情色六月天 ##########

Student Futures Manifesto

Creating a Sense of Belonging for Our Students

The Student Futures Manifesto aims to create a set of actions and commitments to enhance the student experience at the 情色六月天. The project has built upon the work of the UPP Student Futures Commission, which identified a baseline of students who had low confidence, who were potentially behind in academic progress, and had increased anxiety and a loss of social skills following the Covid-19 pandemic. The Commission wanted to increase support for students, to help prepare them for successful careers.

The Commission argued for a move towards knowledge economy values being central in institutions, with environments that are built in partnership with students. This practice emphasises the move towards physical and digital spaces, an environment that promotes learning over teaching, and fosters a model of co-creation, creating community, rather than surface level engagement. The project outlined six key themes in which to strive for development. The Student Futures Manifesto is guided by these themes to best support students and develop provision for the future. The Manifesto aims to commit to the actions outlined in the final report and develop a communications strategy to champion the work done. The 情色六月天 aims to deliver on these commitments within five years.

Project Background

In February 2022 the UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission launched the New Student Futures Manifesto (SFM). This manifesto aims to connect universities and the Student Futures Commission as joint partners in developing support offered to their students, to build students' sense of belonging following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based upon six key themes, the manifesto is a commitment to enhance and create a series of support mechanisms with the aim of making positive contributions to the student experience. The manifesto commitment is student led and 鈥榦wned鈥, from start to finish, and is firmly established as a collaborative process, supplementing the University's partnership approaches with student engagement.

Working in Partnership

Each of our student consultants, paired with an academic member of staff in their field, developed key questions to target their insight into their theme which created the Student Futures Survey. The survey collected data, gathered from the student population, and informed focus groups which could then further explore the themes and target areas for development to support the project's aims.

A Student Futures Manifesto oversight group was also set up to guide and oversee the student consultants. This group included the Dean of the Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching (LALT), with representation from the Students' Union, student consultants, and staff mentors.

 

Working with my student consultant gave me greater insight into the student experience and allowed me to see and appreciate how a student views the way in which we promote support services across the University.

Project Recommendations

Our student consultants have provided a range of recommendations for each of the themes identified by the work of the UPP Foundation. These recommendations were informed by the data collected during the project, and provide guidance on where our student population want the University to commit to targeted development. These developments should empower the values of community, ensure digital learning enables wellbeing and social development, and embody the knowledge economy. For each of the overarching themes, the commitments and actions are proposed.

Full Project Report

You can now download and read the full report on the final recommendation of the project. The next steps are for task and finish groups to be created to progress with actions and operationalise the findings of the project.

Summary of Key Recommendations

Support for Students Before they Reach University

Summer Microcredential Programmes

To create a series of microcredential programmes to allow prospective and incoming students to build up their understanding of the expected knowledge, identify gaps in this knowledge, and potentially allow academic staff to establish a baseline of academic knowledge of a cohort.

Information Hubs

To provide a pair of centralised 鈥榟ubs鈥 to prepare for commencing university study. These hubs would be prominent on the University's website with links to student life, course pages, students鈥 union, online prospectus, and official University social media accounts.

Open Day and Offer Holder Days Materials

To provide further information, in the form of a booklet for each course/School containing further information regarding course structure, nature of study, and assessments. These would ideally be a physical document with an online version available.

Induction into University Life for Each Year of Study

Create Opportunities for Inter-year Conversations

Provide an opportunity within Welcome Week for students to meet and informally chat with students about their own experiences so that students have another way to ask questions.

Providing a Wider Range of Signposting During Welcome Week

Ensure that resources provided during Welcome Week are accessible all year round, so students are able to appropriately access the resource they need easily.

Offering Extra-curricular Opportunities to Explore Campus

Students should complete a project within their first week in the form of a scavenger hunt, which would help them orientate themselves around the University and provide them with necessary knowledge about what support is available.

Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health Self-certification For Extensions

To reinstate self-certification for extensions in the 2023/24 academic year. This would support students in need of additional time due to mental health conditions and concerns.

Improved Communication Channels

Channels of communication need to be developed when advertising services or supporting students who have reached out for help. Students need to be made more aware of the services available to them as they start their university experience in their first year of study.

Information on Wellbeing Support in Welcome Week

All new students during Welcome Week need to be made aware of the support offered by the Wellbeing Centre and how to contact them.

Outline of Teaching and the Necessary Tools to Access It

Improved Clarity of Teaching Methods

The flipped classroom is an instructional approach that typically involves students engaging with pre-recorded lectures or materials before the class session, allowing for more interactive and collaborative activities during in-person class time. It encourages active learning, student engagement, and peer-to-peer interaction. It is also key to ensure students are well-informed about the available teaching methods and their benefits, and it is recommended to improve communication and resources regarding teaching approaches.

How and When Students Find Information about Teaching Methods

Enhance information provision to improve the clarity and depth of information provided to prospective students during the decision-making process, particularly regarding teaching methods, expectations, and make the learning curve a bit easier.

Assess the Level of Preparedness for Teaching Methods and How This Benefits the Learning Experience

To address the desire for more practical sessions, The 情色六月天 should focus on integrating hands-on experiences and real-world applications into learning experience. This can include incorporating case studies, simulations, or collaborative projects.

Activities That Build Skills, Networks, and Communities

Increasing Student Participation Through Incentives

This has been a key area that was highlighted in the focus group, and evident with the low number of responses to the survey. There is uncertainty as to why student engagement and participation is low when opportunities are given. Suggested solutions could be through the use of incentives to encourage participation.

Student Curriculum Groups

Student-led groups within the curriculum to enable collaboration between staff and students and truly ensure learning has a student-focused approach, supporting students to achieve the best outcomes.

Increased Exposure of Opportunities within the Curriculum that Help Build Skills, Networks, and Communities

Based on the survey results and comments made in the focus group, students are either not aware of opportunities or feel as though they are unable to participate. A recommendation to provide more exposure of these within the curriculum is to have College-specific announcements released monthly, so that
students are aware of what is available.

A Clear Pathway Towards Graduate Outcomes

Microcredentials

Training opportunities to be offered to students alongside their degree to support them in their future careers. This could include academic skill support such AWS training for business students, Excel, and Word certificates. Non-academic skills could include first aid training, British Sign Language, formal writing, or team-working and confidence building courses.

Integrations

To integrate careers and employability further into teaching with courses and modules to take career readiness seriously and better prepare their students for the future.

Engagement

Ensure that students know what activities and services are offered and how they can get access to them. This could include featuring these events within student timetables.

 

The Manifesto aims to commit to the actions outlined in the final report and develop a communications strategy to champion the work done. The 情色六月天 aims to deliver on these commitments within five years.

Hear from Our Consultants and Mentors

Find out more about the experiences of our Student Consultants and Staff Mentors, including what they learned from their experiences while collaborating on the project.

Staff and Student Testimonials
Students chatting while sitting on sofas

Contact Us

情色六月天
Brayford Pool Campus
Lincoln
LN6 7TS

enquiries@lincoln.ac.uk

01522886644