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Join Us at Global Week

15-21 March 2021 | Join us for our programme of global events celebrating culture and friendship

Global Week 2021

Global Week is returning this year! Running from the 15 - 21 March 2021, Global Week is one of our most popular annual events where we celebrate the diversity of the people who make up the University of Portsmouth community. 
 
From lectures on global topics to language taster lessons, this year’s Global Week will be hosted virtually so check back regularly as more events are added to the schedule.

What's On

Pin Your Favourite Destination 

Open to: Students and staff

Pin your favourite destination, somewhere you have a fond memory of or post a picture of the place you come from. Share the picture on a Padlet map and write a short description for the place or something which impressed you about this country, region or culture. If one of your places is in the UK, that's fine too - we would love to learn more about the different regions in Britain!

The most impressing picture/description will win a prize of £50 Amazon voucher!

Link: Padlet map

Engineers Without Borders 

Open to: Students - Level 5 SCES students only as part of their teaching delivery.

School of Civil Engineering and Surveying Level 5 students participate in the Engineers Without Borders design challenge.  The Engineering for People Design Challenge has been developed to ensure that the human and social impact of engineering forms a foundation for students’ learning and that they have the opportunity to develop skills crucial to operating and innovating in the complex global workplace. This year's challenge 'takes' students to Lobitos District in Peru.

Registration: Not required, for Level 5 SCES students only.

Off the Scale - Can Forensics Save the World's Most Trafficked Mammal?

Time: 10.00am – 11.00am

Open to: Students, staff and public

In this 1-hour interactive webinar, Dr Nick Pamment and Jac Reed will discuss wildlife crime within the UK and internationally, including scale and enforcement challenges. Drawing upon international collaboration and staff and student research, they will provide an overview of cutting-edge research, exploring how forensics can save the Pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal.  Finally, they will highlight a range of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities within green criminology, environmental justice and wildlife crime at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) and address any questions through a Q&A.  

Registration: Register here

Intercultural Competence: What is it? Do I need it? Have I got it?

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Open to: Students only

Come and see if YOU have what it takes to deal effectively with intercultural situations. The session will be fun and informative and facilitated by external intercultural trainer Jo from Kynfolk. 

Registration: Open Soon

Marketing yourself as an international student for the UK graduate job market and the Graduate Immigration Route

Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Open to: Students only

Are you an international student interested in working in the UK after your studies? This session will outline the key things you need to know regarding post-study visa options including the new Graduate Immigration Route and the Skilled Worker visa. You will also learn about how to market yourself as an international student within the UK jobs market and key strategies to achieve success

Registration: Register here

Marketing yourself as a European student and understanding the European Union Settlement Scheme

Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Open to: Students only

Are you an EU student interested in working in the UK after your studies? This session will outline the key things you need to know regarding the changes to your status in the UK post-Brexit including the EU Settlement Scheme. You will also learn about how to market yourself as an EU student within the UK jobs market and key strategies to achieve success.

Registration: Register here

The Human Life Exchange Rate Mechanism: Hypocrisy, Human Rights and the West’s ‘Liberal’ Media Representations of the Rest

Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Open to: Students, staff and public

Live presentation and Q&A from Tom Sykes who will reflect on the hypocrisy and double standards which have long characterised Western media and literary representations of non-Western conflicts and crises. 

Registration: Register here

Tales of Refuge

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Open to: Students, staff and public

This Round Table event brings together speakers from Organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees as well as artists/refugees to talk about the stark realities of life as an asylum seeker/ refugee as well as the traumatic effects this has on life long after. There will be plenty of time for audience participation. Our speakers come from organisations such as Refugee Tales and Friends without Borders.

Registration: Register here

The Road to Recovery

Time: 10.00am  11.00am

Open to: Staff only

Presentation for University staff with an interest in international student recruitment, how the UK is comparing to other study destinations, and how the Global pandemic is changing and may change the international education picture for the University of Portsmouth.

