Meeting Student Expectations 6: The Student Journey

I joined Birmingham University in the early 1990s just as they were embarking on modularisation. It took colleagues some time to get their heads around what that meant for the programme and for their own teaching. It was my role at the time to begin to rethink the undergraduate programme…

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Meeting Student Expectations 5: Transition and Retention

Last week I outlined, over the four previous blogs, how the experience for students in the twenty-first century has changed due to markitization, changes in information technology, changes in the world of work, and a decrease in mental well-being. For all these reasons, therefore, we need to make changes to the…

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Meeting Student Expectations 3: Transforming the World of Work

In the previous blog I spoke about the way in which digital technology was affecting the day to day lives of students, and their engagement with learning and teaching. It is not only the individual student’s engagement with technology, however, that is being affected by the digital revolution. The whole…

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Meeting Student Expectations 2: Access to Knowledge

Over the last ten to twenty years we have seen an unprecedented growth in the use of mobile phones and online technologies. Students today exist in a very different world, and have very different experiences, not only from our own student days, but in most cases from our own contemporary…

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The Icing on the Cake

The end of the 2017-18 academic year here in Swansea has been something special, especially for those of us who put the experience of our students at the heart of all that we do. In June we were told that we had the Gold TEF award, providing recognition for all…

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Inclusivity Tweetchat

Just wanted to advertise Swansea University’s first Inclusivity Tweet Chat. It will run from 12 noon on Thursday 12th July. So why not join in, to ask and answer some of the questions that lots of us have and might not feel able to ask. So if you are just…

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Congratulations on a Gold TEF

Later today we are going to celebrate, as a community, the award of a Gold TEF to Swansea University. This is an incredible achievement and something that everybody, across the institution, both staff and students, should be very proud of. We were somewhat disappointed to be awarded a Silver award…

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Celebrating STEP4Excellence

Towards the end of last week, a small crowd gathered in the new Taliesin Create in order to mark the end of STEP4Excellence and to celebrate all that it had achieved over the last three years. As we gathered, there were those who asked exactly what it was that this…

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