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Transition Project

Past projects


Projects delivered in 2011/12, by Faculty

Faculty of Business, Law and Art- Management

Jean Leah and Mary Morrison

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Peer Advisors x3, recruited from the previous cohort of students. These three Peer Advisors helped new students to settle into life in the School, providing welcome sessions, social events, trips, clinics, and answering queries by email and by Facebook. The scheme is now fully embedded and has been running in three consecutive years. The Peer Advisors continue to work closely with their colleagues within Engineering & the Environment, and organise joint events for the cohorts.

Faculty of Engineering and the Environment - Faculty-wide

Joy Moloney

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Peer Advisor                                          
The faculty decided to employ one Peer Advisor for 5 weeks, recruited from the previous cohort, to help new PGT students settle into the course. The Peer Advisor has developed a blackboard page with useful resources for the new cohort, which can be easily adapted to future cohorts. He organised coffee meetings, academic skills sessions, a social trip, and provided a useful link between the faculty, students, and SUSU.

Faculty of Health Sciences & Faculty of Medicine 

Pauline Morgan, Marcus Parry

Pre arrival websites
University students often suggest that they would have liked more information about their programme of study pre-arrival. Reading lists and example timetables are just two examples of the kind of information that they believe they should be entitled to know about from the point of confirmation, so that they can be as prepared as possible (should they choose to be) for the learning ahead of them. As a University it is in our interests for new students to feel well prepared, well informed and excited about the experience that awaits them. Students are much more likely to have an easy transition to study if they are well informed of what to expect from their programme of study.

This project developed webpages specifically for offer holders. The webpages include:

The aim of this resource will be to motivate and better prepare students for life in the faculties. It is also hoped that it will help to relieve any pre-arrival anxieties or any shock that some students experience when starting their course at university.

Faculty of Humanities - eLanguages

Julie Watson and Andrew Davey

Get Ready for Southampton
An exclusive online course for all international students that do not have any language conditions on their offer. Information for students includes:

The url has been provided to all 2,500 international students that have received offers to study at Southampton. If you would like to access the site contact


Lulu Xiao, PGT Peer Advisor 2010-11
Lulu Xiao, PGT Peer Advisor 2010-11

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