Salad Days?: Reflections of Alumni on their Undergraduate Experiences Judy Donnelly, Leeds Trinity University College Julia Tum, Leeds Metropolitan University
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.
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.
The research process • Delphi technique • Sampling of alumni • Anonymous collection of data over 4 weeks • Analysis of data and creation of themes
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…….
Now ...... Let us consider some of the common themes and then compare them to our own research
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
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