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The University of Southampton
Medical Education

Background of the Project

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Project Overview

This collaborative project between Southampton and Leeds aimed to facilitate smooth transitions for students moving from university-based teaching to workplace learning.

The particular focus was on healthcare education and the project examined the experiences of audiology, medicine and nursing students as they enter ever-changing healthcare environments.

The project investigated how students make the transition from ‘student' to ‘trainee professional' - and from didactic, class-room teaching to increasingly independent learning.

University of Leeds

Why the Project was started

The project responded directly to needs identified by students, higher education institutions (HEIs), the health service, professional bodies and in the literature concerning transitions into placement learning.

Moreover, it took seriously the changing context of the NHS and HEIs in the period of public spending cuts. It explored the ways in which HEIs and placement providers can help students thrive in the workplace and made recommendations for future policy and practice.

Finally, it worked with students to create resources for students, outlining and disseminating strategies for successful placement learning.

How the Project was funded

This education research and development project was HEFCE-funded (£200k) and was awarded through the Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) / Projects strand.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching. It provides support for individual national teaching fellows, project teams, and the Association of National Teaching Fellows, which facilitates networking and promotes innovative practice.

In addition to the external funding, the project also benefited from generous institutional contributions from both sites, which accounted for staff time, use of space, etc.

Project Duration

The project ran from 1 August 2010 to 31 October 2012.


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