ICA-Edu 2023 Enhancing Student & Industry Engagement in the Life Sciences

Webinar No1: Using granular data sets to improve student retention, progression and outcomes and to address awarding gaps

To be held on Tuesday 17 January 2023 from 13.00 to 14.00 CET

Dr Nick Freestone, Kingston University (UK) will present the webinar.  See his bibliography below

Webinar Overview

This webinar will outline some of the challenges associated with teaching large and diverse cohorts of undergraduate science students and showcase a range of practical ideas for encouraging and engaging with such students. The session will show how data analytics can be used to purposefully design strategies to target often scarce resources at specific student cohorts to tackle disparity in achievement of the desired learning outcomes within the student body.

The Webinar focuses on selected aspects of Enhancing Student & Industry Engagament which is the theme of the three ICA Board Committee Networks' Workshops which will be held at the Warsaw University for Life Sciences (SGGW) from lunchtime on Wednesday 26 April to lunchtime on Friday 28 April 2023.  The three networks are: ICA Network for Innovation in Life Sciences Higher Education (ICA-Edu), ICA Special Interest Group for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education (ICA-Edu SIG) and the ICA Community for Bioeconomy Education in Europe (ICA-CoP Bio-Edu).

At the April event it is planned to hold a plenary session in involving all the three networks and then parallel sessions for each Network focusing on different aspects of Enhancing Student & Industry Engagement.  Further details to follow.  Save the date 26 to 28 April 2023, it is hoped that you will be able to use Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Funding to support you attendance.

Register here for the Webinar on 17 January 2023 at 13.00 CET

Registration is free and you will be sent the link to the Teams video conference one week before the event.  However, registration is limited so please regsiter NOW!

Biography Dr Nick Freestone 

Dr Nick Freestone is an Associate Professor for Physiology and Pharmacology and Course Director for undergraduate Pharmaceutical Science degree courses at Kingston University, UK. These courses were shortlisted for the Guardian University awards in the category of “Course Design, Retention and Student Outcomes in 2021”. His research covers two different disciplines. The first is in bioscience and relates largely to studying calcium handling in isolated cardiac myocytes. The second relates to the interrogation of the nature of university learning itself via a diverse educational research portfolio.

As a pedagogical researcher he has run national workshops on teaching and learning for colleagues for the AdvanceHE and the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS)/Royal Society of Biology (RSB). He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Fellow of the RSB and was until recently Education Lead for the Physiological Society. In 2014/15 he was UK HEA Bioscience Teacher of the Year and now Chairs the judging panel for that award. He established a national "Bridging the Awarding Gaps" Network for the RSB in 2020 and is co-Chair of the network. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2021 and was a founding member of the Kingston University team recently shortlisted for a Times Higher Education award in the category of “Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity” in November 2022.

Register here for the Webinar on 17 January 2023 at 13.00 CET

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