Pedagogies of Social Mobility Programme

Universities Wales through its PVC Learning and Teaching Advisory Group asked the Higher Education Academy in Wales to focus on activities to support and develop pedagogies for social mobility, these activities to be delivered through an integration of bespoke support to institutions and a series of facilitated collaborations over an 18 month period.

There are 4 key elements to the programme:

  • masterclasses;
  • a summit;
  • annual conference;
  • CPD opportunities.

Pedagogies of Social Mobility Programme

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Masterclasses
Jury's Hotel, Cardiff

Two masterclasses will take place looking at; Independent learning - learning for student progression, and; Embedding employability as a driver for social mobility.

Independent learning -  learning for student progression 

21 April 2017
10:30 - 15:30

Independent learning is one of the cornerstones of UK higher education and universities across the country pride themselves on developing graduates as independent learners who are increasingly more employable and more socially mobile.  Yet independent learning is poorly understood by students and many struggle to develop this elusive ‘graduate attribute’.  In this master class we will draw upon recent HEA research to explore students’ understandings of independent learning and to open up the black box of what they do when we’re not there.  We will consider some of the challenges that students face as they come to grips with independent learning and develop ideas for smoothing their transition from dependent to autonomous learning and ultimately to greater social mobility.

Embedding employability as a driver for social mobility

3 May 2017
10:30 - 15:30

Employability matters - but what is it exactly that we are seeking to develop in our students – more importantly are we getting it right? This workshop will have an emphasis on how to engage with the HEA Embedding Employability Framework as a practical tool to support curriculum design, whilst also considering how we better align our  provision within and beyond the curriculum to support social mobility. 

Pedagogies of Social Mobility Summit

Taking place on 13 June at Cardiff Metropolitan University, this is a one-day summit co-hosted by HEA Wales and Universities Wales. The purpose of the event is to explore the concept of a pedagogy of social mobility; provide an opportunity to hear from experts; share relevant work and look afresh at existing work through a social mobility lens; consider ways that such a pedagogy of social mobility can serve to connect university and economy, and to tighten bonds with the local communities on which Universities rely and serve.

HEA Annual Conference Panel Session

During the HEA Annual Conference a panel debate session will take place on 5 July. This is an opportunity for delegates from Welsh HEIs to join key commentators to consider ongoing work in Wales on social mobility. Delegates can include those on the Transition, Retention and Attainment Programme of last year, who have continued to progress their work. The conference will be one of what we intend to be a series of ongoing opportunities to publicise Welsh work and leadership in this area.

CPD opportunities

These small funding opportunities are for staff interested in hosting their own CPD away days. Guidelines for the opportunity will be released in April 2017 and will run into 2018.