University of the Year Finalist 2020

We're proud to have been shortlisted for University of the Year in the 2020 Times Higher Education Awards. 

Video transcript

Gentle piano music plays in the background.

Screen fades from black to onscreen text reading: "Casey Bailey, University of Worcester Graduate, Assistant Head Teacher, writer and performer.” Alongside a picture of Casey smiling in graduation robes.

We hear Casey speak over beautiful aerial views of Worcester:

“Head just north to Worcester
Stop and stare at the Cathedral,
Let your ears be blessed by Elgar
A composer with no equal.
Where the Severn bursts her banks
Stops to flex her force,
The place I went to Uni
The place that makes the greatest sauce.”

Screen fades to black, onscreen text reads: “The only University to be a finalist for Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2016, 2019 and 2020.”

Onscreen text reads: “Why?”

We hear Casey speak over beautiful aerial views of the University:

“If your actions don’t match your words, you have nothing to say.
I am a graduate from a University that has something to say.
I am a graduate from a University that makes an impact. On me, on our students, on society.
I am a graduate from Worcester.”

Screen fades to black, onscreen text reads: “Top ranked for impact of all universities founded in the 21st century. 33rd overall in the Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking 2019.”

Onscreen text reads: “INCLUSION” and we hear Casey speak: “a University that makes an impact for inclusion.”

We see an external shot of The Hive library a beautiful angular and gold-clad building with accessible ramps. Onscreen text reads: “Every university has a library...”

Onscreen text reads: “… only Worcester has a joint university and public library.” We see a toddler storytelling session inside the light and colourful library.

Onscreen Text reads: “’Winner of 28 Awards including Best Large Library 2016-2019 - Societal College National University Libraries.” We see the main staircase inside The Hive library brightly lit with figures browsing the shelves below.

We see an image of The Hive on the day it opened with Her Majesty The Queen and Professor David Green.

We see an external shot of the University Arena, shining and golden in the sunlight. The onscreen text reads “Every university has a sports hall.”

Onscreen text reads: “Worcester created the UK’s first sports hall purpose-designed to include the wheelchair athlete.” We see an image of Sophie Carrigill, a Paralympian and Worcester Graduate, playing wheelchair basketball.

The image changes to several children playing adapted sports within the Arena watched by staff and coaches.

Screen fades to black and onscreen text reads: “‘The University of Worcester, who have built their entire campus with accessibility in mind, are leading the way…’ Chris Skidmore MP, then Universities Minister – 19 January 2019.”

We see an outside shot of the University Arthouse building clock tower, strongly contrasted against a blue sky. The onscreen text reads “When Worcester reimagined a carpet warehouse into a new Arthouse in 2019…”

Onscreen text reads “…accessibility was at its heart.  Winner SKA Gold - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.” We see an interior shot of the Arthouse, with its central spiralling wheelchair ramp.

Screen fades to black and onscreen text reads: “Social Mobility University of the Year Finalist, 2019 and 2020 - UK Social Mobility Awards.”

Onscreen text reads: “Throughout the 21st century 97%+ of Worcester students have been from state schools.”

Onscreen text reads: “Top 10 for Sustained Employment - Leo 2017 and 2020.”

Onscreen text reads: “QUALITY EDUCATION” and we hear Casey Bailey say: “A University that makes an impact for Quality Education.”

Onscreen text reads: “1st in the UK for Quality Education - Times Higher University Impact Ranking 2019.”

Onscreen text reads: “Top 10 for Student Experience - Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.”

Onscreen text reads: “Top 10 for Student Satisfaction – National Student Survey 2019, English Non-specialist Universities.”

Brooke Evans, a Worcester Graduate Nurse, former cancer patient and Care Leukaemia Ambassador appears on the screen. Brooke begins talking to the camera: “I felt that they could offer me the best Nurse Training, to make me the best Nurse that I can be. So that’s why I chose the University of Worcester.”

Screen fades to black and onscreen text reads: “Finalist for 7 Nursing Times Awards 2020, 6th time for Pre-Registration Provider of the Year. The most for any University ever.”

