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Induction revamp tailored to support students' needs

21/11/2017

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Induction started on Monday 25th September and ended with Matriculation on Friday 6th October. Students were given a masterclass on how to take advantage of their character strengths during an immersive and interactive strengths assessment session.

There was also time for inductees to ask staff questions at the Professional Services Fair – a one-stop platform that showcases the range of support services available to them.

Service range

Services included information on the College’s Student’s Union, Wellbeing, Finance and Advisory, the Formation Zone, Student Reps, Personal Tutoring, and Refer a Friend scheme. Wellbeing Manager Tim Maugherman and Student Union President Elliott Cox gave an interactive presentation on the Student Charter, while the Library Services team delivered an engaging quiz aimed at furnishing inductees with vital information on how they can make the best use of the library. 

The event was also a chance for students to take inspiration from those in the GSM London community that are working to transform their academic and career potential. Examples include Elliott, a former professional footballer and GSM London graduate, and ITS Director Mark Duff, who started his first year at the institution this month (October) studying towards a BSc (Hons) in Professional Management.

Both campuses were a hive of activity with undergraduates lining up to learn more about the services, support and career prospects that can come from learning at GSM London.

Interactive sessions

Tiffany Howard, Head of Student Support and Engagement said: “I am so pleased with how teams across the College have united to pull off a fantastic experience for our students. There have been multiple events running simultaneously (Flying Start, Induction, Matriculation, and Re-Orientation), all whilst the recruitment of new students have been ongoing. The teams have pulled together and have really worked hard to ensure both our new and continuing students feel welcome and a part of the GSM London community.”

GSM London’s Student Engagement Manager Jacquelene Tsiga said: “The induction period is always a fantastic way of showcasing the best of what GSM London has to offer. We introduced more interactive sessions designed to encourage inductees to ask questions, and have one-to-one dialogue with our service providers and staff. We introduced quizzes that aim to deliver key information in a fun and engaging style. This term we also encouraged inductees to write down academic/career aspirations on a ‘Dream Tree’ and also asked students to let us know why they came to GSM London by completing the ‘I chose GSM because’ boards. The exercises have been pivotal in helping us to understand our students’ needs and improve on the services we are delivering."