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

Student Transitions Activity Update

The University of Stirling has continued to support the current Enhancement Theme on Student Transitions which is now at the end of the final phase. The focus of the final phase of work has been on the completion of project work, consolidation and dissemination of the projects and supporting the embedding of practice.

To round off the current Theme a multi-media resource which draws together all of the project outputs from Stirling has been created. The resource is a live tool, which will continue to be developed through the addition of further activities and materials as these become available, therefore it will exist and be used beyond the scope of the current Enhancement Theme. A Celebration Event at the end of May was used to launch the resource which is now available for all staff and students to use.

An event that successfully started last year at Stirling as part of the Major League Hacking European programme ‘Stirhack’ was run again this year on the 11/12th February a full report is included and the highlights from the event can be viewed here.

The special Transitions edition of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice to mark the work of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme has now been published and includes a contribution from Stirling.

A suite of resources to understand and develop the skills which can lead to an effective transition into, within and beyond Higher Education have been produced by the QAA. The six themed resource packages which include activities and information for use by students and staff.

The 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference – Inspiring excellence – transforming the student experience was held in Glasgow between 6th – 8th June and marked the end of the Transitions Theme.

Of 116 papers presented at the conference, Stirling was well represented by a mix of students and staff who presented 7 papers and 2 posters.

Matt Adie VP Education took an active role during the three days chairing sessions before celebrating the work completed during the Theme with Professor Roni Bamber, Chair of the Theme Leaders Group and Chris Daisley, Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association Vice-President. He also closed the conference along with Professor Peter McGeorge, Chair of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC).

If you were unable to attend the Conference you can now view a short highlights film.

All of the resources from the event are also available here.

The next Theme of Evidence Based Enhancement was formally launched by Professor Karl Leydecker, who is taking over from Professor Roni Bamber as the Chair of the new Theme Leaders Group.

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 EnhancementTheme@stir.ac.uk
  • Let us know of any developments on any work that has already been completed during the Transitions Theme
  • Make use of the great resources developed at Stirling and collated here.

Key contacts

Contact email EnhancementTheme@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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