Supporting the student experience
Since March, student engagement with cocurricular activities has continued strongly, with many students saying that the move online has actually helped them to get involved.
Careers, Volunteering, Innovation and Enterprise, UCL Culture and student partnerships have been developing their online opportunities and will be offering a rich programme that helps students make the most of their time at UCL, developing their networks, employability and skills as well as having fun and making friends.
Work is ongoing to provide guidance, resources and platforms to enable these services and societies to deliver on our commitment of an excellent student experience - face-to-face or online.
The Education Planning team is coordinating a ‘Making the most of UCL’ campaign aimed at students in the first six weeks of their first term at UCL. To complement existing welcome and induction programmes, as well as the Transition Mentor scheme, the ‘Making the most of’ campaign will extend over the first six weeks, aiming to foster a culture of active engagement and learning in new undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.
Project teams have been established to deliver large scale expansion of usage and training on the Unitu student voice platform; support staff to enable social interaction via virtual common rooms for students; and ensure all departments can provide online Student Evaluaton Questionnaires to monitor feedback on their experience. More information will follow as these projects develop.
Students’ Union UCL clubs and societies will still be running, in line with social distancing rules. Many will be delivering social activity online too and all students are being invited to the Digital Welcome Fair on the first Wednesday afternoon of Welcome Week where they can meet all of UCL’s clubs and societies.
All clubs and societies will also be offering free social memberships so new students can get to know other students in those groups ahead of their activity resuming.