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Timeline of Activity

This timeline provides a month by month, grouped into academic terms, breakdown of the work happening as part of the Student Success Project. Three end of year reports will also be produced, the first report covering 2016/17 is avaliable to view here. The second year of the project has now started. Keep up to date on our latest activity via our social media platforms.

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Where possible, links for further information have been included. For more information about the broad aims of the projects please visit the about page. If you have any queries about the activities taking place or have suggestions for future work please email robyn.fitzharris@brunel.ac.uk

2017/18 Term 1 - September 2017 - December 2017

September 2017:

  • Student Success Project Assistant joins the team
  • Meeting with the Student's Union to plan activities for the year
  • Attended AccessHE BAME Forum
  • Meeting with Head of Alumni to discuss showcasing stories of successful alumni

October 2017:

  • End of year review with key stakeholders
  • Paper to University Education Committee "Undergraduate Attainment by Ethnicity: Brunel and the Sector"
  • Stalls in the Student's Union to advertise the project to students
  • First 'Brunel Listens' session, an opportunity for students to discuss their barriers to success
  • Attended Higher Education Conference 2017
  • Attended and supported Black History Month events

November 2017:

2016/17 Term 3 - May 2017 - August 2017

May 2017:

June 2017:

  • Meetings with all (13) Heads of Department to discuss undergraduate attrition
  • Attended AccessHE BAME Forum
  • Presentation at College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Education Day

July 2017:

  • First meeting of the curriculum working group
  • Impact evaluation of the work of the project so far

August 2017:

2016/17 Term 2 - January 2017 - April 2017

January 2017:

  • First Academic Staff Peer Network meeting, a peer group of academic staff interested in work on the attainment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
  • Contributed to discussions on reforming induction/welcome week
  • Focus groups with students on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student experiences

February 2017:

  • Met with all 13 Directors of Teaching and Learning to discuss pre-arrival activities for students and assessment strategies
  • Paper to Senate with information about the project and progress to date
  • Trialled an Unconscious Bias training session for staff – feedback used to decide longer term plan
  • Focus groups with students on BME student experiences
  • Launched the #LiberatedLibrary campaign
  • Members of Academic Staff Peer Network offered funding for short term projects

March 2017:

April 2017:

  • Presentation and training session for Recognised Programme Developers
  • Paper to Senate: 'Monitoring Mitigating Circumstances, Complaints, Appeals and Misconduct Cases by Ethnicity'
  • Attended What Works: Student Retention and Success conference
  • Attended Equality Challenge Unit training: Achieving Race Equality in Higher Education day 2

2016/17 Term 1 - September 2016 - December 2016

September 2016:

  • Student Success Project Manager starts.
  • Introduction meetings with key members of professional services staff
  • Collated resources and literature
  • Met with Union of Brunel Students to set up partnership and plan for the academic year
  • Mapped the student journey and existing enhancement schemes

October 2016:

  • Met with all 13 Heads of Academic Departments to discuss project and provide department specific data
  • First Student Success Project Group meeting with key stakeholders. Project action plan approved.
  • Supported review of personal tutoring system
  • Developed assignment checklist for students
  • Contributed to mature students working group

November 2016:

December 2016: