations to find out more about the range of careers available.

Drop-in sessions will also take place on the Winchester Passport, an optional certificate developed by the University of Winchester for undergraduate students. It aims to recognise and reward students for carrying out a variety of activities and experiences alongside their studies that helps their graduate employability skills.

‘As greater numbers of graduates compete for jobs, it becomes increasingly important for students to acquire a portfolio of skills and experiences that will give them an edge in their chosen careers,’ explained Liz Bregazzi, Head of Academic and Career Development at the University of Winchester.

‘We hope Employability Week will not only help with job hunting but demonstrate that a combination of academic study, work experience and leisure interests can help to develop the broad range of competencies that today’s employers seek.’

For more information about Employability Week at the University of Winchester please email careers@winchester.ac.uk.

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