What works and what does not

06 April 2018 - 06 April 2018
Location: Woburn House, London

NETWORK CONTACTSPlease click on this link for Academic Peer Learning Networks Contacts PRESENTATIONSPAL Stories of Impact The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Students co-producing learning Making Peer Assisted Learning Count; Students as Partners in Delivering Learning and Teaching in Psychology Peer Assisted Learning has gained widespread deployment in the UK and globally over the past 30 years. It can take the form of student led mentoring, teaching or pastoral support. The schemes can be managed by fully embedded University units or by ‘local’ initiatives delivered at Faculty/School/Department or even programme level. Surveys and reports acknowledge the benefits of PAL to students who participate as leaders or as recipients. However, they also indicate significant challenges both in terms of support from senior management, buy-in from academics and uptake from the students themselves. The aim of this SEDA one-day event is to share experience and practice, both positive and negative, and in particular to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of PAL schemes. Our aim will be to consider what works and what really does not. The guest speakers represent the diverse delivery pattern sketched above and have had very different experiences of offering PAL. The day is aimed at people who have a particular PAL issues they are trying to resolve, or for people who have a successful system and who want to share the secrets of their success. It is for anyone who is trying to start a scheme, breathe new life into a failing scheme or just contemplate the maintenance of a healthy scheme. Anyone involved in, or interested in, PAL schemes is encouraged to join the discussion about what works and what doesn’t. The cost of the event will be £98, including registration pack, tea, coffee and lunch.

Sarah BaileySarah has worked in Higher Education for 15 years. She has recently been appointed the Deputy Director of the Centre for Student Experience, Wellbeing and Success at the London School of Business and Management. In her previous role as the Retention & Success Coordinator at SOAS University of London, she was responsible for developing student academic and pastoral peer mentoring initiatives. Prior to this, she introduced Peer Assisted Study Schemes across academic departments at the University of East London.Sarah worked in Singapore for two years where she developed career service provision for postgraduate students at the LKY School of Public Policy, NUS. Sarah has also managed the Student Mentoring Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and re-modelled the LSE Support Staff Induction Programme.In 2016, she was awarded Fellowship of the HEA for her work in supporting student learning and has also received an LSE award for Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Development. Gina PauliRegina Pauli is a Principal Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton. Her approach to learning and teaching is based on psychological theories of experiential learning. She is a passionate advocate of students-as-partners and problem-based learning approaches in the classroom, which focus on developing skills applicable to the real world. These aim to extend students’ empowerment in university governance to learning, teaching and assessment activities. She is currently deputy chair of the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Education Committee and the Partnership and Accreditation Committee.Rebecca Maccabe is an experienced teacher with a strong interest in student-centred learning and the benefits that higher cognitive thinking can bring. From her own research and pedagogical practice, she champions collaborative learning in her current role managing an academic mentoring programme within a HEI. Hinna Daudi is a recent biomedical science graduate with experience of working within a Quality Assurance Laboratory at St Georges Hospital. She has now joined the Directorate of Student Achievement at Kingston University to support the development of their peer-assisted learning programme, specifically focusing on facilitating students to achieve both their academic and non-academic aspirations.

Woburn House is in Central London in Tavistock Square, south of Euston Road. The transport links are excellent as it is surrounded by stations:

  • 5 minutes walk from Euston Station
  • 8 minutes walk from St Pancras International and Eurostar terminals
  • 10 minutes walk from Kings Cross Station
  • 5 minutes walk from Russell Square and Euston Square Underground

A number of buses stop on Tavistock square including the 59, 68,168 and 91. AddressWoburn House20-24 Tavistock SquareLondon WC1H 9HQFurther details can be found here.

10.00 coffee and registration

10.15 – 10.25 welcome and housekeeping plus outline of event

10.25 – 11.25 speaker 1 Sarah Bailey (LSBM) ‘The Impact of Peer Assisted Learning on Retention, Achievement and Completion’

11.30 – 12.30 speaker 2 Gina Pauli (Roehampton) ‘Making Peer-Assisted Learning Count: Students as Partners in Delivering Learning and Teaching in Psychology’

12.30 – 13.30 lunch

13.30 – 14.30 speaker 3 Rebecca Maccabe and Hinna Daudi (Kingston University) ‘The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Students Co-Producing Learning’

14.30 – 15.30 World café drawing out aspects of the day

15.30 Close and tea and cookies