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Lorna Sibbett

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Professional biography

I am Staff Tutor in the Centre for Access, Open and Cross-curricular Innovation (AOCCI), responsible for our 'Open Box' modules YXM130 and YXM830. I am also an Associate Lecturer in STEM, tutoring across modules from Level 1 to the Level 3 capstone Biology project module (SXB390). I am interested in students-as-partners in scholarship and co-development of curriculum and pedagogy; student learning across transition; development of self-efficacy; and skills for learning and employability. Having significant experience in developing and delivering positive student transition into Higher Education, I am currently leading a scholarship project on the experiences of students who use Credit Transfer to join the Open University.

I am: Chair for the Open Programme Interdisciplinary Conference Blurring Boundaries Conference June 2023 (sharepoint.com); Accessibility Lead for Access and Open; Open Academic Lead for Student Support Services; Academic Conduct Officer for AOCCI; co-chair of a team creating principles for assessment design that promote academic integrity; member of the Tuition Programme Management Group; and member of the Student Consultation Management Group.

My teaching career began within the barbed wire enclosure of a secondary school in Northern Ireland; the barbed wire being to keep out those who might pilfer useful chemicals from the science store cupboard. Since then, I have taught and developed courses/ curricula in Secondary, Further and Higher Education (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) in Northern Ireland, Scotland and now across nations with the OU.

My previous roles include those held while a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of St Andrews: Co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research; Co-Director of External Relations in the School of Biology; and responsibility for skills development across the undergraduate Biology programme.

Research interests

Transition into HE and employment; student skills development; student collaboration in curriculum development; and science communication. I have an emerging interest in education as a route to regeneration within the individual. 

Projects 2023

Credit Transfer in Learning: Our Students' Perspectives

with Mary Keys, Clare Dunn, Heather Montgomery, Fi Moorman and Eleanor Crabb

At the OU, we have an important sectoral role in provision of Credit Transfer and a responsibility to maximise the success of students joining us with Credit Transfer (CT). The purpose of this project is to richly engage with student voice to better understand diverse experiences of CT students, their challenges faced and how we might better support their transition to the Open University and maximise their success.

BUD:Belonging, United, Diverse 

with Renu Bhandari, Sarah Ferdinand, Nadiah Saliah, Sarah McKernan and Andrew Webster.

In the Belong, United Diverse (BUD) project, two student interns have been appointed to act as a student ‘buddies’ within Access student online discussion forums (ODFs) and to collaborate with academic staff in the development of recommendations for more inclusive practice in distance education.  The slide deck "How can we maximise equity and diversity in student partnerships?" provides further information on this.

Teaching interests

Quantitative and analytical skills. I currently teach S111 Questions in Science and SXB390 Science Project Course, having previously taught HE Science and Public Health from Access to Postgraduate levels.

Publications

Belonging with, not to: Cultivating Agency and Belonging through a Students-as-Partners Project in the Open University, UK (2024-06)
Sibbett, Lorna and Bhandari, Renu
The Envisioning Report for Empowering Universities, (nr. 8) (pp. 27-30)


Lost in transition--the Island of Susak (1951-2001) (2004)
Rudan, I; Stevanović, R; Vitart, V; Vuletić, G; Sibbett, Lorna; Vuletić, S; Ivanković, D; Szirovicza, L; Stanić, A and Cvjetanović, B
Collegium antropologicum, 28(1) (pp. 403-421)


Belonging with, not to: Cultivating agency and belonging through a Students-as-Partners(SaP) project in the Open University, UK (2024)
Bhandari, Renu and Sibbett, Lorna
In : Blurring Boundaries Festival 2024 (20 Jun 2024, Open University [Online])


It’s the quiet ones you have to look out for (2023-06)
Sibbett, Lorna and Bhandari, Renu
In : Open University ACCESS Online Staff Development Conference 2023 (9-10 Jun 2023, [Online])


Student sense of belonging in distance learning: inclusion for autistic and ethnically diverse students ​ (2023)
Sibbett, Lorna; Bhandari, Renu; Salih, Nadiah; Ferdinand, Sarah; Webster, Andrew and McKernan, Sarah
In : International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL, 23) (8-11 Nov 2023, Utrecht University, Netherlands)


How can we maximise equity and diversity in student partnerships? (2023)
Sibbett, Lorna; Bhandari, Renu; Ferdinand, Sarah; Salih, Nadiah; Webster, Andrew and Mckernan, Sarah
In : International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL 2023) (8-11 Nov 2023, Utrecht University, Netherlands)


Ensuring Each Student Reaches Their Potential: (1) Transition Issues (2010)
Sibbett, Lorna
In : ICERI 2010 (International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation) (15-17 Nov 2010, Madrid, Spain)


Ensuring Each Student Reaches Their Potential: (2) Transferability Issues (2010)
Sibbett, Lorna
In : ICERI 2010 (International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation) (15-17 Nov 2010, Madrid, Spain)