June 2017 at the University of Winchester

7 Jul 2017

June proved to be a busy and exciting month as we welcomed emerging creative writers and an acclaimed poet to the University for our annual Winchester Writers’ Festival, celebrated musical success, and received awards for our excellent teaching and our social enterprise activities.

Take a look back at some of our most memorable events over the last month.

We received a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework
We were awarded Silver in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for consistently exceeding rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. Professor Joy Carter DL, Vice-Chancellor, said: “This result reflects the high quality of our teaching and the tireless commitment and hard work of all staff to teaching excellence.” Find out more

We celebrated musical success with Hannah Williams and the Affirmations

A track with lead vocals by Hannah Curtain, Creative Director of Foundation Music and a soul singer and musician, is sampled on the title track of JAY-Z's hotly-awaited new album 4:44. Hannah found out that the American rapper and global music icon wanted to use the Hannah Williams and the Affirmations track Late Nights and Heartbreak last February and kept the secret until the album’s release at the end of June. Find out more

Our new state-of-the-art building moved a step closer

Planning permission was granted for our proposed new building at West Downs. The building will provide first-class teaching and learning facilities and will be home to the University's new computer and digital-related degree programmes. Construction is due to start this summer. Find out more

We welcomed aspiring writers to the 37th Winchester Writers’ Festival

Judith Heneghan, Festival Director (left) with Lemn Sissay and Professor Joy Carter DL, Vice-Chancellor

An electrifying performance of his poems – Mourning Breaks and Invisible Kisses – by acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay inspired an audience of new and emerging creative writers at his keynote address at this year’s Writers’ Festival. Over 300 writers attended a variety of events including workshops and meetings with top literary agents and commissioning editors. Find out more
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We launched the Service Children’s Progression Alliance

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP speaking at the Building Bridges conference

The Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance – a new partnership of organisations focused on improving the progression of children from military families into and through further and higher education – was launched at a one-day conference at the University, with a keynote by Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP. The Alliance is led and hosted by the University. Find out more

We won the Social Enterprise Gold Mark

Professor Joy Carter DL, Vice-Chancellor (left) receives the Gold Mark from Lucy Findlay, Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC

The University was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark in recognition of our excellent work as a social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Mark CIC is the only authority that provides certification to businesses that prove they operate as a social enterprise, putting people before shareholder profit. The University received particular praise for our Fairtrade catering operations; our active engagement with the Student Hub charity; and for being a leading example in environmental conservation policies. Find out more

Winchester University Press unveiled original Conan Doyle manuscript

The handwritten manuscript of The Adventure of the Creeping Man, initially published in 1927 as part of The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes – the final collection of the detective stories – has been unveiled in a new volume published by Winchester University Press. The volume is edited by Dr Neil McCaw, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at the University. It’s the first time that the manuscript has been made publicly available in published form and until now, no-one other than the Conan Doyle family will have seen it. Find out more


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