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Volunteers needed for the Westminster Induction Network

11 June 2013

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Would you like to develop your employability skills? Are you interested in developing your teaching skills? Would you like to develop your academic skills? Would you like to receive a reference that will benefit you in your future employment? Would you like to help first year students in the induction process?

What is the Westminster Induction Network (WIN)?

The Academic Learning Development Centre (ALDC) is proposing a series of sessions throughout the year, which will be embedded into the induction process. Students will be given tasters in academic skills, as well as a chance to meet other students and staff so that they are better prepared for the year ahead, academically, socially and emotionally. There will be a strong emphasis in the workshops on self-reflection and providing students with a platform to discuss their concerns and challenges. Consequently, there will be an emotional component to these sessions to support students with their general well-being, while studying on their programmes.

The intention is to start with a pilot group and evaluate the success of the induction process throughout the year by producing qualitative data at each stage. Eventually, the intention is that these sessions are embedded at a university wide level.

Format of the sessions: interactive

  • Quizzes
  • Group discussion
  • Workshops
  • Peer-assisted learning
  • Videos

Key features of the proposal

This continuous induction process will focus on two areas of student development:

Academic aspect

  • Introduction to life in HE: expectations
  • Introduction to academic skills: how to work together, teamwork, theories of communication, challenges to working together on programmes, critical thinking, presentational skills and writing skills

Emotional aspect

  • A focus on personal identity, self-confidence, sense of belonging to the University Community, self- efficacy and personal space
  • Dealing with conflict: how to manage and resolve conflict and stress

When will sessions take place?

  • First session: September 2013
  • Second session: End October 2013
  • Third session January 2014
  • Fourth session March 2014

How long will the sessions be?

  • Each session will be four hours

What will I have to do?

  • Guide students around the University
  • Give a short presentation about your experiences as a student
  • Assist Learning Advisers in the sessions

What is in it for me?

  • We will train you in presentational skills
  • You will gain university recognition
  • You will have an opportunity to meet a range of people
  • You will gain skills that employers are interested in

If I am interested what should I do?

Contact Shahzeena Ahmad (Academic Learning Development Adviser): [email protected]. The deadline for volunteering is 26 August.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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