The development of community
in residential accommodation and
enhanced student engagement
and experience
Paul Yeates, Dean...
Students living in residence have a broader university
experience and a higher level of engagement
“Challenging and suppor...
Students living in residence have a broader university experience and a
higher level of engagement
Definition of community
 People in relationship connected
 in some kind of space (e.g. geographic locality, cyber
space,...
Reasons why community contributes to student
engagement and experience: Academic peer support
2.45
2.52
2.63
2.54
2.66
2.7...
Reasons why community contributes to student
engagement and experience: Interconnectedness
Reasons why community contributes to student
engagement and experience: Diversity
Reasons why community contributes to student
engagement and experience: Pastoral care in a new
home/family
Reasons why community contributes to student
engagement and experience: Integration of staff
How to build community
•Social entropy
•The reasons students come
•The built environment
Challenges Strategies
How to build community
•Social entropy
•The reasons students come
•The built environment
•Do details well
•Events with div...
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Paul Yeates

  1. 1. The development of community in residential accommodation and enhanced student engagement and experience Paul Yeates, Dean of Students, RMC
  2. 2. Students living in residence have a broader university experience and a higher level of engagement “Challenging and supportive learning environments, and environments that support students’ participation in enriching experiences, play an important role in enhancing satisfaction and student outcomes.” ACER, 2008, p1.
  3. 3. Students living in residence have a broader university experience and a higher level of engagement
  4. 4. Definition of community  People in relationship connected  in some kind of space (e.g. geographic locality, cyber space, and social spaces),  with organizational structures (leadership, authority and rule-makers/implementers),  and a shared culture/identity.
  5. 5. Reasons why community contributes to student engagement and experience: Academic peer support 2.45 2.52 2.63 2.54 2.66 2.72 2.68 2.73 2.86 2.82 2.90 2.83 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3 2007 Sem 1 2007 Sem 2 2008 Sem 1 2008 Sem 2 2009 Sem 1 2009 Sem 2 2010 Sem 1 2010 Sem 2 2011 Sem 1 2011 Sem 2 2012 Sem 1 2012 Sem 2 MeanGPA RMC MQ Students Average GPA 2007-2012
  6. 6. Reasons why community contributes to student engagement and experience: Interconnectedness
  7. 7. Reasons why community contributes to student engagement and experience: Diversity
  8. 8. Reasons why community contributes to student engagement and experience: Pastoral care in a new home/family
  9. 9. Reasons why community contributes to student engagement and experience: Integration of staff
  10. 10. How to build community •Social entropy •The reasons students come •The built environment Challenges Strategies
  11. 11. How to build community •Social entropy •The reasons students come •The built environment •Do details well •Events with diversity •Use of food with imagination •Create an academic community •Leaders and staff Challenges Strategies
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