February 2020 at the University of Winchester

28 Feb 2020

It’s time to reflect on the many achievements of February at the University. From celebrating volunteers to continuing to champion sustainability, it’s been a busy month.

University becomes part of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The University has become the newest member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), underlining its commitment to tackling the significant global challenges the world now faces, including climate change.

The announcement follows the launch of the University’s new 10-year Strategic Vision 2030, which identifies the aim to help shape a better world and puts the climate emergency alongside student success at its heart. The University’s Strategic Vision was developed to align with the UN’s Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read the full story here.

National Apprenticeship Week

Blue white and black logo for National Apprenticeship Week

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2020 (3-9 February), the University hosted an event to explore degree apprenticeships as well as running a guest blog.

David Way CBE, Visiting Professor of Knowledge Exchange in the University of Winchester Business School and convenor of the University's Centre for Apprenticeship Research and Knowledge Exchange (CARKE), sets out why this annual celebration of the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy is important to universities.

National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for all university staff to become more familiar with the enormous talents and potential of degree apprentices. I hope everyone will therefore make the effort to find out more especially when the leadership from the top of the university has ensured that degree apprenticeships and apprentices have been given prominence and importance in the highest mission statements and strategies.”

Read the full blog.

Volunteering champions celebrated for outstanding contributions at University awards ceremony

 Student volunteers celebrate on stage at awards ceremony

A gala awards ceremony during national Student Volunteering Week, celebrated the impact made by student and staff volunteers in the local community. The University Volunteering and Community Champion Awards 2020 honoured the passionate students and staff from the University of Winchester, who volunteer with organisations and people around the city.

11 winners were named from the 114 nominees, who were put forward by local organisations where students and staff volunteer. These include Winchester Radio 94.7 FMWinchester Cathedral and Winchester Heritage Open Days, as well as members of the University.

Find out more.

Climate emergency, TV licence and Brexit focus of BBC Any Questions? live broadcast

 Photo of Any Questions panellists together at the end of the programme

BBC flagship political debate show Any Questions? was broadcast live from the University in front of a packed audience on Friday 7 February. The climate emergency, the TV licence and the indeterminate sentencing of convicted terrorists were just some of the current issues in the news up for discussion.

It is available here to download or listen to for a short time through the BBC.

Read the full announcement.

Art installed at the West Downs Development

A march for love of the planet

The Conversation Blog Highlights

Box of eggs with faces drawn on in black ink

This month on The Conversation, an independent outlet for news and views, sourced from the academic and research community, our academics have offered insight into ourselves and the world around us.

Dr Ana Aznar, Lecturer in Psychology discusses the new types of parents that have emerged over the last decade and its impact on child-rearing in Over-parenting teaches children to be entitled – let them fail and learn to be resilient instead. Since the article’s initial publication at the beginning of February, it has been read by over 180,000 people worldwide.

Ana’s second article, Six phrases to help your child's emotional development, explores wellbeing and emotional intelligence through interaction.

Alec Charles, Dean of the Faculty of Arts has published Doctor Who: fan reaction to first black Time Lord exposes Britain’s deep divisions on race and gender on The Conversation. This blog came after BBC audiences were recently introduced to their first black Doctor Who and focuses on the public’s reaction since the Brexit referendum.

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