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Creative Education professional development opportunities at UCA 2019

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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HEA successes for UCA staff

  As some of you may be aware, UCA has its own HEA-accredited Professional Recognition scheme.  This enables UCA staff to achieve professional recognition either through an academic route of study via the PGCert or MA Creative Arts Education courses, … Continue reading

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Day in the life of…Learning Support Co-ordinator

It’s a chilly but bright Friday morning in October. Since starting our newly-created roles as ‘Learning Support Coordinators’ here at Farnham, my small team and I have been busy getting our teeth stuck into all manner of projects with our … Continue reading

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BME students’ experiences of UCA teaching and learning

A Learning and Teaching project, which engaged student co-researchers in capturing student experience for BME students across campuses, has recently produced its findings and recommendations. These are to be considered over the coming months with a view to developing inclusive … Continue reading

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