Enriching the student experience

Including students in professional networks, conferences and field trips

What happened?

Students are provided with the opportunity to engage in networking with a diverse group of nutrition and food professionals. It enables them to link the taught theory with practical applications in academia and industry. It helps them recognise the relevance of their learning on their future careers. Transferable skills include the ability to develop professional communication skills and maintaining up-to-date knowledge within the subject area.

What is the likely impact?

The students are enabled to see the scope and diversity of their subject. It also allows them to acknowledge that there are career opportunities within their particular areas of interest. Conferences and field trips also contribute towards helping them relate the theory learned to practice or real world settings.

For more information please contact:

Genevieve Stone

stoneg@edgehill.ac.uk

Kathleen Mooney

mooneyka@edgehill.ac.uk

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

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].

Getting Started student support package

The development of the ‘Getting Started’ pre-entry support package for students

What happens?

The Getting Started support package is designed to offer students a seamless transition and a preview into the process of learning at Edge Hill and specifically on their chosen programmes. This is beyond simply pre-course reading, engaging students in becoming familiar with potential sources that will underpin their learning in level 4 and beyond.

What is the likely impact?

Students who have chosen EHU as their Higher Education provider are brought into the learning community before they have even enrolled on campus. The student is embraced and supported to recognise potential key sources, to be exposed to potential learning materials, and to feel they have made inroads into their learning by the time they arrive on campus for their induction week.

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

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

‘Transition Days’

The format and content of ‘Transition Days’ at Levels 4 to 5, and 5 to 6

What happens?

The transition days offer students the opportunity to attend sessions, outside of semester one and two, to learn and be informed about the transition they will be making, academically and also personally, between either levels 4-5 or 5-6 in their student journey.

All undergraduate students will face these transitions, which include the jump in academic expectation, personal demands, the need for resilience and their destination planning; as such, it is felt that the transition days could be an integral part of all programmes across the University.

What is the likely impact?

Students are able to see their own journey, to assess their current skills base, and to consider where they might need help and support in moving to the next stage of their academic journey. The sessions are very practical and are designed to offer students the ability to start planning ahead for the next academic year.

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

For more information please contact Hazel Flight, flighth@edgehill.ac.uk  or Peter Leadbetter

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

Personal Development Planning (PDP) ‘Steps to Success’

The approach to Personal Development Planning (PDP) via the ‘Steps to Success’ model

What happens?

This model offers a theoretical representation of the PDP when aligned to the University’s employability themes, and the development of the student in relation to their research knowledge and capacity. The PDP is designed to align to the student journey and has been embedded across levels 4, 5 and 6.  Given the embedded nature of this model, there is therefore potential for other settings to transfer this same model into their own curriculum.

 

What is the likely impact?

Students have been able to visualise the PDP and recognise its value in their development. The students have been completing the PDP as a natural part of their student journey and as such, the PDP has become integral to their development.

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

For more information please contact:

Hayley McKenzie, mckenzih@edgehill.ac.uk

Laura Ashton, ashtonl@edgehill.ac.uk

Shelly Haslam, haslamsh@edgehill.ac.uk

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