Name(s) of Students involved: Diana Apostol, Johannes Milton, Roxana Plesca, Lataya Abrahams, Humna Murad, Matthew Roberts, Haroon Qureshi, Hafsa Tijjani, Samia Islam, Anjali Sangar
Name(s) of staff involved: Pamela Thomas, Jill Molloy and Rohzeena Janjua
The ‘Connect’ project aims to form a student academic partnership and student ‘group’ mentoring programme, which will encompass and enhance the pre-induction, induction and transition of new Law School students entering the university in September 2016.
Students are increasingly entering university from a wide diversity of backgrounds and with an increasing variety of qualifications. This project aims to ensure that all students, no matter which qualification route they have taken, have the skills to start the course from the same point and to receive support in their learning journey.
By enlisting the valuable experience, perspectives and talent of our current students we aim to create a shared learning environment to develop and enhance the skills necessary to ‘connect’ with and achieve success on the course.
‘Connect’ will improve the student experience by providing improved information pre-induction to prepare students for life at university, including the use of social media to ‘connect’ and engage with fellow students before arrival. Induction week will be improved by focusing on building a ‘sense of belonging’ within the Law School and wider university community, with greater emphasis on student networking events and celebrating success within the Law School.
To improve the transition of new students into studying at university
To meet growing calls from employers to produce graduates “who are not only legally trained but also employer ready” (LETR, 2013)
To develop and improve professional skills and behaviours.