Events

Dive Even Deeper: Supporting the disabled student journey - 31 August 2021

The Deep Dive event led by the Disabled Students' Forum in March 2021 received excellent feedback and requests for further events. We are pleased to build on this in 'Dive Even Deeper: Supporting the disabled student journey' which was held on Tuesday 31 August 2021 11.30-12.30 UK time. 

We explored the University structures and processes, and student experiences of them, in a constructive and supportive environment. There were presentations, breakout room discussions and a final open discussion. All staff and students were welcome.

Panel:
Professor Abbe Brown, Dean for Student Support (Chair)

Dr Julie Ross, Academic Skills Adviser, Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences, Centre for Academic Development
Lesley Muirhead, Acting Lead Student Support Adviser (Disability)
Sian Wallace,
Education & Welfare Officer, Disabled Student's Forum
Rian-James Hiney,
Convener, Disabled Students' Forum
Roma Dhasmana, Development Officer, Disabled Students' Forum

Please watch the captioned recording and view the slide presentations from Dr Julie Ross, Lesley Muirhead and the Disabled Students' Forum.

If you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Academic Development

Coping with Intercultural Challenges: Student Experiences - 25 August 2021

In 2020, a successful series of events were held “Supporting Learning for Students from Diverse Ethnic, Cultural and Educational Backgrounds". We are delighted to build on this in 'Coping with Intercultural Challenges - Student Experiences' which was held on Wednesday 25 August 2021 at 10.00-11.30 UK time

At this session, the student panel members spoke about their views of intercultural communication. This was followed followed by discussion topics: managing intercultural communication; preparing for possible cultural challenges; good practices for better collaboration and possibly approaches; power dynamics; and different motivations for study. 

Panel:
Professor Abbe Brown, Dean for Student Support (Chair)
Kigbu Oghenegare Asheaba, Master of Public Health Student
Ima Sultana Charu, Master of Science in Policy Evaluation Student
Loulwah Serri, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Chetiya Anuk Wijesinghe, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management Studies
Maen Al-Tayyem, Degree of Master of Public Health Student

Please watch the captioned recording.

If you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Academic Development

Coping with Intercultural Challenges: Staff Event - 24 August 2021

In 2020, a successful series of events were held “Supporting Learning for Students from Diverse Ethnic, Cultural and Educational Backgrounds”.  We are delighted to build on this in 'Coping with Intercultural Challenges - Staff Event' which was held on Tuesday 24 August 2021 at 10.00-11.30 UK time. 

The Centre for Academic Development and colleagues from the Business School, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, Aberdeen Confucius Institute and the Language Centre hosted a panel session which provided an open and supportive environment for intercultural communication discussion. Topics for discussion included: managing intercultural communication; preparing for possible cultural challenges; good practices for better collaboration and possibly approaches; power dynamics; and different motivations for study. 

Panel
Abbe Brown, Dean for Student Support (Chair)
Cheryl Dowie, Lecturer, Business School
Tania Fahey-Palma, Lecturer, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
Michelle MacLeod, Chair in Gaelic, Director of Aberdeen Confucius Institute
Alison McBoyle, Student Progression & Transition Manager, Language Centre

Please watch the captioned recording and view the slide presentations from Cheryl Dowie, Tania Fahey-Palma, Michelle MacLeod and Alison McBoyle.

If you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Academic Development

Ask the Students: Disability Deepdive - 24 March 2021

The Disabled Students' Forum and the Centre for Academic Development invited staff and PGRs who teach, to a student run discussion around experiences studying with disabilities.

This session was a welcoming environment for staff to hear the thoughts and concerns of disabled students and to ask them any burning questions around their experiences and how to support them in their academic ventures.

Please watch the recording and view the slide presentation

If you have any questions, please contact the Centre for Academic Development

Supporting Learning for Students from Diverse Ethnic, Cultural and Educational Backgrounds - 10, 13 & 14 August 2020

Supporting Learning for Students from Diverse Ethnic, Cultural and Educational Backgrounds

The Centre for Academic Development and colleagues from the Schools of Business and Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition held a series of short, online sessions for University of Aberdeen teaching staff on ‘Supporting learning for students from diverse ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds’.  Course Leads were Jennifer Duthie, Cheryl Dowie, Amudha Poobalan and Mark Whittington.  The three live, online (Blackboard Collaborate) sessions in this series are outlined below:

Session 1

Monday 10th August, 14.00 – 15.00

You can now watch the session 1 recording Please note that this recording is affected  in places by minor connection issues. If possible, please do not let this distract you from the valuable messages shared by these students.

 

Learning from students 

Students will share their individual experiences of studying and learning in a different country (Scotland). You will hear about the challenges faced by overseas students in terms of adapting to a new education system and learning culture.

Students will tell us about the support and information they needed to overcome these challenges and progress their learning on their programmes.

Interview format

Tutors

Shravya Allumalla

Godspower Iserhienrhien

Jane Chidi Ochiobi

Gajarishiyan Rasalingam

Ogheneochuko Saba

Alexandra Vodentzis

Yingxin Ye

 

Chair: Ondrej Kucerak (Vice-President for Education)

Welcome and introduction: Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya

Session 2

Thursday 13th August, 14.00 – 15.00

You can now watch the session 2 recording

Extracts from attendee chat area here

Please see presentation slides below:

Shamima Haque

Mark Whittington

Yanghong Hu

Amudha Poobalan

Staff experiences

University of Aberdeen colleagues will share their own experiences of learning, working and teaching in new countries and cultures.

Staff will also share the challenges they encounter in supporting learning for students from diverse ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

Where relevant, any particular implications of moving courses/parts of course online will be explored.

Presentation format.

Tutors

Shamima Haque, Accountancy

Mark Whittington, Accountancy

Yanghong Hu, Business Management

Amudha Poobalan, Other Applied Sciences

 

Chair: Jennifer Duthie, Centre for Academic Development

Welcome and introduction:  Professor Abbe Brown

Session 3

Friday 14th August, 11.00 – 12.00

You can now watch the session 3 recording 

Please see presentation slides below:

Cheryl Dowie

Asha Venkatesh

Isla Callander

Amudha Poobalan

Sharing good practice in supporting learning for students from diverse ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

 Examples of good, inclusive and supportive working/teaching practice will be shared by colleagues across the University.

Where relevant, any particular implications of moving courses/parts of course online will be explored.

Presentation format.

Tutors

Cheryl Dowie, Business Management

Asha Venkatesh, Medical Education

Isla Callander, Law

Amudha Poobalan, Other Applied Sciences

 

Chair: Jennifer Duthie, Centre for Academic Development

Welcome and introduction:  Professor Abbe Brown

Any questions, please contact cad@abdn.ac.uk