Disabled students in your class: Your Responsibilities

Description

Have you joined UoB before 2015?  If you have you may not be aware of the changes in disability legislation in 2010 and significant changes to the Disabled Students Allowance which has significant implications for all staff and, therefore, you need to attend this interactive workshop.  This session particularly focuses on the impact on academic colleagues, involving case studies and sharing of good practice.

Presenter

Fiona Valentine (Head of Disability services)

Date, time, and location

October 26th, 3.00-4.00pm, Room D1-042

February 1st, 2.30-3.30pm, Room D1-042

March 22nd, 2.30-3.30pm, Room D1-042

How to book

To book, please email Dan Papworth dap2@bolton.ac.uk

Disclosure: Your Responsibilities if a Student Declares a Disability to You

Description

Are you aware of your legal duty if a student discloses a disability to you as a member of staff?  This short workshop will ensure all staff know what their responsibilities are and will ensure the University is complying with the legislation.

Presenter

Fiona Valentine (Head of Disability services)

Date, time, and location

October 5th, 4.30-5.00pm, Room D1-036

How to book

To book, please email Dan Papworth dap2@bolton.ac.uk

Early Intervention and Transitional Support - The Bolton Experience

Description  

This session is for all new staff members (induction).

The session provides an overview of our approach to the student experience at the University of Bolton. It covers the profile of our students as well as local, national and international trends in approaches to the student experience.  The session will include discussions about belonging and retention and introduce transition pedagogy as a framework for supporting students through their HE journey.  Finally, the session will touch upon various student experience interventions which have been designed to improve the way in which we work with students to enhance their time as a Bolton student.  By the end of the session participants will: (1) have a good understanding of the principles underpinning our approach to the student experience at the University of Bolton, (2) have knowledge of national and international trends in approaches to the student experience and student transition, (3) understand the role of belonging and transition in the student experience and in improving retention and (5) have knowledge of the various interventions which currently support student transition, retention and experience at the University of Bolton.

Presenter

Dr. Emily McIntosh (Associate Director - Student Life) 

Date, time and location

May 31st, 3.00-4.00pm, Room D1-036

How to book

Booking link - Cancelled

GRIT: Helping Students to Develop GRIT

Description

This session is for enhanced personal tutors.

The workshop will explore the impact and possible applications of cultivating grit amongst undergraduate students.  Although resilience and grit both have a strong connection to transition, they are principally associated with the development of wellbeing.  The workshop will also focus on how participants can provide the support required to help cultivate grit to help students to continue, and become successful, on their chosen program.  The research undertaken for this workshop focuses on understanding student learning strategies and the reasons why “gritty” and resilient students successfully respond and adjust to life at university.  During a research project at the University of Bolton, levels of grit and resilience were measured and the data collected was complemented by follow-up interviews conducted to find out how students developed learning and coping strategies over the course of their degree program. The workshop will also focus on how specific interventions have been designed and developed for first year students, applying the learning from this study in order to support new students to better develop grit and resilience.  By the end of the session participants will: (1) understand the concepts of grit, how it differs from resilience, and how cultivating grit can support student transition and retention, (2) have knowledge of the ways in which their role can support the cultivation of grit amongst students, (3) understand how specific interventions have been designed to improve grit amongst students studying at the University of Bolton.

Presenters

Dr. Emily McIntosh (Associate Director - Student Life) 

Chathurika Kannangara (Student)


Date, time and location

March 15th, 1.00-2.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)


How to book

Booking link

Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR)

Description

The workshop will inform participants about the background, purpose, content and benefits of the HEAR, including the added value it can bring to the wider student experience.  The workshop will also report on the University's progress with implementing the HEAR.

There will be opportunities for participants to raise questions and comments and consequently to help shape the introduction of the HEAR at the University.

Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the event participants will have some familiarity with the HEAR's:

  1. rationale
  2. benefits
  3. format
  4. protocols
  5. content
  6. data collection & verification requirements
  7. fit with & impact on current University systems & practices.

Presenter

Dr. Paul Birkett, Senior Policy and Practice Advisor (Quality Assurance)

Date, time, location abd booking link 

December 7th, 4.00-5.00pm, Room D1-042, Booking link

May 10th, 1.00-2.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library), Cancelled

 

LEAP, the Bolton Learning Development Framework

Description

This session is for enhanced personal tutors.

LEAP (Learning Excellence Achievement Pathway) is the new integrated Learning Development Programme for students at the University of Bolton.  LEAP comprises several elements, including LEAP Online our new online learning development programme (formerly BISSTO) and as LEAP Academic face-to-face learning development tutorials.  This session introduces the LEAP Framework which underpins all learning development activity in the LEAP Programme.  The workshop will also include information about the different elements of the LEAP programme and how students can get involved.  By the end of the session participants will (1) understand the LEAP programme and the different dimensions of the LEAP framework, (2) have knowledge of the different opportunities available to students, both face-to-face and online and (3) have an understanding of how to promote LEAP opportunities to students studying at all levels. 

