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Timeline of Activity

This timeline provides a month by month breakdown of the work happening as part of the Student Success Project. Three end of year reports will also be produced, the first one will be available in September 2017. The work taking place can be broadly categorised into five types of activity:

  • Engaging with staff (sta)
  • Engaging with students (stu)
  • Engaging with the sector (sec)
  • Enhancement (en)
  • Developing resources (dev)

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

May 2017

Presentation to University Senior Management Team at Vice Chancellors lunch session (sta)

Presentation and session at the Annual Learning and Teaching Symposium (sta)

Attended Critical Pedagogies Group Annual Lecture: What does it mean to decolonise science? (sec)

April 2017

Presentation and training session for Recognised Programme Developers (sta)

Paper to Senate: 'Monitoring Mitigating Circumstances, Complaints, Appeals and Misconduct Cases by Ethnicity' (sta)

Attended What Works: Student Retention and Success conference (sec)

Attended Equality Challenge Unit training: Achieving Race Equality in Higher Education day 2 (sec)

March 2017

Event: ‘Race and Ethnicity in Health, Social Care and the Academy’, screening of Dear White People followed by panel discussion (sta) (stu)

Paper to Student Experience and Welfare Committee on activities happening across the student lifecycle with recommendations for engagement monitoring (sta)

Second Academic Staff Peer Network meeting (sta)

Attended Equality Challenge Unit training: Achieving Race Equality in Higher Educationday 1 (sec)

Department projects approved / commenced  (dev)

#LiberatedLibrary book suggestions purchased (dev)

February 2017

Met with all 13 Directors of Teaching and Learning to discuss pre-arrival activities for students and assessment strategies (sta)

Paper to Senate with information about the project and progress to date (sta)

Trialled an Unconscious Bias training session for staff – feedback used to decide longer term plan (sta)

Focus groups with students on BME student experiences (stu)

Launched the #LiberatedLibrary campaign (stu)

Members of Academic Staff Peer Networkoffered funding for short term projects (sta)

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 (sta)

Contributed to discussions on reforming induction/welcome week (en)

Focus groups with students on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student experiences (stu)

December 2016

Presented paper to Education Enhancement Committee with project information and plans (sta)

Attended Prepare to Succeed Conference (Access HE) (sec)

Attended Inside Government event 'The Future of Learning Gain in the Higher Education Landscape' (sec)

Presentation and training session at annual Union of Brunel Students Rep Congress (stu)

Open door discussion group with students on barriers to success (stu)

November 2016

Supported the formation of Brunel Inclusion, Access and Student Success Committee (sta)

Presented at Quality Assurance and Enhancement team meeting (sta)

Met with Athena Swan team (sta)

Attended 6th Access to Higher Education Summit (sec)

Attended Higher Education Race Action Group meeting (sec)

Stalls in the Students Union asking students about barriers to success (stu)

October 2016

Met with all 13 Heads of Academic Departments to discuss project and provide department specific data (sta)

First Student Success Project Group meeting with key stakeholders. Project action plan approved. (sta)

Supported review of personal tutoring system (en)

Developed assignment checklist for students (link) (dev)

Contributed to mature students working group (en)

September 2016

Student Success Project Manager starts.

Introduction meetings with key members of professional services staff (sta)

Collated resources and literature (sec)

Met with Union of Brunel Students to set up partnership and plan for the academic year (stu)

Mapped the student journey and existing enhancement schemes (en)