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  1. Salad Days?: Reflections of Alumni on their Undergraduate Experiences Judy Donnelly, Leeds Trinity University College Julia Tum, Leeds Metropolitan University

  2. The objectives of our research Aim • To improve future students’ experience whilst at university Objectives • To harness the views, reflection and hindsight from our alumni • To consider if there are any similarities in views between quite diverse student populations in a small and a large university – why? A quick win? • To start a process of building solutions to common issues.

  3. The objectives of this session • To introduce our research to you, the methodology used and the analysis • To demonstrate the process and our consideration of the findings • To consider if there are any similarities of views of our own alumni • To enable you to replicate and / or improve on our research for your own research involving your department’s alumni.

  4. The research process • Delphi technique • Sampling of alumni • Anonymous collection of data over 4 weeks • Analysis of data and creation of themes

  5. Stage oneof the process Think back to your own undergraduate education Answer the questions individually! You have 3 minutes maximum • I wish I had known about ………….... • I wish I had known how to ………….. • I wish I had known where to find…….

  6. Now ...... Let us consider some of the common themes and then compare them to our own research

  7. Some of our research findings

  8. Some of our research findings

  9. Leeds Trinity University College Top 6 themes in order of our coded themes:- • Study skills • Careers • Degree/programme issues • Placements • Time issues • WLB; finance and social life came last

  10. Research findings – how can alumni help existing students?

  11. Alumni’s “Ground Breaking Ideas”

  12. Thank you very much Any questions or observations? j.donnelly@leedstrinity.ac.uk j.tum@leedsmet.ac.uk