Presenters

Dr. Emily McIntosh (Associate Director - Student Life)  

Mary Barden (Specialist Librarian)

Date, time and location

December 7th, 2.00-3.00pm, Room D1-036

How to book

Booking link

National Student Survey (NSS) and University Satisfaction Survey (UPSS)

Description 

The NSS and UPSS are yearly surveys for undergraduate students.  The NSS is for final year undergraduate students and the UPSS is for all undergraduate students who are not eligible for the NSS. This briefing is for Programme Leaders of undergraduate programmes and any other staff who may be involved in briefing students.  The briefing covers:

  1. the importance of the surveys
  2. the survey contents
  3. how students access the surveys
  4. the role of the Programme Leader in promoting the surveys and how to promote the surveys
  5. assistance available centrally from the University
  6. how to interpret the statistical reports.

Presenters

Dr. Marie Norman (Head of Learning Enhancement and Student Experience) 

Jesica Roscoe (Administrative Officer Student Data Management)

Date, time and location

January 25th, 1.00-2.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Personal Tutoring: Using Transition Pedagogy

Description 

Personal tutoring is integral to student transition.  This session will focus on the role of the personal tutor, and the enhanced personal tutor, and introduce the concept of transition pedagogy as a framework for supporting students.  The session will provide a forum for discussion about personal tutoring and also includes an update on recent national and international research on approaches to personal tutoring and transition.  By the end of the session participants will (1) understand the role of the personal and the enhanced personal tutor in supporting student transition and learning development, (2) understand recent trends in national and international research and approaches to personal tutoring and (3) be able to apply these principles to their own role in supporting students at all levels.

Presenter

Dr. Emily McIntosh (Associate Director - Student Life)

Date, time, location and booking link

November 9th, 3.30-4.30pm, Room D2-016, Booking link

December 7th, 3.30-4.30pm, Room D1-036, Booking link

February 15th, 3.30-4.30pm, D2-020, Booking link

 

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

Description

The PRES is a survey for postgraduate research students and is held every two years. This briefing is for reseach supervisors and any other staff who may be involved in briefing students.  The briefing covers:

  1. the importance of the survey
  2. the survey contents
  3. how students access the survey
  4. the role of the research supervisor in promoting the survey 
  5. assistance available centrally from the University
  6. how to interpret the statistical reports.

Presenters

Dr. Marie Norman (Head of Learning Enhancement and Student Experience) 

Jesica Roscoe (Administrative Officer Student Data Management)

Date, time and location

Februrary 22nd, 1.45-2.15pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

Description

The  PTES is a survey for postgraduate taught students and is held annually. This briefing is for programme leaders of postgraduate taught courses and any other staff who may be involved in briefing students.  The briefing covers:

  1. the importance of the survey
  2. the survey contents
  3. how students access the survey
  4. the role of the research supervisor in promoting the survey 
  5. assistance available centrally from the University
  6. how to interpret the statistical reports.

Presenters

Dr. Marie Norman (Head of Learning Enhancement and Student Experience) 

Jesica Roscoe (Administrative Officer Student Data Management)

Date, time and location

Februrary 22nd, 1.00-1.30pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link

Student Communications Framework

Description

The Student Communications Strategy supports the University of Bolton’s “Teaching Intensive, Research Informed” (TIRI) agenda where students are regarded as partners with the University in their learning experience.  The strategy recognises that student communication is integral to the achievement of a first-class student experience; it also acknowledges that student communication is a complex issue involving various interactions at different levels of the organisation.  This workshop explores the Bolton Student Communications plan which aims to highlight the importance of the student journey and increase the visibility of key services, events and opportunities, across campus.  The workshop looks at the content of different messages we send to students and the channels we use to communicate those messages to ensure that we will use the most effective methods of communication when engaging with our students. The session also considers the diversity of our student body and how effective communication can promote dialogue amongst students and colleagues and facilitate improved engagement with services, thus improving student retention, progression and attainment.  By the end of this session participants will: (1) understand the student communications strategy and plan, (2) have knowledge of the key messages we send to students and the channels used to deliver these messages, (3) understand how coordinated communication enhances the student journey and the student experience and (4) understand the diversity of our student body and how different communication methods help to provide a more inclusive environment. 

