Supporting Transition via our Getting Started Pages:

What happens?

Students have access to our Getting Started in HE booklet which introduces them to the likely ways of studying at university.  They complete this before they arrive at First Week.  During First Week we revisit some of the ideas and get them used to working together.

What is the likely impact?

Students feel more prepared for what they will be engaging with.  They cite feeling able to mix well and make friends in the First Week through these activities.  They cite feeling more settled from the start in the approach to their academic study.

For more information please contact: Gillian Pye,  pyeg@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].

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].

Supporting retention with ‘Transition Days’

Student ‘Transition Days’ at critical junctions within the programme which make effective use of contributions from Graduate Teaching Assistants

What happens?

The transition days generally evaluate well, however informal feedback from students has been extremely positive regarding the sessions delivered by the GTAs. They find the GTA role itself ‘aspirational’. They also refer to the fact that the GTAs are ‘more on their level’, and are very interested in how research can be an employment route. This has resulted in a number of our own students applying for GTA positions, one of whom was successful.

What is the likely impact?

AHSC have delivered transition days for a number of years prior to students’ return for the next academic level. For the last couple of years we have included GTAs to talk of their research interests and current roles in regard to potential employability routes that had not been considered by the undergraduate students.

 

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

For more information please contact: Peter Leadbetter, leadbetp@edgehill.ac.uk

 

[SOURCE: MSci (Hons) Nutrition – Stage 2].

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].