Student Engagement initiatives: well meaning but counterproductive?

  What do we mean by the term ‘Student Engagement’? How do we measure it? How should be enable it? These are issues reflected on in a recent paper from Australia (Baron and Corbin, 2012). The authors report that student engagement is high on the priorities of some institutions because of a perception, particularly amongst academicRead more

Students Voice resources

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Students Voice continues to be at the forefront of resource development for students (and staff) here at Loughborough. You might not be aware that they have created a set of readily accessible materials on the Loughborough Students Union website to support students on issues such as plagiarism, feedback, academic misconduct, impaired performance, etc., or that this informationRead more

Supporting Programme Reps

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Nicky Conway works in the Student Voice office in the Students’ Union and has been responsible for co-ordinating the new Programme Rep Hub module on Learn. She comments: “The new module has been developed as an interactive one stop-shop for all of the support, resources and opportunities that Programme Reps need to be effective in theirRead more

HEA activity relating to Internationalisation

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Colleagues may be interested to know about recent HEA activity relating to Internationalisation: The formation of a Special Interest Group for staff with an interest in internationalisation: and the production of a quarterly newsletter:,R9LM,5FMLAS,27CZZ,1 Both of these activities complement the HEA’s work on internationalisation detailed at: more

Peer Support Directory – new online resource

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In looking to support a variety of peer support initiatives which have been taking place across campus in recent years, the Teaching Centre is in the process of creating a new online resource to support staff and students. Called a Peer Support Directory, it promotes the idea that students are particularly well positioned to supportRead more

New ‘Information for Academic and Personal Tutors’ web resource

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The Teaching Centre has been actively seeking to create and provide resources to support staff involved in the academic and/or personal tutoring process. A set of frequently asked questions has now been posted at and includes answers to common queries such as “What is the University’s advice on Personal Tutoring?”, “What support is there for youRead more

Loughborough Student Charter, 2011-2012 – new website

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The Loughborough Student Charter, 2011-2012, was created earlier this year with the input of staff, students and student representatives from across campus. Signed by both Prof Shirley Pearce, the Vice Chancellor, and Rebecca Bridger, the Loughborough Students’ Union President, this document exemplifies the sense of partnership that exists here at Loughborough University. In addition toRead more

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