Results from two national student surveys released last month indicate increased student satisfaction with Library services. This positively reflects the investment and improvements to UWA libraries over a number of years, and underpins the significant increase in visits to the physical libraries and expansion of digital resources during this time.
This year has already been an exciting one, with the launch of UWA's Vision 2030 in early April. Our vision is to create the next generation of global leaders through experience-rich education and world-leading, trustworthy research. An 'experience-rich education' happens both inside and outside of the classroom, and this issue of Education Quarterly takes student experience as its focus.
Lewis Weeda is in the second year of his undergraduate degree with a major in Medical Sciences and a second in Indonesian Studies. Lewis has had the chance to study abroad in Indonesia during his first year and is enjoying many of the opportunities UWA has to offer. Late last year, Lewis spoke to high school graduates about his UWA experience at the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Exhibitions and Awards Ceremony.
The UWA Careers and Employability Award program is set to place students on the right career path.
Since its launch in October last year, the program has had about 350 students register for the program, looking to further develop their knowledge, skills and attributes through practical real-world experiences.
Run by the UWA Careers Centre, the program helps students build employability skills and networks, so they are ready to take up opportunities that are integral to their career success.
Global mining group Rio Tinto and The University of Western Australia have had an established Talent Education Partnership for more than two decades. Over these years, it has delivered multiple initiatives and opportunities for UWA students.
In 2018 the partnership broadened its reach with the establishment of the UWA Rio Tinto Student Engagement Program. Since then, a comprehensive suite of engagement activities has been implemented, with Rio Tinto being available to provide its expertise to our students throughout their time at university.
UWA has always produced career-ready graduates, but our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) strategy aims to make these experiences more explicit and accessible for all students. Specifically, the strategy will lead to providing every student with the opportunity to undertake a WIL placement and ensure every major has a WIL activity embedded within its curriculum.
I have recently been working with the Educational Enhancement Unit to implement LinkedIn Learning for all students and staff at UWA. This resource has been very beneficial to students thus far, being accessed by more than 4000 students in the first three weeks of semester.
Over the past decade, the Australian education system has undergone seismic shifts with major national reforms in areas including curriculum, assessment, teaching, reporting, funding and school governance.
Despite major innovations and disruptions, persistent problems continue; including inequality, underachievement in literacy and numeracy, and worrying numbers of young people failing to complete Year 12.
The Teaching and Learning Forum (TLF) continues a 27 year tradition of bringing together educators from across the higher education sector to discuss, share, and develop ideas on current challenges, trends and good practice.
The TLF provides a supportive space for people to explore and disseminate their scholarship of learning and teaching; welcoming everyone from early career academics to experienced researchers.
It has been an exciting year in Education as we have worked towards defining Vision 2030, and laying the foundations for the Education Strategy to 2025. I thank everyone that has contributed ideas to these processes, which are stronger as a result. From the feedback I have received, there is a growing consensus that the direction is truly exciting and opens up opportunities for our students and staff and positions UWA even better as one of the world’s foremost research-intensive Universities.
The Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is part of Advance HE, is an independent, non-profit organisation committed to world-class teaching in higher education. It champions teaching and learning within the tertiary sector globally, and aims to improve learning outcomes by raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education. Outside the UK, there are 4047 HEA Fellows around the globe, with 1658 Fellows (41 per cent of non-UK fellows) working in Australian universities.
Fit for Study (FFS) recognises that positive student engagement in academic study requires a certain level of physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing, and that individuals can be positively influenced by the extent to which the University offers an enriched, supportive learning environment.
UWA’s inaugural Teaching Excellence Conference and Showcase was a resounding success, with more than 180 staff, guest speakers and invited local school representatives participating in two days of professional development, networking and celebration.
UWA’s approach to learning and teaching places an emphasis on enhancing the student learning experience. In support of this process, a series of position papers will be delivered as part of the strategy development process and the ongoing need for continuous professional development and improving learning and teaching pedagogy.