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Designing out Barriers - Student Partnership for Student Voice Research (2024)
Presentation / Conference
Garden, C., Skelton, F., & Calabrese, P. (2024, September). Designing out Barriers - Student Partnership for Student Voice Research. Presented at RAISE Annual Conference 2024, Leicester

We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion at Edinburgh Napier University. Listening to and respecting the student voice are part of the culture – to be an inclusive university we must have ways to hear every student and work to remove any b... Read More about Designing out Barriers - Student Partnership for Student Voice Research.

Advocating for Change - Enabling Authentic Assessment at Scale (2024)
Presentation / Conference
Mahoney, C., Bastow, F., & Finnan, G. (2024, June). Advocating for Change - Enabling Authentic Assessment at Scale. Presented at International AHE Conference 2024, Manchester

Background: Authentic assessment aims to connect learning to real-world issues which are meaningful to the learner (Villarroel et al 2018; Gillard-Cook; West 2014; Rule 2007). This paper reports an evidence-based authentic assessment on a Bachelor of... Read More about Advocating for Change - Enabling Authentic Assessment at Scale.

Career transitions to paid employment: At what point does training placement provision move between up-skilling to exploitation? (2024)
Presentation / Conference
O'Neil, J., & Ivancheva, M. (2024, April). Career transitions to paid employment: At what point does training placement provision move between up-skilling to exploitation?. Paper presented at 42nd International Labour Process Conference 2024 (ILPC 2024), Göttingen

Precarious work that becomes a ‘stepping stone’ to decent work (McGuiness and Wooden 2009, Nunley et al 2017; Munoz-Comet and Steinmetz 2020) is the bargain struck for many learners leaving education and accessing employment, typically via placements... Read More about Career transitions to paid employment: At what point does training placement provision move between up-skilling to exploitation?.

Job-seeking narratives: in search of graduate capitals acquired during student placements (2024)
Journal Article
Smith, S., & Smith, C. (in press). Job-seeking narratives: in search of graduate capitals acquired during student placements. British Journal of Sociology of Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2024.2328125

Being a graduate is no longer sufficient to secure a fulfilling and rewarding graduate role. This paper drew on Tomlinson’s Graduate Capital Model to analyse the job-seeking narratives of recent computing graduates searching for a graduate job. Parti... Read More about Job-seeking narratives: in search of graduate capitals acquired during student placements.

Walking, Observing and Making – Rethinking Plastics in Edinburgh (2024)
Presentation / Conference
Tao, C. X., Vettese, S., & Anastasiadou, C. (2024, March). Walking, Observing and Making – Rethinking Plastics in Edinburgh. Paper presented at Eighteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, Valencia, Spain

Plastic is a widely used material with great longevity, if designed, utilised, and re-used properly. However, the average usable lifespan for single-use plastic products is as little as 15 minutes and generally ends in landfill. The over consumption... Read More about Walking, Observing and Making – Rethinking Plastics in Edinburgh.

The RAISE Belonging Guide – an Example of Inter-Professional and Inter-Institutional Collaboration on Belonging (2024)
Presentation / Conference
Garden, C. (2024, March). The RAISE Belonging Guide – an Example of Inter-Professional and Inter-Institutional Collaboration on Belonging. Presented at Council of Validating Universities Webinar: Student Belonging - Successful Interventions in THE and UK Partnerships, Online

Three post-92 institutions of Edinburgh Napier, Teesside and Nottingham Trent University have come together as part of a RAISE Network-funded project to produce a student belonging good practice guide. This Guide offers a toolkit and a conversation s... Read More about The RAISE Belonging Guide – an Example of Inter-Professional and Inter-Institutional Collaboration on Belonging.

Introduction to Special Issue: Expanding Landscapes of Academic Writing in Academia (2024)
Journal Article
Woloshyn, V. E., Illingworth, S., & Obradović-Ratković, S. (2024). Introduction to Special Issue: Expanding Landscapes of Academic Writing in Academia. Brock Education, 33(1), 3-9. https://doi.org/10.26522/BROCKED.V33I1.1118

Academic writing is essential for disciplinary learning, academic success, knowledge creation, social status, and career advancement within academia (Fang, 2021). Academic research, writing, and publishing form the foundations of the majority of acad... Read More about Introduction to Special Issue: Expanding Landscapes of Academic Writing in Academia.

The first national subject benchmark statement for UK higher education in policing: the importance of effective partnership and collaboration (2024)
Journal Article
Pepper, I., Cox, C., Fee, R., Horgan, S., Jarman, R., Jones, M., …Tattum, C. (in press). The first national subject benchmark statement for UK higher education in policing: the importance of effective partnership and collaboration. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, https://doi.org/10.1108/heswbl-02-2023-0042

Purpose The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education in the UK focuses on maintaining, enhancing and standardising the quality of higher education. Of significant impact are the development of subject benchmark statements (SBS) by the QA... Read More about The first national subject benchmark statement for UK higher education in policing: the importance of effective partnership and collaboration.

