Kellyann Ward, Dr Daniel Alai and Leann Phillips
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
University learning support award
The Support to Study initiative is a University-wide procedure, which offers an alternative route to disciplinary action when attendance and/or engagement has been impacted by medical or other extenuating circumstance. In 2017-18, attendance monitoring increased as a result of Academic Diligence and the School’s Attend, Attempt Achieve motto. In recognition that with an increase in such monitoring, more support needs would be identified, the SMSAS Support Office acknowledged it would need to implement Support to Study on a more regular basis. As a result, 15 students were placed on the programme in 2017-18 with the majority having been identified through the Academic Diligence procedure.
In 2018-19, the team behind this application had enrolled 23 students onto the support initiative and was by then using the procedure as a proactive tool for support. As such, there was an increase of 140% in students being identified for Support to Study through support activity. The route for males entering Support to Study from Academic Diligence also fell from 67% to 12% with a 42% increase in overall male participants on the programme.
In addition to widening the route onto Support to Study at an earlier opportunity and providing a variety of enhanced mechanisms in which support needs can be identified, the team are also successfully reducing barriers for males to access and engage in proactive support. Although this policy is available to all Schools within the University the SMSAS Support team’s specific interpretation and implementation has contributed to its success.
After reviewing the use of Support to Study in 2017-18, SMSAS is now using this procedure as an early intervention tool to minimise potential impact, prevent poor engagement and proactively enhance personal development.