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LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY
Student Induction
Student Representation
Quality Assurance Services
Context
“We want to put students at the heart of
everything we do at QAA, to help you to be
active participants in shaping your own
education. For us, student engagement is about
giving all students the opportunity and
encouragement to get involved in quality
assurance and the enhancement of higher
education”. Quality Assurance Agency
“Putting students at the centre of our activities
and providing a flexible and relevant curriculum
with excellent teaching and learning”, Theme 1,
The Strategic Plan
Focus of development session
Induction
Representation
Students
Engagement
Entitlements
Student Induction
• To welcome students to the institution and
to assist the transition of students into
higher education or onto the next level of
study
• Partner responsible for devising student
induction programme
• University support through the Link Tutor /
Franchise Coordinator
What do students want?
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Opportunity to make friends
Pre-induction information
Learning involved – will they cope?
Benefit of the course
Flexible induction programme to fit around other
commitments i.e. family, jobs
Research undertaken by Nottingham Trent
University / University of Bradford
University expectations of induction
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Course Handbook
Student Entitlements
Academic Principles and Regulations
Course content and structure
Support available
Relationship to the University
Student Charter (if applicable)
Full list available in Operational Guidance for
Franchise Delivery
Student entitlements
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Induction
Feedback
Personal tutor
External input into course development
Clear information about assessment and
expectations around feedback
• Clear information about the course and
support available
Full list of student entitlements available in
Course Handbook template
Start of the academic journey
Clear
expectations
Student
success
Flexible
assessment
and regular
feedback
Explicit
requirements
Support during
first year
What is student engagement?
The UK Quality Code for Higher Education B5:
• Improving the motivation of students to
engage in learning and to learn
independently
• The participation of students in quality
enhancement and quality assurance
processes, resulting in the improvement of
their educational experience
Expectation of B5
“Higher education providers take deliberative steps to
engage all students, individually and collectively, as
partners in the assurance and enhancement of their
educational experience”
• Representation of the student view through formal
mechanisms
• Opportunity to be involved in quality enhancement
and assurance
The Quality Code, Chapter B5, Indicator7, QAA
Mechanisms for
involving students: what
might these include?
Student engagement
Mechanisms for involving students:
• Questionnaires, e.g., end of module / year
• Student representative structures
• Research activities – focus groups
• Student membership of committees
• Student consultation events
• Student involvement in new projects
• Student dialogue with decision makers
• Online discussion forums
• Formal quality processes, e.g., annual
monitoring and review, mutual review, periodic
programme review
Course reps
• Sustained strategy of student involvement
• Importance of the feedback loop
• One per level per course, nominated by
students
• Improve quality
• Create a culture of student engagement
What do course reps need?
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Access to training and on-going support
Regular access to senior staff
Mutual sharing of information
Information about mechanisms to collate
feedback from students
• Involvement in decision making
• Ensure students feel rewarded for involvement
Additional resources
• Leeds Beckett Student Union
• National Union of Students / Higher Education
Academy Student Engagement Toolkit
• Centre for Learning and Teaching
• Operational Guidance for Franchise Delivery
Questions
[email protected]

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