Personal Tutoring

The next Personal Tutoring Staff Development Workshop will be held on Wednesday 24th April.

To attend please book via the CLT Professional Development Series web space.

Or for more information or to book a bespoke workshop for your department please contact Dawne belld@edgehill.ac.uk or email CLT@edheill.ac.uk for more details.

New Year, New UniSkills!

With what feels like never-ending dark mornings and a long stretch ahead to Easter, Library and Learning Services understand that for some students bouncing back after the Christmas break is easier said than done!

While we hope students found space to relax and recharge for all-important semester 2, we know for some students the reality would have been more mark schemes and revision than mince pies for Rudolph….

To help students switch that study-mode back on and get their critical-thinking cogs turning again w/c 21st January Library and Learning Services, in collaboration with the Student Wellbeing team in Student Services, ran a week-long event jam-packed with informative and inspiring workshops:

Get to grips with mark scheme tips
This session was designed to demystify some common academic language found across marking criteria.

Building your resilience toolbox
This workshop was an introduction to mindfulness, helping students build resilience and learn more about how to cope with life at university.

How to be keen in 2019
This session encouraged students to ‘Jumpstart their January’ with motivating tips and techniques!

Introduction to Mindfulness
For this session we provided a calm, safe space for a spot of mindfulness.

Learn to engage to start on the right page
From notetaking and utilising tutors’ office hours, to accessing reading lists, this workshop showed students how to make the most of their contact (and non-contact) hours and find a study strategy that works for them.

Students were also invited to join us, and our team of Student Advisors, every day from 10am-4pm in Catalyst for lots of complementary academic skills activities including:

  • Making customisable ‘study pledge’ bookmarks
  • Contributing to an interactive study spaces map
  • Inspirational DVDs and book displays
  • Opportunities to shape future workshops and toolkits

For more details about all things UniSkills throughout the academic year visit our webpages or contact the Student Engagement team at uniskills@edgehill.ac.uk

Working Lunch!

What happens?

At this time of year with placements looming and assessment deadlines on the horizon, not to mention 1st Teaching Posts to apply for, time is of the essence.

So to support students during this potentially difficult period of time, over in Design and Technology teaching spaces are booked over the lunch period, which provides not only a few hours per week of additional contact time, but helps to create and maintain a collegiate, industrious working atmosphere.

Staff stay around after the formal contact time and are on hand to offer additional support, which also at this frantic period in the students journey is very much appreciated by the students.

What are the benefits? 

This approach has proven to contribute positively to the students attendance, engagement, attainment, and also has had a positive impact on the students general feelings of well-being.

Working lunches have proven to be so popular where possible students have also been coming in early for ‘breakfast club’!

For more information about the benefits of this initiative on students well-being, engagement and attainment please contact:

David Wooff, Wooffd@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Overseas student exchanges

The incorporation of global dimensions within the programme through the successful development and promotion of overseas student exchanges

What happened?

Edge Hill’s Paramedic Department and Saimaa University, Finland share best practice, specifically around clinical simulation and practical assessments. Students exchange between the departments twice a year, sharing knowledge and experience of professional clinical practice. This venture was set up very quickly and has had a direct impact on students and the local community. Future work between the institutions will involve international peer critique of working practice and evidence-based care and online live stream critique of clinical simulations.

Edge Hill’s Paramedic team has also developed a link with the University of Johannesburg and will be sending students to South Africa for the first time in 2017 to partake in a multi-agency exercise. The department has thus demonstrated the ease of setting up international partnerships. Following the collaboration with Edge Hill, some students from Saimaa University have since gained employment with the North West Ambulance Service resulting in a directly positive impact on the local community. Students have benefitted through integration of new high tech simulation facilities at St James’ in Manchester that were purchased from Finland. Simulation set up, feedback and overall management have been replicated from best working practice in Finland, further preparing students for clinical practice.

A new 3D immersive simulation suite is being installed at St James’ following a review of its impact on student learning in Finland.

An overnight scenario and team building exercise has been incorporated into the first year of the programme following work with the University of Johannesburg. Further to this, a student exchange is being developed enabling Edge Hill students the opportunity to partake in a multi-disciplinary exercise in South Africa commencing September 2017.

An increased knowledge base, and dissemination of international paramedic evidence-based practice has been embedded within the curriculum.

For more information please contact Andrew Kirk,

Kirka@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice].

Enrichment opportunities

The student-led Midwifery Society which is supported by the Department to enrich the student learning experience

What happens?

The Midwifery Society creates a recognised forum to develop an EHU community for student midwives. A Society with elected committee members promotes communication among peers and enhances a collegiate approach to sharing knowledge. In addition, a recognised forum raises the profile of the University through a series of study events and conferences at reduced/ minimal costs.

Attendance at study events/ conferences organised by the Midwifery Society has encouraged members of the Society to participate in evidence-based learning and networking opportunities. This year, the Society has organised two study events attracting national speakers at significantly reduced costs for members. Additionally, the Society has facilitated the second annual ‘mentor in practice awards’. This positive event strengthens the department’s relationship with practice placement providers.

This year, the President of the Society was a finalist for the national Student Midwife of the Year 2017 award from the Royal College of Midwives.

For further information please contact the President of the Midwifery Society by visiting:

https://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/groups/midwifery-society–5

https://en-gb.facebook.com/EHUMidwiferySociety/

https://twitter.com/EHUMidwifery

[SOURCE: MSc Midwifery].