School of Education

BA Education Student Activities

This page highlights some of the activities our students get involved in while studying the BA Education. It gives you a insight into how you can fully immerse yourselves into both the academic and social aspects of the BA Education course and enhance your learning experience whilst studying with us.

This page will be updated throughout the year so please check back at a later date. 

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This society is centred around education and aims to create a sense of community whilst providing social and academic suppport in regards to education by facilitating the development of social connections and transferable employability skills. It offers a space in university to meet new people, socialise, share ideas and of course have fun. 

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Year one induction week - breaking the ice 

Pippa Oldacre, first year student, shares her experience of meeting her new classmates

Being a new student at any university can be daunting and feel overwhelming at times. For me, the main way to feel more relaxed and ‘at home’ is to meet like-minded people and start making new friends. In our first week, our Course Leader, Jenny Elliott, set us the challenge and activity to do just that.

We were set the task to arrange a trip to a place in Nottingham city centre, with the aim to get to know each other and Nottingham better. This seemed very hard initially as we didn’t have any phone numbers or even names of our fellow students. However, the challenge of organising this task is what made this activity so effective. Some names started to appear on the sign-up sheet, which had five places to choose from, and at the induction events in the days leading up to the trip, we started organising our visit.

A group of us met at Stonebridge City Farm to feed some animals. It was a lovely few hours but also really useful, as not only did we get to feed really cute goats and a big chunky cow, we also got to know each other even more. We discovered each other’s passions in education, why we have chosen to study this course and our future goals and aims that we have in mind after we’ve graduated. We quickly found many similarities, and all the talk about education created more excitement about starting our course the following Monday. It was especially interesting to get to know Peter, as we were able to talk about cultural differences and similarities between our childhoods in the UK compared to his in Hong Kong.

The trip was a great way to start the academic year. Being able to go into our first lectures knowing faces and names quickly created the community atmosphere between students.

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The Learning Community Forum (LCF)

In the School of Education we are proud of our student satisfaction ranking, but are continuously looking at ways to improve. Through our Learning Community Forum (LCF), elected course representatives and surveys such as the National Student Survey (NSS), our students have the opportunity to influence their academic life and make a meaningful impact on the future of the school.

Second year students, Annie Shepperson and Emily Pearce, explain what is involved in being a course representative.

 

The LCF, is a shared space which allows course reps to ask questions or feedback any concerns from their fellow peers to academic staff. A positive aspect is that it allows a strong link of communication between staff and students and forms relationships that allow anything to be said, and nothing to be ignored.

We have seen the positive effect of having a student representative interact with staff...issues that are raised are resolved quickly after the meeting, meaning we can share this with other students across the years to keep them in the loop. As course reps we have a responsibility to ensure students are satisfied with all elements of the BA Education course.

Usually, a course rep would collect feedback from lectures and seminars during discussions, but this last year it’s all been done online so we’ve had to adapt. Online surveys have worked well and allowed students to give their feedback anonymously if they prefer.

Being a course rep allows you to contribute to positive changes. The LCF meetings are efficient and organised and students are informed of dates/times in advance. The meetings are followed up with minutes and appropriate actions to accommodate any feedback given.

 
 

Charity projects

The Developing Ethical Professional is a year two core module which supports you to develop the academic skills you need to successfully undertake advanced, independent study and research in education. Core to the module is a focus on ethics and values in professional life and it explores how educationalists may find fulfillment and satisfaction through developing an ethical, values-based stance on their work. You will engage with a charitable fund-raising project as part of the module and you can see below some of the charities our students have supported.

Louise McGrory and Charlotte Lee chose to raise money for The Honeypot Children's Charity, which supports over 800,000 young carers within the UK who provide emotional support and daily care to a loved one.  A small social media campaign helped them sell raffle tickets to raise £50.
Marcus Akester, Jodie Mifsud, Rachel Ickeringill, Hannah Lygo and Benedict Purvis raised money for their chosen charity, CoppaFeel!, the first breast cancer charity in the UK to solely create awareness amongst young people.
Megan Lees, Abigail Malloy, Aqsa Ahmed and Safa Mahmood raised £123 with their raffle for When you wish upon a Star, a Nottingham-based charity that makes dreams and wishes come true for children with life-limiting illnesses.
 
 

Field trip to St Anns Community Orchard

Year one and two BA Education students, visited St Anns Community Orchard to explore collaborative and experiential learning in an outdoor environment. The day involved a number of team-building activities on the beautiful orchard site set within the historic Hungerhill Allotments.

Collaborative activities included:

  • shelter-making
  • crossing 'shark-infested' waters
  • sawing wood
  • visiting other eco-projects and finding out about their educational work
  • reflecting on the site as a place for engaging learners with collaborative activities
  • designing a scheme of learning for a group of learners

The merging of year one and two students allowed them work together and get to know each other before working collaboratively to prepare presentations about their experiences as part of their assessment portfolio for the Joining the Academic Community module.

Our students studying remotely, due to Covid-19, weren't able to come to the orchard and they were given a virtual collaborative learning task of exploring outdoor learning opportunities in their areas and preparing a presentation about it to the wider group. They presented a really interesting session about the China National Tea Museum via MS Teams.

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Two female students standing under homemade shelter hung between trees

 
 

Volunteering with the Phab Nottingham

Evvie Panayiotou is a third year BA Education student and became a volunteer with Phab Nottingham when she came to university. She is currently on the organisation's committee as the External Liaison Officer. 

Phab is a national charity with almost 200 clubs around the country. They organise fun activities and days out for children and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 13-18.

This is society is an amazing way to meet new people and to make a difference to young people and local families. My favourite thing about Phab is seeing the members’ faces light up on trips - just seeing them smiling and enjoying themselves is so rewarding! It is an incredible and inclusive society very close to my heart and is a great part of my uni experience.
Evvie Panayiotou

Phab events

Due to Covid-19, social activities had to revert to being vitual, but towards the end of 2021, physical events have been able to take place and have included:

  • local pantomime and a pizza making masterclass
  • animal experiences and pottery painting

Phab training for volunteers

Phab offers volunteer training on disability awareness, safeguarding and first aid and covers the cost of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

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Volunteering with IntoUniversity

Year one student, Fatima Suleman, wanted to gain some more experience working with children in an educational setting to prepare herself for the placement module in year two. Through the university, she was aware of the organisation Into University and following registration and training now has a mentor role.

So far I've completed three sessions with my mentee and I've found it to be a very rewarding experience for both of us in the sense that I can offer them support with what they want to do, and I can also develop skills such as problem-solving and communication through working with them. I would strongly recommend this for anyone looking into gaining experience in the education sector.
 

Fatima is also gaining experience by volunteering with Bookmark, an online platform where you can help a child learn to read by spending 30 minutes with them, twice a week, reading books and playing games.

 

 

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