UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Ruth Lefever Interim Head of Student Experience

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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Ruth Lefever Interim Head of Student Experience & Success Team (and PAL Coordinator)
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD What is PAL? Peer Assisted Learning Peer support scheme that involves 2 nd or 3 rd years volunteering to facilitate group sessions with 1 st years Recognised as good practice in the HE sector and is a growing area of practice and of research Originally set up by SEST using national STEM funding Based and other peer support schemes nationally PASS, PAL, peer mentoring Support from the university features in strategic level plans for enhancing learning and teaching at the institution
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD PAL @ Bradford PAL is about students working together to enhance their programme and university experience. It has two broad central aims: 1. To support the transition of new first year students into university 2. To offer an employability opportunity for 2 nd and 3 rd year students Work with students to personalise their learning experience Develop a sense of community and belonging Collaborative students will help shape the scheme Inclusive offer to all on a programme
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD PAL progress In 2012/13, piloted PAL with Computing In 2013/14, this expanded to three other courses: TV Production, Psychology and Pharmacy. For 2014/15 PAL schemes in: Computing Electrical Engineering Psychology Pharmacy Media (including TV Production) Business & Management Now schemes across 4 Schools just SOHS to adopt PAL! Continues to strengthen and it is hoped that PAL can be expanded even further across other programmes
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Benefits to students Friendly and informal space to help first year students to: Adjust to university life and study Improve their understanding key course related knowledge Develop skills/attributes (e.g. group working, study skills, confidence) Understand course expectations and the bigger picture Learn from the experience of peers and get to know others Unique learning environment student centred and led Academic and social support Safe space
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Benefits for PAL Leaders A great way to add to CVs Experiences and concrete examples Transferable skills and personal development (interpersonal and communication skills, teamwork, facilitation, problem solving, leadership etc.) Consolidation of course knowledge by revisiting core ideas Links to assessment An opportunity to share experiences and self-reflect Enjoyable and rewarding experiences feel they make a difference We have 75 Leaders this year fully trained and supported
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Benefits to the Department Enhanced engagement and experience Enhanced employability (for first years and Leaders) Possible impact on achievement, progression and retention Identified as good practice in the sector (and noted in QAA) Potential impact on staff time e.g. reduction in queries Recruitment (possible selling point for the course) But! Schemes are only as successful as how far staff and students engage
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD How does PAL work? Student PAL Leaders facilitating regular small group study sessions responsibility for planning and running these Sessions last for 1 hour (usually fortnightly) and are timetabled Student only spaces and students set the agenda Staff can offer ideas, activities and course related resources PAL Leaders will NOT be expected to teach, but to support first years search for their own solutions Programme teams can tailor the PAL model to best suit their needs and students
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Examples of PAL sessions Sharing early concerns and questions Using blackboard Referencing activities Workload and revision planning Practicing presentations Group work skills Module and course overviews Placements Societies and social opportunities Pebble pad and library help
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Whats on offer? Central coordination but partnership with the Department/Programme (need key academic contact) SEST recruit Leaders, produce info for staff and first years etc. Full training for PAL Leaders (day & a half) Ongoing support provided including sessions with Careers Annual evaluation PAL Leaders, students and staff involved in shaping how the scheme develops
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  • UOB STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS PEER ASSISTED LEARNING (PAL) @ BRADFORD Interested? Email r.lefever@bradford.ac.ukr.lefever@bradford.ac.uk Visit http://www.bradford.ac.uk/academic- development/student-experience/peer-assisted- learning/http://www.bradford.ac.uk/academic- development/student-experience/peer-assisted- learning/ Invite me to a programme team meeting or similar to discuss a scheme for 2015/16 Any questions?
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  • Student Success Group 9 th October 2014 Student Experience and Success Team Kanja Sesay Attainment Officer STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group UoB
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  • What: Student Success Group Why: Evaluate student Attainment and develop and oversee targeted interventions Aim: To enhance the students attainment Who: Staff across the school supported by SEST staff STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group 13 In this presentation
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  • STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group 14 What: A group that will oversee student success and address the attainment issues and identifying areas of intervention. Why: there are disparities that may exist between groups, which could results in different student outcomes. School of Health Academic Year 2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/11 BME 42.161.851.637.756.8 White 64.865.870.473.9 Attainment gap22.7418.836.217.1
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  • STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group 15 Who: Staff members with interest on student experience, equality and diversity with support from SEST Team Outcome: This should be bespoke to the school. The school set their own objectives.
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  • STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group 16 Possible Questions/ Concerns: We are already have too much going on? Doesnt the Learning and Teaching Committee already? Can we actually make a difference?
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  • STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group 17 What We Offer: Expertise on attainment Data analysis Co-ordinate activities e.g. Peer Assisted Learning, Student Focus groups Update on Sector research Trans: It Summer School
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  • SOM: Objectives STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group 18 Understand the dynamics behind the BME performance gap Investigate within the sector regarding best practice solutions to the attainment gap Gain funding to address this important equal opportunities problem Develop plans and activities to proactively address the underlying causes of poor performance
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  • STUDENT EXPERIENCE & SUCCESS Student Success Group 19 Contact: studentexperience@bradford.ac.ukstudentexperience@bradford.ac.uk Thank you