Episode 008: Placements with Dr Lee Higham, Settling into University Learning with Emily and Josh, and Learning through the Pandemic (Part Two) with Dr Adam Potts

Hello and welcome to episode eight of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University podcast.

There is a transcript available.

In this episode, we have five interviews that cover three topics, exploring different aspects of learning and teaching here at Newcastle University.

The first topic sees Dr Lee Higham, Senior Lecturer and SNES Academic Lead for Employability and Enterprise talk to staff and students about placements. In the first of three interviews Lee speaks to Tom Meadows an Employer Liaison Manager and Placements Advisor from the University Careers Service about what a placement is, the importance of preparation and motivation in securing these opportunities and what the benefits are of going on placement. In the second and third interviews, Lee talks to Caitlin Storry, a placement student who has recently started hers and Goda Stasytyte, a returning placement student, about their experiences.

The second item is with Emily and Josh our current students. Those first few weeks at university are exciting, they can be a nervous time, hopefully enjoyable, but always a brand-new experience. Emily and Josh discuss those first few lectures, seminars, and labs. They also discuss making new friends and interacting with academics and teachers. Emily and Josh try to demystify some of those thoughts  about the step up to university.

In the final part of this episode, Dr Adam Potts returns to talk about how Newcastle University students learned through the pandemic. In this conversation Adam and his students discuss managing your time and learning communities through the pandemic. How can what we’ve learned shape and influence positive outcomes for the future?

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Links from the episode

University placement pages – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/study/your-future/work-placement/

Contacting the placement team – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/workexperience/placements/

Careers Service – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/

Applying for a placement – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/workexperience/placements/finding/

Student Homepage – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/

Student wellbeing – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing/ Student’s Union – https://www.nusu.co.uk/

There is a transcript available.