Author Archives: amckie

Addressing the attainment gap at UCA

Over the last few decades, the widening participation policies of successive UK governments have led to higher participation rates among 18 to 21 year old black and minority ethnic (BME) students (Sanders and Rose-Adams, 2014).  At the same time, the … Continue reading

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Co-creation as a tool for course enhancement?

I have been hearing a lot about the benefits of co-creation as a collaborative approach to including students as partners in pedagogical planning processes. But just how do we go about shifting perspectives of students as stakeholders to students as … Continue reading

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NSS Student Success stories

The Creative Education team have been talking to UCA courses with 90% or above in the National Student Survey.  The idea of the conversations has been to explore some of the creative pedagogies used to keep students satisfied with their … Continue reading

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Creative Education professional development opportunities at UCA 2018-19

To support the university ambitions to develop excellent teaching, the Creative Education team have worked with key stakeholders across the university re-accredit our provision with the Higher Education Academy (part of Advance HE).  We have now developed an overarching framework … Continue reading

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Student Induction: Mitigating withdrawal and enabling retention?

Studies at UCA on the first year experience (Barratt, 2017; Allder & Fitzwater, 2018) have shown that introducing students to disciplinary cultures at an early stage in their HE journey has many advantages in terms of increasing student preparedness, easing … Continue reading

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Understanding and improving the student experience: making a real difference in the new age of metrics

8 things I learnt about student engagement at the SEDA Conference, Leeds, May 2018 1. Metrics are an important element of TEF, but we also need qualitative evaluation alongside metrics mindedness. Rather than getting everyone looking into the same challenges, … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Retention and Engagement at UCA: The First Year Experience

This learning and teaching research project was initiated earlier this year with the aim of looking at the ways in which the institutional characteristics and disciplinary cultures within UCA affect retention and engagement among first year undergraduates The research, now … Continue reading

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