Presenters 

Dr. Emily McIntosh (Associate Director - Student Life) 

Adam Johnson (Student Engagement Officer)

Date, time and location

March 8th, 2.00-3.00pm, M1-012

How to book

Booking link - cancelled

Students' Dignity at Study Policy: The University Policy on Harassment, Bullying, Discrimination and Victimisation

Description

This workshop will ensure all staff have a working knowledge of the new Students’ Dignity at Study Policy and Procedure which has replaced the Harassment and Bullying Procedure.  There have been significant changes to how students acceess advice and the staff involved and therefore all staff should attend so they can signpost students correctly.

Presenter

Disability Service

Date, time and location

December 14th, 3.00-4.00pm, Room T4-080

How to book

To book, please email Dan Papworth dap2@bolton.ac.uk

Student Experience & Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Description

During the last academic year, the University launched two key strategies: the Student Experience Strategy, 2016-2020 and the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy, 2015-2018.  Together the Strategies focus on delivering a more personalised and differentiated student offer across the three key dimensions of the student experience, namely, the social, the academic and professional services.  
This workshop will be an opportunity to discuss the Strategies, to review progress and to consider the implications for practice.  This will include an opportunity to discuss the Bolton early intervention and transition model and the use of student-centred pedagogies.

Presenter

Dr. Ebrahim Adia (Assistant VC - Student Experience and Transformation)

Date, time, location and booking link

October 19th, 3.45-4.45pm, Room D1-036, Booking link

January 11th, 3.00-4.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library) - Cancelled

March 22nd, 3.30-4.30pm, Staff Development Room (Library), Cancelled

 

Student Services: What We Do

Description

This workshop will help all staff make appropriate and accurate referals and information about what the service does and doesn't provide.

Presenter

Student Services Staff

Date, time and location 

November 9th, 10.00am-12.00 noon, Room M2-023

February 22nd, 10.00am-12.00 noon, Room M2-023

How to book

To book, please email Dan Papworth dap2@bolton.ac.uk

Student Trips Policy

Description

This briefing session introduces the University's new Student Trips Policy.  The session is suitable for any member of staff teaching and supporting learning who may take students on trips, Heads of Academic Department, and AGCs.
Intended outcome: 

  1. Explain key aspects of the Student Trips Policy and their implications for practice. 

Presenter 

Fiona Valentine (Head of Disability Service)

Date, time and location

October 5th, 4.00-4.30pm, Room D1-036

How to book

To book, please email Dan Papworth dap2@bolton.ac.uk

Student Welcome & Induction Framework

Description

It takes, on average, 12 weeks for a student to settle into university and 12 months to become an independent learner.  This session focusses on the Bolton Welcome & Induction Framework which charts the foundation and first year student journey from pre-entry through to the end of the first semester.  The session focuses on the different elements of transition during the first 12-16 weeks and, through discussion, will enable participants to understand their own role in helping students to settle into university.  The session will also touch upon initiatives designed to improve the welcome and induction process and how we might communicate these to new and prospective students.  By the end of this session participants will: (1) have knowledge of the Bolton Welcome & Induction Framework and how it supports the student journey, (2) understand the processes involved in designing an engaging and informative welcome and induction and (3) understand how their role contributes to the development of a warm and engaging student experience for new and prospective students.

Presenters 

Dr. Emily McIntosh (Associate Director - Student Life) 

Adam Johnson (Student Engagement Officer)

Date, time and location 

May 31st, 1.00-2.00pm, Staff Development Room (Library)

How to book

Booking link - Cancelled

Transition Pedagogy - How to be a Transition Pedagogy Rock Star

Description

This session provides an insight into the six principles of transition pedagogy (Kift, 2005; 2009) and how they can be applied to academic practice and curriculum design. Transition pedagogy has been applied in many different contexts over the last 10 years and the six principles are based on student transition into higher education and academic integration. Programmes which have been designed using the six principles often are better attended and the learners better supported to achieve academic success. The session will provide colleagues with a chance to hear examples of how transition pedagogy has been applied to academic practice and curriculum design and plan how to integrate this into their own practice. There will be ample time for discussion and the session will provide a range of resources and take-away materials. There will be additional 1:1 follow-up support for participants after the session for those who wish to take advantage of this.  As a result of attending this session participants will (1) have a thorough knowledge of transition pedagogy and subsequent literature on how it has been applied in different contexts, (2) understand how to adopt practices which facilitate better student transition, (3) understand how they can apply transition pedagogy in their own context, being able to draw on examples of how transition pedagogy has worked in other contexts and (4) leave the session with a plan outlining the next steps.

Presenters 

Dr. Emily McIntosh (Associate Director - Student Life) 

Dr. Duncan Cross (Senior Lecturer in Education)

Date, time, location and booking link 

January 18th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link

February 15th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link - Cancelled

March 8th, 1.00-2.00pm, Room M1-012, Booking link