Student charter

This charter was written by Trust staff and student representatives to help you understand our vision and the ethos of the education and training we provide

It aims to set out our core principles and to introduce key information about our structures and services. It summarises the way we wish to work in partnership with our student community in a learning environment which strongly encourages the mutually beneficial exchange of ideas, observations and experience.

The charter provides a guide to what students and the Trust can reasonably expect of each other. We will review it regularly to make sure that it continues to reflect our intentions and expectations.

Our vision

The Trust community of practice

The Trust is a unique institution which values its long-standing reputation for providing training of outstanding relevance and quality. We aim to promote sophisticated capacities for professional, critical self-reflection through provision of opportunities for learning from experience, intensive observation of the professional self at work and in organisational context, and collaborative peer group learning.

This can be best achieved if students acknowledge the importance of freedom of thought and expression in a context of collegiate spirit and respect for the rights and dignity of others.

The overarching aim of our training programmes is to develop more confident, competent but also resilient practitioners. Studying on our programmes is challenging, but our experience (and supporting evidence) is that students find the experience intensely professionally and personally fulfilling. Underpinning this approach is a culture embedded in respect for the cultures, opinions and backgrounds of others.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for students and staff from all social, cultural and economic backgrounds and thus to pursuing a genuine engagement with the principles of equal opportunities. To this end, we aim to sustain an environment which is free from discrimination on the basis of race, disability, class, gender, age, religion, belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity.

As a student, you are encouraged to participate in the activities we host, such as open events and meetings and take part in other relevant activities where possible.

More generally, we will publicise and make readily accessible all student-related policies and procedures. This will be the case throughout every stage of your studies.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our approach to learning and teaching:

We are committed to high academic standards and to reviewing these on an annual basis and place great value on the views and judgment of our external examiners appointed to our courses by our awarding bodies.

Assessment at postgraduate taught degree level and at Level 6 (graduate certificate/graduate diploma) of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications is normally by course work presented at agreed points during the academic year.

Most of our validated postgraduate taught courses and at Level 6 enable progression from a postgraduate certificate to a postgraduate diploma to Master’s award or from a graduate certificate to a graduate diploma. At postgraduate research degree level students submit course work and a thesis for examination.

The Learning and Teaching Committee also includes student representatives. If you’re interested in becoming a student rep for this committee, please email us at the Dean’s Office.

Our commitment to you

To ensure that we deliver first-class training and you have the best possible learning experience you can expect:

Your commitment to us

Academic, personal and professional development

The core of the Trust’s approach to learning and teaching is to facilitate the personal and professional development of students on a range of academically geared training programmes.

We provide a range of services to support teaching and supervision by our teaching staff. These include:

Student engagement

The Trust places a great deal of importance on the whole of the student journey from initial interest and enquiry in a course to post-qualifying events. We view students as partners and collaborators in their period of study with the Trust.

Integral to our approach are the opportunities we provide to contribute to course review and development and to provide feedback on academic provision and support services.

Student participation and representation on committees helps to ensure that your voice is heard across the Trust and within your course and discipline. The Trust expects that you will support course student representatives and encourages you to take part in the Dean’s Student Forum

The Trust will ask for your opinion on teaching and other aspects of the learner experience. This feedback is vital in enabling the Trust to improve its services for students.

Your future

The Trust will do all that it can to make your relationship with us as interesting and fruitful as it can be. We also hope that it will continue after you have graduated through the Tavistock and Portman Alumni Society (TAPAS) and through involvement in continuing professional development programmes delivered by the Trust.

Last updated 18 August 2022

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