Useful IICP Student Resources
In keeping with the IICP’s philosophy, there is a caring humanity and a personalised system of support for each individual learner on our programmes. Furthermore, there is a strong emphasis on generating group cohesiveness and a group dynamic within our classes whereby learners can be both a resource and a support to each other in relation to study, research and professional practice. Formal and informal opportunities are provided to assist in this process, for example in our BA (Hons)and Masters courses we offer students the following:
- Learner Care is provided formally from 5pm-6pm each teaching day and informally outside of these hours, by appointment if possible.
- On-going Evaluation and Feedback.
- Personal Counselling.
- Self-directed learning.
- Study Groups.
- Social Committee.
Learners have induction about all matters pertaining to the programme at the commencement and this covers all aspects of the programme content, delivery, assessments and other programme details. Induction gives the learner an opportunity to become familiar with the environment, peers and faculty members. Induction is also important for establishing a class contract. The purpose of a class contract is to give an opportunity for the learners to express their fears, concerns, hopes and expectations in relation to the programme and to work out a collaborative contractual agreement which respects the needs of each class. The class contract is drafted by the learners and a copy is distributed to module lecturers, class members and is placed within the training room for the duration of the programme. From time to time, the class may revisit the class contract to review the agreement and to adjust where necessary.
Details about learning supports are given in relation to module lecturers, one-to-one meetings, subject and assignment tutorials etc. Learners can contact their module lecturers for further guidance through e-mail, where appropriate. Learners fill out a confidential registration form at the commencement of year one, which gives information about any special considerations that the learner may have. Each learner has the option of arranging further learning supports during the pastoral care time at the end of each training day during the programme schedule. This period at the end of the teaching time is an important factor in learner support and care. Module lecturers make themselves available for casual or appointed meetings with learners. Generally, this period of the day is very helpful to learners for answering questions or concerns they have about the programme. This pastoral care time also gives lecturers an opportunity to get to know the learners on a one-to-one basis and to become more familiar with their individual needs.
Each class elect a class representative. Class representatives play a vital role in the Institute. They are instrumental in keeping class members and the Institute in contact with one another and in keeping the Institute’s community alive. Class representatives are elected to represent the learners’ views to the Institute and to communicate these views in a manner that best reflects the ethos and philosophy of the Institute. Class representatives are democratically selected by the learner group and in agreement with course faculty.