About Phase I
Student Success (EDI) Project 2015-2017
The Student Success (EDI) Project phase I ran for two years and involved nine (two year) schools and six (one year) schools. Work investigated student success differentials and put in place interventions aimed at closing success rate gaps. These interventions will be evaluated for impact and best practice shared across the University. Phase I also undertook substantial research with the student body to identify key trends and issues, findings from which will feed into the phase II school work.
A variety of Interventions have been implmented and embedded across the nine phase I schools and have included student bursaries, events and activities, workshops and mentoring schemes, and technological innovations.
Below are a few specific examples of interventions that have taken place and are now being embedded, either in particular schools or across the university. For the full collection of interventions please contact Jan Moriarty (Project Manager) at J.Moriarty@kent.ac.uk or 01227 816194.
Drop In Sessions provided proactive support right from the start of courses, over and above that available within the curriculum. They are a dedicated time and space for subject specific academic support in a friendly, informal enviroment staffed by fully briefed AALs and coordinated by the project lead. In one phase I school Academic Skills Development week has been introduced in place of reading week to support students in study skills, placements and employability, with a vision that this arrangement will be embedded across the university. Welcome Weeks have been adapted to include Academic Advisor introductions, orientation, ice-breakers, and hoodies. There has been considerable work done in collaboration with SLAS (Student Learning Advisory Service) to popularise and support effective Academic Peer Mentoring and Numeracy Mentoring schemes that include online directories and academic leads. Progess Profiles summarise a student's academic progress succinctly, highlighting academic strengths and weaknesses, and facilitating staff/student conversations about progress. The VSA (Virtual Student Advisor) is a signposting system that rationalises existing university services and helps students find available resources quickly, even though they may be spread out across different departments and services at the university.
Phase I Schools (Two Year)
Phase I Schools (One Year)