Join the diverse community of Edukeeners in their pursuit of knowledge-sharing and innovative thinking in the field of education!
The Edukeeners Society resulted from a group of postgraduate students coming together in autumn of 2020 to share our passion in education.
At first, this provided a forum for much needed social interaction and academic discourse during our first months at UCL. But we soon understood the real value of the group – learning from each other’s personal and professional experiences in education.
The Edukeeners community boasts membership from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, which has helped foster stimulating and inspiring debates. So, regardless of whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, studying a degree related to education or not, we encourage all those with dreams of building a better tomorrow through the transformative power of education to join.
We are a very active society, having met in Term 1 and 2 of this academic year (2020/21) 28 time for weekly online meet-ups, 4 times for exec committee meetings, 4 times to share learning, 3 times to speak to faculty members and 4 time to simply socialise!
Here are some of our current and planned activities going forward:
- Regular Meet-ups – the main forum where members have weekly catch-ups, discuss topics of interest in education and learn from one another through sharing of personal and professional experiences.
- Knowledge Transfer events – where Edukeeners, faculty members and external speakers will be zooming in on an issue and share their knowledge and wisdom with other fellow Edukeeners. Sessions so far covered topics such as blended learning (Emma Langridge, Lee Blowers and Graeme Austin - see recording), child development (by Darron Edwards) and dissertation workshops (by Prof Lasfer Meziane, lecturer at City University) - recording available on request). Next up we have a session on Music in Education (by Kathy Hart - date TBC).
- Fireside Chats - where students can have a casual conversation with their faculty members. So far the list of guests included Dr Russel Smith, Dr Natasha Kersh and Dr. Katya Saville. Next up we have Dr Jeremy Hayward, on Wed, 9 June - follow this Eventbrite link to register.
- Mingling events – we can't build a community without a little bit of fun so we run seasonal socials, Coffee Roulettes, Speed friending and other networking events.
About the 'Designing Education' Project
The Edukeeners Society is happy to promote this student-led ChangeMakers Project which invites you to take part in an exciting thought experiment on ‘what could compulsory education look like if we were to re-DESIGN it?’. The project proposes to bring together students and faculty members to think innovatively about age-old challenges in education in a series of 6 thought provoking workshops. To find out how to get involved check out the ‘Designing Education’ website. It contains a more detailed project description, list of workshop themes and timeline.
Here’s what some of our members think about being an Edukeener:
“Being a member of Edukeeners, I always felt so lucky to be surrounded by incredible, passionate companions, exploring aims and purposes of Education together.” (Yemeng)
“Joining the Edukeeners has been a very positive part of my university experience, providing both a platform to discuss ideas surrounding education and a community to connect with peers.” (Esha)
“Edukeeners has been a life saver for me as part of the 2020 Covid Cohort. It has provided me with the opportunity to learn from and with my peers in a way that has really enhanced my enjoyment and understanding of my degree.” (Ruby)
“I wouldn't have gotten through last term without having found the Edukeeners! Both my modules were asynchronous and I was having a lot of trouble absorbing any of the information without exchanging ideas with others. It's been lovely finding this community.” (Fareeda)
“Edukeeners society is a hugely welcoming community. It has been invaluable to discuss theories and practice with educational professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds. Join us!” (Lee)
Feel free to get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions or if you wish to run a joint session on the intersection between your topic of interest and the field of education (for example, EdTech, Psychology or Behavioral Science, etc. – the sky’s the limit!).
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