Presenting: 
Paul Lovegrove – CEO Navitas University Partnerships, Europe
Jon Chew – Head, Strategic Insights and Analytics, Navitas
Chris Chang – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships)

Registration: Open soon

The impact of racial equality on our global society with Chris Lubbe

Time: 11.00am  12.30pm

Open to: Students and Staff

Chris Lubbe will share his experience and insight, from growing up during Apartheid to his role as Nelson Mandela's body guard. Chris will explore racial equality in today's global society, and open the floor up for Q&A from the audience.

Registration: Register here

Guru Nanak Public Lecture

Time: 12.00pm  1.00pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

Introductory public lecture on both the life and work of Guru Nanak and an introduction to Sikhism, followed by a question and answer session.

Registration: Open soon

Landmarks Quiz

Time: 2.30pm  3.00pm

Open to: Students only

Identify these famous landmarks from across the world (with a few film clues to help!)

Registration: Register here

ACT (Action against Coronavirus Transmission) Nairobi, Kenya : Creative Methods for public health messaging

Time: 3.00pm  4.00pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

One billion people make up the global population of urban poor living in informal settlements and slums (UN Stats). Informal settlements are densely populated and lack infrastructure for clean water, sanitation and waste management. As a result, it can be difficult to implement mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as hand washing, social distancing and physical isolation. And these measures may not be the highest priority. 

CCI academics and researchers Louis Netter, Cressida Bowyer, Matt Smith and Erika Hughes will present the project which focuses on creative methods and sensitisation of residents in the informal settlement of Mukuru in Nairobi, Kenya. The presentation will explore how their work was conducted remotely with local artists in another country encouraging local discussions of Covid through art, digital storytelling, puppetry and music. The process and the outcomes will be illustrated and discussed.

Registration: Register here

Talk on Resilient Communities from Simone Sfriso (TAMassociati) and Emma Delo (Red Cross)

Time: 5.00pm  6.30pm

Open to: Students only

Simone, Associate Professor at the Portsmouth School of Architecture, will share his view that 'Architecture focused on Society' can curb marginalisation and exclusion and become a driving force for new visions, a powerful medium for communicating, an instrument through which many urban and outer city areas can claim rights, progress, opportunity and inclusion. Architecture, with its specific skills, can help spread and make effective the principles of sociality, participation, health care, integration and legality, everywhere, on any scale, beyond all borders.

Emma will provide an overview of the cash and voucher assistance agenda in the humanitarian sector which is to transform the way that aid is delivered to increase the choice and dignity of crisis-affected people. She will highlight major blockages and opportunities of this transformational changes and highlight the work of the British Red Cross and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Registration: Register here

How to be Brit - An event exploring the social norms around the world

Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

This event will focus on the different habits, types of politeness, and expectations in different places and times, and be delivered by a multitude of staff and students reflecting on their observations about 'fitting in' in different contexts, countries and social groups.

Registration: Register here

Discovering the Friluftsbarnehage: Hearing from early childhood practitioners from the mountains of Lillehammer, Norway

Time: 11.00pm – 12.15pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

A 1 hour 15 minute live session in which attendees will hear from early childhood practitioners from a friluftsbarnehage (open air children's house) kindergarten in the mountains of Lillehammer in Norway. There will be a chance to see photographs and hear from practitioners about their outdoor-oriented pedagogy, including the use of tools with young children and reflecting on cultural differences in early childhood pedagogy and practices. There will also be a chance for questions and answers from the very "hygge" staff and setting!

Registration: Register here

Global Café

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

Would you like to meet other open-minded, global people from the University of Portsmouth? Come to this random "speed-meeting" event and get to know a lot of people in a short amount of time. Have interesting conversations, discover other cultures, practice language skills, have a bit of adventure and meet some new friends!  This is an event where international, EU and home students can get together to make friends and have a real-life opportunity for language practice and cultural exchange.

Registration: Register here

Study Abroad/ Partner Fair

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Open to: Students and Staff 

Are you interested in studying abroad as part of your degree? The virtual study abroad fair is your opportunity to find out more about the options available to you, explore content from our partner universities and speak with representatives from your faculty who will be available to answer your questions. You will also be able to speak with the Exchanges and Study Abroad team who can advise on the general logistics associated with studying and living abroad.

