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, [email protected]

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

Students as Digital Leaders

The selection of students as ‘Digital Leaders’ (DL) to support staff and other students in using digital learning technologies

What happens?

Students apply for a DL role and go through a selection procedure which includes a presentation. They work with the Department’s TEL Lead with the intention of supporting tutors’ use of TEL and being advocates for the use of TEL in schools with students on ITE programmes and the Department’s HEFCE programmes which all have a focus on children, education and communities.

The Departmental TEL Lead has been appointed as a Solstice Fellow and so we would anticipate that this practice would be presented to a wider audience. The Department’s first DLs were appointed in semester 2 of 2016/17. They have supported the TEL Lead in working with the sub-teams within the Department, have established an online presence with the ITE students through social media and have attended and worked on a national TEL conference (BETT)

What is the impact?

We expect that the DLs will have an increasing impact on the use of TEL in the Department’s teaching and on students’ confidence in using TEL to support children, their families and their communities.

For more information please contact Sarah Wright, [email protected]

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

Alternative assessment

The Department proposes to collaborate with the Department of Computer Science to explore the potential use of the CAVE resource for developing virtual field trips to 3D landscapes, simulating natural and environmental hazard scenarios etc., to support and enhance students’ experience of fieldwork and hazard management.

What is the likely impact?

Such virtual fieldtrips would allow students to begin to explore a field setting in preparation for residential fieldwork, and to develop research questions for project work in advance of the fieldwork. This would provide an experience of field locations which may be inaccessible for some disabled students. For hazard management, it may allow for different hazard scenarios to be simulated and for students to interact directly with the situation as part of their learning of risk and hazard/ disaster management. Such an approach would enhance interactive learning between students.

The Team’s collaboration with the Computer Science Department to utilise the C.A.V.E resource, particularly in relation to alternative assessment arrangements for disabled students

For more information please contact:

Dr Nigel Richardson, [email protected]

Dr Irene Delgado-Fernandez, [email protected]

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Geoenvironmental Hazards – Stage 2].

Developing a Work Placement Module

Work Placement Module

The Work Placement Module was allied to relevant employment areas and also often utilised to provide questions for dissertation work with results reported to site if appropriate.

What was the impact?

Enthused by experience of seeing subject skills in work context. If dissertation evolves from placement, there is satisfaction in addressing an employer’s question.

Placements have led directly to employment.

For more information please contact:

Professor Paul Ashton, [email protected]

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Food Science & BSc (Hons) Plant Science – Stage 1].

Engaging students in authentic programme development

Engaging students in programme development

This project involved detailed and thorough consultation with current and prospective students in line with Competition and Markets Authority guidance.

The change of programme and award title to Creative Performance was identified as beneficial for students through a particularly rigourous process of consultation.

What happened?

We conducted an internal survey with over 100 students, using Survey Monkey, which revealed a number of strong options, including Creative Performance. We  then consulted with three of our close feeder colleges, speaking directly with groups of Performing Arts students about their preferences and understandings of various degree title, whereupon it emerged that Creative Performance was the clear favourite and the most broadly attractive. This approach would clearly be applicable to most other disciplines and settings.

What is the impact?

The impact it will have on students is twofold. First, it will simply reduce confusion and mistaken expectations resulting from an inappropriate degree title. Prospective candidates now have a clearer idea of what the degree entails as soon as the see the title, rather than needing to read the ‘small print’. Ultimately, we believe this will improve recruitment but even more significantly will improve retention, as we are more likely to attract the ‘right’ students for the degree.

Secondly, we believe it is a more distinctive and therefore more advantageous degree title for graduates, denoting an advanced programme of study as opposed to ‘Performing Arts’ which (according to our market research) sounds like a BTEC-level qualification.

For more information please contact: Barnaby King [email protected]

[SOURCE: Major modification of BA (Hons) Performing Arts, 24th October 2016]