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  • Ensuring compassion in nursing

    Monday, 26 January 2015

    Ensuring Compassion in nursing flyer

    Time: 09.30 - 16.00

    Venue: The University of Worcester Arena

    Are the episodes of poor care described at Mid-Staffs and elsewhere a result of a deficit of compassion in nursing? Or are they simply the result of stressed nurses working in an unforgiving environment?

    The causes of poor care have been debated in political arenas as well as in the pages of the press and in professional journals. In a recent exchange of articles in the academic press, two of the most accomplished thinkers and writers in nursing have taken opposite views. Drawing on evidence from social psychology, John Paley argues that poor care can be largely explained by the situation that nurses find themselves in. In response, Professor Gary Rolfe claims that there is indeed a deficit in compassion which is best addressed through enhanced education. Both have agreed to present and discuss their views at this conference.

    Following the academic debate the tension between compassion and efficiency in a challenging financial environment will be explored from the perspective of regulation, practice and education.

    The day will be of interest to all interested in health care, nursing and nursing education: Educators, practitioners, managers and students.

    The event is free of charge. To book a place please e-mail:

    For more information please download the event flyer [PDF]

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

    Monday, 26 January 2015 - Tuesday, 27 January 2015

    The History Department, in collaboration with the Holocaust Educational Trust, would like to invite you to the following events:

    Monday 26 January 2015

    Professor Lydia Kokkola (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)

    11:15 – 13:15, Yelland Lecture Theatre, St John’s Campus

    Persecution after the Porajmos: The accepted continuance of anti-Romani sentiment in post-Holocaust Europe: During the Porajmos (1936-45), people of Roma and Sinti origin were systematically rounded up and shot, incarcerated or gassed. Whilst much attention has been drawn to the fate of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, the fate of the Romani peoples has received much less attention. This paper argues that the failure to acknowledge the genocide of the Romani peoples is part of a systematic continuance of anti-Romani sentiment on both individual and institutional levels.

    To reserve your place, please email: including the subject line: Prof Lydia Kokkola

    Holocaust Exhibition

    Foyer, The Hive

    From 26 January onwards a free exhibition, including materials relating to the experience of the Holocaust amongst the Roma, a photographic exhibition of images from Auschwitz taken by a local photographer, books concerning the Holocaust and materials from the Holocaust Memorial Trust will be placed in the Foyer of The Hive.

    Holocaust Memorial Day: Tuesday 27 January 2015

    Dr Darren Oldridge & Dr Neil Fleming (University of Worcester)

    11:15 – 13:15, EE 1061, St John’s Campus

    “The Hearts of the Wicked”: Reflections on the Banality of Evil & British Fascism and Anti-Semitism between the Wars: To coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, Drs Oldridge and Fleming will invite the audience to reflect carefully, and uncomfortably, on the meaning of evil and the propensity of ordinary people to participate in it, and also examine the relationship between British fascism and anti-Semitism.

    To reserve your place, please email: including the subject line: Drs Oldridge/Fleming

    Revd Dr Fiona Haworth

    19:30, The Studio, The Hive

    Act of Commemoration: As it is both the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica stories relating to both of these events will be referred to. A reception will follow with an opportunity to look at the related exhibition in The Hive Foyer.

    These events are free and everyone is welcome.

  • Inter-professional event on Safeguarding children

    Wednesday, 01 April 2015

    Inter-professional Safeguarding event

    Time: 09.30 - 12.30

    Venue: CC004 (Worcester Room), University of Worcester, St John's Campus 

    Keynote speaker: DI Christopher Hanson, West Midlands Police

    Learning the lessons from the Daniel Pelka case. How agencies can meet their safeguarding responsibilities.

    This conference will commence with a presentation from one of the lead investigators from the Daniel Pelka case from West Midlands Police. The Daniel Pelka case shocked both the general public and professionals and identified failings across a range of agencies. A consideration of the case provides a basis for organisations and individuals to consider how they can ensure effective practice in relation to safeguarding children.

    This event is free of charge.

    To book a place please e-mail:

    For more information please download the flyer [PDF]