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A recap on the Inclusive Student Experience Project - bulletin 2

May 04, 2016

The Inclusive Student Experience (ISE) teams have been working to provide a framework of guidance for academic practice in teaching, learning and assessment that addresses the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) changes and ensures, in the first instance, that we meet the external legal requirements placed upon us when the DSA is reduced this year. Within the last couple of months the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has finalised the areas which will no longer be funded from September.

The ISE project has a board and an implementation group, both with members from professional services and academic areas, together with a set of cluster leads drawing academic expertise from each School to inform and guide their work.

The implementation group and the cluster leads are designing guidance for the necessary adjustments to aspects of teaching, learning and assessment practice within new work packages. Each work package addresses a particular aspect of practice. Over the next few months we will be publishing a total of 10 work packages for use by teaching staff.

Here is the schedule of publication.

The work packages will be uploaded to Blackboard here.

Update on progress

At our last meeting, the Project Board signed off work packages 1, 2 & 3. These are available on the Blackboard site now. There's also an FAQ sheet for common queries. Members of the project team will also shortly be visiting School Executives, Associate Deans Academic Forum and the University Management Team to give updates.

We are also working with the Students' Union to begin communicating this to our students, ensuring they are also provided with an FAQ sheet, which we'll also place on the Blackboard site.

Whilst the work packages have been informed by academic expertise in each School, as we move into the next academic cycle, the guidance provided by these work packages will necessarily need to be finetuned as Cluster Leads in each School provide further feedback. We will capture updates and adjustments in a managed, iterative process of development to ensure the discipline knowledge and academic experience inform the guidance in each work package.

To read the first bulletin from Dr Sam Grogan, please click here.