First of all I would like to introduce NERUPI members to Harriet Penrose, our new NERUPI Administrator. Harriet has a wealth of relevant experience and no doubt you will be hearing from her very soon as you book events and set up your NERUPI subscriptions for 2021-22.
Talking of events, we have our last event of the year coming up before we take a short break for the summer. With an exciting range of speakers and presenters we would be delighted to see you at Mature Students and Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities – an online event for members on Wednesday 23rd June. Speakers include the Office for Students, Professor John Butcher and Paula Shaw. Full details including the programme and booking form are on the website.
It was good to see so many NERUPI members at our May event, Unequal Opportunities: Graduate Employability & Progression, including some colleagues working in careers and employability who have not been involved in NERUPI activities before. The presentations will be available in Past Events on the website in the next few weeks and there were some requests for a Working Group on this topic. If you are interested in being involved do let us know here.
Many thanks to NERUPI members who responded to our Member Survey. It was extremely helpful to hear about the ways you are using the Framework, your feedback on topics for next year’s events and your thoughts about the pros and cons of online and face-to-face activities. It does seem that the benefits of online outweigh the disadvantages but, at the same time, members want the opportunity to meet, network, share and discuss. We are planning a series of online events in our tried and tested format of introductory speakers, practice examples and breakout discussion. We will also run some face-to-face days made up of workshop activities to support you with developing and applying skills in key areas plus optional networking and advice sessions. These Skills Development Days will be designed flexibly allowing participants to opt-in to parts of the day to meet caring commitments and make the most of cheaper travel.
It was very clear that members wanted this year’s Convention to be online because of the uncertainty around the progress of COVID-19. We have seen so much change in the last eighteen months we agreed that the theme of the Convention will be Transitions and Transformations: New Opportunities for a 21c Education? We will be exploring: transitions at key points in the system such as post-16 to higher education; transitions in approaches to teaching and learning; transitions in curriculum content. This potent mix will form the basis of the NERUPI Convention 2021 and the call for papers is out now.
Our Working Groups have been active. The Uni Connect Group supported a NERUPI event in March and has initiated a collaborative research and evaluation project. The Student Ambassadors and Mentors Group is busy identifying the outcomes for ambassadors and mentors of taking part in a scheme and developing reflective tools for ambassadors. The Engaging Parents & Carers Group is working on mapping interventions with parents/carers from primary through to graduate progression to the NERUPI Framework. The BAME Student Experiences Group is sharing their own professional experiences through lightning talks and discussions. The Knowledge and Pedagogy Group is planning the first NERUPI event of academic year 2021-22 which will be on Pedagogy for Outreach Practitioners.
Finally, we are making good progress with the NERUPI Toolkit and are looking forward to sharing some of these new resources with the Network in the new academic year. For now, follow this link for a flavour of the new Toolkit pages.
For any comments or queries, please get in touch with us by emailing: NERUPI@bath.ac.uk