Internationalisation Change Programme

 

This page provides information on the Internationalisation Change Programme supported by the HEA.

PROJECT TEAM

  • Dr Kim Watson (Project Lead)
  • Dr Teeroumanee Nadan (Project Manager)
  • Professor Steve Mithen (Pro-VC for International & External Engagement)
  • Ms Maria Papaefthimiou (CDoTL Support, Enhancement Manager -Teaching, Learning & Technology)

OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

  • Careers, Placement and Experience Centre (CPEC)
  • Study Advice
  • School Directors of T&L and Faculty Director of T&L
  • Key academics in associated Schools
  • Student Programme Representatives within Schools
  • School Work Placement Tutors
  • School International Tutor
  • Other CDoTL collaborators
  • international  Office

AIMS

 The ICP project aims to extend the subject-specific guidance for internationalisation and external engagement in Biological Sciences to STEM Sciences more generally, which will truly contribute to the creation of a learned trans-national, competitive STEM workforce – the Global Employee.

The project aims at providing students with the skills they need to be able to return to fulfilling opportunities at home or to remain as a valuable resource within the UK. Importantly, the project core centres around direct engagement with our internationally diverse student groups, including active participation in decision making groups and having ongoing dissemination through all modern means to drive cultural transformation.

OBJECTIVES

The primary objective going forward is to gather sufficient and appropriate evidence across the institute to convince key stakeholders (and specifically senior managers) to support such cultural transformation in meaningful ways. Specifically, to provide appropriate and adequate resources and infrastructure for all Schools equally.

As a second objective, during the pilot project in SBS, six areas of concern for International students were highlighted (following focus group meetings and case study discussions), which will be further investigated. The six areas are: Teaching Methods, Learning Styles, Assessment Methods, Academic Support (including tutorial teaching), Technical Support and Career Management.  In fact, these 6 areas form the basis of our data gathering in the ICP project. Based on our work to date, we believe that addressing concerns in these areas will bring the greatest impact to our students and ultimately form the basis of cultural change within the institute.

Finally, the ICP will provide a means of disseminating across the institute and to other HEIs specific recommendations, which we believe will facilitate the necessary cultural transformation needed to contribute to the creation of a Global Employee.

SCHOOLS INVOLVED

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences
    • Department of Pharmacy

DURATION

Start date: May 2012
End date: March 2013
Supported by: Higher Education Academy

DISSEMINATION

We be presenting outcomes of this project at the Internationalising learning and teaching: making connections conference 12th march 2013 in London. (As part of the dissemination process for the Global Employability in Biosciences project).

We will also be organising an HEA-funded event on campus during the summer term of 2013 to disseminate findings of this project.