21st May 2020

The CELT-LTIF funded ‘Transforming the Student Experience’ project has been featured as an example of ‘world changing’ applied research in a new book.

The project was co designed and developed through a partnership between trans and non-trans students and staff and has seen many of its recommendations, including more inclusive welcome messaging and trans awareness training for staff and students, either achieved or in the process of going through the University Committee structure.

Internationally renowned Social Psychologist Wendy Stainton Rogers was impressed by the project following a presentation by Sue Becker and former BGU student Ashley Ravenwood at the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section 20th Anniversary Conference in July 2018, describing it as:

“…a great project with real progress and outcomes, and a good model to follow”.

In her recent book, Perspectives on Social Psychology – A Psychology of Human Being, Rogers features the project as a case study to inspire others to come together and make positive changes in their communities.

The project team continue to work to ensure findings and recommendations from the project are embedded into BGU policy and practice and are currently working to publish a paper outlining their approach and findings. The project team are:

  • Alex Dale Whistler – Education Studies and Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
  • Jayde Williams – Primary Education with recommendation for QTS
  • Dr Sue Becker – Programme Leader for Psychology
  • Lyndsay Muir – Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Sue Cordell – Head of Learning Enhancement
  • Dr Claire Thomson – Head of the Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching
  • Dr Gianina Postavaru – Lecturer in Psychology

If you’d like to become a part of BGU’s research focused community, speak to a member of our Enquiries Team or join us at one of our upcoming virtual open days.