Registration: Open Soon

Global Horror 21st Century Fears

Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

What truly scares us in the 21st century? Join Dr Emma Austin, senior lecturer in the School of Film, Media and Communication, for an exploration of modern Global Horror. Drawing on her research expertise in horror studies and zombie culture, Emma will offer a snapshot of contemporary global fears in cinema, looking outside of the Hollywood hegemony that so often dominates worldwide cinema culture. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic after the talk.

Registration: Register here 

 

Promotion of STEM exchanges with alumni students 

Time: 10.00am – 11.00am

Open to: Students and Staff 

Alumni exchange students will share their personal experience how their student exchanges changed their professional and personal life (presentation and discussion). The students will join us from Japan/Australia/UK.

Registration: Register here

Erasmus+ Staff Event

Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Open to: Staff only

This is a virtual event open to all UoP staff who are interested in professional development via Erasmus+ teaching or training opportunities. There will be the opportunity to speak with previous participants as well as the Exchanges and Study Abroad team.

Registration: Open soon

The Language and Culture of the Middle East

Time: 2.00 – 2.30pm 

Open to: Students and Staff 

Learn and practice some useful Arabic words and phrases in this taster workshop as well as discovering some Arabic culture.

Registration: Register here 

Year Abroad: Life after university

Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm 

Open to: Students only

Join some of our recent graduates to find out about how their experience abroad has shaped their life after University! During this interactive session, a group of recent SLAL graduates will reflect on their journey as language students and the impact their year abroad has had on their personal life and career prospects. You will also have the opportunity to ask our alumni questions you may have about going abroad.

Registration: Register here 

Get going in Russian! A language and culture taster

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm 

Open to: Students and Staff

Did you know that with over 10 million native speakers, Russian is the eighth most-spoken language in the world, and the 6th most natively spoken language? It is the official language of Russia and 4 other countries, and is recognized in another 3. And because of the importance of Russian space technology, foreign astronauts have to learn some Russian before they go into space!

In this lively and interactive taster, you’ll learn some everyday Russian words, and some phrases that you could use to greet people, introduce yourself and use in cafés and bars!

This is an interactive workshop event.

Registration: Register here 

Croeso i Gymraeg! Welcome to Welsh!

Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm 

Open to: Students and Staff

Interactive and communicative language taster workshop run by Rhiannon Thompson, covering intro to the language, basic greetings etc.

Registration: Register here 

Decolonising round table 

Time: 3.00pm – 4.15pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

How should we talk about race? Is BAME terminology the most politically appropriate way to speak about race? What should you learn and from whom? This debate will include members from the Decolonising the Curriculum initiative, and experts in the areas of race research. The main focus of this event is the question of decolonisation – and why, how and through which actions we can make it happen. Together. 

Registration: Register here

Get Going in Russian! A language and culture taster

Time: 10.00am – 11.00am

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

Did you know that with over 10 million native speakers, Russian is the eighth most-spoken language in the world, and the 6th most natively spoken language? It is the official language of Russia and 4 other countries, and is recognized in another 3. And because of the importance of Russian space technology, foreign astronauts have to learn some Russian before they go into space!

In this lively and interactive taster, you’ll learn some everyday Russian words, and some phrases that you could use to greet people, introduce yourself and use in cafés and bars!

This is an interactive workshop event.

Registration: Register here 

Croeso i Gymraeg! Welcome to Welsh!

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Open to: Students, Staff and Public

Interactive and communicative language taster workshop run by Rhiannon Thompson, covering intro to the language, basic greetings etc.

Registration: Register here 

Global Staircase Challenge

UoP Global and Sport & Recreation present...The Global Staircase Challenge.

We visit a lot of famous landmarks and tall buildings on the International Summer Schools, which have inspired us to create this challenge for March 2021.

See how many staircases you can climb in a month to try and match their heights.

The challenge starts on Monday 1 March and closes at midnight on Wednesday 31 March 2021. 

Winners will be announced on Friday 2 April and will receive Amazon voucher prizes.

You can choose to enter either the Individual Challenge or the Team Challenge. To sign up click the registration link at the top of the page via this link.

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