Student support initiative in the Medical School

by Dr. Peter Leadbetter.

With the FY for Medicine we have incorporated a new student support system (and have written an SOP) to support students.  

We also have provided links to key student support services offered by the University (for examples please get in touch)

Given that staff only have 3 FY students as personal-tutees (well for this course anyway) we have a system where PAT’s (Personal Academic Tutors) contact their students directly each week to see if they are managing academically and personally. This is then mapped to course attendance/engagement reports that course leads (me) download each week related to slides/resources/collaborate. If students have not been engaging contact is made and support offered (this may also include lodging a formal “cause for concern” form). 

With the FY students all previously timetabled sessions have been delivered online to date and online delivery is until early June. Although the format varies for each session, it is typically a flipped classroom approach where slides/resources are put on Blackboard prior to the session. Students go through these prior to meeting for an hour via collaborate (for each 3 hour session) to discuss content, issues and ask questions.

For more information or accompanying documentation please contact Dr Peter Leadbetter or Jayne Garner.

Supporting students in AHSC

In this case study Hazel Flight, AHSC within the FOHSC explains how they are working to ensure effective student communications.

“We are using collaborate, not just to teach, but to have catch ups.  I have a weekly catch up with each year group. This is optional for the students to attend, and give me the opportunity to check on how they are doing. Importantly it is not a teaching session, but a time when they can see each other, virtually, and ask any questions or raise any concerns”.

She continues: “As from this week I will be holding these monthly throughout the summer, for all three year groups”.

In addition “Most of us have also set up microsoft teams and so students can have the option of meeting up on line, a phone call or email contact”.  

For more information please contact Hazel: Flighth@edgehill.ac.uk

Personal Tutoring Online

Enhanced guidance to support colleagues in tutoring online will be available during the University Learning and Teaching Day. However in advance, and in addition to the existing Staff and Student Guides, University guidance and training resources and materials, you may find these link helpful:

Effective Personal Tutoring in HE is a comprehensive text that explores the core values, skills and a curriculum of Personal Tutoring, as well as providing a Personal Tutor Self Assessment system (at both individual and institutional level: https://www.criticalpublishing.com/effective-personal-tutoring-in-higher-education

An online assessment tool to accompany the text can be accessed here: https://andrewstork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Institutional-SAS.pdf

Also, for further support please view UKAT’s Professional Framework that focus on personal tutoring but are applicable to wider student support.

#LTHEchat Resources

#LTHEchat: Links to other resources created and collated during our special week long chat are here:

Please access the SEDA Google document for access to all centrally posted links and resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/192oI8w5GfsV7gSHa3uDrTH9EQy9c4L1VTW7pYliexkU/edit#

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.