Centre for Higher Education Practice Student Engagement

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Centre for Higher Education Practice
Student Engagement
Students as Partners
Roisín Curran, Professional Development Manager, Staff Development
Stuart Cannell, Final year Student, BA (Hons) Fine Art
Mirco Scaramucci, Placement Student, BSc (Hons) Creative Computing
Purpose
To work towards a culture where
“students are at the ‘heart of the system’.
This means that students should be partners
actively engaged in the enhancement of
their university’s approach to learning. This
includes curriculum design and delivery,
approaches to learning and teaching and
quality assurance.” The Higher Education White
Paper (2011)
Drivers
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The Higher Education White Paper (2011)
The Higher Education Academy
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
NUS Student Engagement project
NI HE Strategy (2012)
Internal recent student engagement
initiatives
Student Engagement to Improve
Student Retention and Success
Student
capacity
building
Staff
capacity
building
Institutional
management
and coordination
Student
engagement and
belonging
Pre-entry
In HE
Beyond
HE
Engaging students in the curriculum
Engender a ‘sense of belonging’
Suggested model
• A two-staged model
– Engaging students in the curriculum
– Engaging students in shaping the design and
delivery of the curriculum
Activities that we currently do...
student
charter
CHEP
Initiatives
feedback
studies/
peer
adviser
active
learning
approach
es e.g.
PBL
Revalidation
ACTIVE
PARTNERSHIPS
PASS
student
focus
groups
postgrads as
teachers
assessme
nt &
feedback
projects
represent
ation
structure
- class
reps
Aspirations for further activities
students as
researchers
PgCHEP
participants
working with
students
?
student
choice
expanded
clarity of
information
and
expectations
Active
Partnerships
Enhanced
Staff Student
consultation
?
Buddy system
for senior
students and
new students
Partnership Transformation Model
(Cannell, 2012)
Current state
Student
Education
Staff
Aspirational state
Student
Education
Staff
Going forward...
Student Engagement at Ulster
=
Active Partnership?
2012 - 2015
What Works? Student Retention and
Success Change Programme
• Engendering ‘sense of belonging’
• Focus on activities in the academic sphere
– Induction
– Active and collaborative learning
• Core team plus six discipline teams (one
from each faculty)
References
• BIS (Department for Business Innovation and Skills) (2011) Higher
Education White Paper: Students at the Heart of the System.
Available at http://www.bis.gov.uk/publications
• Higher Education Academy, Student Engagement. Available at
http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/student-engagement
• NI HE Strategy for HE http://www.delni.gov.uk/index/consultationzone/archived-consultations/archived-consultations2011/hestrategy.htm
• NUS Student Engagement project
http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/highereducation/studentengagement/nus-heaproject/
• Student Engagement at QAA
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Partners/students/student-engagementQAA/Pages/default.aspx

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