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The main recommendations are listed below (full details can be found in the research report available to download at the bottom of the page). Recommendations are presented in the form of the different transitions that Engineering Academy students make: “Working through an HNC”, “Arriving at university” and “Getting started”

Step 1 Working through an HNC

An effective coordinated institutional strategic approach to inform the students while studying for their HNC

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Along with the idea of a class, an introduction into formal report writing could resolve the issue that report writing doesn’t seem to feature much at college. The omission of this skill can hinder the progress of the EA student. A class(es) on the university campus for college students which develops  these skills would be beneficial.

Step 2. Arriving at University

The Induction Checklist

Students who have completed their HNC and have succeeded to the 2nd Year of the EA will join the rest of Strathclyde in their chosen degree. Remembering that the rest of the students have successfully had a 1st Year buffer in the academic and social transition, the students may struggle in adjusting to university. Remaining aware of the students’ needs, alongside the resources of departments and staff, it is recognised that the induction for the EA students is very much departmentalised. As such, it is impossible to recommend a strict, one-size-for-all model. Therefore we recommend the creation of the induction checklist, separate for students and staff, that would highlight certain activities The induction checklist provided below aims to cover the following areas: Student  preparation and skills; Academic Integration; Social Integration; Communication of services available

  • Email Students With Induction information, Communications and Checklist
  • Update staff knowledge on Support services
  • Introduce students to IT facilities/ services – Myplace.
  • Ensure PDAs engage with students.
  • Introduce Students to Support Services.
  • Host a Campus tour
  • Host Library tour
  • Discuss aims and objectives of programme to study.
  • Host social integration Events for Students/Staff.
  • Host group activities for Students. Set Up Engaging And Useful Induction Task For Students.
  • Promote Current Excellence Or Achievement In Department, Aspirational Achievements.
  • Stage Daily Emails in Week 1 to Stress Importance of Checking Email.
  • Introduce PDP Development And Interaction.
  • Create Achievable Task To Complete For Week 1 And Upload To Myplace.
  • Promotion of Careers and End of University Opportunities.
  • Advice on Volunteering and Placements, Plus Any Scholarship Available.
  • Encouragement to ask for help in Tutorials. Ensure students know to ask for help.
  • Discuss with students referencing and plagiarism.
  • Discuss advice on Study Skills.
  • Discuss Health & Safety regulations- Laboratory/studio-based.
  • Notify students of Network Log-in code.

Step 3. Getting Started

All students should be given a package explaining all of the support services (The new Student Experience Service booklet would be appropriate). Support Services should be labelled clearly, detailing exactly what they do and who to talk to about certain issues. There is an unnecessary level of bureaucracy within the University that both students and staff struggle to navigate. Students and staff  need to know who to talk to, but the survey and interviews revealed that this is not always the case.

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