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Partnership and preparation: a new model of transition from college to university

Meharg, Debbie; Fotheringham, Julia


Julia Fotheringham


Widening participation in higher education continues to be a key focus for Scottish government and the 2013 Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act places obligations upon Universities to achieve progress in this regard. The Act also makes provision for Additional Funded Places enabling more college students to transfer into higher education with advance standing (Scottish Funding Council, 2013). This paper provides an overview of the Associate Student project to date and examines how rethinking traditional articulation can increase attainment for all. This model of articulation has created opportunities for partnership working between colleges and universities which are designed to enhance student progression and attainment and to better prepare students as they negotiate the transition between college HN study and university. The paper describes ‘building bridges’ (Fisher and Atkinson-Grosjean, 2002) through partnership working between college and university and the interventions put in place to better prepare students intending to progress to University. The paper deploys theoretical conceptions of academic transitions as ‘boundary crossing’ (Akkerman and Bakker, 2011) and explores how the effectiveness a range of practical measures and theoretical conceptions may be understood in terms of their potential as boundary objects (Star, 2010). The paper concludes that Associate Student status of itself is not sufficient to enable effective transitions, but that a programme of targeted learning opportunities and experiences is likely to improve confidence and motivation for university study, ensuring that students are well positioned to negotiate the transition to undergraduate programmes in their third year of study.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Attainment for All: Inclusivity, Diversity and Success in LTHE: First Annual Conference on Equality and Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Scottish Higher Education
Start Date Apr 11, 2014
End Date Apr 11, 2014
Acceptance Date Apr 11, 2014
Publication Date Mar 17, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 27, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 17, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 102-112
Book Title Equality and diversity in learning and teaching in higher education : Papers from Equality Challenge Unit and Higher Education Academy joint conferences
Keywords Higher education; diversity; ethnic minorities; Scotland; discrimination; further education colleges;
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Contract Date Aug 27, 2015


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