January 2023 at the University of Winchester

31 Jan 2023

January set 2023 off to a strong start at the University of Winchester. We celebrated New Year's Honours for staff, announced the appointment of a new Dean for the Faculty of Business and Digital Technologies and marked Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January. Read on for these and other highlights of the month.

University staff recognised in New Year's Honours List

We celebrated the news that two of our academics were awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the King's New Year's Honours List 2023.

Beverley Harden, Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, received an MBE for services to healthcare. Since 2018 Beverley has been the Allied Health Professions lead within Health Education England, working to support the 15 Allied Health Professions, develop advanced skills and grow the workforce. In her role as Visiting Professor, Beverley undertakes research and also supports the education and training of students studying Allied Health Professions courses, including BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and BA (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics. Find out more.

Molly Watts, Lecturer in Child Nursing, received an MBE for services to literature during Covid-19. Molly is a paediatric nurse who has spent her career to date working primarily in paediatric intensive care. She wrote and illustrated an online children's book about Coronavirus to explain some of what was going on to children. It has been downloaded over a million times across the world and read in schools.

The New Year Honours list recognises outstanding achievements by a wide range of extraordinary people from across the United Kingdom. People are awarded honours for achievements in their field of work, as well as for making a difference to their community.

New Dean appointed to head the Faculty of Business and Digital Technologies

Sarah Moore Williams standing on a bridge

Sarah Moore-Williams joins the University on 6 March as the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Digital Technologies and Director of the University of Winchester Business School.

Sarah, a Chartered Certified Accountant, is currently Dean of the Business School at London South Bank University. As well as 15 years' experience in higher education, Sarah's extensive professional experience includes accounting, governance and operational roles across the UK and Europe in the oil and gas industry, Lloyds of London and telecommunications.

Professor Sarah Greer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, said: "We are excited to be welcoming Sarah Moore-Williams at this exciting period of development for the University of Winchester. We look forward to working with her as she helps to shape the future of a Faculty which is so important to the University and which makes such a significant contribution to the life of the city of Winchester. Find out more.

Campus blackout event returns

Students wearing balckout hoodies

More than 20 students and staff joined a campus Blackout event on 25 January. The first Blackout event since 2019 (due to the pandemic) this major exercise across King Alfred and West Downs Quarters highlighted the positive impact that small, collective switch-off actions can have on the University's carbon footprint.

Teams of student volunteers, led by staff from the Estates and Facilities department, walked around the University and switch off non-essential small power equipment left on that evening in office areas and teaching rooms - including lights, computer monitors, non-networked printers, mobile phone chargers, and PC speakers.

Now, the Estates team is comparing energy usage during the Blackout evening with energy use on a comparable evening to demonstrate the real savings that can be achieved with just a few small changes to the way we work.
Results from the Blackout evening will be shared soon, so watch this space!

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

We marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a special panel discussion focused on the 2023 theme of Ordinary People.

Dr Alasdair Richardson (Reader, Institute of Education), Dr Emma Stiles (Lecturer in Modern History) and Cat Kirkland (Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education) teamed up with Senior Lecturer in Modern European History and Holocaust memory/representation expert Dr Emiliano Perra explored the concept of ordinariness in the context of total war, the ordinary vs the extraordinary, the role of iconic figures (both good and bad) in public perceptions of the Holocaust and in the curriculum, shifts in Holocaust Studies and Holocaust Education, perceptions of victims and perpetrators, and much more along the way.

Student Lucy Dixon authored a thought-provoking blog about the importance of identifying ordinary people, highlighting the case of Irmgard Furchner who worked at Stutthof concentration camp and was recently found guilty of complicity in 10,500 murders. Read the blog here.

Find out more about the University's wide-ranging expertise and research interests around the important topic of the \Holocaust.

Showcase event for student academic posters

Matt Webster at the showcasehe University hosted an event to showcase academic posters on the subject of managing complexity by the first cohort of students on the Community Rehabilitation and Ageing course.

The event marked the conclusion of the first cohort on the Community Rehabilitation Healthy Ageing module, which is approved as part of our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Primary Care and Community), an exciting new programme, funded by Health Education England, Advancing Practice SE Faculty, to cater to the multi-professional workforce development needs in local community and primary care settings. It is also a stand-alone short course.

Attendees included staff and students involved in the module and Advanced Clinical Practice at Winchester, Pro Vice-Chancellor Matt Webster, Priya Oomahdat (Deputy Director, Rehabilitation Discharge and Community Services team, NHS England) Susanna Preedy, (Deputy Director of AHP, Southern Health) and Sarah Goodhew (Advancing Practice Faculty Lead, SE Region, Health Education England).

New exhibition tells story of creative collaboration

The 20-year long creative collaboration between the University of Winchester and Design Engine Architects is the focus of a new exhibition at the West Downs Gallery, which opened this month and runs until 18 February.

Building for the Future traces the journey of building a modern university - from initial thoughts and ideas to completed buildings to develop a university campus focused on learning and teaching excellence, sustainability and wellbeing. On display are two decades of drawings, photographs and models.

Design Engine Architects is an award-winning practice born in Winchester and now with studios in London and Exeter.

Find out more

Work of SCiP Alliance highlighted in Government report

The work of the Service Children's Progression (SCiP) Alliance, hosted by the University, featured strongly The Government's annual report to Parliament on the Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans.

The University is referenced in connection with the SCiP Alliance following a very successful year of activity, including growth across the UK-wide network, change in UCAS policy concerning Service children, (which the University brokered) and ground-breaking research into post-16 education.

You can see the report to Parliament here.
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