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The University’s institutional work on the Theme in the final year continues to be driven by the four key objectives in the University’s Strategy 2020. Work will continue to be coordinated by the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement. Following a successful project during the previous year of the Theme on scoping internal practices regarding international students’ transitions, the University is planning to continue focusing on this topic. The work will continue through a project to determine the support needs of international students and how to best address them, in terms of format or time for delivery for instance, as well as students views on the existing provision. The University has recruited a Research Assistant to support the work.

Furthermore, Edinburgh Napier University is planning a series of workshops for staff which will explore particular disciplinary challenges and strategies for effective learning and teaching for international students transitioning into the University.

The University is also launching the Friendship Family Programme. The purpose of this programme is to give international students an opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life in a staff family by spending time together and undertaking activities such as dinner at the family house, holiday celebrations and attending local events. The families and students exchange contact information and it is up to the student and family to decide how often they meet and what activities they take part in. The programme aims to enable cultural sharing between students and staff.

Finally, the University is planning to develop existing relations with partner colleges to further support articulating students and plans to review its articulation agreements to support smoother transition into the University. Edinburgh Napier University will also be looking to build new partnerships with Scottish HEIs to work on the Theme in 2016-17.

The institutional lead is Julia Fortheringham.

Collaborative work


  • Research project: International students’ attitude to support provision
  • Deliver international transitions workshops in the remaining Schools of the University
  • Collaborative activity
  • Friendship family programme
  • Deliver multi-media production for the end of the Theme
  • Support staff and student engagement with the Theme.

Student Transitions: Multimedia Resources

Edinburgh Napier University developed in partnership with Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association a Moodle page for international students. The Moodle site was created to respond to the gaps identified in the 2016 International Students Transition Scoping Project. It is available to students before their transition and is regularly updated throughout the year. As this page is available through the Virtual Learning Environment, it is not available for public access. The University has provided a recorded tour of the site and included extracts from the videos with international students.

Watch the video