SPARQS hosted its annual conference on on Thursday 23rd March, under the theme ‘Celebrating The Impact Of The Student Voice On Quality Enhancement’. Shirley-Anne Sommerville, MSP and Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, opened the conference, followed by highly interesting and engaging keynote sessions including NUS Scotland President Vonnie Sandlan, Adam Gajek from the Europen Students’ union, and Rebecca MacLennan from the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
By Sidonie Ecochard
The Scotland sector-wide event Welcoming and Supporting International Students took place at the University of Strathclyde on March 1st 2017, in partnership with QAA (Scotland). The event aimed to share and discuss the recommendations of the report commissioned by QAA (Scotland), International Students Transitions into Scottish Higher Education: A Scoping Study. Irene Bell gave a presentation on the report she authored, giving a brief summary of methods, findings and recommendations. She described the feeling shared across the sector and backed by data that “international students are well supported in Scottish Higher Education, but we could still be doing better, and we need to be doing better”. Indeed, international students number have more than tripled worldwide since 1990, rising from 1.3 million to 5 million students in 2014 and currently representing 22% of the student body in Scottish Higher Education institutions. To improve international students’ transition, the report includes recommendations for both policy and practice, among which: Continue reading Welcoming and Supporting International Students
Supporting international student transition onto Edinburgh Napier programme
By Sidonie Ecochard, Research Assistant, DLTE
Visit and share with international students our new Moodle Community Page, Edinburgh Napier International Students Community, designed with ENSA and ENSA Student President Rojan Subramini. Our page includes basic information for our incoming international students, which we hope will ease their arrival stress and help them settle in their new city. Continue reading Edinburgh Napier International Students Moodle Community Page
We are very happy to announce the launch of a new programme supporting international students transition at Edinburgh Napier University. The Family Friendship Programme gives international students a chance to have first-hand experience of the local culture and way of life in a local family, in addition to life on campus.
Through meeting international students, the families also get an opportunity to learn about the students’ home countries and cultures. The idea is to spend time together, doing things that are mutually interesting and enjoyable, and get to know each other.
It was a great honour for our team to be offered a funded place to present at the HEA conference Ready for retention: effective systems for transition and student success. This invitation-only event was hosted by the University of South-Wales’s Pontyridd campus on the 6th and 7th July 2016 and dealt with issues surrounding the themes of transitions, retention, and student engagement in Higher Education.
The information event on the Enhancement Theme Student Transitions Navigating transitions: transition skills was hosted by the QAA Scotland in Glasgow on Thursday 5th May. The event opened with welcome talks reminding us of and highlighting the importance of the current Enhancement Theme to improve student retention, progression and completion. The rest of the event was dedicated to presenting the QAA research and innovations on Student Transitions.
Event facilitators Elaine Smith and Barry Beggs, encouraging discussions and feedback
The QAA team on Student Transitions identified 8 key transition skills, further broken down as per their function to students – skills to study, or to navigate change:
||Skills for academic study
By Sidonie Ecochard, Research Assistant, DLTE
On Friday 22nd April, we attended the innovative and interactive conference ‘Fresh Agenda in Colleges and Universities: the Student Perspective’, which proposed to explore articulating students’ feedback and discuss issues surrounding learning, teaching and transition support priorities. The event was held at West Lothian College and organised collaboratively by the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement and the Widening Access Team of Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading Fresh agenda conference in colleges and universities: the student perspective