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Widening Participation: reaching for hope and solidarity

Silver Clouds, Billy Kruger and Andy Warhol 1966. The Government grants for students from low-income backgrounds to help provide support with living costs while in higher education have been replaced by repayable student loans. Participation rates have been shown to vary according to whether or not a student received free school meals at the age of 15… Read more »

Working Together for Widening Participation

Thank you to everyone who came to the Fair Access Research workshop, Visible Students/Invisible Needs on Monday 11th July. It was really powerful and humbling to hear from students about their experiences of university — the positive and the negative. Working with students and Students’ Unions is so important for those working to transform higher… Read more »

“How Brilliant Are We?”

An appreciative action research project  – Learning from what works.   An asset based approach to Organisational Change. Last year a research team within CEL  undertook a research project, adapting an  innovative method based on  Appreciative Action Research to learn from staff who have received a SUBU “You’re Brilliant Award”,    what  it  is that makes them… Read more »

Introduction to Education Practice: A Programme for Research Students

The next session of our ‘Introduction to Education Practice‘ course will run from the 24th to the 26th of February. This is a research-driven, practice-based course, aimed at doctoral students who are or will be supporting teaching activities. The course has three main aims: • To introduce students to theoretical and practical knowledge on adult… Read more »

Co-creation projects at BU: competitive funding round with high-quality proposals

This Wednesday 6 January, the CEL Co-creation Review Panel met to assess the proposals submitted by undergraduate students for £500 funding towards a project of their choice, to be completed in collaboration with a BU academic. We were delighted to receive a high number of proposals with excellent quality, which evinces the initiative of our… Read more »

12 Days of Library and Learning Support Roundup

In the first twelve (working) days of December, CEL hosted a campaign to promote the Library and Learning Support available at BU. This initiative, which we disseminated on Twitter with #12DaysOfLLS, was produced by our colleagues at BU Library, and had the aim of spreading the word about the wealth of services, resources and support… Read more »

New publication from our fantastic PAL team: Peer learning leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students

Colleagues, I am delighted to share some good news with you: Peer learning leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students …authors: Neil Ford, Charlotte Thackeray, Paul Barnes, Katharina Hendrickx …and abstract: Employability is a key theme in higher education and attitudes towards its development have shifted from a focus on technical skills… Read more »

Education for Sustainable Development – students want more, BU Vision and Values highlights our ambitions, so can we up our game?

The results of the fifth NUS student survey reveal students’ attitudes towards sustainable development: 80% of students said that they want their institutions to be doing more on sustainability, and 60% want to learn more about it. So are we doing enough at BU and how could we do more? BU 2018 articulates the vision:… Read more »