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Student engagement: challenge, risk & reward. Jon Turner & Connar Mawer University of Edinburgh. EUSA and University Student Engagement Statement. Shared statement, reviewed annually Activities & processes to support & promote student engagement:

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student engagement challenge risk reward
Student engagement: challenge, risk & reward

Jon Turner & ConnarMawerUniversity of Edinburgh

eusa and university student engagement statement
EUSA and University Student Engagement Statement
  • Shared statement, reviewed annually
  • Activities & processes to support & promote student engagement:
    • Student representation on committees at all levels
    • Active participation in task and project groups
    • Involvement in Internal Review Process
  • Support and encouragement of student-led initiatives
  • Strong focus in University, College & School L&T Strategies
examples of student engagement
Examples of student engagement

Honours projects (ug researchers)

Outreach modules

Peerwise

Interns: sustainability in the curriculum

Informatics Data Hack

LawPALS, BioPALS

Biomedical Society

Student/Staff Conferences

Learning Conversations

Peer Proof Reading

PATH

Academic Families

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Examples of student engagement

EUSA Global

EUSA Teaching Awards

Researcher-led scheme

Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme

Innovative Learning Week

Edinburgh Award

Student Experience Project

Membership of committees, reviews, working groups

biomedical society
Biomedical Society

Case Study: Student Engagement – Challenges, Risks and Rewards

Challenges

Risks

Rewards

Founded in 2011

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Challenges

School of Biological Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

School of Medicine

Biology Society

Biological School Representatives

Medical School Representatives

BSc. Biological Sciences

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Risks

School of Biological Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

School of Medicine

Biology Society

Academic Issues

Biological School Representatives

Medical School Representatives

Political Issues

BSc. Biological Sciences

Many Issues

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Rewards

School of Biological Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

School of Medicine

Biology Society

Biomedical Society

Biological School Representatives

Biomedical School Representatives

Medical School Representatives

BSc. Biological Sciences

BSc. Biomedical Sciences

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“Academic support classes and exam time programme provides unrivalled support for students” -EUSA

“The Biomedical society has worked to create a real community sense within the biomedical student body through academic support” -EUSA

Teaching Award

Impact Award

“I am particularly pleased that Connar has been recognised for his work in founding and running the Biomedical society – highlighting the importance of peer support and the different ways that students learning can be supported” – A. Burnie VPAA

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Conclusion

Challenges

Thank You for Your Attention

Risks

Rewards

peer proofreading
Peer Proofreading
  • Student volunteers provide feedback on extracts of assignment
  • Key challenges: training & recruiting volunteers; IT system to manage referrals
  • Key risks: collusion and unfairness
  • Rewards: for students submitting work, for volunteer proof readers, for EUSA and the University
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PATH
  • Web-based course-selection tool for existing & prospective students
  • Key challenges – limitations of DRPS, making it student centred (IIG grant and summer internship)
  • Key risks – accuracy and robustness
  • Rewards – for students, for staff and for the University: now being extended to other degree programmes
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Enabling high quality & high impact engagement

  • Partnership between the University and the Students’ Association (EUSA)
    • Strategy and policy
    • Evaluation and communication
    • Locus for innovation and activity
  • Ensure that local innovation can thrive and be built on
    • Attitude that allows and encourages local innovations
    • Structures and systems that support local innovation
    • Mechanisms and desire to build on and extend local innovations