GEA Conference 2018

Dr Jessica Gagnon (Senior Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth) and Arif Mahmud (Project Officer, University of Portsmouth) will be presenting at the Gender and Education Association Conference on 9th – 12th December 2018

Overview

The conference theme is intended to provide a platform to critically engage with and interrogate the current political landscape in which debates about knowledge, authority, truth, power and harm are resurfacing and require feminist intervention. A central question underpinning this conference theme is: what does it mean to be pedagogical in a post-truth landscape? And how might feminist scholars work to intervene in this environment? The GEA 2018 conference will provide a forum to explore the challenges and strategies for educators, researchers and participants in higher education in these complex times.

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University of Winchester Student Led Teaching Award 2018

The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union Student Led Teaching Awards is an annual event that recognises and celebrated excellence in teaching, mentoring, guidance and supporting provided to students at The University of Winchester.

Dr Karl C. Alvestad was on 29th March 2018 awarded with the Future Focus Award as part of the University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union Student Led Teaching Awards for his work with the Changing Mindsets Project. The Future Focus Award is awarded to a member of staff who has inspired future prospects through enhancing employability skills or motivating students for further study.

In support of Karl’s nomination a student said: ‘Through the Changing Mindsets and Programme Study Mentor research projects, Karl has been amazing. He creates workshops for us leaders that help to develop our own ways of thinking and spark ideas for how we can lead our sessions. Throughout this project, Karl has opened my eyes to different mindsets and how I can develop more of a growth mindset moving forwards. This has sparked a love in me of helping others and has led to the decision that I want to go on to study how the language used in schools can affect students’ mindsets.’

After receiving the award Karl stated:

This award comes as a great, but pleasing, surprise and is an acknowledgement of the impact of the work laid down in the Changing Mindsets Project by the whole project team. It is great to see and hear that our work has changed students’ mindsets and inspired them to seeking greater understanding of the impact language and behaviour on students’ mindsets.
BERA Annual Conference 2018

Dr Jessica Gagnon (Senior Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth) and Arif Mahmud (Project Officer, University of Portsmouth) will be presenting at the British Educational Research Association Conference on 11th – 13th September 2018

Overview

For educational researchers the BERA Annual Conference is an important date in their professional year. It provides the opportunity to:

  • network with existing colleagues
  • support new colleagues at the start of their careers
  • establish the beginnings of new collaborations
  • exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues; and sometimes more profitably, with non-like-minded colleagues
  • make new links with potential publishers or funders
  • learn about research outside your own area and investigate possible connections
  • indulge in discussions of ‘blue sky’ research that reminds you why you are a researcher

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FACE 2018: Transformative Higher Education - Access, Inclusion and Lifelong Learning

Arif Mahmud (Project Officer, University of Portsmouth) will be presenting at the Forum for Access and Continuing Education conference on 4th – 6th July 2018.

Overview

FACE 2018: Transformative Higher Education – Access, Inclusion and Lifelong Learning to be held at University of Worcester, 4th – 6th July 2018. This year’s conference will be framed around four themes:

  • Transformation – Innovation and challenging approaches to widening participation in HE
  • Access – Reaching wider: best practice in collaborative outreach and HE success
  • Inclusion – Towards an inclusive HE system with opportunities for all
  • Lifelong Learning – Institutional, National and International policy, practice and research in flexible HE learning.

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ELIA Biennial Conference - Resilience and the City: Art, Education, Urbanism

Vikki Hill (Project Officer, UAL) will be presenting at the ELIA Biennial Conference on 21st – 24th November 2018.

Overview

Take part in the largest conference on Higher Arts Education and join international colleagues in an engaging 3-day programme featuring high-profile speakers, plenary discussions, paper presentations, best practices, networking events, mobile sessions at cultural institutions in the city and much more.

The 15th ELIA Biennial Conference is hosted by Codarts University of the Arts and Willem de Kooning Academy/Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam – a young, dynamic and innovative city. Our discussion will focus on the role of the arts in creating resilient cities in times of global change.

