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Transition in: Level 4 strategies to keep students ‘on board’

As the new term begins and we start to build in activities to transition our new students into UCA courses, we thought you might find it useful to see what other programmes at UCA have done to keep Level 4 … Continue reading

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Building student engagement and belonging through personal development tutoring

The university has recently introduced a new personal development policy across all UCA courses, but why have we introduced this, what does this mean for the student experience and how are we going to implement this? Why have we introduced … Continue reading

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“It is not about the mark, but the feedback experience you get”

There are often varied interpretations and understandings, held by students and academics, on what is feedback, how feedback is defined (ie difference between formative and summative) and how this can inform learning.  From the student perspective, most complaints focus on … Continue reading

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Second year blues: transitioning beyond the second year

With the increasing focus on retention and student success being placed on universities, the process of transition into higher education and the first year experience have been subject to extensive research. Based on that research, most institutions have developed a … Continue reading

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Student as consultant?

In 2014/15, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) developed a ‘Framework for partnership in learning and teaching in higher education’ as a way to bring focus to discussions about student engagement and the concept of partnership. In the framework: ‘…partnership is … Continue reading

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Quick wins in your teaching to better support international students?

As our international student community begins to grow at UCA, we may find ourselves reflecting on our teaching approaches to better support learners with English as an additional language. UCA’s Learning Development Tutors have spoken to a number of teaching … Continue reading

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Inclusive fashion curriculum

We are delighted to have our first guest post from Professor Victoria Kelley, UCA’s Director of Research and Education.  Here, Victoria reflects on a recent seminar she attended on decolonising the fashion curriculum.  The speaker, Dr Elizabeth Kutesko discussed decolonising … Continue reading

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