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Edinburgh Napier’s work in 2015

The University’s Strategy 2020 will drive all of our activities throughout the period of this Enhancement Theme. The Student Transitions Theme is of particular relevance to the key strategic objective to deliver an excellent personalised student experience. Throughout 2014-15 the Theme will provide a range of exciting opportunities for engaging staff and students in developments, dialogue and sharing of practice which will have enhancement of the student experience at Edinburgh Napier as its primary purpose.

A great deal of work and research activity relating to effective student transitions is already under way at Edinburgh Napier. This Theme therefore creates an opportunity for us to celebrate, share and build on that practice internally and at sector-wide events. In the first year of the Theme, we would like to prioritise four strands of work which align well with our Strategy 2020:

  • International transitions
  • Transitions into placements or work
  • Use of institutional data to explore student routes to admission at Edinburgh Napier, the effects on progress and lessons for staff. An explicit part of this strand will be to publicise this information to staff as a way of reflecting on our strategic commitment to widening participation
  • Staff as students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE making the transition into pedagogical scholarship

In November 2014, we invited all staff to make proposals for QAA-funded project work relating to any of the above identified strands. Those submitting proposals have been encouraged to consider working with students as partners in their research and other development projects. The Student Transitions institutional team agreed to allocate funding to six projects this academic year. Read further information on these project.

Edinburgh Napier's end of first year report