Thursday, 03 August 2017
The following is a guest post by Sarah Lloyd, a mature student who has recently completed our Preparation for Higher Education course and will be starting on our BA Professional Studies degree in September 2017.
Thanks to the Lifelong Learning Centre Opportunities Fund it was recently possible for me to attend the Times Education Supplement Awards 2017 in London.
I was a short-listed nominee for the Community Impact Award, in recognition of the work I deliver in schools, community settings and as part of restorative justice in specific cases. I felt this was well-deserved recognition of the...
Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation
Thursday, 10 December 2015
We’ve had a really positive end to the first semester of this year’s Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) programme, with our learners giving a ten-minute presentation on a self-selected topic for their Applied Information Literacy module. Our mature part-time learners are three months into their return to study and were briefed to focus on a local issue and consider this from a national, political and academic perspective. Topics covered included:
- the housing crisis;
- funding cuts to SureStart centres;
- NHS cuts;
- The Leeds Cycle Super Highway;
- male suicide;
- legal highs;
- domestic abuse;
- child grooming;
- zero hours contracts;
- prison over-crowding;
- extremism and terrorism;
- child-centred play therapy.
The presentations evidenced academic research skills,...
Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Interdisciplinary Studies, Learning, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation
Friday, 04 December 2015
The following blog is a guest post by Jodie Kilner, a mature student currently studying on the LLC’s Interdisciplinary Studies (with PHE) course.
When I started university in September I knew I would be exposed to a wide range of experiences outside of my comfort zone. I expected these opportunities to spill over into my home life as I grew and changed, and that I would encourage my family to do the same. What I wasn’t expecting was how directly this could happen.
Each of us on the PHE course was invited to bring someone along to one of the...
Categories: Blogging, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation
Friday, 20 November 2015
Over the last few weeks the PHE cohort have engaged in several extracurricular activities outside of the usual taught sessions on campus. This has included an independent visit to either a local art gallery or the Thackeray Medical Museum, students on the LLC module Applied Information Literacy attending a Politics in the Pub event and the whole cohort coming together for a book signing event with the graphic artist ‘Una’ (recently a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme).
The individual museum and gallery visits were followed by small group seminars to discuss either...
Categories: Blogging, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Widening Participation
Friday, 18 September 2015
Working with the Communities and Partnerships team in identifying possible Widening Participation candidates for our PHE programme has become a more central part of my role. With this in mind I have started to locate and attend community groups, workshops and non-accredited courses across the Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield areas.
I recently attended a PIP (Politics in the Pub) group held in the Bradford Brewery. This is a monthly meeting where members of the public, community activists, academics and other professionals meet in the format of the BBC’s Question Time programme to outline and debate current...
Categories: Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Engagement, Widening Participation