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The student voice: enhancing learning, not just satisfaction

Queen Mary, University of London
25 January 2010 15:00-17:00

This is the second in the 2009/10 Educational Research Seminar Series, hosted by Educational and Staff Development at Queen Mary, University of London. The seminar takes place on Monday 25th January at 3pm in Room 602 on the sixth floor of the G. O. Jones Building (formerly known as the Physics Building) on the Mile End campus of the College.
After a very successful first seminar, on the QMUL Graduate Attributes project, this second seminar is presented by Gwen van der Velden, the Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at the University of Bath and is entitled The student voice: enhancing learning, not just satisfaction
As spaces are limited, please email Dr Matthew Williamson if you wish to attend this seminar.

About the seminar:

This seminar sets out the approach taken at the University of Bath which aims to engage students in a role of academic citizenship, rather than just as consumers. It will set out the underlying principles of student engagement at Bath, what this means in practice for quality and educational management, and provide an insight in the ways in which impact of this approach are measured. Gwen will be accompanied by the Vice President of Bath Students’ Union, to give a student perspective on the issue

Based on good preparation and full access to university information, students at Bath not only take part in setting teaching enhancement agendas, they also share with staff the responsibility for implementing change. In recent years the National Student Survey, Students’ Union’s surveys and other sources have shown us that our students are appreciative and very aware of this approach, whilst external indicators show us this may be a way of avoiding the consumerist attitudes that are promoted in current discussions about the student fee-cap.
The remaining seminars for this year are:

22nd February
Dr Roni Bamber, Head of Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University Evaluation: institutional needs versus individual motivations
29th March

Dr Margo Blythman, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts Implications of change for the working worlds of staff in higher education
26th April

Dr Chris Trevitt, Director of Studies, Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford Research supervision at Oxford: tales from the development experience coalface
24th May
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Director of Programmes, The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Leadership in Learning and Teaching
28th June

Dr Matthew Williamson, Education Adviser, QMUL, and Dr Giles Martin, Learning and Teaching Development Adviser, QMUL Transitions to Higher Education: reflections on a three-year study
For information about the series, please see the website.

Contact Name:
Dr Matthew J. Williamson, Education Adviser
Contact Telephone:
020 7882 2813
Contact Email:

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