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Changing Mindsets at the HEA Attainment Symposium: Closing the Attainment Gap: Student Success for All

Arif Mahmud (Project Officer, University of Portsmouth), Vikki Hill (Project Officer, UAL), and Catherine McConnell (Project Lead, University of Brighton) will be presenting at the Higher Education Academy’s Attainment Symposium on 23rd May 2018.

Overview

HEA’s Closing Attainment gaps – student success for all symposium is for HE staff and student representatives interested in the role of the curriculum in closing student attainment gaps.  The symposium will examine the role of teaching staff in securing equitable outcomes for students;  consider  how teaching and learning activities fit within a ‘whole  university’ strategic approach to attainment; explore how data can be shared, interrogated and used to better manage degree differentials; and assess the latest practical and evidence based approaches to closing attainment gaps and how these can be adapted in different disciplinary settings

The aims of this symposium are:

  • to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice-based programmes and initiatives in this priority area; and
  • to begin to craft a principled, and evidence-informed, approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change(s) with regards to flexible learning in higher education.

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HEFCE Changing Mindsets Conference
Conference Details

Date: 28th June 2018

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Location: Park Building, King Henry I St, Portsmouth, PO1 2BZ

Space is limited; registration is required

Please join us at our mid-project conference, in which we will share initial findings from the project. In addition to presenting the initial findings, the day will feature:

  • A keynote by University of Portsmouth Chancellor Karen Blackett OBE
  • At the Intersections: Race and Class in Higher Education student panel
  • Exhibition of portraits, stories, and artwork from the project

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City uni leads project to help students excel
A new scheme at the University of Portsmouth aims to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds excel. The project, run by Dean of Science at the university Professor Sherria Hoskins, has been awarded £500,000 by HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

She and Dr Jessica Gagnon, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Education and Childhood Studies, will lead the project with 5,200 university students and 800 university staff who work with them at five universities.

The students who will benefit are from the groups least likely to apply to university and, if they do attend, most likely to drop out, or not perform well academically, despite entering with excellent qualifications.

The main aim of the project is to try and close the attainment gap in black and minority ethnic groups and those from the working class.

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University of Portsmouth Press Release
Disadvantaged students are to benefit from a new project, led by the University of Portsmouth, which aims to challenge stereotypes to raise the expectations of students and their teachers and to build belief in their abilities.

The project, run by Professor Sherria Hoskins, Dean of Science at the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded £500,000 by Hefce, the Higher

Education Funding Council for England. She and Dr Jessica Gagnon, senior research fellow in the University’s School of Education and Childhood Studies, will lead the project with 5,200 university students and 800 university staff who work with them at five universities.

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University of Winchester Press Release
The University of Winchester is a key partner in a new project which aims to support disadvantaged students by building their belief in their abilities and increasing their motivation and educational achievement.

Changing Mindsets will work with students and teaching staff to help overturn sometimes deeply-held beliefs that educational abilities are fixed and replace those beliefs with an understanding that the ability to learn grows through effort and being challenged. Led by academics at the University of Portsmouth, the project partners are University of the Arts, London, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Brighton, and University of Winchester.

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University of Brighton Press Release

Research by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has exposed gaps in the higher education outcomes between different student groups. The project ‘Changing Mindsets: Reducing stereotype threat as a barrier to student success’, funded from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund, will benefit students likely to drop out or perform less well.

The university is one of five partnering institutions involved in the project which is being led by the University of Portsmouth. Brighton’s share of £64,000 will be used to coordinate, deliver and evaluate the project, with at least £15,000 going to students as incentives to take part. Brighton is matching the funding with leadership, research expertise and development from staff involved.

The thinking behind the project is based on the belief that ability develops through effort and embracing challenge. Developing this ‘growth mindset’ has been shown to have profound motivational impacts on learners and on staff expectations of learners that have effects on attainment gaps.

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UAL Press Release

Disadvantaged students are to benefit from a new project involving University of the Arts London (UAL) which aims to challenge stereotypes to raise the expectations of students and their lecturers, and to build belief in their abilities.

The project, led by academics at the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded £500,000 by Hefce, the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The main aim of the project is narrow the attainment gap in black and minority ethnic groups and those from working class backgrounds.

Professor Susan Orr, UAL Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, will be the UAL lead on the project which will involve 5,200 university students and 800 university staff working with teams across five universities.

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