The University of Stirling is committed to providing ‘one of the best student experiences in the UK’ with its strategic plan being clear in its commitment to support students throughout their learning journey and in placing students at the heart of learning and teaching. Student transition has therefore been identified as a priority within the university and there is a commitment to ensure that transition is facilitated and fully supported.
The opportunity, therefore, to develop and carry out a programme of work related to the QAA Enhancement Theme, ‘Student Transitions’ was timely and fully aligned with institutional priorities and identified student needs. This theme provided a framework to take these aspects of the student experience forward. The following working definition was adopted for the purposes of our work:
‘Transition’ refers to the process or period of adaptation and change, which a student experiences on their journey from the point of application, throughout their time at university and ultimately into employment.
In designing the institutional engagement with the current transition theme, the aim was to investigate key points in the student journey with a range of projects focusing on particular cohorts of students.
You can find out more about the outcomes of this work at the following site: http://studenttransitions.stir.ac.uk/