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INTO partners join teaching elite

The UK Government’s newly-introduced Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has recognised seven INTO partner universities for their strong commitment to outstanding teaching quality and delivering a top class learning environment for undergraduates, as well as for achieving excellent levels of graduate employment.

The UK Government’s newly-introduced Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has recognised seven INTO partner universities for their strong commitment to outstanding teaching quality and delivering a top class learning environment for undergraduates, as well as for achieving excellent levels of graduate employment. Gold and Silver TEF rankings were granted to 175 of the 295 UK universities which put themselves forward for assessment. The University of Exeter and Newcastle University achieved Gold rankings and City, University of London; University of East Anglia; University of Gloucestershire; The University of Manchester; and Manchester Metropolitan University were awarded Silver. An expert assessment panel gave each participating provider a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Provisional rating, based on a series of… Read the full article
The UK Government’s newly-introduced Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has recognised seven INTO partner universities for their strong commitment to outstanding teaching quality and delivering a top class learning environment for undergraduates, as well as for achieving excellent levels of graduate employment.

Gold and Silver TEF rankings were granted to 175 of the 295 UK universities which put themselves forward for assessment. The University of Exeter and Newcastle University achieved Gold rankings and City, University of London; University of East Anglia; University of Gloucestershire; The University of Manchester; and Manchester Metropolitan University were awarded Silver.

An expert assessment panel gave each participating provider a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Provisional rating, based on a series of benchmarked metrics, plus a written submission. When unveiling the TEF initiative in September 2016, Universities Minister Jo Johnson said: “The framework will give students clear, understandable information about where the best teaching is on offer and, for the first time, place teaching quality on a par with research at our universities.”

TEF’s decision to grant a Gold rating to The University of Exeter was based, among other things, on its commitment to ensuring positive outcomes for all students, its delivery of a learning experience enriched by business, industry and professional experts; its provision of learning in an outstanding environment and of the highest quality support for independent study and research.

University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Sir Steve Smith was delighted with the result: “At Exeter, we are absolutely committed to not only providing world-class research-inspired teaching and inquiry-led learning for all our students, but also aiding them at a time when they are making some of the biggest decisions of their lives. This Gold rating recognises not just this commitment, but crucially that we deliver this promise to those it matters to most – our students both now and in the future.”

INTO Exeter Centre Director Penny Foster had this to say: “We’ve always known that the University of Exeter offers a great teaching and learning experience to our progressing students and makes a real difference to their lives and careers, but it is excellent to have this confirmed in such a high-profile way.”

When awarding Gold status to Newcastle University, the TEF panel cited the institution’s commitment to research-led teaching, applauded its institutional culture of monitoring, promoting and rewarding excellent teaching. The panel also commended the University for its commitment to enhancing students’ employability via its Graduate Skills Framework, which identifies the skills employers look for in graduates and embeds them into every module.

“TEF gold status recognises the exceptional staff we have here at Newcastle University,” said Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching.

“We pride ourselves on providing an excellent educational experience for every one of our students, regardless of their circumstances. We are gratified that this has been singled out for praise by the TEF panel, who noted that: ‘students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes, especially with regard to mature, disadvantaged and disabled students,” she said.

INTO Newcastle Academic Director Chris Heady was equally happy to hear about the Gold rating. “It is high time that teaching was placed centre-stage, as that’s why we are all here!” he said.

“This achievement will come as excellent news to those former INTO students who are now studying at the University, as well as to prospective ones who are looking at studying at INTO Newcastle, with a view to progressing on to our partner university and, further into the future, finding excellent employment.”

More information on the TEF

Photo: Jim Wileman 

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Drew students head for the Ivy League

Two international students at Drew University have joined an innovative combined degree program that will allow them to gain both a BA in chemistry from Drew University, and a BSc in engineering from highly-ranked Columbia University. The five-year ‘3+2’ Bachelor of Science in Engineering program allows students to spend three, then two years studying two diverse areas of study at the two prestigious universities. The aim being to provide a well-rounded education that includes strong communications and problem-solving skills. International students Jed-Joan Edziah (pictured) from Ghana and Quitong Xin from China have met the entry requirements and joined the group of Drew students bound for Columbia University – which was rec… Read the full article
Two international students at Drew University have joined an innovative combined degree program that will allow them to gain both a BA in chemistry from Drew University, and a BSc in engineering from highly-ranked Columbia University.

The five-year ‘3+2’ Bachelor of Science in Engineering program allows students to spend three, then two years studying two diverse areas of study at the two prestigious universities. The aim being to provide a well-rounded education that includes strong communications and problem-solving skills.

International students Jed-Joan Edziah (pictured) from Ghana and Quitong Xin from China have met the entry requirements and joined the group of Drew students bound for Columbia University – which was recently named the nation’s number five university by US News.

They are both are excited to take advantage of the 3+2 program. “I always wanted to be an engineer. I always loved math and science,” says Jed-Joan, who is just about to enter the third year of her chemistry program at Drew.

She feels that the University’s liberal arts education has built a strong foundation for her future. “Drew gave me a broader understanding to think deeply about concepts in general. There really was an emphasis on understanding the concepts instead of just regurgitating the information,” she says. 

Learn more about Drew’s Combined Degree Program with Columbia and its partnerships with other universities.

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INTO London students showcase their creative skills!