Ricky Baker, Finalist for Student Nurse of the Year appears on screen. Ricky begins speaking to the camera: “Worcester Uni for me has been an amazing experience. I’ve had so much support, whether it be with my assignments or just wanting to chat. I can go to any one of my lecturers and they are there to help me and support me.”

Screen fades to black and onscreen text reads: “Our graduates are changing lives around the world.”

Swaroop Sampat PhD, Worcester Graduate and Bollywood star, appears on screen. Swaroop begins speaking to the camera: “I think children all over the world are the same…”

We see Swaroop teaching a class of children in India as she says “…and they really deserve every bit of good education.” The onscreen text reads: “Top 10 finalist Global Teacher of the Year Award 2019.”

We see Swaroop teaching a group of children in the UK who are dressed in red school uniforms. Swaroop continues: “If you give them good education, they will stand up for themselves and they will be empowered.” The screen fades to black.

Mindu Hornick, Worcester Honorary Graduate, Holocaust Survivor, Campaigner and Educator appears on the screen dressed in her graduation robes. She begins to speak: “I hope that the future generations will strive for a better future than we have had in the 20th century.”

We see a picture of Mindu graduating. The onscreen text reads: “Mindu’s inspiring lessons on democracy and human rights are carried forward by the University’s teaching graduates every day, everywhere.”

Onscreen text reads: “Most improved University for research power – Research Excellence Framework 2014 / Research Fortnight.”

Professor Dawn Brooker, who is leading the University’s award-winning work on dementia meeting centres, appears on screen. She begins to speak: “I think when we hear, directly or indirectly, about the impact that the work that we are doing here has on people’s lives, it’s a tremendously emotional and often a quite humbling experience as well.”

Screen fades to black and onscreen text reads: “Winner outstanding contribution to the local community – Times Higher Education Awards 2019.”

Onscreen text reads: “EQUALITY” and we hear Casey Bailey say: “A university that makes an impact for equality.”

Onscreen text reads: “Best UK University for Fair Gender pay 2018 and 2019 – National Gender Pay Reporting.”

Onscreen text reads: “1st in the UK for Gender Equality 2019 and 2020 - Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking.”

Clare Balding OBE, Worcester Honorary Graduate, Broadcaster, Journalist and Author, appears on the screen in her graduation robes. Clare begins to speak to the camera: “I hugely admire the work you’ve been doing here, because I think that, not only do you set an example, you ensure that young men and women moving forward into the workplace, come so from the basis of equality being a ‘given.’”

Onscreen text reads: “LIBERTY” and we hear Casey Bailey say:  “A University that makes an impact for liberty.”

Onscreen text reads: “Worcester stands firm for academic freedom” And we see press clippings from the Heaton-Harris scandal.

We see a picture of Baroness Hale wearing graduation robes. The onscreen text reads: “Baroness Hale – President UK Supreme Court – January 2019, gives Worcester lecture on Moral Responsibility in the Law.”

Onscreen text reads: “When Parliament was unlawfully prorogued in September 2019 Worcester stood tall for Democracy.” We see a live group discussion on stage and flyers for the University’s first Democracy Day which included MPs discussions and live talks from specialists.

Onscreen text reads: “1st Equal in the University Democracy League Table – Vote for the future 2019.”

Onscreen text reads: “THE ENVIRONMENT” and we hear Casey Bailey say: “A university that makes an impact for the environment.”

Onscreen text reads: “1st Class Honours People and Planet every year since 2009 – Green League Table.”

Onscreen text reads: “Winner Sustainability Institution of the Year 2019 for Britain and Ireland – Green Gown Awards 2019”

Onscreen text reads: “Globally commended by the United Nations for Sustainability.”

Lord Mervyn King, Worcester Honorary Graduate and Governor of the Bank of England (2003 -2013), appears on screen. He begins to speak to the camera: “I don’t think that I ever imagined that Worcester would take the lead in doing this across the world, but Worcester is taking the lead.”

Screen fades to black and onscreen text reads: “The Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year Finalist. Making an Impact for Inclusion, Quality Education, Equality, Liberty, and Sustainability.

Casey Bailey begins to speak for the final time: “My name is Casey Bailey and I am proud to be a graduate from a university that has something to say.”

The University of Worcester logo appears on the screen with the words “Inspired for Life”

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