March 2018 at the University of Winchester

6 Apr 2018

March was full of dancing and music, celebrations and launches, and, of course, snow! Find out our highlights from this month below.

Our new sound recording studios were opened by alt-J

Three men standing by a mixing desk in a recording studio

Mercury-Prize-winning indie rock band alt-J formally opened the University’s new sound recording studios at the end of March.

Frontman Joe Newman and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton toured the complex and met students and staff before a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The five-room studio complex features two control rooms, two live rooms and an ADR/Foley room for creating sound effects, as well as a green room. All are fully equipped to industry standard, making use of both analogue and digital technology.

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We sealed a partnership deal with the Theatre Royal Winchester

Two men sitting side by side on red velvet theatre seats

The University is collaborating with the Live Theatre Winchester Trust – comprised of outdoor arts festival Hat Fair and Theatre Royal Winchester – on a series of projects and educational events.

The partnership opens up exciting opportunities for performing arts, creative writing and film production students, including taking part in the Hat Fair and staging productions at the Theatre.

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We celebrated International Women’s Day

Post it notes with written pledges stuck to glass wall along a corridor

We joined the call to #PressforProgress for a more inclusive, gender equal world on International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March.

Our programme of events included a panel discussion hosted with the British Federation of Women Graduates in which international women discussed the challenges and choices they have faced and the Centre for Gender Studies Spring Symposium.

Staff and students made their own individual pledges to #PressforProgress on our Pledge Wall.

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We survived the ‘Beast from the East’

People pushing car uphill on a snowy road

The University was carpeted in several centimetres of beautiful snow when a snowstorm engulfed Winchester on Friday 9 March. With lectures cancelled for the day, many staff and students enjoyed the weather, building snowmen and having snowball fights.

With the roads impassable in some places around campus, members of Winchester Student Union staff and Winchester students did their bit to help, not only gritting Queen’s Road but pushing stranded cars up to the main road.

We danced our odd socks off

People dancing in pairs

Members of the University’s D@rwin Dance Company took part in a 21-hour dance-a-thon for World Down’s Syndrome Day to help show that people with Down’s syndrome can live active and fulfilling lives.

The event was organised by Catherine Seago, Senior Lecturer of Performing Arts, and Jane Jessop, Govenor at the University of Winchester. The dancers began at 5am at University of Winchester and danced the day away in St Swithun-Upon-Kingsgate Church Winchester Cathedral and St Lawrence in the Square Church.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter joined in at St Lawrence’s, dancing alongside Blue Apple Theatre co-founder Tommy Jessop and professional dancer Kate Francis, both of whom have Down’s syndrome.

Our student accommodation was rated 15th best in the UK by THE

Exterior of Burma Road student village

We were delighted that our student accommodation has been ranked 15th in the country in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

The University of Winchester offers a range of on- and off-campus accommodation, including shared off-campus properties, small on-campus flats for couples and families and luxury flats. 

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey reveals the universities offering the best academic experience as decided by current students.

See the rankings here

Blog highlight: Dirk Maggs discusses Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Dirk Maggs posing on stage with Marvin the Paranoid Android

Multi-award-winning writer and director and University of Winchester alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Dirk Maggs chats to us about his life, career and his work directing the 40th anniversary series of BBC Radio Four’s hugely popular Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

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