Theme 1 manages and supports the early stages of students arriving at the university. It comprises six projects:
Project 1a - Library and IT Mentors
The library and information environment is becoming ever more complex. Many students feel intimidated by the modern academic library, particularly those from ‘non traditional’ backgrounds. This project has established a team of students to help their peers gain confidence in using library and computing facilities.
Computing & Library Services
Project 1b - Engaging the X Box Generation of Learners when they reach Higher Education
The Xbox generation are 11-15 year olds who have grown up with new technologies.
This project is researching the secondary education in terms of technological pedagogy and student learning styles, with a view to identifying how HE can engage the digital generation.
School of Education and Professional Development
Project 1c - Understanding the Transition from School to University in Music and Related Subjects
The quality of the first year undergraduate experience is partly dependent on how comfortable students feel with the interface between schools and university.
This research will provide a resource that will improve the student experience and the University curricula through identification of the particular learning needs of first year students.
School of Music, Humanities and Media
Project 1d - Transitions for Students with a Disability
A wide range of disabled students study in HHS. There is a robust support structure but this has never been formally evaluated.
This project aims to investigate the level of support received by disabled students and to improve provision through staff development and dissemination of best practice.
School of Human and Health Sciences
Project 1e - Learning Styles and Student Development on Foundation Courses in Higher Education
To assess whether the employment of learning style theories will improve the student learning experience.
School of Applied Sciences
Project 1f - Peer Assisted Learning
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a form of co-operative learning which involves second year students co-ordinating discussion and group work with small groups of first year student s to facilitate consolidation, practise and clarification of module content.
It prepares students for learning by developing skills of academic enquiry and building self-confidence.
School of Art, Design and Architecture