HEPI, LEO and VFM

Monika Antal, Executive Manager

Last week I attended the Hepi Annual Conference in London. Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, opened the event with a keynote speech that focused on value for money, innovation and transparency.

The minister began by calling on universities to “focus relentlessly on value for money”. By value for money, the assumption was that value for money should be measured, in part, by graduate earnings, which just happened to be the subject of a new report published the same day by the Institute for Fiscal Studies/Department for Education looking at relative labour market returns to undergraduate degrees, and which draws heavily upon Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) data.

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Digital Storytelling for ‘hard to reach’ students

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

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