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Support Smart: Understanding Student Transitions

Student Services' support guide for Academic School Staff and other student facing staff

Students can experience many transitions during their time in university. For instance, when they start university, move between different levels of their course and when they finish their studies.

The QAA commissioned a project, as part of the Enhancement Theme on Transitions to explore the skills and strategies that a student might develop and use during a transition, or period of change. The aim of the project was to provide students and staff with resources to support them in understanding transitions. They published a range of toolkit resource packages split by audience type and number of project outcome reports. 


Transition Curve

Transition Curve

We all go through various transitions during our lives. Students have made and continue to make transitions as they go through their university journey. This diagram describes a typical transition. The length of time that this process takes varies from individual to individual.