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Key transition points for students include entering higher education, moving between years or levels of study and progressing into employment. These are exciting times, but they can also be challenging for students and those who support them.


Our Supporting Successful Student Transitions project offers positive approaches and practical solutions to help support the transition to, and through higher education.

On our Membership Resources site, you will find a variety of toolkits, short papers and case studies, designed to help staff and students to address a number of key areas of concern, including:

  • knowledge gaps and student confidence
  • mindset and expectations
  • community building and learner identities
  • perceptions of value across the learner journey.

These resources will be of particular use to staff in student-facing roles, including subject tutors, module and course leaders, and support services staff. In addition to workshop plans, activities and guidance for staff, a variety of the resources are designed to be used by students themselves.

You can also explore a selection of publicly available resources designed to support student transitions below.

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Resources from across QAA

As well as the many resources published on our Membership Resources site, we also have a public collection of transitions-related blogs, resources and activities from across QAA. 

Unpacking the hidden curriculum


We have published guidance for staff, which includes prompt questions and top tips to get started with identifying the hidden curriculum that needs to be unpacked for their students. An editable guide template is also publicly available. The guide accompanies the Hidden Curriculum Guide for Students which was produced for QAA Members to provide students with an explanation of terminology that is commonly used across the higher education sector. 


PODCAST - Towards neuro-inclusivity


In this podcast, QAA's Dr Kerr Castle sits down with Liss Chard-Hall (Specialist Study Skills Tutor) and Dr Graeme Pedlingham (Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor – Student Experience, University of Sussex) to chat about neuro-inclusivity. 

PODCAST - Speaking my language – understanding and supporting the experiences of disabled students


In this podcast, QAA's Dr Kerr Castle, Professor Deborah Johnston from London South Bank University and a commissioner for the Disabled Students' Commission (DSC) and Sean Cullen from Brunel University and the Student Voice Commissioner for DSC discuss the experience of disabled students.

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PODCAST - Supporting transitions into College-based higher education


In this podcast, we discuss what the hidden curriculum is and why this matters, before turning our attention to the Student Guide to the Hidden Curriculum and reflecting on how this resource supports students. We then introduce the new Guide for Educators resource, explaining how staff can start unpacking the hidden curriculum in their subject area or the wider institution and how the Guide works with the original resource.

PODCAST - Enterprise and embedded employability in higher education

In this episode, we consider the student experience of enterprise and embedded employability in higher education with Helen Hughes from University of Leeds, Edward Pollock from Robert Gordon University, and Iwan Williams from University of Liverpool. We discussed the student experience of enterprise and entrepreneurship education and how to embed employability and enterprise principles into the curriculum.

PODCAST - Unpacking the hidden curriculum of higher education

In this episode, we discuss unpacking the ‘unspoken rules’ or ‘hidden curriculum’ in Higher Education with Pam Birtill and Richard Harris from the University of Leeds. Along with their colleague Madeleine Pownall, Pam and Richard were first commissioned by QAA Membership to produce the Student Guide to the Hidden Curriculum – a practical, student facing resource explaining terminology that is a common feature of Higher Education across the sector.