Bedfordshire’s international race walker off to World Uni Games in China
University of Bedfordshire
race walker Micheal Doyle has jetted off to the World University Games in
The games run from tomorrow
(Friday, 12 August) to Tuesday, 23 August in Shenzhen, China and Micheal is
travelling out with Team Ireland.
The 23-year-old race
walking Irishman, who hails from County Meath, is undertaking a Masters in
Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion at the University, having
previously completed his degree in Sport and PE.
was ranked number one in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport)
rankings in 2010, he is ranked among the top 15 students in the world and he
achieved a personal best of 87 minutes and 55 seconds over the Olympic 20k
discipline last year.
trains twice a day and between 10-14 times each week, clocking up an average of
90-105 miles weekly. He was recently altitude training in South Africa for a
month, funded by the Irish race walking federation.
SiD Online is best in class for student experience
SiD Online, the University of
Bedfordshire’s student information website, has won The Tribal Enterprise
Service Desk (ESD) Award for Improvements to the Student Experience.
was presented to the University’s Head of Customer Service Excellence, Amanda
Krebs, at Tribal’s recent annual SITS conference.
The award celebrates the University’s achievements in utilising the ESD product,
providing effective and efficient customer support and demonstrating best
practice within the Higher Education sector.
SiD Online is used by Student information
Desks at all five of the University’s campuses as a customer
relationship management and enquiry management tool. Since its launch in July
2010, SiD Online is now used by 34 teams across the University with over 286 users. Over 100,000 student enquiries were logged
during its first year.
Ken Barrett, ESD Product Lead at Tribal
Group, said: “It
is becoming increasingly important to identify an integrated approach to
Customer Services within HE institutions and to have a vision to bring about
holistic student support across departments and functional areas.
London looting raises big questions about society, says Uni expert
The looting in London after recent riots is not just
opportunistic, but raises much bigger questions about young people with nothing
to lose – that’s the view of University of Bedfordshire youth culture expert Professor
Talking to the Guardian newspaper, the criminologist said: “Things that
normally constrain people are not there. Much of this was opportunism but in
the middle of it there is a social question to be asked about young people with
nothing to lose.
“Many of the people involved are likely to have been from
low-income, high-unemployment estates, and many, if not most, do not have much
of a legitimate future.”
Pitts added: “They feel they can rationalise it by targeting big corporations.
There is a sense that the companies have lots of money, while they have very
little. [Looters] quickly see that police cannot control the situation, which
leads to a sort of adrenalin-fuelled euphoria – suddenly you are in control and
there is nothing anyone can do."
Reel opportunity for film exchange students
University of Bedfordshire students are in the frame for an opportunity of a
lifetime when they were chosen as part of a film-making exchange in Russia and
just completed the second leg of the three-part exchange, which saw students
from Russia and Spain spend two weeks filming alongside the group from
Bedfordshire. Four Bedfordshire students visited Russia in June this year and
another four will visit Spain in September.
The UK part
of the exchange was divided between the filming process and visiting tourist
attractions. The students were divided into production groups before they
arrived and have been busy writing scripts and exchanging ideas using a
Facebook group and emails. They started filming as soon as they arrived in the
UK and had three days set aside to edit their footage into a film of twelve
brief for the film was to look at the financial difficulties facing society and
the films were shot in Luton and London. All the students took on different
roles, including cinematography, editing, sound, production and lighting.
Clearing plans underway at University of Bedfordshire
are underway at the University of Bedfordshire to help students secure a
University place on A level results day (Thursday, 18 August).
50-strong Clearing team is being trained to offer advice and support to hopeful
students who will be looking to find a last-minute place.
the first day of the Clearing campaign last year the University received a
staggering 19,000 calls to its special hotline. Places are expected to fill up
fast this time round.
of UK/EU Admissions Susie King said: “We are expecting to have some places
available, particularly in computing, science, law and business and we anticipate
getting a large number of calls this year.
will have a dedicated team of advisers on hand to guide students through the
clearing process but my advice would be for students to act quickly if they
don’t get the grades they need. The sooner they call us the quicker we can help
them secure a place.”
