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Enhancing the Experiences of Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and Minoritised Ethnic Students in Higher Education

1 in 20 students leave their courses in higher education as a result of racial harassment. In this post, Mary Makinde, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation and Strategic Lead on Closing Our Gap at Canterbury Christ Church University shares how the Bridging the Gap to Leadership Programme has helped deliver sustainable improvements to the experience of non-white students at the university.

Understanding the Future of Blended Learning

In a Jisc Survey (2021) 51% of students said they received support for learning online away from campus. Professor Gunter Saunders, University of Westminster, shares with us the future for blended learning in higher education.

Working Collaboratively with Students to Deliver Consent Workshops

Between March 2018- and March 2020, students in England were over three times more likely than average to have experienced sexual assault. In this video, Dr Penny Turnbull, Assistant Director of Student Services, Kara Stewart, GotConsent Coordinator and Leonor Capelier, StaAnd Together Intern discuss how consent workshops delivered at have been developed at the University of St Andrews. These workshops have been developed with students and were adapted to meet the demands of online learning in addition to individual student needs.

Adapting to Future Ways of Working to Improve Workforce Wellbeing

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. Before the pandemic, around 5% of the UK workforce worked mainly from home. In this post, Jane Fawkes, Deputy Principal and University College Secretary at the University College of Estate Management shares how the college has adapted to future ways of working following the pandemic.

The Growing Challenge of Keeping International Students Safe at University

Thousands of international students enrol in UK universities every year, and for many this is their first time living abroad in an unfamiliar city. We heard from Lisa Ravenscroft, Communications Manager at ProtectED about the challenges these students face and how universities can support them throughout their studies.

Improving Workplace Relations to Drive Higher Staff Satisfaction and Retention

Two-thirds of university staff are considering leaving the sector, according to a new University and College Union report. Deteriorating work conditions have been cited as a contributing factor. Emma Slaven, Senior Advisor at ACAS, shares how transforming workplace relations and simple workplace adjustments can improve staff satisfaction and retention.

Integrating Employability across course curriculums

In 2020, the number of graduates recruited by the UK's top employers was 12.3% lower than in 2019, according to High Fliers, this was the largest annual fall in graduate recruitment in 11 years. Esther Kent, Academic Director for Employability, shared with us some of the numerous ways departments have tailored employable skills to best fit in with their course curriculums.

Redefining Communications and Marketing in Higher Education after Covid-19

The pandemic has fundamentally impacted the way universities communicate with students as well as students' expectations from the universities. We heard from Vicky Pearson, Head of Corporate Communications at the University of Reading about how the pandemic has impacted university marketing and communications, and how universities can adapt their strategies to meet these new challenges.

Dr. Emma Waltham, Maternity Returns Specialist

We're delighted to welcome Dr Emma Waltham as a Content Contributor for MyGovCentral. Dr Waltham specialises in supporting STEM organisations to successfully re-engage their maternity returners and will be sharing insights from her work with us on MyGovCentral.

The Environmental Benefits of Hybrid Working

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. We heard from Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability at the University of Nottingham, shared with us some recent research into the environmental benefits of hybrid working.

How the Pandemic has Changed the Face of Widening Access Outreach – Learning and Challenges

Throughout the pandemic universities have had to devise new ways to deliver outreach programmes to disadvantaged students. We heard from Dr Andrew Ross about how the pandemic changed the way the Widening Access team at the University of Bath delivered outreach programmes.

Developing Digital Capacity For Technology Enhanced Learning

In this article, Professor Gunter Saunders, Associate Director for Digital Engagement at the University of Westminster discusses how improving teacher digital literacy can enhance student learning.

Interview: Workplace Allocation Strategies at Brunel University

Nearly two-thirds of staff in higher education are unhappy with the level of support they receive from employers. Workload is one of the main drivers for this dissatisfaction, with some staff working an average of 50 hours per week. We spoke to Strategic Planning Manager, Erica Moses Neacy, about how Workplace Allocation Management has helped improve staff workload at Brunel University.

In Conversation: Tackling Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

Throughout the pandemic Higher education providers have had to devise new ways to support student and staff wellbeing. In this interview with University of Bath, Staff Wellbeing Manager, Heather Girling, we explore how to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.

In Conversation: Becoming a Net-Zero University, Turning Ambitions into Reality

In recent years higher education providers have made efforts to improve sustainability; most UK universities now have sustainability pledges. The University of Nottingham is at the forefront of this movement, with carbon reduction targets in place across all its campuses. We spoke to Andy Nolan, the Director of Sustainability and Development at the University of Nottingham about turning these ambitions into reality.

Student Mental Health: Ensuring a Safe and Inclusive Campus for LGBTQ+ Students

Research has showed that LGBTQ+ students in HE are significantly more likely to experience depression or anxiety whilst at university than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. We heard from Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham about the programmes they developed to support the wellbeing of their LGBTQ+ students.

Student Mental Health: Enhancing Transitional Student Wellbeing with a Digital Peer-To-Peer Approach

The University of Lincoln has worked hard to produce digital wellbeing resources for their students, including podcasts and online workshops. We heard from Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life at the University of Lincoln who discussed the digital wellbeing strategy of the university, and how they overcame challenges during the development process.

Student Mental Health: The Latest Government Policy in Improving Student Mental Health

The Government has allocated £13 million to bridge the gap between children’s and adult mental health services to support HE students and young adults. We heard from the Minister of State for Universities at the Department for Education, Michelle Donelan MP about the latest government initiative for supporting the wellbeing of students across the UK.

In Conversation: Supporting Wellbeing in Higher Education

While supporting university students has gathered a lot of media attention during the pandemic, teaching staff have also needed increased wellbeing support. We heard from Jane Fawkes, Deputy Principal and University College Secretary at the University College of Estate Management about how they have embedded wellbeing across the university.

Supporting Care Leavers and Estranged Students in Higher Education

The number of care leavers entering Higher Education in 2018/19 was 13%, while in that same year, 14% of estranged students deferred or suspended their studies. We spoke to Lisa Ravenscroft, Communications Manager at ProtectEd on how the organisation is working with universities to support these students, helping them to access and complete studies.
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