Lunchtime session – Internationalisation Change Programme, Implications for Reading

Simon Sweeney, Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate, will visit Reading in his capacity as advisor for the Internationalisation Change Programme supported by the HEA. He will also deliver a lunch time presentation and participate in a discussion with university staff.

Simon will talk about his HEA work on Internationalisation and the direction for UK HEIs going forward, especially in relation to the Bologna Process. The presentation will be about 30 minutes, followed by a discussion with the university staff about Internationalisation and implications for Reading.

When:  24th January 1-2 pm    Where: Palmer 102

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The opportunity to work with the Digitally Ready Team

Via the Existing and Emerging Biotechnologies (EEB) Framework and our work toward Creating a Global Agenda in the Biosciences and the Internationalisation Change Programme (ICP) , we have recently been given the opportunity to work with the Digitally Ready team.

Via the small project funding calls advertised in November by the DR team, we have been successful in securing 3 small funds to further our work on creating a global agenda in the Biosciences and Flexible Learning. Katerina Lazidou (2nd year PhD student), will be working with us on the Internationalisation project, while Sam Holton (2nd year Undergraduate) will join us once again to continue his UROP placement work on development of the EEB blended learning framework.

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Personal reflections on “Visa and Work Placements for International Students”

Today I had the opportunity to attend a presentation on Tier 4 Visa National Students & Work Placements.

The University’s Tier 4 Licence enables the recruitment of International Students.  Tier 4 students are allowed to undertake work placements as an assessed part of their course. However, the University’s Tier 4 licence comes also involves reporting back international students’ work placements to the UKBA. Continue reading

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T&L Showcase – Flexible Learning presentation by Dr Kim Watson & Dr Teeroumanee Nadan

As part of the series of T&L showcases organised by CDoTL, today we had the opportunity to participate in a Flexible Learning showcase during which we were able to present our work. Watch an 8min recording of the Showcasing event here.

We presented on the “Creation of  a Blended Learning Framework for the Biosciences”. Whilst we started with setting the background, in particular the delivery of a pilot short course in 2010, the most important aspect was the lessons learnt from delivering those courses. Our collaboration with 11 host companies and participants in 2010 principally taught us the following:

  • Flexibility of the programme must be at the core
  • Multiple Entry/Exit routes are desirable
  • There must be a variety of study modes/opportunities
  • Keep up the engagement with Industry

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Community of Practice (COP) Internationalising Student Support

Lunch time today was busy with the first Community of Practice (COP) Internationalising Student Support meeting.

The COP Internationalising Student Support was recently established to share best practices and provide staff the opportunity to discuss current challenges and opportunities to provide a high quality international student experience.

Led by the University’s International Student Adviser in partnership with RUSU’s elected International Students’ Officer, and supported by the Faculty Director Teaching and Learning (Science), the COP provides opportunities for staff involved with and interested in the development and enhancement of student support and experience in relation to internationalisation to meet. Continue reading

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An eventful evening for our UROP students

Our UROP students Sam Holton and Laura Cotton enjoyed an eventful evening on November 28th on campus. Sam and Laura worked on the Industry Skills Courses to accommodate for ‘student-led’ works on these courses. Watch what our Associate Dean for the Faculty of Life Sciences has to say about UROP here.

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Our work with the Study Advisers

Recent works in this project has seen a collaboration with the Study Advice. Matt Daley (International Student Adviser) and Dr Michelle Reid (Study Adviser) will be tailoring presentations to our students’s demography in the following:

  1. Going Global and Adjusting to Student Life in the UK and Study in the UK (for both international and home students)

2. Referencing & Plagiarism

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Quick Progress on the ICP project

The past few weeks have been intertwined with meetings and our Evaluation Report on this project.

I just recently got involved in this project (5 weeks ago) and am glad to say that despite the steep learning curve, much progress was achieved over such a short time.

We were able to meet with key stakeholders, including the Director of the International Office, Faculty Director of Teaching & Learning, CDoTL team members, and academics in the Departments of Chemistry and Food & Nutritional Sciences who work a lot with international students.

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Understanding global employability in the Biosciences

With the onset of a new term, odds are that our international students are confused, lost and worried as they settle into life in a new country and settle into their studies on a new campus. To help them, the University has numerous facilities and support structures with many volunteers and current students and staff to help orient these new students to their new environment. We encourage you to seek these out and get involved!

Our part in providing support for all our students starts now too, as students begin their new academic year. With aspirations of achieving high degree qualifications and obtaining a relevant job after graduation, students (both home and international) soon discover that pastoral and peer support are not the only contributors to becoming a Global Graduate. We need to provide an internationally aware curriculum and experience for our students.

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HEA Internationalisation Change Initiative Residential Programme

Last week I was fortunate enough to be part of the university’s team on the HEA  Internationalisation Change Initiative Programme held in Leeds.
The 2-day residential programme was organised by the HEA and was indeed very fruitful to our work here at Reading.

On Day 1, we did a Journey mapping activity, whereby we identified the challenges we still faced and the support we have in place already for our project. Continue reading

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