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Student engagement



Slides for the presentation given by Victoria Passant, Student Engagement Officer, National Union of Students (NUS), at the National Law Students Forum 2011.

Slides for the presentation given by Victoria Passant, Student Engagement Officer, National Union of Students (NUS), at the National Law Students Forum 2011.



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  • The work on the NUS feedback amnesty goes had in had with Many thanks for giving us the opportunity to close this year’s AMSU Conference. Congratulations to Loughborough and the CoCo As Gemma has said we have been going through difficult times at NUS over the past two months as we’ve undertaken a re-structure which results in a net loss of 20 staff, and it’s been nice for the past few days to have been amongst friends and colleagues. I do believe we are through the worst but I’d like to say thank you to all of you who have sent supportive comments to us. You should know that every difficult decision we have made has been taken in order to significantly raise our game so we are adding real value to our members - students’ unions - and so we are all ultimately delivering for students. I will explain more about the re-structure shortly but for those of you who didn’t attend any of NUS’ strategic conversation events earlier in the year this presentation title may seem a little odd – so I’ll try and give you some context. For those of you who were at the strategic conversation events I promise not to go on about elephants any more after today. But first here is a picture of me wrestling an elephant.

Student engagement Student engagement Presentation Transcript

  • Victoria Passant Student Engagement Officer, NUS Student Engagement
  • The Student Engagement Project
    • Began in 2009 – jointly run between the HEA and NUS
    • The project was informed by the work of the cross-sector student engagement group and CHERI’s report of February 2009 into student engagement.
    • The project runs across three strands:
    • - course evaluation & feedback
    • - student representation
    • - curriculum design.
    • The first two strands of the project have been primarily the responsibility of NUS with curriculum design led by the Academy.
    • The outputs of the project have been:
    • A toolkit of resources to support institutions and students’ unions in reviewing and enhancing engagement activities;
    • A consultancy report into the academic case for engagement;
    • The improvement and extension of web materials;
    • Collation of case studies of effective engagement;
    • Two conferences in November 2010.
  • The Toolkit
    • Contains three main tools:
    • Students as Change Agents card-sort exercise
    • Self-reflection task
    • Course rep benchmarking tool
    • What does student engagement mean?
    • "Student engagement is about how students are actively involved in their academic activities”
    • “ student engagement is how students are actively involved in shaping their academic experience”
    • Goal:
    • “ shared ownership of the learning process, better-informed decisions and an improved learning experience for students.
    • What does it mean for you?
    • Effective course representation
    • Curriculum design
    • Student feedback
    • Partnership!
  • Card-sort exercise
    • Working in groups shuffle the cards
    • Discuss which heading you think each card should be placed.
    • Most important aspect of this activity is to discuss your views and come to an agreement about where each statement is best placed.
  • Course Representation
    • Student representatives are vital to effective liaison between staff, departments and other students as well as with the Students' Union, particularly over course-related issues and therefore vital to effective student engagement!
    • Reps provide unlimited feedback on the experiences of students as well as act as powerful tools in promoting and securing institutional change in the student experience, and embedding the learner voice at the heart of the student experience.
  • Course Representation
    • To ensure the best for your students make sure that you:
    • Gather as much feedback from students on your course as you can
    • Close the feedback loop
    • Make yourself known
    • Use all available resources for your argument – NSS
    • Compare practices on the best and worst courses
  • Further information
    • Download the toolkit: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/highereducation/student-engagement-hub/
    • Additional support on NUS Connect ( www.nusconnect.org.uk )
    • [email_address] – Student Engagement Officer.