An opportunity to participate in the 2017 NUAGE module.
Newcastle University is a global leader in research about ageing; however there is a lack of teaching about ageing for students on degree courses other than medical sciences (for example history or engineering). To improve students' awareness of the importance of ageing in society, a new module for students from all departments at Newcastle University, NUAGE (Newcastle University Ageing Generations Education), has been developed. NUAGE was created in 2013 has run annually, in partnership with students and a team of Voice North members. The 2016 module involved a team of 8 Voice North members who helped to plan, deliver and evaluate the teaching sessions. We received positive feedback from students and Voice North members.
The NUAGE module teaching sessions were designed with the input of Voice North members, and consist of lectures, seminars, debates and presentations. During the teaching sessions the researcher offers students and Voice North members opportunities to interact and to work together on tasks, in order to exchange ideas and opinions. They believe that this helps students (and volunteers) to learn about the nature of ageing in its broadest context.
The aim of this project is to recruit a team of Voice North volunteers to participate in the 2017 module, and help students understand the views of older people.
The core team will consist of 10-12 Voice North members of any age and occupational background. Although participants will be taking part in interactive teaching sessions, no teaching experience is necessary.
The module runs from the end of January to the end of March 2017. Participants would be invited to an explanatory meeting in January to discuss the structure and format of the teaching sessions, and to clarify the roles of the team.
There are subsequently 4 interactive seminars with students that last between 2 and 3 hours:
Further details of each of the sessions would be available in advance, and our team would be supported by academic staff leading the sessions. Once the module is complete, we would hold a feedback and evaluation meeting.
All of the teaching sessions will take place at Newcastle University (Central Campus).
The provisional timetable is as follows:
Explanatory meeting – Tuesday 10th January
Interactive teaching sessions
(These sessions take place in the evening because students taking the module are doing it on top of their main degree)
Feedback and evaluation meeting – April
The researcher would like participants to be available to attend the explanatory meeting, orientation session, the final feedback and evaluation meeting, and at least 2 of the 3 other interactive teaching sessions.
For those people who are interested in the module but are unable to commit to the sessions above, we will also be inviting Voice North members to attend a series of evening lectures, with leading academics, that contribute to the module. A list of dates and titles will be confirmed after Christmas.
Travel expenses will be paid for all meetings and teaching sessions.
Catering will be provided for day-time meetings and refreshments will be provided at each of the teaching sessions.