The project, to run to 2019, will see the University of Brighton’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) delivering staff-facing workshops through existing staff development events and courses. The aim is to engage approximately 625 students and 100 academic staff in years 2017-18 and again in 2018-19 and evaluate their experiences of being involved.
The intervention will be embedded in to the existing peer-assisted study-sessions training for students which engages over 100 student mentors every year with over 1,000 first-year students across the university.
The project is being run by Professor Gina Wisker, CLT head and Professor of Contemporary Literature and Higher Education; Catherine McConnell, Senior Lecturer; and Dr Rachel Masika, Senior Research Fellow.
In a joint statement, they explained how the project will work: “It aims to take staff and students through a process in which they explore their own beliefs around the nature of ability and intelligence. From here they explore strategies to develop a 'growth mindset', inclusive behaviours, high expectations and enabling language for all learners.