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presenters luke millard alistair narnor paul chapman oeiisha williams and stuart brand

Implementing change through student engagement

Outstanding support for students

Presenters:

Luke Millard, Alistair Narnor, Paul Chapman, Oeiisha Williams and Stuart Brand

content
Content
  • BCU Context
  • The journey to student engagement
  • Redesign of the Learning Experience (RoLEx)
  • Student Academic Partners
  • College collaborative networks
  • Exploration of student engagement at your institution
birmingham city university
Birmingham City University
  • 25,000 students
  • 8 Campuses
  • 6 Faculties
  • Good employability stats
  • ‘Improving’NSS Satisfaction (73%-80%)
  • Perceived lack of academic community
  • Diverse student demographic
  • High regional student base (FE and HE)
the original position 2008
The original position (2008)
  • Decentralised university
  • Little co-ordination/consistency of student experience
  • Students’ Union relationship with University
  • Students and staff – us v them
  • CELT – staff development focus
  • Falling student satisfaction
  • Generating the Learning Community! (NSS/SES)
implementing change
Implementing change
  • Partnership approach with the Students’ Union Executive and SMT
  • Institutional support – Directorate and Senate
  • Funding from CETL
  • NUS/HEA case studies in student engagement
  • Building on best practice
    • CBS student assistants
    • Northwest Missouri State
    • University of Pittsburgh
student academic partners
Student Academic Partners

“The scheme employs students as active members of learning and teaching project teams based within Birmingham City University’s six Faculties and aims to create teams that ensure that students engage meaningfully as co-creators, as opposed to passive recipients of the learning experience.”

  • Joint proposals – staff or student ideas
  • Evidence of partnership with students – recognition of power relationships
  • Alignment with the University’s learning and teaching strategy
  • Good value for money – impact on student learning experience beyond the individual student
  • Students paid £10 per hour for up to 125 hours work
  • Employed through Students’ Union
sap projects
SAP projects
  • Student mentoring schemes for:
    • Criminology, Media and Education
  • Management of community based live project for architecture students - Hayes Bridge
  • Health and safety induction film for photographic studio
rolex
RoLEx
  • Redesign of the Learning Experience
  • Credit structure change offered mechanism
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Greater student focus
  • Collaborative approach to curriculum design
rolex focus
RoLEx focus
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Course organisation
  • Creating the learning community
  • Less of ‘us and them’ and more collaboration
rolex agenda
RoLEX agenda
  • 2009 evaluation – only a start
  • Change has happened – QAA recognition
  • Workshops in 2011
  • Son/daughter of RoLEX – shift focus to staff and students?
partnerships with colleges
Partnerships with Colleges
  • University debate on engagement with feeder institutions – Pre-arrival prep
  • Find out what Colleges wanted from working with a University
  • Student engagement became the key and partnership with SU was the answer!
  • Series of meetings with Colleges to identify collaborative projects
national union of students perspective
National Union of Students’ perspective
  • New NUS student engagement project – supporting HE in College
  • Focus on how to get students more involved in shaping their learning experience...“Good student representation

can help facilitate this”

  • “There needs to be a partnership between students

unions” at University and Colleges to support learning

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“This is pioneering and really exciting. The

virtual students' union is incredibly

impressive, and the potential here is huge.”

Shane Chowen | Vice President (FE),

National Union of Students UK

a co ordinated approach
A co-ordinated approach ?
  • Partnership with Student’s Union
  • Secondment opportunities
  • Student interns/SAPs
  • Engaging students to improve the university
  • Evidence of learning community
  • Change Academy
discussion
Discussion
  • What is your level of student engagement?
  • What level do you want to achieve?
  • Adapted by Freeman, R., Bartholomew, P (2009) as part of T-SPARC at Birmingham City University from ‘Levels of learner voice participation’ from ‘Rudd, T., Colligan, F. and Naik, R. (2006) "Learner Voice: a handbook from Futurelab". Bristol, Futurelab