Rigour is something we have to teach our students because this can get lost in mainstream culture. We have to bring in tools for students to deal with multiplicity in the world in order to make them not just participants, but participants who know what they are doing, and why they are doing it.
You can’t have good HE without rigorous learning and high expectations on staff - the most important skill we can teach is the ability to think. Without that rigour, discipline, values and solid training, our students’ ability to break down problems in the way we hope becomes undermined.
Academic rigour helps to create an environment that encourages students to question and challenge, to seek explanations and evidence either to justify or refute what has been stated. This will be essential to enable them to pick their way through the changing information they will encounter throughout their careers.
Rigour is important because as a student you are making a major investment in your future, and that will be your passport to employment. Any future employer will take into account your level of commitment to any task that may be put before you.
Our credibility as scientists and educators depends on rigour and it is the foundation for research and teaching. Academic rigour in Psychology consists of many things: running double blind experiments with appropriate controls, applying the highest ethical and moral standards, not overstating the significance of results, and replicating them until you are confident that the result in question is real and will stand up in laboratories around the world.
Rigour is important because the whole point of HE is to change learning. That’s about interrogating issues carefully, comprehensively and trying to get to the bottom of what are often complex systems of problems. That means learning new ways of thinking and putting those ways of thinking into practice.
Working in a big team, being rigorous and consistent is so important. In our project for the Event Management module, if we had not been as consistent, [and] not set expectations, we would not have finished to the same excellent standard.
I will work to be more rigorous in the way we manage and assess our projects and impacts.
I pledge to give a high level of customer service to all staff, students and external partners.
I will continue to work to enable students with disabilities to achieve their potential through effective resources and services.