Vice Chancellor appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire
University of Bedfordshire's Vice Chancellor, Professor Les Ebdon CBE, has been appointed Deputy
Lieutenant for Bedfordshire.
The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Sir
Samuel Whitbread, conferred the honour earlier this week.
Lieutenants, of which there are currently 27 in the county, are appointed to
support the Lord Lieutenant who is the Queen's representative in Bedfordshire.
In practice Lord Lieutenants are primarily involved with a wide range of
voluntary activity; supporting and encouraging people who are committed to work
in and for their communities and make connections between different voluntary
Also, as leaders in Bedfordshire, The Lord Lieutenant and
Deputy Lieutenants have an important role in relation to local, civic, business,
industrial, social and community life.
Professor Ebdon said: "I'm
thrilled and delighted to receive this unexpected honour and look forward to
supporting Sir Samuel Whitbread with his important work."
joins Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme
The University of Bedfordshire has joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. The programme is Britain's
good practice employers' forum on lesbian, gay and bisexual equality
Run by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual equality
charity, the Diversity Champions programme promotes a good working environment
for all existing and potential staff and students and helps to ensure equal treatment
for those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
The University joins employers
as diverse as Derby City Council, the
Environment Agency of England and Wales,
the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and a host of universities across the UK on the
programme, which to date has over 600 major employer members.
Dr Peter Norrington, Champion of the University’s Sexual Orientation and
Transgender Forum said: “It’s great to see the University supporting the development of active,
relevant and representational approaches to sexual orientation and transgender
issues. We’re looking forward to creating a supportive environment for all
staff and students.”
Bedfordshire staff take centre court for UK university sport
members from the University of Bedfordshire have been appointed key roles in British
Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).
John Brewer, who is Director of Sport at the University, has joined the
Executive Board of BUCS, while Sport Development Officer Julia Lines will be
part of the Advisory Group. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to
Brewer said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of a group that steers the
direction of sport in higher education. The University of Bedfordshire has
worked closely with BUCS over many years and I’m looking forward to being able
to play a bigger role in university and college sport.
“As a board
member and Director of Sport at the University of Bedfordshire, I’m especially excited
about the BUCS 2012 Athletics Championships to be held at the new Olympic
stadium in London. I hope we can see our own University athletes compete in this
high-profile event in such a fantastic location.”
Engineering students get a taste of the aircraft industry
A group of University
of Bedfordshire engineering students got
the chance to see aircraft maintenance in action on a recent visit to Monarch Engineering
at London Luton Airport.
Seventeen members of the University’s Students’
Branch of the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineering (IEEE) met with John
Swords, Maintenance and Operations Change Agent at Monarch Engineering, who
explained the various services Monarch provides to the aviation industry. The students also met with Monarch’s General
Manager John-Paul Williams.
During their tour, the students boarded a Boeing
737 passenger jet to see first-hand how routine mechanical and electrical maintenance
is carried out.
The Students’ Branch IEEE President Kesiena Chris-Iwuru thanked Mr
Williams and Mr Swords for hosting the visit and
presented Mr Williams with a book about the history of aircraft engineering in
The Students’ Branch IEEE, based in the
University’s Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science, was only
formed last year and is actively seeking more partnerships with local
businesses to provide engineering students with valuable contact with industry.
The Branch is a local member of IEEE - ‘the world’s largest professional association
dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence’.
Bedford pupils score with GB goalball team
lucky youngsters from Lincroft Middle School in Bedford got the chance to train
with the Women’s GB goalball team at the University of Bedfordshire.
team was using the University’s sports facilities for a training camp before
the European Goalball Championships in October this year.
is a competitive sport for the visually impaired. It is a game played by two
teams of three players, and sighted players can also participate as all players
wear eyeshades so that they are totally blindfolded.
pupils from Lincroft Middle School spent a day with the team learning the
basics of goalball. They said: “It was great. It’s very hard as we’ve never
played it before and you really can’t see anything at all, so you have to feel
your way around the court.”
team coached the youngsters before demonstrating a fast-paced game.
is played on an indoor court and the ball contains internal bells which helps
players locate it during play. The object of the game is to score a goal by
bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the