• Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation

  • Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation

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REACT - Realising Engagement Through Active Culture Transformation

Student Engagement and the REACT project

Student Engagement has come to mean many things to many people, to such an extent that it has perhaps become too diverse to have any clear meaning. It has been linked to student participation, involvement, commitment, effort and motivation; to Student Unions and to academic study; to developing new relationships between staff and students and to students having a ‘voice’; to partnership, co-creation and collaboration; to student satisfaction, retention and completion; to enhancement and quality. 

The REACT project narrows the focus of Student Engagement to look closely at three specific student-partnership initiatives designed to support the academic growth of students in three very different universities. REACT is also collaborating with twelve further universities in developing student engagement initiatives, with a particular focus is on so-called ‘hard to reach’ students in Higher Education.

 

 

The University of Winchester is known for its success in student engagement activities, such as the Winchester Student Fellows Scheme. Student Engagement is prioritised in institutional strategy to ensure innovation in the educational experience. The Student Fellows Scheme was Highly Commended for the HEA and NUS Students’ Union and Institution Partnership Award 2014 and the runner up for the Student Experience Guardian University Award 2015.

The University of Exeter now has an international reputation for its Students as Change Agents initiative, along with other innovative partnership practices. Exeter won the Small and Specialist Student Union Award 2015, the HEA and NUS Students’ Union and Institution Partnership Award 2014 and the NUS Academic Representation Award 2014.

London Metropolitan University have recently developed an institution wide Peer Assisted Student Success (PASS) scheme designed to benefit academic confidence, deeper understanding of learning, and a greater sense of belonging to a university community. This is to assist with the transition into Higher Education, as an means of enhancing attainment and supporting retention.