The strategy’s four projects are in the early consultation stage and key project officers are sourcing input from staff and students as well as external stakeholders. More on each of the projects is below:
UWA collegiate system
UWA is unique in WA for our residential colleges program that enhances the student experience and fosters strong relations with the University. The UWA collegiate system project seeks to extend the positive aspects of the current residential colleges student experience to all staff and students, regardless of whether they live on campus or not. This project will draw on the knowledge and expertise of the staff and students to develop a collegiate system that best suits UWA.
This project will support students by matching them with a staff member or postgraduate student who will provide academic direction, especially as students transition into a new course. By facilitating greater communication between students and staff, we want to improve a student’s start to their academic journey and give them a greater sense of belonging within the University. Staff and postgraduate mentors also will benefit through the opportunity to use their knowledge and skills and to get to know their students from a different perspective.
Enhanced and integrated orientation
Each student’s journey into and within university life is unique and dynamic. To reflect this, UWA wants to welcome commencing undergraduate students with an improved orientation program that aids their transition into university. This project will not only increase guidance and support for new students but also foster a greater sense of community with the opportunity for success.
Embedding research skills into the curriculum is one of the hallmarks of UWA courses. UWA is now extending research into the classroom by investigating models of professional learning that will support staff to further enhance research in their teaching. The first stage of the research-led teaching project will produce a discussion paper about the state of research-led education at UWA and other research-intensive universities. The discussion paper will be put out to the UWA community for consultation in October.
If you would like to know more about any of the projects listed or to provide your input, contact the following project officers:
UWA collegiate system: Hannah Lye – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentoring: Emma Kitching – email: email@example.com
Enhanced and integrated orientation: Anindita Karajagi – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research-led teaching: Dr Duc Dau – email: email@example.com
Professor Dawn Freshwater