This month we'll be exploring the theme of student cohort building.

Louise Rickard and Sean Conner will be talking about the work the Centre for Environmental Policy have done in collaboration with the FONS Digital Media and Communications team to create fun online student profiles. These profiles enabled students to meet virtually and to make connections with each other before the start of term and were intended to contribute to cohort building by enhancing a sense of BELONGING, IDENTITY and FRIENDSHIP in the new MSc cohort, and within the wider department as a whole.

Inkeri Hibbins will be discussing the importance of cohort building via vertical integration through peer tutorials, and the challenges of moving fully online in 20-21. She will provide examples from the Department's summer Student Shapers project, the guides the student partners created for running tutorials online, the larger question of how to approach working collaboratively on mathematics in a remote environment, and whether there are aspects of remote learning we can take forward once we return to "normal".