Developing an academic community

Miller, Kirsty, Wilson, Garry and Ascott, Katie (2015) Developing an academic community. In: RAISE - Researching, advancing and student engagement, 10 - 11 September 2015, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

Creating a community within a school is a critical first step in enhancing student engagement.
At RAISE 2014, a number of talks raised the importance of Student Belonging (Giove et al., Yorke), this is a means of broadening engagement from already engaged students to the wider academic community. This workshop will focus on building communities through; Shared Experience, Partnership and Communication.

In the School of Psychology research forms over 25% of the syllabus, forming a core of shared experience for both students and staff. Students conduct research for assessments, and engage in research as participants. Research assessments feed into the Psychology Student Conference, a whole school event involving all years, staff and external visitors, which forms both an assessment event and an opportunity for the whole school to showcase their activities.
This philosophy of community extends to all areas within Psychology, student partnership is embraced within Subject committee and key changes driven by joint student staff working groups. Academic support is provided by both students and staff through Peer support and the Psychology Personal tutorial programme.
Multiple lines of communication exist via the tutorial programme, student reps, informal meetings with Head of School and Programme Leads, and suggestion boxes, both actual and virtual. This allows students voices to be both heard and acted upon.

This workshop will provide a variety of ideas that you can consider, try out and possibly develop for your own practice.
Delegates will break into groups to share good practice and to consider
1. How to increase lines of communication with your students, ensuring you close the feedback loop.
2. Student partnership – how change encourages student ownership.
3. Within Psychology, research forms the shared practice for both students and staff, what possible experiences can/do you share with students in your area?

Keywords:Student Engagement, Community
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:26805
Deposited On:31 Mar 2017 14:12

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