Posts Published by Craig Dewis

I'm Head of Student Services at OCA. My background is in student advice and support at universities around the UK and abroad. I'm particularly interested in the overall student experience in Higher education, particularly the use and engagement with support services.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday falls this year on Armistice Day itself. This year also marks 100 years since the end of the First World War which saw an estimated 10 million people lose their lives. The conflict spawned many artistic outputs as people sought to express the horror, and the suffering of it all. Poetry in particular is exceedingly well known through the works of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Ivor Gurney, Wilfred Owen, and David Blunden to name but a few of the more famous examples.

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Your Voice: Shape the World Around You

At OCA, our revamped mission is to introduce student-led activities to our operations and learning models. Integral to this is to give you, our students, a greater voice in decision making processes that affect you. This academic year we are introducing two new surveys that form an integral element of our academic monitoring processes; the Unit Evaluation Survey, and the Level Analysis Survey.

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Your results: Your options

For a lot of people, Thursday 16 August, may have been one of the most stressful and anxious experiences of their lives. Finding out what all the hard work you’ve put into over the last two years has come to, and trying to make the best decision for the future. If you’re in that place, unsure what to do, but know you want to study creative arts, get in touch with us.

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The importance of open-access

At OCA all our offers are unconditional. Through our open-access policy we do not require students to have specific prior qualifications and welcome all who want to study onto our courses. This has been the case since OCA was founded, as we believe that education is a right, not a privilege, and all should have the opportunities to study.

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Study tips 1: Community

Knowing that distance learning can be difficult we recently reached out to you, our students, to ask the people who know best what it’s like to study with OCA and what you have found has helped you to study effectively. So many of you came back to us with great hints and tips that we’ll run a mini-series to cover all the suggestions, plus a few of our own from the staff here at OCA HQ.

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