Presentation on theme: "University of Brighton Staff Development Conference 2008."— Presentation transcript:
University of Brighton Staff Development Conference 2008
The changing nature of student life: what does it mean for us? Margaret Wallis and Jayne Raisborough
Widening participation Government policy - universities will attain a 50% participation rate of young people (18-30 years) by 2010 “innovations include ways of making higher education attractive and accessible to disadvantaged individuals and communities” Aim 3 - Corporate Plan
The reality “I shouldn’t be here. University is not my sort of place.” Caring responsibilities Financial difficulties Mental health issues Poor experience of school A lack of self confidence, self esteem and self belief
The student’s viewpoint “I don’t know anyone that has left university because they can’t handle the work academically…times when I have really struggled it has not been because of the work, it has been because of the way …you feel isolated.” Stephen, D and O’Connell, P. (2008) Teaching in Higher Education
What does it mean for us? “As student numbers have grown bigger and bigger you have got much less personal connection. I think this probably gets over to the students that many staff appear hurried and harassed … How can you use engaging methods with such large numbers of students? You can only ‘fire fight’.” Stephen, D and O’Connell, P. (2008) Teaching in Higher Education
“Universities are like refugee camps” Stuart Laing, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Student work Summer work Weekend work Outside of the university ‘on top’ of their university week?
57% Regular term-time work Average 16 hours 25 hours or over The Winn Report 2006-7:Fleischer & Chalkley (2007)
Add ‘ad hoc’ work… 70% of our students, at times, are employees
Impact? 64% ‘negative impact upon studies’: reading/ prep/ ‘extras’ 75% too tired - social activities reduced Not making ‘proper’ friends at university
Smash & Grab What do they HAVE to read, when and WHY? Students are TIME POOR We feel the brunt – we are time poor too! Students DISENGAGE from university community Reports of loneliness and homesickness – … What can we do?
….and finally some thoughts about a perfect day at the University of Brighton