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Chat 'n chew!: using lunch clubs to enhance student transition within the undergraduate nursing programme @QMU.

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Chat ‘n Chew! Using Lunch clubs to Chat ‘n Chew! Caroline Gibson & Kath MacDonaldLecturers in Nursing Using lunch clubs to enhance student transition within the undergraduate nursing programme @QMU. Introduction Student contact with academic staff has changed since the move to the new campus. Findings from the 2007-8 student survey and feedback from our student/staff consultative Committee suggests that opportunities should be sought to enhance communication between students and academic staff. QAA (2007) identify the importance of effective transition in “the first year experience”; which should include “personalisation of taught provision and the development of an extended transition process”. In response to this we have initiated a lunch club scheme. Findings: issues which have arisen to date • Representation at club from all years- initial response small • Students from all year groups mixing well • Class reps very supportive • Year 4 students who buddy 1st years use this forum to meet up. • Students have raised issues with tutors, e.g; timetables, web CT, placements, Graduate Diploma students issues Methods • Lunch clubs are scheduled every 2 weeks during term time in a classroom • 2 academic staff attend each club (staff attend on a rostered basis) • Students from all years are invited to attend • Students and staff are asked to B.Y.O. Conclusion • Initial response from students and staff has been positive. • Communication between staff and students has improved in both directions • Formal evaluation is planned for the end of semester two. Reference QAA(2007) Enhancement themes. Year one Overview. Online [Available] Slide Number 1

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