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University of Dundee

The University of Dundee plans to focus on specific topics within student transitions each year through several projects.  The work undertaken on these topics will all consider the definitions of the transition in question, what constitutes a successful transition (from multiple perspectives), and good models for that transition.

In the first year of the theme, the University will consider transition support for first year undergraduate students; the transition from college to university and the student experience of placements as a transitional experience.  In following years Dundee may consider the transition from undergraduate to Masters and Doctoral level study as well as transitions into employment.

The institutional lead is Lorraine Anderson.

Case Studies (2104-15)

Key Areas

Whole theme

  • Definitions of transitions
  • What constitutes a successful transition
  • Models of transition

Year one themes

  • First year experience
  • Transition from college to university
  • Placements

Actions

Year 1

  • Investigation into holistic transition support for first year undergraduate students
    • Demonstrate validity of a new holistic model of student transition support
    • Identification of gaps and development areas
    • Enhance the provision offered by student services
    • Students to use model to identify their own developmental needs.
  • Transition from College to University
    • In collaboration with partner colleges
    • Assessing support mechanisms for articulating students.
    • Identify what works and how students feel making the transition.
  • Student experience of placements as a transitional experience
    • Capture the variety of experience and learning drawn from a placement
    • Provide information and guidance on taking a placement for students and staff.

Year 2 and 3

  • Continuation of above
  • Transition into employment
  • May look into the transition from undergraduate to Masters and Doctoral level study