The work of the First Year Enhancement Theme began in 2005. It focused on the nature and purposes of the students first year in higher education and how we can engage and empower students in their learning. A key question asked, was 'What should students get out of their first year in higher education?'
There were three main strands of work related to the First Year:
- Institutional engagement focusing on their own approach to issues in the first year
- six commissioned and two sector-wide studies on key aspects and views of the first year
- regular sector-level events with a range of international experts.
We published a Theme overview report and a range of commissioned and sector wide reports.