REACT SPECIAL ISSUE OF JEIPC

This special issue of The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change is slightly different from previous issues in that it focuses on a particular programme, known as ‘REACT’, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). ‘Realising Engagement Through Active Culture Transformation’, or REACT, looks closely at the engagement of so-called ‘hard-to-reach’ students in Higher Education (HE), and this issue of the journal provides a kaleidoscope of views and standpoints, starting points and conclusions, through both qualitative descriptions and reporting of quantitative data. It is not a ‘recipe book’ for ‘student engagement’. There is no clear-cut, neat picture of what ‘student engagement’ is, nor of what characterises a ‘hard-to-reach’ student. However, overall, it gives a rich picture of the many complexities of engaging with students who are less likely to engage, and of the many ways in which universities are working to understand the issues and consequences and to engage all students more effectively.

In all, forty-four contributions make up this issue, in the form of research articles, case studies and opinion pieces. Much has already been written on the topic of ‘student engagement’, but the importance of this particular set of pieces is that they narrow the focus of ‘student engagement’ by concentrating specifically on ‘hard-to-reach’ students. This does not mean narrowing or ‘closing down’ any aspect of discussion on the topic, but it provides a particular lens with the potential to inform wider debates.

Given the large number of contributions, this issue of JEIPC has also been set out slightly differently from usual, making use of thematic headings to organise the papers. Although the nature of students’ engagement means there is considerable cross-over between themes (and, indeed, some papers could fit under several themes), it is hoped that this organisational framework will make the content more coherent and accessible for the reader. Each of the themes is highlighted below.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Sims, S., (2017) Foreword Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Editorial Team
Dunne, E., Lowe, T., Sims, S., Shaw, C., Luebsen, W., Guggiari-Peel, C., Humphrey, O., (2017) Editorial Team Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Preface
Bovill, C., (2017) Preface Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Introductory Articles
Dunne, E., Lowe, T., Sims, S., Luebsen, W., Guggiari-Peel, C., (2017) Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation: An Introduction to the REACT Programme Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Lowe, T., Dunne, E., (2017) Setting the scene for the REACT programme: aims, challenges and the way ahead Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Lowe, T., Dunne, E., (2017) The REACT Collaborative Development Programme: Bringing universities together to enhance student-engagement activities for the ‘hard to reach’ Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Shaw, C., Humphrey, O., Atvars, T., Sims, S (2017) Who They Are and How to Engage Them: A Summary of the REACT Systematic Literature Review of the ‘Hard to Reach’ in Higher Education Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Chivers, S (2017) 'Bubbles of Perspective': A reflection on Higher Education and the REACT Project Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

The Shifting Context of Higher Education
Chivers, S (2017) Reframing 'Hard to Reach' Student Engagement Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Edwards, C (2017) The Potential Impact of the TEF on Engaging ‘Hard to Reach’ Students Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Mooney, P (2017) Found in Translation?: The new Language of Student Engagement Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Milward, S (2017) Learning Analytics: The Emperor’s New Clothes? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Hancock, J (2017) Do Graduates Need an Understanding of Change? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Bols, A (2017) Enhancing Student Representation Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Hakim, Y (2017) Where next for Student Engagement? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Retention and Attainment
Sims, S., Luebsen, W., Guggiari-Peel, C., (2017) Exploring the role of co-curricular student engagement in relation to student retention, attainment and improving inclusivity Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Guggiari-Peel, C., (2017) Is co-curricular engagement the key to success for ‘hard to reach’ students at the University of Exeter? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Walker, S., McKenna., D, Abdillahi., A, Molesworth, C., (2017) Examining predictors of retention with implications for TESTA@Greenwich Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Beniston, J., Harris., D. (2017) To engage or not to engage? That is the question. Students' Perceptions of Engagement at a West Midlands University Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Austen, L., Heaton, C., Jones-Devitt, S., Pickering, N. (2017) Why is the BME attainment gap such a wicked problem? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Engagement, Belonging and Identity
Alison, C. (2017) Sowing Seeds, Growing Roots: How Engagement Led Me to Flourish in University Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Burns, T., Griffiths, O., Myhre, M., Sinfield, S. (2017) Picture this: engaging students – improving outcomes Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Humphrey, O., Lowe, T. (2017) Exploring how a ‘Sense of Belonging’ is facilitated at different stages of the student journey in Higher Education. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Felten, P. (2017) Engagement, Disability, and Hard-to-Reach Students Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Quince, E., Meland, C., Blacow, E., Guildford, K., Grover, U., Angelo, F. (2017) Digital Media to ‘Engage the Disengaged’: Reaching out to Humanities Students at the University of Southampton Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Irwin, J., Knight, J. (2017) Developing an understanding of why students do not engage Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Partnership Approaches
Smith, J., Carey, W., Chapman, P. (2017) Manchester in Partnership Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Bryson, C. (2017) A cross-university initiative to enhance SOTL through a students as partners approach Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

McConnell, C. (2017) Reflecting On Practice: Embedding Student Engagement Through Interdepartmental Partnership Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Harvey, F. (2017) Using Open Badges to support student engagement and evidence based practice Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Elphick, M., Sims, S. (2017) Reflections on developing Technology-Enhanced Learning through staff-student partnership - a case study of using mobile devices cross-institutionally Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Abegglen, S., Sinfield, S., Burns, T. (2017) Reflections on developing Technology-Enhanced Learning through staff-student partnership - a case study of using mobile devices cross-institutionally Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Wintrup, J. (2017) The undergraduate research project as co-creation: can we describe new forms of learning gain? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Peer Learning Communities
Blessinger, P. (2017) Reaching hard to reach students through student learning communities Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Warren, D., Luebsen, W. (2017) ‘Getting into the flow of university’: a coaching approach to student peer support Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Northam, S. (2017) Technological Review of Higher Education Student Engagement Enhancement Using the Facebook Social Networking Site (SNS) Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Davies, R., Pocklington, A., Allington, S. (2017) Technological Review of Higher Education Student Engagement Enhancement Using the Facebook Social Networking Site (SNS) Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Reaching - Whose Responsibility?
Jones-Devitt, S., Austen, L., Chitwood, L., Donnelly, A., Fearn, C., Heaton, C., Latham, G., LeBihan, J., Middleton, A., Morgan, M., Parkin, H., Pickering, N. (2017) Creation and Confidence: BME students as academic partners….but where were the staff? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Marie, J., MacKenzie, S., Rowett, S., Wright, M. (2017) Barriers to engagement at UCL Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Newcombe, M. (2017) Lecture Capture – can it help ‘hard to reach’ students? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Jones-Devitt, S., Austen, L., Irwin, B., McDonald, K., Parkin, H. (2017) Are all students 'hard to reach' in a digital higher education (H.E.) context? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Cook-Sather, A., Porte, O. (2017) Reviving Humanity: Grasping Within and Beyond Our Reach Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Marie, J., Rowett, S., MacKenzie, D., Wright, M., Lusk, S. (2017) Which Lenses Best Help us Make our Practices Inclusive? Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Glazzard, D. (2017) Looking for people like me: The barriers and benefits to SU participation for working class students in an elite institution Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Some Conclusions, and Where Next?
Dunne, E. (2017) Concluding thoughts on the REACT Programme Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.