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University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews’ focus for the theme emerged from consultation with staff and students, the University strategy and outcomes from a recent ELIR. In addition to this top-down approach, a funding scheme is in place to encourage student and staff-led initiatives at local level.

The institutional lead is Rosalind Campbell.

Case Studies (2014-15)

Key Areas

The University will focus on the following transitions at an institutional level:

  1. The transition from student to professional
  2. Transitions through collaborative programmes
  3. The transition from taught postgraduate study to research postgraduate study
Relevant project leads (who also sit on the institutional team) have been assigned to these transitions, and will take forward a plan of work in consultation and collaboration with students.

In addition, students and staff can receive up to £500 of funding towards their own ideas for initiatives that aim to support and enhance one or more of the following key transitions, which also emerged through the consultation process:

  1. Transition from pupil to student
  2. Transition from abroad to St Andrews
  3. Unexpected transitions
  4. Transitions from the perspective of under-represented groups
  5. Transition from dependent to independent learner
  6. Transition from University accommodation to private accommodation.

Projects funded to date include:

  • A ‘Meet the academics’ event for students to discuss their career journeys
  • An enterprise week of networking, skills development and speakers
  • An e-Learning guide to aid the transition from home to student residence
  • A programme of advice and support for students reintegrating after a leave of absence
  • A mentoring scheme for women and minorities in Philosophy.

Actions

Year 1

  • Hold a launch event for staff and students
  • Identify strategic priorities for the theme and determine how these will be taken forward
  • Launch a funding scheme for staff and student-led grassroots projects
  • Identify, select and prepare examples of good practice for the QAA
  • Develop a communication and engagement strategy for the theme.

Year 2

  • Progress with the schedules of work for the three key transitions listed under ‘Key areas’
  • Continue to promote the funding scheme and fund student and staff-led initiatives
  • Run a photo competition for the best visual representation of student transition
  • Showcase funded initiatives at the University’s ‘Good practice exchange’ (May 2016)
  • Explore potential collaborations with other institutions
  • Review outputs from the QAA-commissioned project on transitions skills, and explore ways in which the University can foster relevant skills including resilience and confidence

Year 3

  • Progress with the schedules of work for the three key transitions listed under ‘Key areas’
  • Continue to promote the funding scheme and fund student and staff-led initiatives
  • Evaluate the outputs and impact of the Enhancement Theme
  • Hold a closing event to showcase and disseminate good practice.