ALDinHE Conference – Week 39

​Last week, the REACT team traveled to Edinburgh for the ALDinHE (Association for Learning Development in Higher Education) Conference, to deliver two sessions as book-ends on the second day of the event. Liz and I facilitated a workshop in the morning, titled "exploring perspectives of the 'hard-to-reach' in relation to student engagement", where we felt we inspired delegates to look critically at their institutions' language in policies, strategies and action plans in regards to widening access of opportunities to students.

In the afternoon Stuart and Wilko presented our first public session on REACT's research, delivering a paper titled "democracy and inclusivity in two contrasting student engagement initiatives in different institutional contexts". This paper gave the initial analysis of a survey distributed to Student Fellows at the University of Winchester and Success Coaches at London Metropolitan University exploring student motivations, experiences and demographics of these participations. This study is currently being replicated at Exeter with Students as Change Agents, which will provide a third contrasting Student Engagement Participation, as a foundation for REACT's continued research into the impact of Student Engagement in UK HE. For more information on this study please contact Dr Stuart Sims at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & Wilko Luebsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This week Rebecca (Content Marketing Coordinator) and I have been busy refreshing our printed marketing materials, spending hours on InDesign and beginning initial conversations about our REACT Conference in May 2017. We are already excited to begin planning our flagship event to share practice from the fifteen universities working with REACT and showcase the outcomes of our research. More details to follow #REACTcon2017!

Written by : Tom Lowe