Dance Festive Gathering!!!

Dance Festive Gathering!!!

On Saturday the department held a wonderful event with mince pies and other festive refreshments in advance of the First Years first choreographic performance for their DAN1105 module, which included three group pieces made by the tutor and the students collaboratively.

This year mindful of induction and transitions, building on last years extremely successful ‘Festive Friday’ strategy the team took the opportunity to make a full piece about ‘Transitions’. The students and I went on a complete journey with the research and discussions surrounding the idea of the transitions we make in life, particularly from FE to HE. The piece was very well received by the audience and the marks for my group are particularly high for their process and performance. The work was also informed by the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which allowed for a narrative stimulus for the piece.

Next Steps:

The team believe that this work would be really good to perform at a Transitions/Recruitment event and could be adapted for a variety of spaces,  hence the team are exploring the potential of taking the performance to some of our local colleges, and also using the piece to work secondary schools, and also to further support recruitment during Subject Taster days. 

For more information please contact Debbie Norris Norrisdb@edgehill.ac.uk 

 

 

Supporting Transition through our bespoke Introduction to HE Study Skills Sessions:

What happens?

Between first week and reading week the students engage with work which extends that which they started pre-course and during First Week.  These sessions include input from Learning Services on accessing information and Assistive Technologies.  The course team (Programme Leader & Course Leader) deliver these sessions covering active reading techniques, how to get the most out of your lectures, Harvard referencing, and the assessment protocols and practices on the programme.

 

What is the likely impact?

Students comment that these sessions really help give them a grounding in some of the key skills they need to develop and as these sessions run simultaneously with their first module they utilise the skills in between taught sessions to get a feel for what works best for them.   The programme team is looking to build on this and develop a HE Study Skills module across both semesters in Year 1.

For more information please contact:  Gillian Pye,  pyeg@edgehill.ac.uk

 

 

Supporting Induction and Transitions: The Impact of Festive Friday!

Festive Friday

What happened?

Staff host a festive gathering for all of the 1st Year BA Hons Dance Students, providing an opportunity to evaluate and reflect on the students first semester and the journey they have been on since leaving FE.

What is the impact?

The activity helped to bring the cohort together, it helped to build confidence and team work. It supported cohort identity and has increased motivation within our  students who were very eager to come back for semester 2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future plans include similar events to support transition over the summer months so when we have the outcomes of that we’ll let you know!

For more information about this strategy please contact: Debbie Deborah Norris, Lecturer in Dance

Norrisdb@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