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Supporting the student experience

Planning for a smooth arrival and induction process for returning and new students, whether on campus or remotely, that maximises engagement and supports a positive transition or return to university.

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. 

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'Making the most of UCL' campaign under development

Programme and communications campaign to support student transition for the crucial first six weeks at UCL. 

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Remote personal tutoring: stay connected in Term One

Personal tutors’ brief guide to supporting new and returning students in the 2020-21 academic session. 

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Unitu student voice platform

An online platform supporting departments and student reps to collect and analyse student feedback in real time, to enable faster improvements to the student experience.

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Virtual common rooms

The Virtual Common Room project will use globally accessible technologies to help staff facilitate social interaction among UCL students, wherever they are based. 

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Online Student Evaluation Questionnaires

Working to ensure all departments have an online Student Evaluation Questionnaire (SEQ) tool for module evaluation.

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Student Support and Wellbeing service provision for 2020-21

Overview of how Student Support and Wellbeing services will be running for the 2020-21 academic year.

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Students' Union UCL 2020 Welcome Week

Outline of how the Students' Union are planning to welcome and support new students to transition to university.