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19th International Conference on The First-Year Experience, Toronto, July 2006 Helen Corkill Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning , University of Luton, UK
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Centre for Excellence in Teaching andLearning, University of Luton, UK
‘Semester 1 of Year 1 is critical to student ‘settling’, retention and success. How do we ensure that the transition from school / college / work to higher education study is managed successfully, given the additional challenges of working within a collaborative partnership?’
first generation, mature, part-time, ethnic minority, with disabilities, from low participation neighbourhoods (European Social Fund Project: Retaining Non-traditional Students)
Maslow, AH (1987) Motivation and Personality 2nd edn (London: Longman)
Wilcox, P, Winn, S, Fyvie-Gauld ‘‘It was nothing to do with the university, it was just the people’ : therole of social support in the first-year experience of higher education” (ILTHE Studies in Higher Education, Vol.30, No 6, December 2005, pp. 707-722)
The largest college in Bedfordshire, Barnfield operates higher education programmes at three Luton locations. All are served by public transport from the town centre, have on-site facilities and free parking for students. Subject to available space, two centres also have daycare nursery facilities.
W: www.barnfield.ac.ukT: +44 (0)1582 569 500
The Union welcomes students from the University’s Partner Colleges
The Union welcomes you as students from our Partner Colleges
and invites you to come along and join in!
You can join the clubs and attend all the events that
are organised by the University Students’ Union and a big
bonus of NUS membership is being able to take advantage of all
the discounts and services available nationally.
Make sure you get your NUS Card so you can make
the most of being a student
Information was received well in advance, was clear and helpful
Very straightforward for both information and registration
Registration quite simple
Very flexible when helping with last minute course change
I did not receive any information
Information was incorrect and told me to turn up on the wrong day, wrong week and at the wrong place
Registration complicated – got sent from pillar to post
Took 6 months to get ID card
It was OK if you had all the right documentation, but people didn’t always read the list of what they had to bring with themJoining instructions and registration
(Wilcox, P, Winn, S, Fyvie-Gauld “‘It was nothing to do with the university, it was just the people’ : the role of social support in the first-year experience of higher education” Studies in Higher Education, Vol.30, No 6, December 2005, pp. 707-722)
* Year 1 BA(Hons) Psychology student, University of Luton, July 2006
Freshers Week was great!
Can’t wait for this year’s one
Am going to pretend I’m a fresher all over again
Students took new students all over Luton – really helpful
Wall to wall party
SU really great - have volunteered to help with new students this year
SU helped me with all sorts of things when I was settling in to the University and to life in England (Slovak student)
Only went to Freshers Fair – was there anything else?
Do we have a Union?
Where is it?
Do we belong?
The SU was really helpful – Freshers Week was cool!
The SU really helped me to feel like a proper student
I am a mature student and too old for the SU
It made me feel very old
I’m not interested in anything like thatThe role of the Student Union in the initial weeks
Edward, N ‘First Impressions Last: an innovative approach to induction’ (ILTHE Studies in Higher Education, Vol.4, No 3, November 2003)
Tutors pointed out the obvious
Waste of an afternoon
Made no difference if there or not
Could have been much better
I do remember the afternoon drinks in the department
Brilliant – had a party!
Fantastic – had fun day, barbeque, party, really set scene
Really established staff/student relations
Induction at college was boring but set scene for the course
Learned to use referencing and to write a bibliography
Had lots of talks
Had two inductions – one at the University and one at College, I think – can’t remember
Joined the sports students for a fun day at the University – great!
Still waiting for the one at the University!
When’s it going to happen? (June)Induction
Pastoral care: poor
Contact with tutors: variable / poor
Transition into HE: smooth
Specialist subject facilities: good
Social life: good / excellent
Class sizes: small
Pastoral care: excellent / big selling point
Contact with tutors: excellent
Transition into HE: problematic
Specialist subject facilities: good
Social life: very variable / some non-existentPerceptions: University v College
Lecturers very supportive
Staff really supportive (apart from one)
University offers a good range of support and I have used financial support and special workshops
Good system of appointment booking to speak to tutors
Tutors offer informal and formal support sessions
Small seminar groups really helpful
Tutors always ready to help
staff not biased – will help everyone
Careers help really good
Staff fantastic! Really supportive
Staff always there for you
Staff always have time for you
Staff always ready to listen
AM really good – gives everyone her mobile number and doesn’t mind if we phone at 10.00pm
Can always ask for help – only small group
Best thing about college and course is supportive staff
Difficult to get help with counselling
Guidance staff not very sure about HE finance problemsSupport for students
Case study groups (University of Luton 2005/6):
Beaney, P ed (2006) Researching Foundation Degrees (London: fdf publications)
Charles, A (2006) Great Expectations (Luton: University of Luton)
Frame, P (2001) Managing the induction crisis: students can make adifference Student Induction in Practice (Birmingham: SEDA)
Hatt, S & Baxter, A (2003) From FE to HE: studies in transition: a comparison of students entering higher education with academic and vocationalqualifications Bristol: UWE Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning)
HELP CETL www.xxxxxxxxxxxx
Henderson, G (2006) Making Opportunity Work: Managing Student Transition through Higher Education (First European FYE Conference, University of Teeside, UK)
Mayhew, K Deer, C & Dua, M The move to mass higher education in the UK:many questions and some answers Oxford Review of Education Vol 30 no 1 (Oxford: OUP)
Wyatt, J ed (2006) Forward (Lichfield: fdf publications) www.fdf.ac.uk
Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
University of Luton*
tel: +44 (0)1582 734111 x2646
* University of Bedfordshire from 01/08/2006