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Eliminating Inequalities: Staff and students working in partnership to tackle differential outcomes

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The SRHE Student Experience network, and The Changing Mindsets project present a symposium focused addressing differential outcomes through staff and students working in partnership.


The Changing Mindsets project is one of 17 Office for Students funded projects focused on closing attainment gaps currently underway across the UK. Changing Mindsets is a student and staff workshop-based intervention that builds a Growth Mindset: the belief that ability develops through effort and by embracing challenge. Initially developed at the University of Portsmouth in 2012, the intervention aims to close the attainment gap in student experience, retention, progression, academic attainment and employability by changing mindsets and eroding stereotype threat (Osbourne & Walker, 2006) and implicit bias (Staats, 2014; Devine et al, 2012) as barriers to learning.


The symposium will feature presentations of emerging findings from the quantitative and qualitative data collected so far across the project partnership as well as presentations focused on the different approaches each partner institution has taken to creating and enabling staff and students to work in partnership to tackle inequalities. In addition to presentations from the partnership, the day will feature a student panel discussion to explore the question: “What should “working in partnership” look like in practice?” from the students’ perspectives.

 

Keynote: Tackling Inequality: Lessons learnt & lessons shared

Keynote Speaker: Ilyas Nagdee, NUS Black Students’ Officer


 

Speakers include:

  • Professor Sherria Hoskins, Dean of Science, University of Portsmouth

  • Dr Jessica Gagnon, Senior Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth

  • Juan Batley, Learner Analytics Specialist, University of Portsmouth

  • Catherine McConnell, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton

  • Jenny Terry, Research Officer, University of Brighton

  • Laura Watson, Project Officer, University of Winchester

  • Vikki HIll, Educational Developer (Attainment - Identity and Cultural Experience) University of the Arts London


Please note the talks from this event will be filmed for the Changing Mindsets project website. Attendees may be in shot for some camera angles.


This conference has been made free via sponsorship from the project team.
 

10.30-11:00                         Registration (Tea/coffee, etc.)

11:00-11:15                         Welcome, Professor Sherria Hoskins, University of Portsmouth

11:15 - 12:00                       Change in Progress: Project overview, initial findings, and where we go from here. Dr Jessica Gagnon, University of Portsmouth

The value of Learner Analytics: Lessons learned from the Changing Mindsets Project. Juan Batley and Dr Jessica Gagnon, University of Portsmouth

Q&A

12:00-13:00                      Lunch, and Small group interactive session: Questions for small groups:

•             What examples do you have to share of staff and students working in partnership to address/eliminate inequalities in higher education?

•             What does effective/equal partnership look like?

•             What more could/should be done to enable effective partnerships for addressing/eliminating inequalities?

1:00-2:00                              Facilitating Partnerships: Using Mindset principles to support collaboration Catherine McConnell and Jenny Terry, University of Brighton

The Multiple Partnerships in Changing Mindsets delivery. Laura Watson, University of Winchester

UAL Creative Mindsets: Modelling mindsets through co-production. Vikki Hill, University of the Arts London

Q&A

2:00-2:35                              Keynote: Tackling Inequality: Lessons learnt & lessons shared

Speaker: Ilyas Nagdee, NUS Black Students’ Officer

2:35-2:45                              Break

2:45-3:45                              Student Panel discussion: What should “working in partnership” look like in practice?

UoB: Fiona Bazzoni
UoW: Sam Jenkins / Maisha Islam to co-chair
UAL: Joel Simpson / E Okobi to co-chair
UoP: Angel Layer

 

3:45-4:00                              Moving Forward: Implications for practice, policy, and further research, Professor Sherria Hoskins, University of Portsmouth


Keynote Tackling Inequality: Lessons learnt & lessons shared

Speaker: Ilyas Nagdee, NUS Black Students’ Officer


This keynote will explore an overview of the work to address attainment gaps and other systemic inequalities taking place across the country with useful lessons learnt from the rollout of these programmes. The aim is for delegates to develop an understanding of the bigger picture of staff and students working together to tackle differential outcomes. As work on the attainment gaps and other inequalities gains momentum, it’s crucial we look back over the journey much of this work has taken and apply the lessons learnt as we continue to work towards closing the gaps.


Ilyas Nagdee is the NUS Black Students Officer representing students from African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean Backgrounds. He was formerly the Diversity Officer at the University of Manchester Students Union where he graduated in Middle Eastern Studies. He is a co-convenor of the students not suspects campaign against the government's Prevent Duty and co-author of the Experiences of Muslim Students in Education Research which the NUS published in 2018. His campaigning looks at anti-racism, state violence, international peace and justice and decolonisation.


