So, ten months after the government trailed its set of initial ideas for a ‘new’ approach to industrial policy in the UK, the long-awaited Industrial Strategy White Paper has been published today. In seeking to navigate a course through the choppy waters of an uncertain Brexit, diminishing productivity and widening regional and local economic disparities, the White Paper is, to some extent, seeking to lay out a long-term framework for building on some of the opportunities and addressing some of the structural economic challenges facing the UK.
Digital storytelling can be a powerful tool for capturing student voices, especially those which seek to challenge a norm or prevailing culture. They can raise awareness of the differences experienced by students pre-HE, through transition and induction, on feelings of confidence, and of the challenges faced in retention and progression.
These stories have been produced as part of a joint project between the University of Huddersfield, the University of York, the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds Beckett University working with Yorkshire Universities and Jisc.
The project set out to showcase the experiences of students from under-represented groups. The digital stories aim to support retention and attainment by focusing on the resilience developed by students during their time in higher education and providing valuable lessons for others students and staff to draw upon.
Read more about the toolkit used for this project and watch the stories below:
Linda’s story – Managing study with a busy life
Esther’s story – Coming to university from care
Becoming a mature student
My journey to university
Alison’s Story – My Learning Journey
Naoise’s Story – My Learning Journey