Students As Change Agents
The 2011 conference was on the topic of Students as Change Agents - an initiative that has been growing in the University over the past three years. We had excellent keynotes from William Locke from HEFCE and Derfel Owen from the QAA. It was particularly exciting because all the parallel sessions were run by students who had been involved in change agents projects
Highlighted Feedback includes:
'The energy level and inspiration demonstrated by the Change Agent Students'
'how much can be achieved when the right people are put together in a room, engaged and excited by an idea.'
'Students referring to the issues as ‘ours’ and the responsibility ‘we’ – an example of ownership'.
'Successful projects are those where staff and students have come to a ‘mutual’ understanding'.
'Not just talk but doing it! '
‘ It gave me time and space outside my normal practice to reflect on how students could be engaged, and I came away with lots of ideas I’d like to try out.
All the presentations/ keynotes were excellent and the conference was invaluable’.
2011 Teaching Award
The Teaching Awards are about recognising, celebrating students have been given a chance to acknowledge the best lecturers at the University by way of saying ‘thank you’ to those staff who go above and beyond what is expected of them.
These awards do not take account of your position, only the effect you have on students – whether you are a postgraduate teaching for the first time, a veteran lecturer and serial four star researcher, or a member of the support staff holding the place together, students feel the product of your efforts and appreciate what you do.