Students can experience many transitions during their time in university. For instance, when they start university, move between different levels of their course and when they finish their studies. We commissioned a project to explore the skills and strategies that a student might develop and use during a transition, or period of change. The aim of the project was to provide students and staff with resources to support them in understanding transitions.

Project outcome reports


Key Transition Skills (Transitions Skills and Strategies)

Publication Date: 12 Oct 2015

This report presents eight key transition skills and strategies which are considered important in enhancing and developing skills for students. QAA Scotland commissioned this project as part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 458 KB

Skills at different transition points (Transitions Skills and Strategies)

Publication Date: 12 Oct 2015

This report summarises transition points as four key transition stages: pre-transition, shock, change and progression. We identify a list of the key skills which may be particularly beneficial for students at each of these transition points. QAA Scotland commissioned this project as part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 332 KB

Transition models and how students experience change (Transitions Skills and Strategies)

Publication Date: 12 Oct 2015

The report presents a summary of the environmental, financial, social and academic changes which occur during the transition 'into' and 'through' higher education as well as potential challenges which students may experience. QAA Scotland commissioned this project as part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 421 KB

Critical self-reflection (Transitions Skills and Strategies)

Publication Date: 12 Oct 2015

This report explores the concept of critical self-reflection as one important transition skill that students would benefit from developing during their university studies. QAA Scotland commissioned this project as part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 616 KB

Self-efficacy (Transitions Skills and Strategies)

Publication Date: 12 Oct 2015

This report aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the concept of self-efficacy in the context of student transitions. QAA Scotland commissioned this project as part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 289 KB

Student information leaflet


Navigating Transitions Leaflet

Publication Date: 08 Aug 2018

This booklet provides students with information relating to transition skills and how they can develop skills to cope with transitions and change. This work was complete as part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme (2014-2017).

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 281 KB

Toolkit resource packages


We have created a range of resource packages aimed at different audience groups. The packages contain presentation slides, student activity sheets, handouts, tutor guides and reports. You can use the resources individually or during a workshop to complement activities you may already be running. The resources cover: self-management of expectations; critical self-reflection; academic resilience; mindset and time management.


Skills and strategies package 1: Information for students

Publication Date: 03 Jul 2018

This skills and strategies toolkit package is intended for current or prospective Higher Education students. It provides students with a suite of resources to understand and develop the skills which can lead to an effective transition into, within and beyond Higher Education. It contains a number of e-leaflets and activities that students can do on their own to help with skills such as self-reflection, goal setting and time management. This work was complete during the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 3043 KB

Skills and strategies package 2: Student support staff

Publication Date: 04 Jul 2018

This skills and strategies toolkit package is intended for anyone who works in an academic/pastoral student support role, career services, academic development tutors and staff with an overall student support role. It contains a number of resources that you can use for one-to-one sessions with students, or group workshops. The resources contain leaflets that you can give to students, workshop resources – such as slides and handouts, student activities and tutor notes. You can use the resources as provided for each Transition Skill, or mix and match them depending on your students’ needs. This work was complete during the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 8941 KB

Skills and strategies package 3: Teaching staff

Publication Date: 04 Jul 2018

This skills and strategies toolkit package is intended for tutors and lecturers who want to aid students in their transition in, within and beyond University studies. It contains information about transition skills and strategies, leaflets that you can provide students with and handouts you can give to students to encourage them to develop some of the transition skills. This work was complete during the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 4354 KB

Skills and strategies package 4: Curriculum and programme management staff

Publication Date: 04 Jul 2018

This skills and strategies toolkit package is intended for curriculum and programme management staff who would like to integrate learning about transition skills within the learning programme/curriculum. The package contains information about transition skills and strategies which you might find useful to integrate within your programme and leaflets that can be included in the course material. This work was complete during the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 2979 KB

Skills and strategies package 5: Student association support and staff advice

Publication Date: 04 Jul 2018

This skills and strategies toolkit package is intended for Students’ Association staff who provide academic or pastoral advice and support to students. It contains the essential information on transition skills including leaflets for students and activities that you can use with students to help them with the transition they are experiencing. If your Students’ Association has a fully operational student support centre, you may find Package 2 to also be relevant to your needs. This work was complete during the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 4180 KB

Skills and strategies package 6: Resources for student induction sessions

Publication Date: 04 Jul 2018

This skills and strategies toolkit package is intended for anyone who may be involved in setting up student induction sessions for first year, articulating or postgraduate students. The package contains leaflets that can be given out to students and slides that can be integrated within the academic induction session. This work was complete during the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 2355 KB