Bob and Bea had a fascinating visit to the University of Worcester on Tuesday 12th November 2013. They were met by Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive and Kate Moss, Director of Communications and Participation. They commenced their tour with a visit to the National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit, led by Professor Roy Kennedy, which provides national weather and pollen count forecasts as well as valuable research facilities and academic courses.
Bob and Bea were then taken by bus to The Hive where their tour was led by Dr Judith Keene. Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012, The Hive is an exceptional £60 million facility that has dramatically increased the learning resources, technology, study and social spaces available to University of Worcester students as well as the general public of Worcester. The University of Worcester have combined their resources with Worcestershire County Council to create a spectacular facility. With over a quarter of a million books and 12 miles of archive collections, The Hive is no ordinary library. It has a busy events programme, with regular public lectures, exhibitions and performances. There are 250 new computers, which you can book in advance, along with access to plenty of printers, wifi and laptop points. The award-winning building is stunning, with plenty of natural light, open spaces, comfortable furniture and inspiring architecture.
Following their trip to The Hive, Bob and Bea were then taken on a tour of the University of Worcester Arena led by Mick Donovan. With spacious, high-tech facilities, the 2000-seat University Arena allows the University to develop innovative sports schemes, whilst also providing a venue that attracts a great range of spectator events to the city. Currently, the University of Worcester provides Worcester County Cricket Club, Worcester Wolves, Aston Villa FC, Birmingham City FC and West Bromwich Albion FC with support in the areas of performance analysis, fitness and nutrition advice.
The University Arena’s facilities cater for disability by design and enable true inclusion. It is also the home ground for the Worcester Wolves basketball team and the training base for GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team, as well as being the venue for a wide range of memorable sporting events. The University has also become a Centre for Coach Education, offering courses at all levels as well as extensive sports science support to a range of sporting organisations.