Anne Wheeler, Baljit Gill, Ellen Pope and Matt Daley attended the 5th EFYE conference at Plantijn University College in Antwerp, Belgium from 26 – 28 May 2010. The conference presentations covered a range of topics that influence the student first year experience, including: transition issues, inclusive L&T, student support, appreciative inquiry, retention, effective assessment, etc. Ellen, Matt and Anne also presented their poster at the Open Space session on ‘Appreciating and Enhancing Student Skills: 1st Year student perceptions’ which focuses on the work of the Learning Development Centre.
The conference provided the team with an opportunity to hear about, and take part in workshops, on facilitating students transition to HE, and in supporting and enhancing their learning on arrival at University. The conference also provided the team with time to reflect and discuss ways in which we can incorporate some of the initiatives, in a coordinated manner, into our working practice at Aston.