Overview

26 Apr, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm27 Apr, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm
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About

In an ever-changing Higher Education context, taking time to research, discuss and develop student engagement is more crucial than ever to ensure student success. Ensuring students have an engaging experience in higher education is critically measured through government-led metrics, as well as the promoting of business models which prioritise both expansion and retention. By working with, listening to, and researching students’ engagements in our institutions, Universities and Colleges are making strategic interventions and spending millions on ensuring student success.

There has already been great momentum in Student Voice, Student-Staff Partnership, Extra-Curricular Activities and Data Analytics, all of which promise great potential for developing student outcomes including satisfaction, retention, and employability and marks a positive change. However there is still a great need to reflect on challenges, argue against simplifying ‘the student experience’, and ensure the higher education we are developing is accessible to our diverse student bodies

The Supporting Effective Student Engagement Agendas in Higher Education training provides vital resources and tools for Higher Education professionals who are interested in exploring and implementing  student engagement initiatives to come together and establish best-practice approaches. By critically reflecting on student engagement practice or initiatives, you can strengthen your practice by recognising issues, consciously seeking to create solutions and overcoming potential barriers and tensions.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To provide delegates with a definition of student engagement in contemporary higher education at their home institutions.
  • Receive an overview of current debates and practice in student engagement, voice and partnership in higher education.
  • Develop a project plan to develop student engagement at delegates’ home institutions.
  • Receive focused recommendations for overcoming challenge and barriers to student engagement in higher education.
  • Gain access to scholarship, networks and further resources to enable student engagement practice to succeed.

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
Day 1 Overview

On Day 1, the training will give delegates the ability to navigate the key debates and definitions in student engagement, as well as giving an overview of key practice.

9:00 am
Logging on and Accessing the Platform

This training will run entirely via Zoom. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates in advance.

9:30 am
Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to our expert, have their concerns heard, and leave the day equipped to improve student engagement agendas at delegates home institutions.

Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
10:00 am
Session 1: Introduction To Student Engagement In Higher Education

This session includes:

  • An interactive activity relating to definition student engagement in different settings
  • Discussion of key definitions and map to equip delegates for success at their home institution
  • Overview of contemporary agendas leading towards a focus upon student engagement
Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
11:15 am
Comfort Break
11:30 am
Session 2: Strategically Developing Your Student Engagement Practice

This session includes:

  • An activity relating to projects and priorities in student engagement at delegates home institutions
  • An overview of key student engagement practices, including student voice, retention, measures, transition, partnership, peer support and surveys etc.
  • Training on project planning student engagement developments at delegates home institutions, including task set for the next day
Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lead Trainer's Close Day 1
Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
Day 2 Overview

On Day 2, the training will explore a selection of critical pieces on key challenges and debates in student engagement in higher education. Topics such as diversity, accessibility, representativeness, evidencing impact, data analytics, the campus estate, and the impact of COVID-19 will be discussed to provide lessons learned and knowledge from the field, to make our practice with students more considered and robust for the challenges ahead in the post-pandemic University. With a forward-thinking approach, the facilitator will enable delegates to plan for the months ahead and future success of their projects.

9:00 am
Logging on and Accessing the Platform

This training will run entirely via Zoom. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates in advance.

9:30 am
Reflections on Day 1

Delegates will be invited to share reflections from the first day and ask for areas they wish to have covered in Day 2.

Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
9:45 am
Session 3: Critically Reflecting On Student Engagements To Support Success

This session includes:

  • Activity: Discussion of the challenges faced at home institutions relating to student engagement

The lead trainer will then cover several areas of challenge and development to improve student engagement and success at delegates’ home institutions. Each development area will be followed by a discussion based on delegates questions, challenges and projects. These will include:

  • Development Area 1: Diversity and accessibility to student engagement opportunities
  • Development Area 2: Power, representativeness and student voice
Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
11:15 am
Comfort Break
11:30 am
Session 4: Critically Reflecting On Student Engagements To Support Success Continued
  • Development Area 3: Researching and Evaluating Student Engagement
  • Development Area 4: The future of student engagement & COVID-19
Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Session 5: Conclusions and Further Resources
  • In this closing session, delegates will be inviting to share key targets for their student engagement practice in the months ahead.
  • The speaker will signpost to further resources, journals and networks for delegates to continue their learning journey.
Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lead Trainer's Close Day 2
Tom Lowe
Tom Lowe
Head of Student Engagement & Employability
The University of Winchester
Confirmed

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