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Flying into the Library - Walsh, Reynolds


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Flying into the Library - Walsh, Reynolds

  1. 1. Flying into the library Dr Cheryl Reynolds Andrew Walsh @cherylren @PlayBrarian University of Huddersfield
  2. 2. • Doing more to close persistent retention and achievement gaps • Intervention for success As teacher and project manager...
  3. 3. Flying Start To promote early engagement and sense of belonging to the University and your course. Winner: University of Huddersfield Project: The flying start initiative Winner 2018: Social Justice Prize
  4. 4. • Vision • Creativity • Diverse expertise • Autonomy • Tenacity • Humour • Power • Brand • Money Liberating the talent we already have...
  5. 5. • Pro Vice Chancellor • Project team • Curriculum teams • Students Union • Careers • Timetabling • Support services • Library Liberating the talent we already have...
  6. 6. When we only name the problem, when we state complaint without a constructive focus or resolution, we take hope away. In this way critique can become merely an expression of profound cynicism, which then works to sustain dominator culture. (hooks, 2003, p.xiv)
  7. 7. Vision A new introduction to Higher Education for 900 students on 8 courses last year, increasing to 34 courses this year. To: • Stimulate excitement about the subject • Develop an academic community • Encourage students to work with new people • Develop habits of intensive, full-time study
  8. 8. Coping with 34 courses… … with a handful of librarians Image: “Herding Cats”, public domain image from
  9. 9. Ask a librarian... Groundhog day
  10. 10. Challenge cards Hud Cards & selfies: Orientation and bonding
  11. 11. Zines
  12. 12. Build / Draw the library
  13. 13. ActionBound
  14. 14. Activity based Subject specific Current & purposeful With staff and peer interaction Promoting belonging Campus & town orienteering Career related 2 weeks 9-5 Rules and regs Generic skills From staff you will never see again Easy Low priority Part time Flying Start Student Survey
  15. 15. Significantly more positive responses to questions about relationships Significantly increased engagement, self confidence and belongingness especially amongst male students Flying Start Student Survey Skip to end…
  16. 16. Dr Cheryl Reynolds @cherylren 01484 478288 Andrew Walsh @PlayBrarian Questions?