Project presentation titles and brief abstracts


Change in Progress: Project overview, initial findings, and where we go from here

Presenter: Dr Jessica Gagnon

Abstract: This presentation will provide a brief overview of the Changing Mindsets project, including attainment gaps by the numbers, introduction to key concepts, and highlights from initial findings from the evaluation research data collected so far. Based on the initial findings, recommendations for action will be offered. Findings from the project are intended to inform higher education policies and practices to address inequalities in students’ experiences and outcomes.


The value of Learner Analytics: Lessons learned from the Changing Mindsets Project

Presenters: Juan Batley and Dr Jessica Gagnon

Abstract: Learner analytics in education can be used to collect, analysis and report data about learners either for the benefit of the students or staff, ideally both. The use of data to discover connections for advising about people’s learning and later in the system development of predicting outcomes. The changing mindsets project has reviewed five years of learner activity relating to the schools or departments involved to report the degree attainment and outcome gaps based on either ethnicity or socio-economic background which was defined by OfS funding. The combining of different data sets to create cross sectional educational information to explore withdrawals, age, gender, tariff, quintile or socio-economic class and ethnicity presents an opportunity or threat for institutes depending of the dissemination or management of information. Using learner analytics to test hypothesis rather than making decisions based on assumptions. Institutions will need to publish data on applications, offers, admissions and outcomes by demographics under the changes by the OfS. Business intelligence software, for example Tableau, was used to demonstrate data visualisation across the partnership which may be different to current systems use for internal reporting. Aiming to connect the demographic data from changing mindsets project to perform as a catalyst to review and change the institutes method of reporting.  


Facilitating Partnerships: Using mindset principles to support collaboration

Presenters: Catherine McConnell and Jenny Terry

Abstract: When student-staff partnerships happen well, they can be dynamic, transformational and inspiring for both students, staff and the university. However, in reality, there can be challenges to student-staff partnership which need to be addressed. Challenges include the inevitable power dynamics between educator/assessor and learner, as well as lack of clarity about roles, responsibilities and expectations. Using the principles found in Dweck’s (2017) ‘implicit theories of intelligence’, along with structured collaborative activities, has been found to be helpful in facilitating communication and building relationships, through making the often implicit and unsaid explicit, transparent and more easily discussed. This presentation will address some of the challenges of developing student-staff collaborative work, and introduce five resources that can help ensure it is authentic and accessible to students, with clear expectations, communications, and is effective in embedding action.


The Multiple Partnerships in Changing Mindsets delivery

Presenters: Laura Watson

Abstract: It is widely argued that ‘engaging students in partnership means seeing students as active participants in their own learning…Active learning is the key to meaningful student learning’ (Chickering and Gamson 1987; Gibbs 1998; Graham et al. 2007).   The University of Winchester holds the value of student and staff partnership strongly, which means that there are many opportunities for the students to be directly involved in their learning and teaching experience. The PAL scheme is an example of how students can be involved with contributing to the university experience of others by making changes to their university through supporting students in their learning as well as helping to break down barriers to learning based on bias and stereotype threat. This presentation will demonstrate the multiple partnerships between students, staff and existing schemes such as PAL that are involved in delivering Changing Mindsets as well as the impact that these partnerships have on students and peer-leaders.


UAL Creative Mindsets: Modelling mindsets through co-production

Presenters: Vikki Hill

Abstract: One year ago, we posed the question, How can we make the UAL Creative Mindsets intervention sustainable at the University of the Arts London?  In response to this directive, we upscaled the project by building a team of current students, staff and Alumni to co-facilitate workshops and ultimately co-produce materials. We focused on at least 3 courses per college (approx. 100 students per course) that were supported by the Academic Enhancement Model and delivered Induction week workshops for all, 1240 Year 1 students at London College of Communication. We will explore our efforts to embed UAL Creative Mindsets within the university to, in effect, change the culture, create buy-in and enthusiasm for the work and to address attainment differentials to develop growth mindsets, build resilience and reduce implicit bias. 


Speaker Bios


Professor Sherria Hoskins, Dean of Science, University of Portsmouth

Sherria is currently the Dean of Science at the University of Portsmouth.  She combines her leadership role with a successful research and teaching career.  She has played a role in research teams generating over £10 million of research and innovation income.  As the lead researcher she has secured over £2 million of funding in the last three years. She is currently leading three high profile funded research projects, including this Office for Students funded Changing Mindsets project.  She has also led numerous community projects and two years working with the Institute of Physics, supporting their work in schools to improve the gender balance in this discipline. Her current research takes a social cognitive approach to understanding how learners’ beliefs (e.g. implicit and self-theories) impact their learning behaviour (e.g. resilience, motivation, approach to learning and decision making) and academic outcomes.  She is specifically interested in whether we can influence those beliefs to positively impact learning expectations, behaviours and outcomes.