The scale and attention to detail in the final pieces created by students on this year’s International Foundation Art and Design course at INTO London reflected the amount of thought, planning and sheer hard work that had gone into them. Omar Rihan who comes from Egypt was among those who exhibited their final project work in the Chapter Spitalfields Student accommodation building. He felt that the exploratory first term at INTO London was the most important to him, as this was when he started to explore the different forms of art, and gain inspiration from artist Sol LeWitt. His dedication to his art work was apparent, as he persevered with his project despite having developed an allergy to the inks used to create it. Each shee… Read the full article
The scale and attention to detail in the final pieces created by students on this year’s International Foundation Art and Design course at INTO London reflected the amount of thought, planning and sheer hard work that had gone into them.

Omar Rihan who comes from Egypt was among those who exhibited their final project work in the Chapter Spitalfields Student accommodation building. He felt that the exploratory first term at INTO London was the most important to him, as this was when he started to explore the different forms of art, and gain inspiration from artist Sol LeWitt.

His dedication to his art work was apparent, as he persevered with his project despite having developed an allergy to the inks used to create it. Each sheet in his work, he said, represents a different phase or aspect of his life

Valentin Fomin, who is from Russia, took inspiration from Phylidia Barlow when creating a colossal tower from cardboard and reusable materials. The quality of his work spoke for itself, as Valentin has now received offers to study Architecture at both Kingston University and University of the Arts London.

Art and Design teacher Phil Smith, said: “The exhibition showed off the students’ ideas and skills in a variety of media forms. The students worked extremely hard on their projects with rudimentary materials, which in turn, gave their work a lightness of touch, and means that they are now opportunistic and able to invent their own materials and methods”

We are extremely proud of our Art and Design students and wish them every success in the future! 

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Political debut for INTO Exeter students

This summer, staff at INTO Exeter came up with an idea to give students a window on the UK’s political system and a feel for its culture and society. In the weeks leading up to the UK General Election in June, students at INTO University of Exeter were challenged by their teachers to call, prepare for and hold a Mock Election. "The election was an unmissable opportunity to enable our Cohort 2 students to feel part of a key political event in the UK, rather than watching it from the side-lines,” said INTO Exeter Academic Director Sarah Shirley. “They also had the chance to demonstrate their skills and knowledge - and they were brilliant.” The … Read the full article
This summer, staff at INTO Exeter came up with an idea to give students a window on the UK’s political system and a feel for its culture and society.

In the weeks leading up to the UK General Election in June, students at INTO University of Exeter were challenged by their teachers to call, prepare for and hold a Mock Election.

"The election was an unmissable opportunity to enable our Cohort 2 students to feel part of a key political event in the UK, rather than watching it from the side-lines,” said INTO Exeter Academic Director Sarah Shirley. “They also had the chance to demonstrate their skills and knowledge - and they were brilliant.”

The Mock Election was a truly multinational affair with students from Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Cyprus and Macau volunteering to campaign and stand as candidates for the Conservative, Labour, Green and UKIP parties.

The event was especially relevant to Foundation Humanities, Law and Social Science students, many of whom will progress on to politics-related degrees at the University of Exeter (ranked eighth in the UK for Politics in The Guardian University Guide 2018). 

It may have been ‘mock’, but staff worked hard to make the students’ election experience as authentic as possible. During the run-up, students took part in a heated leaders’ debate, produced manifestos, and constructed a campaigning stand in the INTO foyer. There was even an opinion poll, conducted by International Year One Business students as part of their statistics module. 

The highlight, though, was seeing students taking to the stage in turn to give opening and closing speeches, state their key policies, answer questions from the audience and respond to challenges from rival party candidates during the debate.

The candidates’ confidence, eloquence and well-considered arguments were impressive, and the candidates, including Rafaella, who is from Cyprus, got a lot out of taking part. “The debate was an amazing experience,” she said. “I believe that the ability to support an idea, even if you don't believe in it, is very important for people who want to work with politicians.”

The voting experience, which coincided with the real UK General Election on June 8th, was as authentic as possible, with a staff and student electoral role, a manned polling station, several private polling booths, voting slips, a ballot box, and ‘We Voted’ stickers for all those who took part. Turnout on the day was 66 per cent, or 133 of those students and staff who had registered to ‘vote’.

The result was a clear victory for the Labour Party, which won with a 64 per cent majority. Next up were the Conservatives with 24 per cent of the vote, closely followed by the Green Party with 22 per cent, UKIP with 13 per cent, and the Liberal Democrats with 11 per cent. 

INTO Exeter Student Engagement Officer, Katie Jones was a driving force behind the event. She works closely with a social committee of INTO students to ensure she delivers the opportunities and events that the INTO student body wants: “The students really enjoyed this experience and are keen for more events which tie in with what’s going on nationally, so we’ll definitely be planning more,” she said.

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Newcastle University London hosts its Inaugural Summer Ball

An evening celebration was recently held to mark the end of a successful year for Newcastle University London students and staff. The Inaugural Summer Ball, which took place in early June at Islington Assembly Hall, welcomed students, staff and key partners and provided a forum from which to launch the #StrengththroughDiversity campaign. The night started with a drinks reception and an awards ceremony, during which both students and staff received awards. The ceremony was followed by a world-themed buffet and music from a local band, The In-Laws, along with entertainment including a Photobooth, candyfloss and popcorn. For … Read the full article
An evening celebration was recently held to mark the end of a successful year for Newcastle University London students and staff.

The Inaugural Summer Ball, which took place in early June at Islington Assembly Hall, welcomed students, staff and key partners and provided a forum from which to launch the #StrengththroughDiversity campaign.

The night started with a drinks reception and an awards ceremony, during which both students and staff received awards. The ceremony was followed by a world-themed buffet and music from a local band, The In-Laws, along with entertainment including a Photobooth, candyfloss and popcorn.

For more about #StrengththroughDiversity and details of the award-winners, please click here.

 

 

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