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Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

The student transitions enhancement theme can help to support and embed new practices at SRUC as it continues to develop and enhance its provision for students (SRUC was formed in October 2012 by the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges).

SRUC intends to focus on three key areas of student transitions: employability; transitions within SRUC’s flexible HN/degree programmes; and transitions from employment to study.  Within these key areas SRUC will identify and share current good practice, and determine issues or gaps requiring appropriate action.

The institutional lead is  Lesley Howie.

Case Studies (2014-15)

Key Areas

  • Employability
    • Development of skills and attributes to prepare students for transition to employment
    • Continuing work of embedding SRUC graduate attributes
    • Understanding student perceptions of graduate attributes and defining the language used
  • Key Progression Points
    • Enhancing progression opportunities from HNC to HND (e.g. involving a change of campus or a move from distance learning to campus-based study)
    • From HND to degree-level (particularly from campuses which currently only deliver to HND level)
    • Encouraging retention at Honours level
  • Transition from Employment to Study (Returning to Learning)
    • Of particular interest with distance learning programmes

Actions

Year 1

  • Take stock of current practice that exists in the four former colleges
  • Build on existing good practice
  • Promote staff and student engagement with the Theme - using the new institutional team structure to disseminate information and encourage participation in projects and other Theme activities related to SRUC’s key areas
  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with other HEIs (e.g. UHI)

Year 2 and 3

  • Standardise the assessment of SQA units across campuses and ensure the student experience is similar regardless of location of study
  • Undertake activities around induction and learner support
  • Aim to assess the impact of the Theme on the learning and teaching activities of practitioners