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Southampton Specific Resources - International Students

Tips for Teaching International Students - This powerpoint was created by Jill Doubleday, an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutor from Modern Languages, and presented at an EVA Exchange of Good Practice event within the Faculty of Humanities on June 16th 2011. The same resource was subsequently used for the Post Graduate Teaching Assistants (PGTAs) training for the Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Skills modules.

Jill Doubleday can be contacted for advice about teaching international students, and would be happy to discuss giving this talk to other university colleagues.

The International Student Workshop Activity Pack is a resource that provides guidance for planning and organising Workshops that can help international students to investigate cultural differences, social and academic practice in the UK and discuss challenges and strategies to overcome them. The resource was developed by the Transition Project as a result of the experiences collected while piloting the International Student Workshops in 2010.

The activity pack includes:

- Scenarios for British Culture Workshop
- Scenarios for British Learning Workshop
- Facilitators Briefing Notes
- Training Outline
- Workshops Feedback Form
- Promotional Flyer
- Representatives in the panel for 2010 pilot

Southampton Specific Resources - Undergraduates

The Development of Criticality among Undergraduates in Two Academic Disciplines: Social Work and Modern Languages was a two-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project was designed to expand current understanding of the development of criticality among undergraduates through a cross-sectional study of students following undergraduate degree courses. 

Transition to Living and Learning Workshops

- Annual Transition to Living and Learning Workshop June 2011

- Annual Transition to Living and Learning Workshop June 2010

- Annual Transition to Living and Learning Workshop June 2012.

If you would like to contribute or be on the event mailing list contact Sarah Rogers

Staff Development Opportunities

Every June the Transition Project delivers a free full-day workshop, open to all. The events aims to offer colleagues the opportunity to discuss specific themes relating to student transition and to share support models and good practice that have been developed in Faculties and Academic Units in the University. To find out more or to register for next year Workshop e-mail Sarah Rogers.

External Resources - International Students

Borthwick K., Burnapp D. and Dickens A. (2011)  Supporting International Students in UK Higher Education: A staff development course HE Academy, LLAS.

UK Council for International Student Affairs - UKCISA. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

Teaching International Students (TIS) - Higher Education Academy. The Teaching International Students Project is a joint initiative between the Higher Education Academy and the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) with funding from the Prime Minister's Initiative 2 (PMI2). The project focuses on the ways that lecturers and other teaching staff can maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning for international students. This is done through providing guidance and information about how to meet the diverse learning needs of international students.

External Resources - Student Engagement

Conceptualising Student Engagement in Order to Improve Policy and Practice - Dr. Colin Bryson presentation at RAISE first seminar series

Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE)
RAISE is a network of academics, practitioners, advisors and student representatives drawn from the Higher Education Sector who are working and/or interested in researching and promoting student engagement. The network creates opportunities to come together for beneficial scholarly discussion and creating collaborative projects, sharing good practice and lobbying for investment and better policies locally, sectorally and across our international community.

PASS National Center - University of Manchester. The National Centre for PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)/SI (Supplemental Instruction) was established in April 2009 to support HEIs to further understand and develop programmes. PASS provides a facilitated, group learning opportunity that uses the experiences of higher year students to support the learning of lower year peers. This supplements existing activity (e.g. lectures and tutorials) and enables active learning in an informal, friendly and fun environment.

The Scottish Funding Council's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Strategy for Higher Education.

Student Engagement Research Projects 2011 - The Higher Education Academy.

Research and Evidence Base for Student Engagement - The Higher Education Academy.

External Resources - Mature Students

FE to HE Supporting Student Parents Transitions - Nuffield Foundation. This project aims to help student parents make the transition from Further to Higher Education by delivering personalised, flexible support to them through an innovative mentoring framework. - Developed by Brightside UNIAID and supported by Nuffield Foundation helps student parents prepare for university and find the right balance.


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