Two senior lecturers from RGU’s Law School who have been working on various projects to do with learning and teaching have presented papers at the QAA Scotland-hosted Higher Education Academy’s 3rd International Enhancement Conference: Inspiring excellence – transforming the student experience.
Laura Sharp’s paper, “The contribution of skills teaching to student transition and progress” explored the challenges of teaching skills development to law students. It describes an ongoing 2-year student skills development project, the aims of which are to ascertain student understanding of the academic and professional skills they require, should acquire and demonstrate that they possess, and the approaches staff take to teaching skills. The findings are intended to influence future course design and help students make a successful transition from school or college to university.
Margaret Downie’s paper “Transitions from FE to HE: supporting transferring students” was written in collaboration with Bob Craigmyle of North East Scotland College (NESCol)
Approximately 45 students articulate each year from the HND Legal Services at NESCol into BA (Hons) Law and Management at RGU. The agreement between NESCol and RGU was one of the first in the country and the writers of this paper were recently awarded an RGU Student Transitions Enhancement Award and funding from NESCol to review the arrangement and to assess whether the students need additional support.
The paper discusses the first part of that project which is based on interviews with students about to embark on the transfer process, their background, motivation, hopes, ambitions and fears. The research identifies which types of students choose this route and why. It examines the barriers which hinder their progression and makes recommendations as to the best ways to support them.
by Kate Yuill
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