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Robert Gordon University

The Robert Gordon University is focusing on three levels of transitions activity, as follows:

  • Cross-University – areas which are identified through the University’s strategy or the outcomes of institutional processes such as the NSS and internal monitoring;
  • Discipline – areas of relevance to our colleagues at school and course level;
  • Student – aiding students to become better prepared and more resilient. This includes student to student support.

In the final year of the Theme, the University is planning to explore transitions out of the university and employability. Following successful projects in year 2 of the Theme, a number of projects will be funded during the final year to explore employability and transitions ‘out’. 



Furthermore, the University is planning to continue enhancing the transitions of particular cohorts of students through the ‘Access To’ programme, which seeks to widen participation in higher education for students who are often under-represented in universities. As part of the final year of the Theme, the University is planning to investigate the credit rating of this programme with the aim of moving to providing a credit rated access programme commencing in September 2017.

The institutional lead is Liam Waldron.

Collaborative work

  • The Robert Gordon University is intending to host a conference in 2017 where the sharing of practice and learning from the Theme can take place. The University is planning to invite colleagues from across the Scottish higher education sector.

Actions

  • Select and fund projects relating to theme of transitions out of university
  • Review impact of the University’s seed funding awards on student experience and determine their legacy
  • Investigate credit rating the ‘Access To’ programme with the aim of moving to providing a credit rated access programme commencing in September 2017
  • Host a ‘capstone’ event in 2017 providing an opportunity for the institution to consolidate all of the activity engaged in over the life of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme
  • Use the outcomes of cross-university, discipline and student activity to identify changes to policy and practice, and areas for enhancement so as to improve the transition experience of students going forward.

Student Commentary on case studies developed during the Theme

The Robert Gordon University has provided five student commentaries to case studies submitted throughout the duration of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Case Study Student Commentary
Student Leadership Programme Student Commentary (PDF)
International Student Transition Student Commentary (PDF)
Connected – Student Association initiative engaging Distance Learners Student Commentary (PDF)
Supporting students transitioning to employment Supporting students transitioning to employment (Video)
Connected – Student Association initiative engaging Distance Learners The Transition Experience of Distance Learners (Video)
  

Student Transitions: Multimedia Resources

Robert Gordon University carried out research into the experiences of commuting students in order to understand better their learner journeys. The University has produced a video resource containing the reflections of students, as well as staff who explain how they accommodate commuters so as to ensure they have the best possible learning experience.

Watch the video