Dr Jessica Gagnon, Senior Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth
Dr Jessica Gagnon is a sociologist of higher education whose research is primarily focused on inequalities in higher education. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, where she leads the University of Portsmouth Higher Education Forum, an inter-disciplinary hub for the development, implementation and promotion of world-leading research in the field. She has a track record of securing research funding and publishes widely around inequalities in higher education. In addition to being a researcher on this Learning Gain project, she leads the Office for Students funded Changing Mindsets project http://mindsets.port.ac.uk/ and she is a researcher on several other funded projects.


Juan Batley, Learner Analytics Specialist, University of Portsmouth

Juan is the Learner Analytics Specialist for Changing Mindsets, working across the Department of Psychology and Academic Registry. His background is working 20 years in the NHS, before joining the University of Portsmouth, working in roles such as service improvement and redesign, information analyst, performance analyst, performance management and developing business intelligence tools both within secondary and primary care sectors. The previous experience of turning data into information and information into knowledge via data visualization design while presenting outcomes are important principles developed and transferable to support improving student attainments.


Catherine McConnell, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton
Catherine leads the division of Student Academic Success and Partnership, based in the Centre for Learning and Teaching. Her work focuses on students' learning development which encompasses a range of research and practice working directly with students, graduates, academic staff and central departments. Working across the areas of developing academic skills, transition to university, peer assisted learning and improving student engagement through partnership, her role responds to the need to improve student success and progression. Catherine currently holds the national role of Co-Chair for International Academic Peer Learning (IAPL) - a network of over 300 colleagues working in the field of peer learning in higher education. As well as leading on several externally funded educational development projects with student engagement at the heart, Catherine is conducting doctoral research into the experiences and practices of student-staff partnerships across the learning and teaching context.


Jenny Terry, Research Officer, University of Brighton
Jenny is a Research Officer in the Centre for Learning & Teaching's Student Academic Success & Partnership team, primarily working on the Changing Mindsets project. She joined the project in July 2017, having graduated with a first-class BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and Sociology degree from the University of Brighton. Jenny went on to complete an MRes in Psychological Methods at the University of Sussex and will graduate with a high distinction in January 2019. Jenny was the first in her family to go to university and has a working-class background. She completed both her degrees as a mature student and single parent. Having been a student with these identities, Jenny has developed an academic interest in the challenges faced by students from non-traditional backgrounds and how the challenges can be overcome at an institutional level.


Laura Watson, Project Officer, University of Winchester

Laura Watson is the Project Officer for the Changing Mindsets project at the University of Winchester. She took over the role in July 2018. Laura became interested in the project having received training as a student leader for Changing Mindsets interventions. She started to see the benefits of having a Growth Mindset on mental wellbeing, and has been using mindset theory in her own practice in her studies and her job, by seeing new challenges as an opportunity to gain skills that she didn’t have before, rather than something to be stressed about. Laura was a PAL leader for 2 years as an undergraduate student in Education Studies. She is now studying an MA in Philosophy of Education at the University of Winchester and she is continuing her role as PAL leader as well as PAL co-ordinator for the course.


Vikki HIll, Educational Developer (Attainment - Identity and Cultural Experience) University of the Arts London

Located in the Teaching and Learning Exchange at University of the Arts London, Vikki Hill leads on the delivery and development of UAL Creative Mindsets (http://ualcreativemindsets.myblog.arts.ac.uk/). Vikki also runs the Thinking Teaching course, a 2-day introduction to teaching in higher education. With 18 years experience of teaching and managing Art & Design departments, both internationally and in the UK, Vikki Hill has worked across the FE and HE sectors. Committed to developing inclusive pedagogy, she has extensive experience of curriculum design and assessment practices and continues to work as an External Moderator for Trinity College London. Vikki gained her MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, is a Fellow of the HEA and makes art as part of a collective.


 
 

Network: Student Experience
Date(s): Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Times: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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Facilitating Partnerships: Using Mindset principles to support collaboration
Catherine McConnell and Jenny Terry, University of Brighton
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The Multiple Partnerships in Changing Mindsets delivery.
Laura Watson, University of Winchester
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Juan Batley, Jessica Gagnon, Sherria Hoskins University of Portsmouth
Intro, ´Change in Progress: Project overview´ & ´The value initial findings, and where we go from here´
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UAL Creative Mindsets: Modelling mindsets through co-production.
Vikki Hill, University of the Arts London
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