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University of Leicester launches freshers' pod

01.10.2008
www.StartingUni.info, a website developed by the University of Leicester, is providing podcasts to help new students prepare for the daunting experience of starting university.

The website has been created as part of the IMPALA4T project funded by the Higher Education Academy and GENIE, the University of Leicester’s Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in genetics.

Based in the University of Leicester’s Beyond Distance Research Alliance and GENIE, IMPALA4T (Informal Mobile Podcasting and Learning Adaptation for Transition) has used recordings of students discussing their own experiences to create podcasts, which will prove an invaluable source of advice for students who are just about to begin their time at university.

Podcasts are digital audio recordings (normally MP3s) that can be downloaded from the internet and listened to on a computer or whenever and wherever the mood takes you on an iPod. With content recorded by students, the StartingUni.info podcasts allow the transmission of wisdom from one generation of students to the next, providing a more dynamic and accurate picture of university life than that found in traditional university publications.

The podcasts on StartingUni.info cover a broad range of important topics from the first few days at university to lectures, assessments and accommodation. Notably, in this age of rising student debt, they also cover the issue of money management.

Some examples of the advice given include:

“At the beginning of every week you can get out £20 or £30 or £40, and then you know that that is what you have got to work with that week. And then, so long as you have got some discipline, you will not go out and spend all of your loan on a guitar.”

“It can go both ways: you can actually discover that you can cook, or you can discover that you can cook, but you cannot really be bothered. So, whoever makes the decision to come to self-catered halls has to know themselves very well.”

“However much work I wanted to do - however much work I did not want to do, it was completely up to me. That is where I think a lot of people slide at university. They are too busy having a lot of fun and going out, and they forget why they are here.”

The University of Leicester is recognised for its support for the welfare and education of its students. In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was ranked joint first of the mainstream English universities for overall student satisfaction. It is also the lead institution in two prestigious Centres of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, one of which is GENIE, and home to five of the Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellows. It is hoped that IMPALA4T and the StartingUni.info podcasts will serve to aid such efforts by facilitating an effective transition from school to university, which will have a positive impact upon performance throughout the student’s time in higher education.

Dr. Chris Cane, one of the project’s leaders, said, “We are very excited by this project. The StartingUni podcasts are not just for University of Leicester students, anyone can listen to them. We hope they will really help new students settle into university life. ”

The podcasts can be found at www.StartingUni.info

Ather Mirza | alfa
Further information:
http://www.StartingUni.info
http://www.le.ac.uk

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