Category Archives: Student Engagement

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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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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Listening Post @ UCA Gateway

Rosie Holmes- Learning Support Coordinator, shares her summary about initiating the Listening Post project.  Image: Anthony Browne (1977) A Walk In The Park UCA is currently piloting a new pastoral service for students called ‘Listening Post’ at Farnham, Epsom and … 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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Tutoring and Retention – Lynda Fitzwater and Katie Allder

_ Lynda Fitzwater and Katie Allder, senior lecturers on Fashion Promotion and Imaging at UCA, share the findings of their research into the relationships between tutoring and retention. What is the relationship between approaches to tutoring and retention? In 2017, … Continue reading

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Retention strategies that work

Student retention is a growing issue that affects us all. But what can we do about it? Since 2008, the Higher Education Academy has been undertaking research into effective strategies for student retention and success. The first phase of their … Continue reading

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How can induction tutoring help with retention?

Report authors Lynda Fitzwater (Senior Lecturer, Fashion Promotion and Imaging) Katie Allder (Senior Lecturer, Fashion Promotion and Imaging) Executive summary This qualitatively-researched cross-campus UCA report highlights course leaders’ views on level 4 tutoring practices and retention. Email and phone interviews … Continue reading

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Practical approaches to inclusive learning and teaching – Claire Scott

_ Claire Scott, Learning Support Coordinator at UCA Canterbury, discusses several projects she is involved with that aim to create a more inclusive learning environment for students at UCA.  

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