Student Belonging Good Practice Guide (2024)
Report
Garden, C., Watchman Smith, N., Naughton, C., Skelton, F., Calabrese, P., Hunter, L., …Azam, F. (2024). Student Belonging Good Practice Guide. RAISE Network (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement)

This Good Practice Guide offers a toolkit and a conversation starter for anyone working in higher education (HE) who is thinking about embarking on a student belonging project. As well as sharing hints and tips, it draws upon student belonging insigh... Read More about Student Belonging Good Practice Guide.

AI’s Journey In Schools: From Chalkboards To Chatbots (2024)
Digital Artefact
Illingworth, S. (in press). AI’s Journey In Schools: From Chalkboards To Chatbots. [Blog]

Looking back at the explosive growth of generative AI since 2022, Dr Sam Illingworth advises school leaders on what the future might bring.

The shifting sands of UK secondary music curricula: problematising relationships between aural training and music literacy (2024)
Journal Article
Donn, R., Stillie, B., & Moir, Z. (2024). The shifting sands of UK secondary music curricula: problematising relationships between aural training and music literacy. Music Education Research, 26(1), 58-70. https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2024.2309204

This article, which is intended as a contribution to wider conversations around music literacy, explores current conceptions of music literacy within the UK, using the area of aural skills training as a focus. Specifically, it considers the nature of... Read More about The shifting sands of UK secondary music curricula: problematising relationships between aural training and music literacy.

Karriererettleiing og livskvalitet (2024)
Digital Artefact
Robertson, P. (2024). Karriererettleiing og livskvalitet. [Podcast]

This podcast contains an interview in which Prof Pete Robertson discusses the links between mental health, work and learning. It explores the role for career guidance practitioners in supporting mental well-being and how career development can be se... Read More about Karriererettleiing og livskvalitet.

Learned words: how poetry can be used to reflect on staff belonging in higher education (2024)
Journal Article
Illingworth, S., & Grimwood, M. (2024). Learned words: how poetry can be used to reflect on staff belonging in higher education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 48(2), 208-225. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877x.2023.2301006

This research uses poetry as a form of data to explore a sense of ‘belonging’ for staff working in higher education. Poetic content analysis was explored as a research method and using poetry in this way has allowed for a nuanced exploration of quest... Read More about Learned words: how poetry can be used to reflect on staff belonging in higher education.

Investing in degree apprenticeships: Analysing experiences through Conservation of Resources Theory (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., & Bratton, A. (2023). Investing in degree apprenticeships: Analysing experiences through Conservation of Resources Theory.

Degree apprentices have reported finding work-life-study balance challenging. This study uses the Theory of Conservation of Resources (COR) to investigate the resources invested and gained by apprentices in the achievement of their goal of a degree w... Read More about Investing in degree apprenticeships: Analysing experiences through Conservation of Resources Theory.

Co-creating The Learning and Teaching Journey with Postgraduate Research Students Who Teach (2023)
Journal Article
Dencer-Brown, A., Carlson-Webster, T., Piccio, B., Anderson, C., Adewale, O., & Taylor, S. (2023). Co-creating The Learning and Teaching Journey with Postgraduate Research Students Who Teach. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 11(3), 97-110. https://doi.org/10.56433/jpaap.v11i3.588

Post-graduate research students (PGRs) often have teaching roles during their studies with little formal training or support (Lueddeke, 1997). Previous support at Edinburgh Napier University consisted of voluntary, unpaid on-campus Learning and Teach... Read More about Co-creating The Learning and Teaching Journey with Postgraduate Research Students Who Teach.

Learned Words: A Poetic Content Analysis of 'Belonging' in Higher Education (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Illingworth, S., & Grimwood, M. (2023, December). Learned Words: A Poetic Content Analysis of 'Belonging' in Higher Education. Paper presented at SRHE Conference 2023 Higher Education Research, Practice, and Policy: Connections & Complexities, Online & Conference Aston, Birmingham, UK

Addressing gender imbalance in STEM graduate apprenticeships (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Cecil, M., & Taylor Smith, E. (2023, December). Addressing gender imbalance in STEM graduate apprenticeships. Paper presented at Society for Research in Higher Education Conference 2023, Birmingham

There is currently significant gender imbalance within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduate apprenticeship (GA) programmes in Scotland. This is a considerable, ongoing issue for both higher education institutions and the l... Read More about Addressing gender imbalance in STEM graduate apprenticeships.