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University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews’ focus for the theme emerged from consultation with staff and students, the University strategy and outcomes from a recent ELIR. Project leads were assigned to work on the identified institutional transitions and were invited to join the institutional team. They are currently taking forward detailed plans of work in consultation and collaboration with students. 

In addition to this top-down approach, students and staff can bid for up to £500 of funding towards their own ideas for initiatives that aim to support and enhance key transitions.

The institutional lead is Rosalind Campbell.

Collaboration

Actions

Year 2

  • Restructure the institutional team in line with our institutional focus for the theme
  • Draft plans for the 3 strategic priorities/transitions including budget allocation and commence work in consultation and collaboration with students
  • Continue to offer the funding scheme and fund student and staff-led initiatives. Review the themes and funding cap for the third year of the theme
  • Identify potential collaborations with other institutions
  • Review outputs from the QAA-commissioned project on transitions skills, and explore ways in which the University can help students actively manage their transitions
  • Attend sector events including SHEEC and TLG meetings, institutional team events, the Student Network and the Enhancement Theme conference
  • Share theme progress with students and staff through various fora
  • Run a photo competition for the best visual representation of student transition (Semester 2)
  • Showcase funded initiatives at the University’s ‘Good practice exchange’ (May 2016)
  • Reflect on progress and outcomes to date
  • Identify how funds will be allocated in the final year of the theme

Year 3

  • Continue to progress with the plan of work for the 3 strategic priorities/transitions
  • Continue to promote the funding scheme and fund student and staff-led initiatives
  • Collaborate with other institutions (as identified in year 2)
  • Implement sustainable initiatives to help students actively manage their transitions
  • Attend sector events including SHEEC and TLG meetings, institutional team events, the Student Network and the Enhancement Theme conference
  • Showcase and disseminate positive practice at a St Andrews-based closing event and the Enhancement Theme conference
  • Evaluate the outputs and impact of the theme
  • Hold a closing event to showcase and disseminate good practice
  • Prepare an end of year synopsis and multimedia element for the QAA

Institutional topics considered 

  • Employability and skills
  • Postgraduate
  • Application and First Year
  • International and mobility
  • Widening access
  • Expectations

Download institutional plans