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University of East London Continues Successful Summer Institute for Scholars

Posted by on Monday, February 3, 2014 15:06 - 0 Comments


Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Continuum International Summer Institute for McNair scholars and faculty. 

UELFor the past three years, the University of East London’s Continuum team has been working with colleagues here in the United States to develop an innovative academic program for undergraduate students enrolled as McNair Scholars at their home institutions. The partnership began in 2010 when McNair scholars from the University of New Hampshire, accompanied by their program director, Dr Antonio Henley, they participated in the first Continuum International Summer Institute (ISI) at the University of East London (UEL).  In the following years McNair scholars from the University of Central Florida, University of Kansas, Rochester Institute of Technology, and DePaul University participated in ISI.

Now in its fourth year, the ISI curriculum offers each scholar the opportunity to explore specific research interests working with academic staff as well as University of East London  students. The ISI curriculum is carefully aligned to the McNair program and therefore aims to fully enhance postgraduate progression through the rich academic and cultural experience that the ISI program provides to both scholars and faculty.

ISI 2014 post cardDates and duration
The 2014 program will run from 28 June – 14 July, 2014. The two week experiences comprises of an intensive academic program and conference. Depending on institutional requirements; learners and faculty pursue independent research and undertake self-directed study, supported by ISI faculty. It may be possible to offer a longer version of the program for those wishing to explore this option. So please contact continuum@uel.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

Location
London provides the unique backdrop to the ISI program both academically and culturally. UEL’s Docklands Campus is minutes away from Canary Wharf and central London. The university has its own Docklands Light Railway station, Cyprus, which connects to London Underground and mainline railways. There is easy access to London City Airport which serves domestic and European destinations.

Accommodation
Scholars and faculty will be housed in UEL’s newly built state of the art accommodation overlooking
the Royal Albert Dock on the River Thames. Team USA used UEL as their base prior to and during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Academic focus
The program has a broad academic focus and considers issues such as: social justice and access to higher education for under represented groups. In addition there are seminars on the UK education system and specialist seminars based on research interests of participants. Learners will also be able to participate in research methods workshops delivered by ISI and UEL faculty to support their independent research.

International conference
A unique component of the program is the opportunity to participate in a three day residential international conference organized by the Forum for Access and Continuing Education which attracts academics, policy makers, researchers and policy makers from the UK and overseas. The 2014 FACE conference will be hosted at the University of Salford.

Structured Learning Environment
Learners and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with leading academics, practitioners and policy makers during the course of the program. Visiting faculty and professional staff will have the opportunity to meet with peers at UEL and other institutions through Continuum’s extensive networks.

Costs – indicative costs are provided below in sterling
Full academic program (includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments)    £ 1,500.00
Housing at UEL for duration of program (extra days or weeks can be added as required)  £ 525.00
Delegate fee FACE conference (includes accommodation, meal package/entertainment) £ 500.00

What should I do next?
If you would like to learn more about this high quality study abroad experience and register your interest, please e-mail us at: continuum@uel.ac.uk . If you prefer we’ll schedule a call back to discuss your needs and requirements. Places for ISI 2014 are limited so it is highly recommended that you register your interest as
soon as possible.