Student Transitions ran from 2014 to 2017 and explored the transitions of students into, through, and out of higher education. Alongside institutional work, the Theme involved two large sector-wide projects.
The Transition Skills and Strategies project began with research into key transition points, and the skills that support those transitions. It resulted in a suite of free, ready-to-use and customisable resources for staff and students, organised according to skill. These resources remain some of our most current and popular.
The Transitions Map was an ambitious project that mapped practice and research to various transitions, illustrated as islands. It is an interactive online tool that allows users to search and filter almost 500 pieces of work from Scotland and beyond. Smaller sector-wide projects examined the needs of particular student cohorts, such as incoming international students and those with care experience. During this Theme we also supported inter-institutional collaboration, resulting in projects on student skills and the use of technology. This approach led to the introduction of Collaborative Clusters in subsequent Themes.
A range of sector-wide projects focusing on key areas of transition. The activities helped staff and students work in collaborative and creative ways.
In year two of the Theme, we commissioned work into the experience and needs of international students and produced a report on the findings.
Internationalisation and the student experience
Professor Jones is Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education at Leeds Beckett University. She discusses her views of, and tips for, enhancing the international student experience.
Professor Jones was a keynote speaker at the 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference in June 2017.