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Exceptional transitions into higher education

15 Sep 2020 | Advance HE Advance HE today publishes, ‘An exceptional transition to higher education: induction of new and returning students during the ‘new normal’ year.’

This advice and guidance is a short, practical, summary of the key points to address for successful induction and a reminder of the common pressure points and concerns that students will experience throughout their journey to, though, and on from higher education.

Report author Dr Michelle Morgan highlights that, “…by providing clear information and guidance between from confirmation and clearing through to the pre-arrival and induction and transition phases, the worries and concerns of students can be managed.”  

The report focuses on five key areas during pre-arrival, arrival and orientation, reorientation, induction and re-induction:

  • Setting and managing expectations
  • Institutional awareness of applicant learning concerns
  • Bridging the student learning digital gaps and access
  • Self-awareness and wellbeing
  • Supporting the normal study pressure points and those caused by Covid-19.

Dr Joan O’Mahony, Advance HE Senior Adviser (Learning and Teaching) said, “The beginning of the new academic year is always a critical time for students transitioning into (or returning to) higher education. This year the challenges are of course even greater; this publication provides advice and a list of things that HEIs can consider as they support their students to make a successful transition to and through HE at this exceptional time.

The full report is available to Advance HE members.


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