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Edinburgh Napier University

The University aims to ensure that the Enhancement Theme places effective student transitions high up on everyone’s agenda at Edinburgh Napier this year. Firstly, the Theme creates a platform for showcasing and sharing the myriad of examples of practice from across Schools and Professional Services designed to enable effective student transitions.  Secondly, the Theme provides the ideal opportunity to further develop and to disseminate research evidence to inform existing and emerging practice relating to the support of student transitions. Edinburgh Napier’s work is based on three themes, as outlined below. These three themes align closely with the University’s Strategy for 2020.

The institutional lead is Julie Fotheringham.

Case Studies (2014-15)

From more than twenty cases submitted, six were forwarded to the QAA for inclusion on the Enhancement Themes website (see below) and the remaining case studies will be uploaded to the University’s Learning Teaching and Assessment Resource Bank.

Key Areas

  • International Transitions
  • Transitions into placements or work
  • Use of institutional data to explore student routes to admission at Edinburgh Napier, the effects on progress and lessons for staff. An explicit part of this strand will be to publicise this information to staff as a way of reflecting on our strategic commitment to widening participation


Year 1: In December 2014, the University received a strong response to its call for Student Transitions project proposals. The following projects were awarded funding and are now underway:

International Transitions

  • Analysis of articulation routes for overseas students in the Business School (led by the Business School)
  • Extension of a dissertation e-toolkit for international students (led by the Business School)
  • Scoping existing international transition and support initiatives and recommending enhancements (led by the Business School)

Transitions into placements or work

  • Video case studies for work placement preparation (led by the School of Computing)
  • A Skills Award Framework for work-related learning (led by the Business School)

Use of institutional data to explore student routes to admission at Edinburgh Napier

  • Data visualisation project exploring student routes to Edinburgh Napier and their progression on programmes (led by the School of Computing)
  • Transition, progress and success of widening access students: What should we know? (led by Student & Academic Services)
  • Tracking direct entrants in the School of Engineering & the Built Environment (led by the School of Engineering and the Built Environment)
  • Edinburgh Napier is prioritising communication about the work on the Theme across the University, to raise awareness and to facilitate the involvement of as wide a group of staff and students as possible.