Enhancing Perspectives on Student Engagement Activities on Campus
Friday, 17 June / 1-3pm
In an effort to enhance Student Engagement at the University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union, the two institutions have worked in partnership to create new student participations, staff appointments and opportunities to facilitate student engagement in the ‘gaps’ of engagement. Winchester uses partnership to design and initiate change, tackle the barriers to Higher Education, and through their enthusiasm for SE. With a focus on this area, Winchester is now home to a nationwide Student Engagement HEFCE funded research project REACT (Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation), with the Universities of Exeter and London Metropolitan. This session will be delivered by a team who have created a framework to assess and map all the Student Engagement Participation/Activity at an institution, from Educational to Volunteering. It has evolved into using the term SE with a far more inclusive outlook. The term has developed into an all-encompassing definition of engagement to benefit institutional perspective on extra-curricular, employability and opportunities. The team have looked at splitting the SE participation, at WSU and UoW, into visually discernible categories that work towards the ultimate engagement level, with great variety but comparable value.
The purpose of this workshop is to enable a group of staff or students to map student participation at a University. This activity gives the group an opportunity to gain a perspective, begin discussion and to audit participations in different Student Engagement activities at an institution in six areas, informing strategic perspective and decisions. To date, this activity has now directly informed strategic thinking around Student Engagement at the Universities of Winchester, London Metropolitan, Canterbury Christ Church, Edinburgh Napier and Newman. Also more information on REACT and greater engagement initiatives at Winchester will be given.
Tom Lowe – REACT Project Manager
Cassie Shaw – Student Engagement Assistant
The University of Winchester