Associate College Partnership conference 2018

  • Oxford Brookes University hosted the eighth annual conference of the ACP on Friday 5 January 2018. The theme was 'Student Experience and Student Voice in ACP Settings' and over 100 delegates attended.

    Welcome Presentation - Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Oxford Brookes University and Nikki Boland, HE Manager, Swindon College

    Keynote Presentation:

    Student Voice and Student Experience in College HE settings - Shakira Martin, President of the National Union of Students

    Workshops


    Programme

    Time What's on
    9.00 - 9.45am

    Registration and networking with tea/coffee and pastries 

    9.45 - 10.15am

    Welcome and ACP presentation 

    Helen Hall, Head of UK Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University; Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Oxford Brookes University; Nikki Boland, HE Manager, Swindon College 

    10.15 - 10.35am

    NSS Satisfaction Results Best ACP Programmes: short awards ceremony

    Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), Oxford Brookes University

    10.40 - 12.00pm

    Workshops - please select your first and second choice from the options below: 

    Enhancing the student experience through Brookes Union

    Diko Blackings, President of Oxford Brookes Student Union

    This workshop will focus on how Oxford Brookes Student Union has engaged with different types of students to enhance student experience. The session will explore why a 'one size fits all' policy simply does not work, and how alternative approaches can be taken.

    Understanding a whole institution approach to Widening Participation

    Sue McGregor and Michelle Kempson, Solihull College & University Centre

    This practical workshop will reflect on the approach taken at Solihull College and University Centre to Widening Participation with its partners. The session will use a case study by Professor Liz Thomas (recently commissioned by OFFA) and share the toolkit published with the report.

    Improving student satisfaction: A reflection on the last 3 years

    Rebecca Philbrook, Abingdon & Witney College

    Student satisfaction within the Business programmes at Abingdon and Witney College has seen a steady increase since 2014, culminating in 100% student satisfaction in the recent NSS survey. This workshop examines the changes in practice that have led to improvements and invites attendees to reflect on positive steps taken in their own settings. Attendees should benefit from sharing experiences and take away some action points for their own courses.

    Using metacognition to effect an extreme academic makeover

    Anna Colgan, Abingdon & Witney College

    Adult students accessing higher education have, on average, the lowest academic preparation, the fewest socioeconomic resources, varying motivation levels and often additional stress due to demands upon them outside of study. This interactive session addresses strategies that significantly improve adults' experiences by transforming students’ and tutors’ attitudes to the meaning of learning, and their role in it.

    Employability and the graduating student: the use of mentor panels

    Rose Scofield, Abingdon & Witney College

    This workshop offers an exploration into the ideas behind graduate mentor panels, set up to facilitate and guide students from their degrees in to work. Evidence of a working pilot at Abingdon and Witney College will be shared and discussed, and ideas for future use of such panels will be considered.

    Library services and study support

    Robert Curry and Kevin Watson, Oxford Brookes University

    Led by the Associate Director of Learning Resources at Oxford Brookes, this session will focus on best practice in the provision of library services and study skills support for HE students in college settings. Delegates will be introduced to some innovative activities, helping to enrich professional expertise across the partnership.

    12 - 1pm

    Hot lunch, followed by tea/coffee 

    1 - 2.20pm

    Workshops - please select your first and second choice from the options below:

    Enhancing the student experience through Brookes Union

    Diko Blackings, President of Oxford Brookes Student Union

    This  workshop will focus on how Oxford Brookes Student Union has engaged with different types of students to enhance student experience. The session will explore why a 'one size fits all' policy simply does not work, and how alternative approaches can be taken. 

    Applying for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

    Mary Kitchener, Oxford Brookes University

    This session will introduce teaching staff with programme lead responsibilities to The Pathway Programme, which offers a supported CPD route to achieve the award of Senior Fellow of the  Higher Education Academy. Attendees will gain insight into the application process and the next steps to pursue.

    Improving student satisfaction: A reflection on the last 3 years

    Rebecca Philbrook, Abingdon & Witney College

    Student satisfaction within the Business programmes at Abingdon and Witney College has seen a steady increase since 2014, culminating in 100% student satisfaction in the recent NSS survey. This workshop examines the changes in practice that have led to the improvements and invites attendees to reflect on positive steps taken in their own settings. Attendees should benefit from sharing experiences and take away some action points for their own courses.

    Using metacognition to effect an extreme academic makeover 

    Anna Colgan, Abingdon and Witney College

    Adult students accessing higher education have, on average, the lowest academic preparation, the fewest socioeconomic resources, varying motivation levels and often additional stress due to demands upon them outside of study. This interactive session addresses strategies that significantly improve adults' experiences by transforming students’ and tutors’ attitudes to the meaning of learning, and their role in it.

    Employability and the graduating student: the use of mentor panels 

    Rose Scofield, Abingdon and Witney College

    This workshop offers an exploration into the ideas behind graduate mentor panels, set up to facilitate and guide students from their degrees in to work. Evidence of a working pilot at Abingdon and Witney College will be shared and discussed, and ideas for future use of such panels will be considered.

    Supporting the transition into Higher Education 

    Hellen Barton, Oxford Brookes University

    Evidence suggests that students from all backgrounds are finding the transition into HE increasingly challenging. This workshop will examine some of the theory around the topic, including what actually happens to individuals experiencing transition. There will be opportunities to share relevant examples of best practice across the partnership.

    2.30 - 3.00pm

    Keynote - Student Voice and Student Experience in College HE settings

    Shakira Martin, President of the National Union of Students

    3.00 - 3:30pm

    Student discussion panel

    Richard Huggins, Principal Lecturer in Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, facilitating Q&A with student delegates from ACP Colleges

    3:30pm

    Conference close

    Helen Hall, Head of UK Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University