This project aims to foster dialogue and support through a community of practice that is designed to better prepare students, staff and other stakeholders for future transitions.
In order to recognise and understand the impact of 2020 – and a shift within the context of Covid-19 from pandemic to endemic thinking – this project focuses on different voices from the sector as a catalyst for discussion, forward planning and action.
Contributions from a range of stakeholders include:
- Hillary Gyebi-Ababio (VP Higher Education, NUS)
- Anne-Marie Canning (CEO, The Brilliant Club)
- Michelle Morgan (Dean of Students, University of East London and author of the report An Exceptional Transition to Higher Education)
Beginning with a series of Advance HE podcasts, members will have the opportunity to listen to insights from across the sector with different perspectives being provided on what we have learnt over the last year and what we need to develop going forward.
Through community-sourced questions and the sharing of key issues and experiences, members will be able to connect via forums and panels, and engage with existing and ongoing practices that have been effective in the support of student transitions. Through the sharing of good practice, the member benefit will also provide a platform to begin to model solutions for specific institutional and discipline settings.
This theme will offer a space for continued discussion and development of ‘new normals’. It will consider the transformations and changes to our collective understanding and approaches to pre-arrival; arrival; orientation; reorientation; induction and reinduction.
The aim of this member benefit theme is to support members in adopting practical, evidence-based approaches to enhance students’ post-pandemic experiences, as well as supporting retention and progression.
This member benefit theme aims to:
- Share the experiences of students, staff and stakeholders
- Consider what we have learnt over the 2020-2021 academic year about the enablers and inhibiters to transitions, retention and progression
- Gather key questions and challenges in this area
- Engage with practical examples and expert advice on what works
- Crowdsource ideas and solutions from the community
- Discuss ways to put into practice effective examples and methods to enhance approaches to transitions, retention and progression
Blog - Supporting transitions in September 2021-22 - what next?
In this blog, Dr Michelle Morgan, Dean of Students at the University of East London, shares her thoughts on supporting transitions in the new academic year.
In the first episode in this podcast series, CEO of The Brilliant Club, Anne-Marie Canning, shares her experience of supporting student transitions and progression, providing insights into The Brilliant Club’s approach to increasing the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to and succeeding at selective universities.
In the second episode in this podcast series, the new VP Education at Heriot-Watt University, Hannah Copeland, shares her insights into student concerns going into the new academic year and the ways in which universities can do more to support students to be successful during their undergraduate journey.
In the third episode in this podcast series, Ben Brabon, Associate at Advance HE is joined by Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President Higher Education at the National Union of Students, who shares her views on how institutions can best to support students as they transition through higher education in a post-covid world, why it's important not to run away from risks, and ways of rethinking and rebuilding the education system in her role at NUS.
In the fourth episode in this podcast series, Ben Brabon, Associate at Advance HE is joined by Gareth Taylor, Head of Learning and Academic Excellence at Study Group, who shares his experience of the transition to online and blended learning, the importance of asynchronous activities for students and understanding technological literacy when it comes to assessment.
New Transitions Webinar - Responses from a panel of five experts
Following on from our podcast series, Advance HE crowd sourced questions which where submitted to a panel of five experts who answered them at this webinar.
The panel shared their experiences and insights into some of the challenges and opportunities for successful student transitions, progression and retention. This gave participants the opportunity to engage with existing and ongoing practices that have worked, and model solutions for their specific institutional settings.
This clinic provided participants with the opportunity to work together in small groups to address specific challenges within institutional and discipline contexts and develop more bespoke solutions. Participants were encouraged to bring questions to the clinic, as well as issues that they may have encountered, so they could develop community-generated responses and ideas.
Facilitated by Dr Ben Brabon, Senior Associate at Advance HE, and former Professor and Director of Learning and Teaching in the Centre for Management Education at the University of Surrey, the clinic gave participants a forum to share their experiences and consider different institutional and discipline approaches.
Related resources, programmes and events
Below you will find information on Advance HE resources, programmes and events which relate to the member benefits theme listed above.
An exceptional transition to higher education: induction of new and returning students during the ‘new normal’ year
In this resource, Morgan, M (2020) explores the challenges and concerns about starting university for new undergraduate and postgraduate students due to Covid-19.
Building student engagement and belonging in higher education at a time of change: Final report from the What Works? Student retention and success programme
Brought to you by Thomas, L (2012), this resource explores what works when it comes to student retention and success.
Insights Event - Turning University Education into Flexible Innovation: Experiences from the Pandemic
This Insight Event, delivered in partnership with the University of Exeter, will explore the process of supporting a university community through the transition of the last 12 months
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