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Transition Project

The Transition Project was initiated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Debra Humphris in discussion with the Students' Union in 2008-2009. It aims to address the initial transition students have to make in living and learning as they start a programme of study at the University of Southampton.

The need for this work arises as a response to increases in the diversity and expectations of our student body.

At undergraduate level, changes in the way we need to  support students are driven by growing student numbers and by the widening differences in educational and social culture between school and university. The increased tuition fees being introduced in 2012 are going to present further challenges in regard to meeting students' expectations.

Student in Halls of Residence

At postgraduate level, changes in the style of learning and the reduced level of structure compared to the undergraduate experience  require students to adapt significantly in order to perform well in their studies. However the time available for such adaptation is particularly short for PGT students, as they need to settle into their studies as soon as possible.

The student transition period is defined as the period between when a student accepts a firm place at the University and the end of Semester 1 (or 6 months after registration for non-semesterised programmes).

The Project reports to Education and Student Experience Advisory Group in May each year.

Below are some links to more information about some of the initiatives that have been accomplished over the last year and the issues that they have sought to address. You can also find out about future initiatives and how to go about receiving financial and project team support for any ideas you may have that you would like to implement.

Past Projects

Here you can find out more about projects we have been working on at the University.

Future Projects

These are projects we have allocated funding for and are due to commence.

Bid for Funds

Find out more about how you can receive funding and support from the Project.

Key Project Facts

Focus - from the point of student acceptance of an offer to study at Southampton until the end of semester one


Project Funding  - £70k per academic year until 2012-2013

Funding ranges from £2-15k per pilot project

Areas of particular interest - international students transition into university,
transition from school/college to university study, transition from presessional to programme of study, prearrival information, extended induction and orientation, peer support, group workin gin the first year, academic study skills, student progression

22 August 2012

Health Sciences Pre-Arrival Webpages are l...

In 2011/12, the Transition Project funded the development of two Pr...

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28 June 2012

Transition Workshop 2012

On the 26th of June 2012, the Transition Project held its 3rd annua...

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1 June 2012

Transition Workshop Programme

Our Transition Workshop will be held later this month, and our prog...

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