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University of Bolton QAA, University welcomes QAA for student engagement forum

Posted on Wednesday 9th March 2016

Student engagement was the focus of a recent event hosted at the University of Bolton for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The presentation formed part of several national student engagement forums held by the QAA for delegates from UK HE Providers.

The significant event aimed to enhance good practice, create initiatives to meet national guidelines and improve the overall quality of student experience.

Graduate intern Rebecca Hague, Senior Lecturer in Skills for Life Sarah Telfer and Associate Director in Student Life Dr Emily McIntosh presented a case study on the University’s Skills for Success Unit which has effectively enabled student engagement.

Rebecca gave an insight into the experience of transitioning into postgraduate education within the same and different institutions.

QAA Group Students

(Picture left to right: Anne Miller, Michelle Coatsworth, Serena Scott, Yuzhang Dai, Haruna Galadima, Dr Emily McIntosh and Angela Nuttall.)

There were further case studies from the University of Lincoln and Northumbria University, plus a keynote speech from the Higher Education Academy on ways to use findings from the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) to promote engagement.

‘There were lots of really good, exciting ideas for engaging students,’ said Academic Registrar Dr Anne Miller.

‘Whilst the University has implemented some of the good practice ideas, there is scope to implement more and continue to improve the student experience.’

Good practice ideas presented at the workshop included Student Engagement Strategies, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), Student Digital Leads to promote digital literacy, Student Recruiters, Student Consultants on Teaching (SCOT) to provide feedback to academic tutors on demand and Student and Staff Insight Teams through mutual shadowing between SMT/BoG and students.

QAA Group

(Pictured left to right: Catharine Boyd (QAA), Ruth Burchell (QAA), Sarah Telfer, Rebecca Hague, Tim Burton (QAA), Dr Emily McIntosh, Marie Norman, Angela Nuttall and Anne Miller.)