Whether you’re staying in Worcester or travelling home for the festive break, help continues to be available to support your wellbeing over the Christmas period, both within the Ƶ and from external sources.

You may also find it helpful to use the where you will find the answer to many frequently asked questions. Firstpoint will close at 12pm on Friday (December 22) and will reopen at 10am on January 2. Please note that opening hours from January 2 to January 5 will be 10am to 4.30pm. firstpoint will resume normal operating hours from January 8. 

The Peirson Study and Guidance Centre 24-hour study area remains accessible via the 24-hour entrance, throughout the festive break. 

Please speak with the Security team at Main Reception if you need access adding to your ID card. 

If you’re in need of a laptop over Christmas, then take a look at our , which includes up to two weeks usage of a university laptop.

Semester dates

Semester 1 continues in the New Year. The week commencing January 8 is revision week and the week commencing January 15 is assessment week.

Semester 2 begins on January 22 2024 and ends on May 31.

  • Semester 2 teaching commences on January 22
  • Progress Week: March 4-8
  • Easter Break: March 25- 5 April
  • Teaching recommences after Easter Break: April 8
  • Assessment Weeks/Personal end of year review: May 6-17
  • Reassessment Week: July 8-12 July

Students on semester-based courses are expected to be in attendance throughout both semesters with the exception of the Christmas and Easter breaks.

For students who are not on semester-based courses you can see term dates on the

Festive opening hours for The Hive

If you’re looking to get some studying done over the festive break, arrangements for our library The Hive over the Christmas and New Year period are provided below:

DATE 

OPENING HOURS

Friday 22nd December 

Normal hours 

Saturday 23rd December 

Normal hours 

Sunday 24th December 

Close at 1pm 

Monday 25th December 

Closed 

Tuesday 26th December 

Closed 

Wednesday 27th December 

Close at 6pm 

Thursday 28th December 

Close at 6pm 

Friday 29th December 

Close at 6pm 

Saturday 30th December 

Close at 6pm 

Sunday 31st December 

Close at 6pm 

Monday 1st January  

Closed 

Extended IT Support out of hours

The Ƶ's IT Service Desk now utilises Norman Managed Services to provide extended IT support to students over the phone outside of our core hours.

This service operates via the normal +44 (0)1905 85 7500 number and will run from 5pm – 9pm Monday to Friday, and 8am – 9pm over weekends and public holidays. 

This will also provide cover when the IT Service Desk team has their training sessions on Wednesday afternoons.

During these times, Norman can assist you with common enquires including Multi-Factor Authentication and password resets as well as providing remote support to computers.  More advanced queries that require on-campus intervention can be handed over to be dealt with by our IT Service Desk team once they are back in during core hours.

In addition, the Norman team will be covering support over the Christmas period when the IT Service Desk would traditionally be closed. Their opening hours for this period are as follows:

Christmas extended support hours:

 Date 

Extended Support Opening Hours 

Friday 22nd December 

12pm to 9pm

Saturday 23rd December 

8am to 9pm 

Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Monday 25th December (Christmas Day)

Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day) 

8am to 9pm 

Wednesday 27th December 

3pm to 9pm 

Thursday 28th December

Friday 29th December 

5pm to 9pm 

Saturday 30th December

Sunday 31st December

Monday 1st January 

8am to 9pm 

From Tuesday 2nd January onwards 

Core Opening Hours Resume

Keep in Touch!

Don’t forget to keep up to date with all of the goings on around campus by following the Ƶ of Worcester on Social Media.

The official is a great way to keep up to date with everything that’s happening on campus.

You can also follow us on X (formerly Twitter) at @worcester_uni , on and on TikTok

is a blog written by students for students and gives a unique perspective on what it’s really like to be a Ƶ of Worcester student.

Our official Ƶ of Worcester channels on both and provide the perfect windows on Worcester in motion. 

Safe Space initiative launched

If you are out and about in Worcester over the festive break you might see the new Safe Space vehicle in the City.

The Safe Space initiative has been driven by Worcester BID, working in partnership with several agencies, including West Mercia Police, Worcester City Council and the Ƶ.

It provides free services to those out and about enjoying the city centre at night time, including access to skilled paramedics, mental health support, welfare support, drug and alcohol testing, help to find a taxi, a safe space to wait, security alarms and drink StopTopps, emergency mobile phone charging, a change of clothes and bottles of water. 

The Safe Space vehicle will be stationed at Worcester’s Cornmarket on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm to 1.30am before moving to Angel Place where it will remain in place until 4am. 

 

Seasons greetings from the Ƶ of Worcester