Placement support app

What happens?

This app, which will be piloted from September 2017, is proposed to provide support and useful information to 3rd year students whilst on placement. It will enable them to have instant access to and understand issues such as safeguarding and conflict resolution. Practical details such as travel information will also be included.

What is the likely impact?

Students will have valuable information at their fingertips, enabling them to feel more confident in the placement area.

The new placement support app which has been developed in collaboration with the Computer Science department.

Following this pilot a professional staff development workshop will be scheduled, please see the CLT website to book your place and for immediate further information please contact:

Hayley McKenzie,mckenzih@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Global Public Health – Stage 2].

Enterprise Awards

The nomination of students for Enterprise Awards

What happened?

Students have learned a number of transferable skills through the development of new business innovations such as networking, communication with external bodies, budgeting, costing and producing a business plan. It gives the students an opportunity to be creative within an otherwise very scientific subject area.

What is the impact?

This has impacted directly on the students’ confidence to present and pitch a unique product which is related to the subject area they are studying. It also enhances communication skills, professionalism, resourcefulness and team working.

 

For more information please contact:

Hazel Flight

flighth@edgehill.ac.uk

John Mercer

mercerj@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: MSci (Hons) Nutrition – Stage 1].

Students become research assistants!

Providing opportunities to encourage students to become research assistants

What happens?

It is more typical for students to be taught the theory of research, rather than taking part in the actual live research process. Students are given the opportunity and encouraged to take part in actual research activities led by lecturers on the programme. This will enable them to transfer skills such as team work, time management, research data collection skills and communication skills.

What is the impact?

This directly impacts on students by developing their ability to acknowledge the relevance of the taught theory elements within the programme. It will also highlight the importance of current research alongside developing and enhancing their understanding of the research process and their practical primary research data collection skills.

For more information please contact: Claire Blennerhassett, Claire.blennerhassett@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: MSci (Hons) Nutrition – Stage 1].

Supporting students on work placement

The Department’s implementation of the academic post of Practice Education Lecturer to support the management of placements and the student experience

What happens?

This provides a physical FoHSC academic presence in the work-based learning area that facilitates open communication between placement, student and programme team. This enables effective and timely potential for problem solving/ information sharing on behalf of the student or the area itself. The quality role ensures that potential placement areas are suitable for individual students and can assist in ‘matching’ of placements to individual programmes. An auditing process ensures that we are at present providing high-quality placements focusing on the safety of our students. New placements have been identified, and more information regarding placement student capacity has been confirmed.

What is the impact?

Students have already fed back that they feel supported by the presence of the PEL. Open communication is enhanced. Expectations of the aims of the placement experience have been clearer. Academic member of staff ensures that any minor/ major academic issues impacting on students’ progression are addressed in a timely manner. This results in a better quality of work-based learning opportunities.

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact: 

Carol Wilson

wilsonc@edgehill.ac.uk

Gemma Holloway

Gemma.Holloway@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing; MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing – Stage 2].

Supporting transitions

Activities to support transitions between levels 4-6, and into employment and further study

What happens?

Discrete sessions dedicated to student transitions that are personalised to reflect the cohort’s and individual students’ previous experiences and achievements as well as feeding forward towards the next level of studies.

This feature is fully transferable to any full-time undergraduate programme of studies.

What is the impact?

Positive impact on student academic achievement and personal well-being; positive impact on student retention; high levels of student satisfaction.

For more information please contact Tim Lucas, Lucast@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BA (Hons) Working and Teaching in the Early Years – Stage 2].

Compulsory Paediatric First Aid for all students

Research indicates that there is a statistically-significant relationship between average grades and students’ participation in enrichment activities. This is also supported by the current students’ positive feedback. Enrichment activities can be incorporated into any relevant full-time undergraduate programme of studies, and therefore are fully transferable.

What happens?

The inclusion of compulsory Paediatric First Aid for all students. Early Years Education is the only Department on campus to deliver this training through Millie’s Trust. Other programmes where students are likely to work with children in this age group may benefit from this practice.

What is the likely impact?

Increased employability opportunities; high levels of student satisfaction. Enhances student employability by ensuring that they enter the workplace with the first aid skills required to work safely with children in the 0-7 age group.

 

For more information about the impact of this strategy please contact                            Karen Boardman, boardmac@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BA (Hons) Working and Teaching in the Early Years – Stage 2].

[SOURCE: BA (Hons) Working and Teaching in the Early Years – Stage 1].

Funded opportunities to enhance employability

The provision of funded additional qualifications, e.g. first aid and coaching qualifications, to enhance students’ employability

What happens?

Students on the Working with Children 5-11 programme will be offered funded opportunities to enhance their employability and to widen their knowledge of potential career pathways.

What is the likely impact?

This programme has recruited a group of approximately 25 full time and 5 part time students for the first cohort staring September 2017. We anticipate this strategy having an impact on students’ perception of the quality of their programme and on their employment outcomes.

For more information relating to the impact of this strategy please contact:                      Polly Thorpe, Thorpep@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BA (Hons) Working with Children 5-11].