Reporter 412, 15 December 1997

Guiding lights

A two-year project investigating the quality of information provided to potential and actual students at the University has been completed. The Project on the Guidance and Learner Support in Access aimed to investigate the quality of information and guidance being provided at pre-entry level and for students during induction and on course and to devise new initiatives.

The Project reported positive outcomes: the Strategy for Student Guidance Group, headed by Val Butcher, was created and pro-active work included quality work undertaken in local schools and colleges and a range of departmental initiatives. These initiatives involved supporting students through the induction process into their first year of study and included elective surgeries, mentoring and buddying schemes and communication skills modules.

Participating departments included the School of Geography, the Office of Part-Time Education, the Institute of Communications Studies, the School of Sociology and Social Policy and Civil Engineering. The Project highlighted some areas which will be carried on by the Access and Information Centre, such as the availability of a guidance officer for complex access queries and more thorough work with admissions tutors in the area of understanding the GNVQ. * More

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