Student transitions

The HEA's student transitions workstream explores the reasons for differing levels of student success and helps national policy-makers, institutions and individuals adopt strategies, policies and practices to address associated issues.

Varying levels of access and attainment between students with different characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, disability and background have been noted in reports including HEFCE's Differences in degree outcomes: key findings. Our work in the area of student transitions reflects the National Strategy for Access and Student Success (NSASS).

The NSASS defines the broad stages of the student lifecycle as:

  • access – preparation for and entering HE
  • retention and success – staying on and achieving a qualification
  • progression to further study or to employment – going on to postgraduate study or employment

Student transitions outputs

The HEA is well-positioned to support and enhance student transition with established work and resources in areas such as employability, widening access, inclusion, retention and success and social mobility. Our research informs national decision making in student transitions.

Our work with institutions and sector bodies informs the development of our frameworks that support the design of strategies at institutional or departmental level. Our engagement enhancement events provide updates on HEA research publications, frameworks, toolkits and professional development work. We also run professional development sessions at these events.

We constantly engage with strategic leaders, and inform sector policy, through:

  • PVC Network
  • leadership programmes
  • keynotes and policy roundtables at enhancement events

Our toolkits can be used by HE practitioners in changing policy and practice in relation to areas such as student transitions.