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University of Aberdeen

Following an initial period of scoping existing practice, the University of Aberdeen is now working on several projects to enhance student transitions in their institution.  Their Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme (LTEP) is used to distribute funding from the Enhancement Themes to staff on a competitive basis and for the first time students via the Aberdeen University Students Association were able to bid for funds for projects.  The Programme is funding projects on activities which will change or improve practice as identified in the previous year’s scoping exercise.

The institution has also planned several events related to the Theme and have three project groups working on specific aspects of student transitions: widening participation and induction activities; student engagement and managing expectations, and; work-related learning.

By the final year of the theme, they will have evaluated the impact of their dissemination activities to enhance existing practice, and identify an action plan for further work.

The institutional lead is Kath Shennan.

Collaboration

Actions

Year 2

  • Events
    • Annual Teaching Fellows event on work-related learning
    • Annual Academic Development Symposium on student engagement Collaboration with Robert Gordon University, St Andrews, Dundee and Strathclyde Universities
  • Project groups
    • Widening participation and induction activities
    • Student engagement and managing expectations
    • Work-related learning

Year 3

  • Continue activities which disseminate effective practice and encourage change or improvement in existing practice
  • Evaluation by a postgraduate researcher of the activities in year 2 and 3 of the Theme
  • Identifying an action plan for further work
  • Implementation of the multi-media requirement for the Theme

Institutional topics considered

  • Student wellbeing and mental health
  • Expectations
  • Postgraduate
  • Employability and skills
  • Application and First Year
  • Widening participation
  • Technology and online support

Download reports and plans