Head of Research and Programme Leader for the MA Creative Practice presents her paper 'Studio Practice and first in family students'...
Samantha Broadhead was asked by the Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships at The Open University to present a paper titled Studio practice and first in family students: Widening Access and Success at the First in Family Seminar, on 23rd October 2015 at the Milton Keynes campus.
The paper was supported by valuable contributions from Karen Payne (Strategic Planning Analyst at Leeds College of Art) who provided valuable data about first in the family students at the college and Martell Baines (Progression Manager at Leeds College of Art) who shared her expertise in widening participation and the work her team does in this area. The paper was about some of the barriers first in the family students experienced when studying an art and design degree and how strategies could be used to improve their higher education experience, for example, peer mentoring, portfolio advice and summer schools. The seminar was made up of presenters from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand where the phrase ‘first in the family’ is associated with those students from indigenous cultures who are underrepresented in higher education. Interesting teaching and learning strategies to help students achieve in their assessments were discussed; these demonstrated the effectiveness of library staff, academic and support staff alongside student ambassadors working together in the library space with students.
You can read an overview of the sessions from the conference here.