We are delighted to announce that our application, “Developing strategies and activities to improve interactions between home and international students and to enhance teaching and learning”, for the joint HEA/UKCISA funding and also for the Faculty of Physical Sciences funding was successful.
This project will run by the Chemistry Department and the Centre for Lifelong Learning Centre. The purpose of this project is to identify and develop some of the skills needed in inter-culturally competent graduates prepared for life as global professionals by generating strategies to facilitate interaction between home and overseas students that is mutually beneficial to all students and staff. The aims are to:
- develop new strategies and introduce new activities to make the student experience enjoyable and applicable to international and UK students,
- extend the existing peer mentoring scheme at UoL in order to train new mentors for international students,
- implement the peer assisted learning in our department to help with academic and personal development,
- set new induction activities for international students on their arrival in order to engage home and internationals students with each other,
- examine how to enhance the teaching and learning methods, such as incorporating collaborative group projects, and other inclusive forms, into teaching and
- generate guidelines and online resources for staff and internationals students before starting the academic year 2012-13.
We would like to invite staff members involved in the area of internationalisation to take part in this study. We anticipate that the results will easily be adapted for any department within the University of Liverpool. Finally, I would like to thank Ian Willis for his consistent support to get this funding and also for his future help in this project.