News and events round-up

Issued: Mon, 16 May 2016 07:36:00 BST

Image of the EuroFIT UofG fitness programme European Fans in Training (EuroFIT)

English Premiership club Arsenal came out on top in a new health project entitled European Fans in Training (EuroFIT). It is the latest development from a project pioneered at the UofG.

Professors Kate Hunt, Sally Wyke and Dr Cindy Gray, in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, worked in close collaboration with the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Trust to develop and evaluate Football Fans in Training (FFIT), a gender-sensitised weight management and healthy lifestyle programme for men delivered in top flight football clubs by club community coaches.

EuroFIT has been working with overweight football fans from top clubs across Europe celebrated the achievements of UK men participating in the first year of the project at an inaugural 5-a-side tournament.

Teams from Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Stoke City battled it out to be crowned champions of England at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June.

In the 'searing' Manchester heat, Arsenal prevailed despite a difficult start in their final fixture against rivals Stoke. The Gunners looked to be strolling to victory after winning their first three games without conceding a single goal. However two early goals from the Potters put them on the back foot and with Newcastle ahead against Everton, goal difference looked to be the only thing separating the top two teams in the inaugural EuroFIT tournament.

A controversial decision for the Toffees earned them a late draw to hand Arsenal the title but not before Arsenal’s superior passing ability had shone through with the London club eventually seeing off Stoke in a thrilling 7-3 victory.

Image of the Eurofit competing teams

Many of the players involved in the tournament led inactive lifestyles before joining the EuroFIT programme, but with a little help from club coaches, they have been given the opportunity to score goals for their favourite team at iconic stadiums such as St James’ Park and Emirates Stadium.

Professor Sally Wyke of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, said: “The guys that have undertaken the programme are making huge progress to a healthier life. The tournament was testament to their commitment to making healthy lifestyles a reality for them and their families. The clubs’ community organisations are doing great work.”

See more on the EuroFIT project website

Dr Bike sessions on campus

Staff and students are invited to come along to the last Dr Bike session of the term.

  • Wednesday 22 June, 11:00 – 14:00 at Gilmorehill, in front of the Wolfson Medical School

These sessions are drop-in, no booking requirements. Bicycle security marking will also take place

About Dr Bike

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Beatson Pebble Appeal Public Lecture

Cancer Clinical Trials of the Future: from Bench to Bedside
Date: Thursday 16 June 2016
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Wolfson Medical School Building
Speaker: Professor Jeff Evans, Dr Vignir Helgason, Dr Oliver Maddocks, Professor Anthony Chalmers
Website: www.gla.ac.uk/bpalecture
Downloads: Event poster

This lecture is free and is designed to be engaging and inspiring for all; no background knowledge of cancer science is required.

Professor Jeff Evans, Director of the Institute of Cancer Sciences, and three of our leading scientists will discuss cancer metabolism and will also look at our pioneering work in brain tumour and leukaemia research.

Enhancement vs Performance Management

Dr Helen Purchase, Senior Lecturer in Computing Science and Convener of the EvaSys Advisory Board, will give a presentation entitled “Enhancement vs Performance Management”, writes Catherine H Omand, Senior Academic Policy Manager.

The presentation will take place at the Higher Education Academy Surveys Conference on 13 July 2016 in Birmingham

New Course Evaluation Policy designed for course enhancement

Taking a lead from the Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework, which values an enhancement-focused approach over a culture of quality assurance and audit, Helen’s presentation will emphasise that the University of Glasgow’s new Course Evaluation Policy is deliberately designed for course enhancement.

While it incorporates aspects that allow students to provide feedback on individual members of staff, the principles of the Policy were formulated with the primary purposes of encouraging staff to reflect on and improve the quality of course provision.

Exceptional progress

Unlike some other universities, Glasgow is focussing on enhancement rather than performance management, although staff will also have an opportunity to seek feedback on teaching quality to support the P&DR and promotion processes.

Our policy can be used consistently across the University, while still permitting flexibility that respects a wide diversity of academic contexts.  Since its introduction at the start of the 2015/16 academic year, exceptional progress has been made by School administrative staff, Learning and Teaching Conveners, and Quality Officers to ensure that the Policy has been adopted across all Schools in the University.

The policy can be found at: Course Evaluation Policy


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