Student transitions

Tuesday 6th July - 10am to 10.50am

Enabling personalisation and purpose for student success  

The students who transition into our universities next year could be described as the most underprepared we have ever encountered. They have had 18 months of a disrupted education and could lack the academic and social assuredness that is normally provided by their school/college journey.  So how might we enable these students to be successful at Birmingham and help them build the foundations for an enjoyable and successful university experience?  What might we want to create or reinforce, from the institutional to the modular level? This talk and discussion will identify models and frameworks and place them in authentic university contexts to stir thinking, and hopefully debate, and provide you with some ideas that can be translated into your disciplinary context.     

Dr Luke Millard

Dr Luke Millard is Dean of Teaching and Learning at Abertay University and is a Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.  At Abertay, Luke leads the work of the AbLE Academy and works with the Deans and Senior Management Team to guide activities that seek to improve student and staff experiences, and outcomes, through collaborative engagement.  The Principal Fellowship award was based on his experiences in developing student success through collaborative working with staff and students on the areas of student engagement and co-creation, student employment, transitions and the first year experience. His doctoral research continued this theme and considered the impact of students being employed on campus on students’ learning and their relationship to the institution. 

In recent years, Luke has been invited to deliver keynotes at University Learning and Teaching events at Bath, Nottingham Trent, Liverpool John Moores, Munster Technological University, Worcester and Winchester Universities.  In addition, he has chaired the European First Year Experience conference; provided a presentation to the OECD in Paris on Learning Gain and chaired a national conference in London on ‘Increasing Student Retention Across Higher Education’. In 2019, Luke delivered a keynote on student engagement and quality enhancement at the University of Tsukuba (Japan) and presented at the Japanese Association of Higher Education Research.  Most recently, he has worked with the University of Szeged and members of the EULOGH university alliance to explore issues around student engagement and success.  Luke has published widely and has substantial experience of developing partnership arrangements with Universities across North America, Asia and Europe as a vehicle to improve institutional performance and the student experience. 

Luke continues to investigate and research in the field of student retention and success with a particular focuses on the first year student experience and the addressing of inequalities through course design and student opportunity. Luke has written extensively on student engagement, success and employability.  

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