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Welcome to the third update from the University of Stirling Enhancement Themes Management group: Update 3

Welcome to the third update from the University of Stirling Enhancement Themes Management group.

Student Transitions Activity Update

The University of Stirling is continuing to support the current Enhancement Theme on Student Transitions and since the last update, an end of year report summarising all of the ongoing work and progress has been submitted.

On 8th and 9thSeptember a group of fifty students who were making the transition from different colleges to the University attended an induction/study skills workshop which was organised by Admissions. Many of the group were coming into their first year but some were direct entry students going into their second or third year. Feedback from the workshop was very positive.

The 3rdThird Year conference took place on 14th September for 50 of the current Integrated Degree Programme (IDP) students who have completed the first two years of their degree programme in Forth Valley College. A highlight activity was the Student Experience session, which was a peer-led session, coordinated by a current fourth year IDP student who discussed his experience of transitioning into third year of a degree and provided an opportunity for questions.

The Stirling Digital Media Bootcamp took place between 5th and 8th September at the production suite in Pathfoot Building. Sixteen students on the joint Forth Valley College – University of Stirling Digital Media degree took part in the intensive 4 day boot camp. The programme was divided between audio and video production, and students had a chance to get to know both the production team and production facilities at Stirling.

The informal feedback from the group was that they enjoyed the bespoke programme and appreciated the formative feedback built in to the sessions, which were designed to allow the students to hit the ground running when semester teaching begins. The program was developed as a SELF project with the aim of helping students with the transition between college and into third year of university study. The teaching team were delighted with the engagement of students throughout the 4 days and are already planning to run another boot camp next year.

13th Enhancement Themes Conference

  • The conference took place on 9th June 2016 in Edinburgh.
  • It was attended by over 300 delegates from across Scotland and provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and information.
  • There were six presentations/lightening talks delivered by University of Stirling staff and students.
  • Following very positive feedback at the University’s Learning and Teaching conference from both delegates and the Keynote Speaker, Professor Roni Bamber (Chair of the Enhancement Theme Leader Group), the University also submitted a poster exhibit  to the Enhancement Themes Conference. The poster showcased the work that has been progressed through the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme.
  • If you missed the conference, you can catch up with an overview of the day and the conference through Storify here.
  • The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has published the evaluation of the end of the second year of the current theme.

How can you get involved?

  • Submit a case study to demonstrate the good practice in relation to any transition work in your division or service area to QETheme@stir.ac.uk.

To mark the work of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme, the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice plan to publish a special edition which aims to be a collegiate and a developmental platform for new authors, those new to journal reviewing, and for scholars who are seeking to gain experience in journal editing and publishing. This special edition is perhaps the perfect opportunity for students or colleagues who are new to writing or might not often think about publication to prepare a submission. The call for papers will open on 28 November, further details: the timeline leading to publication and author guidelines

The informal feedback from the group was that they enjoyed the bespoke programme and appreciated the formative feedback built in to the sessions, which were designed to allow the students to hit the ground running when semester teaching begins. The program was developed as a SELF project with the aim of helping students with the transition between college and into third year of university study. The teaching team were delighted with the engagement of students throughout the 4 days and are already planning to run another boot camp next year.

Key contacts

Contact email QETheme@stir.ac.uk

Ann Russell: Enhancement Theme Project Officer
Iona Beverage: Chair of the Enhancement Theme Management Group
Professor Tim Whalley: Chair of the Enhancement Theme Working Group
Stef Black: Students' Union Policy and Research Co-ordinator
Matt Adie: Students' Union Vice President, Education

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