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Following a number of projects conducted in the first and second year of the Theme, the University is still deciding the direction of this year’s Learning & Teaching Enhancement Programme (LTEP), which is the University’s mechanism for distributing Enhancement Themes funding to staff on a competitive basis. The University anticipates that this year the LTEP will be targeted towards the evaluation and dissemination of previous transition LTEP projects or Case Studies. Dissemination will take place through a number of planned institutional events and through School committees. The University is also planning the development of a map of transition activities.

The institution has also planned several events relating to the Theme during the 2016-17 academic year and will be undertaking a number of collaborative projects and internal projects in the following areas: commuting students, professional skills, collaboration with schools and colleges, widening participation and induction activities, student engagement and managing expectations and work-related learning.

The institutional lead is Kath Shennan.

Collaborative work


  • Deliver planned events in academic year 2016-17, including the Annual Learning & Teaching Network, Annual Academic Development Symposium and Maths and Specific Learning Differences Symposium.
  • Attend external Student Transitions Events, such as the International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference.
  • Continue work on planned collaborative activity.
  • Produce the School Induction Toolbox, a tool showcasing good practice for induction events to help students transition into university, both at first year level and at advanced entry.
  • Develop an online resource to support confirmed applicants prior to their arrival at the University of Aberdeen.
  • Pilot the new work-related learning course across the Schools of Biological Sciences, Psychology, Social Science and Engineering.
  • Develop and evaluate the student booklet ‘Online Professionalism and Employability: A guide on how to use social media to become more employable’.
  • Develop multimedia element for the Enhancement Theme.
  • Continue with activities to disseminate effective practice and encourage change or improvement in existing practice.
  • Develop a map of transition activities.
  • Generate reflective commentary on five examples of transition practice.

Student commentary on case studies developed during the Theme

The University of Aberdeen has provided student commentary to five case studies submitted during the first and second year of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Case study Student commentary
Students 4 Students: a transitional mentoring scheme for first year undergraduates Students 4 Students (Prezi presentation)
Aberdeen University Students’ Association Leadership Academy Leadership Academy Case Study (PDF)
LEVEL-UP! Student-led Conference LEVEL-UP! – Transitions Report (Prezi presentation)
Using Facebook to help aid the transition to university Using Facebook to help aid the transition to university (Video)
Aberdeen CityLab! Aberdeen CityLab (Video)

Student Transitions: Multimedia Resources

A video signposting a number of resources supporting students’ transitions in, through and out of their studies:

Watch the video