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
- Group discussion
- Peer-assisted learning
Key features of the proposal
This continuous induction process will focus on two areas of student development:
- 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
- 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.