May 2017 at the University of Winchester

2 Jun 2017

The marvellous month of May brought the end of the academic year here at Winchester – and much more besides.

The project to renovate and extend the University’s Chapel won a RIBA South Award, and a new sport and leisure centre for Winchester came a step closer with the appointment of architects to undertake design work.

Here are some of the month’s highlights.

The Chapel scooped a prestigious architectural award

The project to renovate and extend the University Chapel scooped a RIBA South Award 2017. A RIBA Regional Award is given to a UK building for its regional importance as a piece of architecture. The University commissioned the project – which was undertaken by Design Engine Architects – to commemorate the University’s 175th anniversary

Originally built in 1880, and then extended in 1927, the Chapel is used for a number of different events and purposes: services, group meetings, concerts and as a place of quiet contemplation. Find out more

Click here to watch a film about the Chapel restoration.

TRILCon 2017 explored artificial intelligence and machine learning
Photo: Marion Oswald

Lawyers, computer scientists, academics and policy makers attended the fourth annual University of Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk Information and the Law (TRILCon) on 3 May to debate how artificial intelligence – and the products based on it – can be regulated to ensure that they benefit but don't threaten modern society.

Organised by the Centre for Information Rights in the University's Department of Law, the multi-disciplinary conversation provided a rare opportunity for all interested parties to explore how centred on how these technologies can be used responsibly and ethically. Find out more

Winchester accounting experts won conference award 

(Left to right): Professor Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Carol Baily, Senior Lecturer Financial Accounting; Paul Jennings, Head of the Department of Accounting and Investment; Professor Pru Marriott, Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Sport; Alison Bonathan, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance; Julia Osgerby, Senior Lecturer in Accounting; Lim Teoh, Programme Leader MSc Accounting and Finance.

A research paper by University of Winchester experts in accounting and finance was named best paper at the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education special interest group annual conference held in Cardiff from 4-6 May.
Lead researcher Julia Osgerby (Senior Lecturer in Accounting) and co-researchers Alison Bonathan (Programme Leader for undergraduate programmes) and Paul Jennings (Head of the University's Department of Accounting and Investment) look at how having their achievement assessed at programme level – rather than measured by assessment of separate modules within the programme – affects students' attitudes to learning and assessment in the paper titled Accounting students' perceptions of undertaking a programme-focussed assessment: an exploratory study. Find out more

John Timpson put ‘upside-down management’ in focus 

An appreciative audience at the University heard John Timpson, chairman of Timpson, the independent shoe-repair and key-cutting retail outlet found on high streets all over Britain, explain his unique business philosophy of 'upside-down management' which puts the customer at the top of the matrix and management at the bottom.

Renowned for championing socially responsible business, John Timpson’s management philosophy has helped to make Timpson a hugely successful family business with a culture that puts people first.

The talk was part of the University of Winchester's Centre for Responsible Management's Responsible Business – Leading the Way 2017 series, which has also included speakers Carolyn Fairbairn, Director of the CBI, and sustainable development pioneer Jonathon Porritt. Find out more

“I never look at figures – I go and visit the shops.” Five minutes with John Timpson

Architects appointed to design Winchester sport and leisure centre

A new state-of-the-art sport and leisure centre for Winchester came a step closer, as the University and the City Council announced that two highly-experienced national architectural practices have been appointed to undertake design work for the project.

Stride Treglown, a major national multi-disciplinary practice based just outside Winchester, and LA Architects, whose team has designed some of the most prestigious sports facilities in the UK, will work as a partnership to undertake architectural work and to provide the urban design framework for the project, which forms part of the exciting new Winchester Sports Park at Bar End.

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