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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 Importance of Supporting Student Transitions in Higher Education

Transitioning to university can be challenging to many students, causing anxiety and having a negative impact on their mental health. Elliott Newstead is Head of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach at the University of Leicester, in this post he discusses the importance of supporting student transitions in higher education and the many ways universities can learn from each other to improve transition services.

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.

What are Companies Doing to Tackle Workplace Maternity Bias?

All workers are protected against discrimination if they are dismissed or treated unfairly because of pregnancy or childbirth. Dr Emma Waltham, Maternity Returns Specialist discusses how companies can better support those returning from maternity leave and dismantle the bias associated with this.

Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University

We’re delighted to welcome Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Esther is responsible for providing strategic leadership to shape the design and delivery of an integrated range of services to achieve a transformative and exceptional experience for all students, graduates, academics, and industry partners (present and future) that maximises student employability.

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.

The impact of Loneliness in the workplace

More than 9 million people in the UK say that they often or always feel lonely. Heather Girling is the Staff Wellbeing Manager at the University of Bath, she shared with us how to better tackle loneliness in everyday life.

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.