First Year: Creating a Great Foundation for Progression and Success

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Cork Institute of Technology

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Effectively Supporting Student Transitions into Study to Improve Student Engagement, Well-being, Progression, Attainment and Success

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Dr Michelle Morgan, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Student Experience, Bournemouth University

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Supporting and enhancing the undergraduate and postgraduate student experience throughout the student life cycle is a critical activity in higher education today not only to aid retention and progression but in a highly competitive HE market, the quality of the student experience is pivotal to a HEI's ability to attract students. With expanding student numbers, increasing student demographic diversity and the range of entry qualifications and routes into higher education, this can be challenging.

The effective management of expectations and experiences of students and staff in academic and non-academic spheres throughout every year of study can improve student engagement, well-being, progression, attainment and success. The entry transitions are pivotal in creating a great foundation for progression and success. However, these stages can often be overwhelming for the students as there is a tendency to overload them with information.

Using the ‘Student Experience Transitions Model’ as a framework, this 2-hour interactive workshop will guide delegates through the key study transition stages which the presenter argues make up the student life cycle. The stages are First Contact and Admissions; Pre-arrival; Arrival and Orientation; Introduction to study for all new students; Reorientation and Reinduction (for returners) and Outduction (preparation for life after study).

Focusing on the first four stages, delegates will look at:

  • What information for each transition stage is appropriate to prevent students being overwhelmed;
  • How they set expectations for students and higher education staff across all areas;
  • How they can support the delivery of a clear map of learning gain;
  • The importance of key messages being consistent through every stage.

The workshop will assist delegates in developing effective and targeted initiatives and provide the opportunity to share good practice, experiences and concerns.

Presenter Biography

Michelle Morgan is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the Student Experience at Bournemouth University. During her career she has been a senior faculty administrative manager, researcher, academic and University Student Experience Manager. Her various roles have given her good insight into academic and support working practices. Michelle is a highly respected student experience practitioner both nationally and internationally. She is a Fellow of the AUA and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Michelle is extensively published in the area of supporting student diversity and improving the student learning experience at undergraduate and postgraduate taught level in, through and out of the student study journey. Her two edited books that revolve around her Student Experience Transitions Model (SEPT) are designed to help academic and professional service colleagues support students. She has developed a free portal for staff which provides a range of information and links for anyone interested in improving the student experience in higher education www.improvingthestudentexperience.com.

During her varied career, Michelle has been a Faculty Manager, Researcher and Academic. She describes herself as a ‘Third Space Professional’ student experience practitioner who develops initiatives based on pragmatic and practical research. Michelle has over 50 publications and has presented over 100 national and international conference papers (including 30 keynotes and 30 invited papers).

Prior to her current post, she was creator and PI/Project Lead of an innovative £2.7 million 11 university collaborative HEFCE grant looking at the study expectations and attitudes of postgraduate taught (PGT) students. The project report has received praise from across the sector including UKCGE, OFFA, the HEA and the Engineering Professor’s Council. www.postgradexperience.org

In 2005, she was recipient of a special award from the University of Sussex’s Students’ Union for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence. She is a Principal Fellow of the HEA, Fellow of the AUA and a Council member of UKCGE. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2011 and in 2015 she received the Student Led L&T Award from the Students Union at Kingston University. She co-wrote and co-presented a 5 part Radio series for BBC China in 2011 on the student learning experience. She was recently invited to be a Judge of The Guardian University awards panel.

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