Alumni mentoring

In the Faculty of Engineering & Design, Dr Steve Cayzer and Prof. Peter Mott (Department of Mechanical Engineering), and Kirsten Brown (Faculty Industry Engagement & Employability Manager), will be expanding the alumni mentoring programme for students in the Engineering Management MSc programmes. Following a successful pilot year with UK-based alumni, this project will reach out to our University’s international alumni community to offer diverse mentoring routes and global engagement for the programmes’ students, including potential placements, Practice Track projects, and research opportunities.

South Africa

In the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, colleagues in Psychology and Education will be exploring partnerships for inclusive curriculum design with a number of South African universities.

In the Department of Psychology, Dr. Catherine Butler and Dr Leda Blackwood will be working with Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal to learn from these institutions’ diverse experience of decolonising the curriculum and developing inclusive curriculum offers. With the aim of integrating critical South African scholarship into Bath psychology programmes, the project will develop new content and learning approaches that appeal to diverse students and create global citizens, including student placements, staff exchanges, and joint trainings on curriculum development.

Dr Jo Daniels and Dr Catherine Butler will be leading on a project with Stellenbosch University to broaden the international appeal and cultural diversity in Bath’s clinical psychology programme. With a focus on the Bath DClinPsy, the project will extend and deepen cultural awareness through the development of new teaching resources, guest lectures, and placements, collaborating with DClin colleagues at Stellenbosch who apply clinical theory and practice in the multi-diverse context of South Africa.

In the Department of Education, Dr Jim Hordern and Prof. Hugh Lauder will be building on relationships with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits School of Education/Centre for Researching Education and Labour) and the University of Cape Town (School of Education) to strengthen Bath’s conceptualisation of curriculum internationalisation. Providing the opportunity to consider South African perspectives on ‘internationalisation’, the project will help the Department reflect on the curriculum offer and explores how it might become more deeply embedded in all programmes in the Department, including potentially through collaborative teaching, student mobility, and co-supervision of EdD or PhD students.