The Big Watch

Cinema ticket with popcorn and the words Hidden Figures, Oct 2020, Admit one, Staff and students

This year all new students will take part in The Big Watch, a chance for everyone in our community to watch a film with some big themes, and have big and small conversations throughout the University about the issues raised. 

We've chosen Hidden Figures (2016) as this year’s Big Watch film. The film is a biopic based on the true story of three Black women mathematicians' work in the space race of the fifties and sixties.

As part of Welcome Week, academic teams will deliver interactive activities which will explore the important themes presented by the film, such as inequality, belonging, racism, sexism, allyship, segregation and language.

Countdown to 15 academic credits

5. Login to WebLearn
4. Select the Big Watch module in the "My Modules" section
3. Select Big Watch MCQ Test
2. Read the instructions
1. Complete the quiz. There are 10 questions, and you have 30 minute to complete it.

If there is no Big Watch Module in your "My Modules" section or if you experience any technical difficulties, please contact ITS.

The film will be available to students via the MyStudent Portal App and Weblearn. If you access this via the MyStudent Portal App, be sure to log in and then click on the 'Watch Hidden Figures' tile to access the film. You will be able to gain credits through this activity by taking the online multiple-choice test from 22 February, which will remain open until 23 April (extended from 25 March). The test questions will explore the University’s values on inclusion and equity.

As part of the Big Watch programme, we have organised a dynamic panel event in collaboration with the Students' Union on 3 February, from 5 to 6.30pm. This is a further opportunity for staff and students to come together and discuss the themes of the film.

This year all new undergraduate students took part in The Big Watch. Hidden Figures (2016) was chosen as the year’s film for it’s a thought-provoking themes. During Welcome Week,  academic staff ran interactive activities designed to explore the themes presented in the film which include; inequality, belonging, racism, sexism, allyship, segregation and language. It was a great opportunity for students to:

  • make connections with fellow students and lecturers.  
  • be welcomed into our progressive community
  • get an early introduction to our University’s inclusive values 
  • start your academic year with 15 credits already awarded (details below
  • take part in a range of fun and exciting activities from October inclusive of our Black History 365 events.

Some of the activities were:

  • Online multiple-choice test: a short topical user-friendly assessment task which gave students the opportunity to earn credits straight away.  The test questions were designed to explore the University and its inclusive values.
  • The Big Watch Panel Event: a dynamic panel discussion for staff and students to come together and discuss the film and current issues of workplace representation and anti-Black racism.

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