September 2022 at the University of Winchester

4 Oct 2022

There was a welcome burst of activity around campus, as September saw the return of students for the start of the academic year. Here is a round up of the highlights of the past month here at Winchester.

Hip-hop artist Eminem's lyrics explored in new book

The complex, deep and frequently dark lyrics of legendary American hip hop artist Eminem are the subject of a new book by Glenn Fosbraey, Head of English, Creative Writing and American Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Reading Eminem: A critical Lyrical Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan) analyses the artist's studio album releases from The Slim Shady LP, his first commercial album release in 1999, to 2020's Music To Be Murdered By.

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Solent Quality Place Awards nomination for West Downs Centre

The West Downs Centre is one of just seven schemes nominated for the 'People's Choice Award' of this year's prestigious Solent Quality Place Awards, it was announced in September.

The Awards recognise beautiful and thoughtfully designed developments across the Solent region. The public have been voting for their favourite and the results will be announced in October.

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University supports Winchester Marafun as Finish Line Partner

Liam newton with student physiotherapists outside the Guildhall at the Winchester Marafun 

For the fourth time this year, we supported the Winchester Marafun as its Finish Line partner.

This year, the amazing team at the University's Winchester Health Clinic offered free and well-deserved post-race massages to runners, led by Clinic Manager Liam Newton.

Working with Liam were BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy students from first, second and third years of study: Libby Smith; Lily Rostron; Lilli Speed; Elisabeth Foster; Rob Salvi; Alf Wyld; Lucy Hurrell; Beth Sibley; Francesca Holmes; Kate Jamieson; Leah Mclesiter; Anton Thompson, and Faolan Gill.

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Physiotherapy students undertake simulated placement prep

Physiotherapy students working together on the ward

Around 120 BSc (Hon) Physiotherapy students undertook a simulated placement preparation week during Welcome Week.

The students worked with high fidelity mannequins and simulated ventilators to replicate intensive care environments, and with actors who role-played patients to help improve their communications skills. They also assessed real patients virtually in their own homes, using remote platforms to familiarise themselves with virtual consultations.

There was also an opportunity to learn about the digitalisation of patient records using digital electronic patient records software to manage complex discharges.

Students also had the opportunity to share their experiences on certain placements and locations to provide top tips or guidance or simply reassurance. A discussion board for ongoing student conversations has been set up.

Conference success for Nursing lecturer

Congratulations to Ginny Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Simulated Learning in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, whose poster was selected as one of two winners at the Networking for Education in Healthcare (NET) conference.

The poster, Project Hephaestus: Crafting experiential learning through adaptive virtual placements for second year student nurses, showcased the work on Extended Reality technology for practice learning experiences in the University's Nursing programmes.

Organised by Advance HE, NET is the leading, international conference for networking in healthcare education.

Arrivals and Welcome Week

The latter half of September was a whirlwind of activity as we welcomed a new cohort of students to start their studies here at Winchester. From the Arrivals weekend through Freshers Fayre, Welcome Week was buzzing for staff and student alike as our Freshers settled in.

We were also delighted to welcome back our returning students as lectures begin again for another academic year. Here's to another fantastic semester!

Academy Trust executive leader interviewed on BBC Newsnight

Jo Cottrell, Executive Leader of the University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWINAT), appeared on BBC Newsnight this month to take part in a discussion about the energy crisis and Government underfunding of school staff pay increases.

The segment, which includes two others being interviewed by Victoria Derbyshire, is available to watch again on BBC iPlayer at this link. The segment starts at 8:40 on the clock.

UWINAT began in 2014 and opened its first schools in September 2020. In December 2020, three well-established Romsey primary schools joined the Trust and began to operate as a five-school Trust.

Winchester in The Conversation

As we mourned the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, the impact of her life and reign was celebrated by historian Dr Elena Woodacre in an article for The Conversation. Her article also considered two other young female monarchs who gave their names to eras that resonate in history - the Elizabethan and Victorian ages

Read the article here

Expert legal comment on the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Anat Scolnicov, Professor of Public Law at the University, appeared on international news network i24News commentating on the constitutional implications of the death of Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the speech to the nation by the new King Charles III. The programme is available to watch on YouTube: see above.

Vegan diet research study featured in New Scientist

Andrew Knight in TV studio standing next to woman holding a dog

The recent research study into vegan diets for dogs, co-authored by Professor Andrew Knight, is included in this month's New Scientist in a feature article. The feature is available online at this link.

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