Getting Started: Supporting Transition into Higher Education

If you haven’t started already its time to get planning for September 2019 …

For a number of years now we have run this initiative with brilliant results. Students have access to our Getting Started in HE booklet which introduces them to the likely ways of studying at university.  They complete this before they arrive at First Week and then during the First Week we revisit some of the ideas and get them used to working together.

What our students say (impact):

Students say they feel more prepared as a result of the activities. They say they feel more confident to mix and make new friends. They say they feel more settled and more able to cope with the demands of academic study right from the start of their journey into Higher Education.

We run regular sessions to share this strategy through the Professional Staff Development Series and are also able to offer bespoke support to departments if you prefer that as an approach.

So for more information, help or support please contact

Gillian Pye pyeg@edgehill.ac.uk

Working Lunch!

What happens?

At this time of year with placements looming and assessment deadlines on the horizon, not to mention 1st Teaching Posts to apply for, time is of the essence.

So to support students during this potentially difficult period of time, over in Design and Technology teaching spaces are booked over the lunch period, which provides not only a few hours per week of additional contact time, but helps to create and maintain a collegiate, industrious working atmosphere.

Staff stay around after the formal contact time and are on hand to offer additional support, which also at this frantic period in the students journey is very much appreciated by the students.

What are the benefits? 

This approach has proven to contribute positively to the students attendance, engagement, attainment, and also has had a positive impact on the students general feelings of well-being.

Working lunches have proven to be so popular where possible students have also been coming in early for ‘breakfast club’!

For more information about the benefits of this initiative on students well-being, engagement and attainment please contact:

David Wooff, Wooffd@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Enriching the student experience

Including students in professional networks, conferences and field trips

What happened?

Students are provided with the opportunity to engage in networking with a diverse group of nutrition and food professionals. It enables them to link the taught theory with practical applications in academia and industry. It helps them recognise the relevance of their learning on their future careers. Transferable skills include the ability to develop professional communication skills and maintaining up-to-date knowledge within the subject area.

What is the likely impact?

The students are enabled to see the scope and diversity of their subject. It also allows them to acknowledge that there are career opportunities within their particular areas of interest. Conferences and field trips also contribute towards helping them relate the theory learned to practice or real world settings.

For more information please contact:

Genevieve Stone

stoneg@edgehill.ac.uk

Kathleen Mooney

mooneyka@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: MSci (Hons) Nutrition – Stage 1].

Enterprise Awards

The nomination of students for Enterprise Awards

What happened?

Students have learned a number of transferable skills through the development of new business innovations such as networking, communication with external bodies, budgeting, costing and producing a business plan. It gives the students an opportunity to be creative within an otherwise very scientific subject area.

What is the impact?

This has impacted directly on the students’ confidence to present and pitch a unique product which is related to the subject area they are studying. It also enhances communication skills, professionalism, resourcefulness and team working.

 

For more information please contact:

Hazel Flight

flighth@edgehill.ac.uk

John Mercer

mercerj@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: MSci (Hons) Nutrition – Stage 1].

Students become research assistants!

Providing opportunities to encourage students to become research assistants

What happens?

It is more typical for students to be taught the theory of research, rather than taking part in the actual live research process. Students are given the opportunity and encouraged to take part in actual research activities led by lecturers on the programme. This will enable them to transfer skills such as team work, time management, research data collection skills and communication skills.

What is the impact?

This directly impacts on students by developing their ability to acknowledge the relevance of the taught theory elements within the programme. It will also highlight the importance of current research alongside developing and enhancing their understanding of the research process and their practical primary research data collection skills.

For more information please contact: Claire Blennerhassett, Claire.blennerhassett@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: MSci (Hons) Nutrition – Stage 1].

Getting Started student support package

The development of the ‘Getting Started’ pre-entry support package for students

What happens?

The Getting Started support package is designed to offer students a seamless transition and a preview into the process of learning at Edge Hill and specifically on their chosen programmes. This is beyond simply pre-course reading, engaging students in becoming familiar with potential sources that will underpin their learning in level 4 and beyond.

What is the likely impact?

Students who have chosen EHU as their Higher Education provider are brought into the learning community before they have even enrolled on campus. The student is embraced and supported to recognise potential key sources, to be exposed to potential learning materials, and to feel they have made inroads into their learning by the time they arrive on campus for their induction week.

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact Carol Wilson, wilsonc@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing; MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing – Stage 2].

‘Transition Days’

The format and content of ‘Transition Days’ at Levels 4 to 5, and 5 to 6

What happens?

The transition days offer students the opportunity to attend sessions, outside of semester one and two, to learn and be informed about the transition they will be making, academically and also personally, between either levels 4-5 or 5-6 in their student journey.

All undergraduate students will face these transitions, which include the jump in academic expectation, personal demands, the need for resilience and their destination planning; as such, it is felt that the transition days could be an integral part of all programmes across the University.

What is the likely impact?

Students are able to see their own journey, to assess their current skills base, and to consider where they might need help and support in moving to the next stage of their academic journey. The sessions are very practical and are designed to offer students the ability to start planning ahead for the next academic year.

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact Hazel Flight, flighth@edgehill.ac.uk  or Peter Leadbetter

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing – Stage 2].