Edition 3

Closing Awarding Gaps: Celebrating Success

Welcome to Teaching Insights

Teaching Insights is Oxford Brookes University’s open access teaching and learning publication. The format of the publication is online (this website). It is a source of practical ideas for teachers in higher education to create exceptional student experiences and provides scholarly discussion about a different important educational theme in each edition. It features contributions from staff and students who teach and learn at various levels and across many disciplines. Readers can thus expect to gain insights from the practical wisdom of a diverse range of writers. It aims to be accessible yet scholarly and is an excellent opportunity for first time student and staff publishers.

This current edition is on the theme of Closing Awarding Gaps: Celebrating Success. There is usually a new edition of Teaching Insights once a year and each has six features:


A welcome from the Editor and summary of the highlights of this edition.

The Bigger Picture

An introduction to current debates on our theme.

Alumni Reunion

Former students and their teacher in dialogue about what’s made the difference.

Tales from the Faculty

A lecturer reflects on how to best support international students, having made the journey from being one himself to teaching them.

Your Questions Answered

A guest panel of staff and students responds to reader-submitted questions.

Recipes for Success

Practical, bite-sized insights from staff and student contributors.

Edition 3, Editorial

A welcome from the Editors

Edition 3, The Bigger Picture

Closing Awarding Gaps: Belonging and how to support a diverse student population

Edition 3, Tales from the Faculty

From student to teacher: Reflections on closing the awarding gap for international students

Edition 3, Your Questions Answered

Your questions on closing awarding gaps and celebrating success answered

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Using a co-created glossary of rubric language to foster assessment literacy and inclusive assessment practice

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Making the implicit, explicit: aligning expectations and highlighting opportunities

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Everyone matters: Targeted contextualised study support increases continuation rates

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

‘It’s a bit like being in the library!’ Using virtual mini writing retreats to enhance study motivation and relatedness in a personal tutor group

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Student Inclusive Curriculum Consultants – A partnership project

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Student circles: Creating spaces for student voices to support inclusion

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Racial inclusivity in physiotherapy practice education: Development of a training resource

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Filling the gap – decolonising and diversifying Library resources

Edition 3, Recipes for Success

Using coaching and mentoring to help close the awarding gap between black and white students