Dr Youngha Chang, Lecturer in Innovation Management, SPRU, University of Sussex Business School, applied his own innovative thinking to overcoming the initial challenges of moving to a blended teaching environment at the start of semester one 2020. Youngha realised he was not alone and that colleagues right across the sector were all having to grapple with the same technological and teaching questions. Here he shares his experience with the practical steps he took to create the best blended learning environment he could for his students.
Dr Zahira Jaser, Deputy Director of the Sussex MBA and Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour, talks about the move to blended learning during Covid19 and overcoming the challenges that presented.
ASPIRE is a mentoring initiative to connect students with staff volunteer mentors. While all staff and students can participate in ASPIRE, the scheme particularly encourages staff and students of colour to apply. Business School student Marley Ahmed (BSc Business and Management Studies) speaks to us about the ASPIRE mentoring scheme, how he’s found it helpful, and why you should get involved.
The 2020 BAME Ambassador programme involved a group of students who assisted the University towards closing the Awarding Gap and improving the BAME Student experience. The Student Union launched the programme in March 2020 after months of hard work by its Officers, students and staff. At the start of the 2020-21 academic year, the programme has been renamed Race Equity Advocates.
We asked our Student Ambassadors to reflect back on their first year at the Business School, and asked them for three things they wished they’d known or done differently from the outset. Time management, making the most of opportunities and active participation are recurrent themes.
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