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Students help shape college sessions

8 July 10

Life for students making the transition from college to university will be made easier this week by the launch of a new programme at the University of Bradford.

In previous years, students moving on from further education colleges into higher education have often found it difficult to adapt to the methods and approaches in higher education but the new programme called 'trans:it' will make the move easier.

Over the past few months college students from around West Yorkshire have joined with staff and university students to design the activities intended to teach the skills college students need when they move on to higher education.

The programme covers different aspects of learning such as time management, independent learning, working as a group and writing for higher education.  Each topic has written material for students, guidance notes for teachers and can also be used in an online interactive version.

Professor Geoff Layer, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bradford said: "We want all our students to have the best chance of success.  I am confident that trans:it, based on the views of students who have already made the change to university, will significantly benefit future generations of students."

Tony Sturdy, Senior Careers Advisor at Huddersfield New College has already tested the material.  He said: "The initial response from our students and staff has been very positive and I am now looking forward to using the full resource with our students in the next academic year."

The original concept was developed by the West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network (WYLLN), a partnership of further and higher education institutions throughout West Yorkshire, and has funded the development of the programme.  It will be supporting trans:it over the next three years.

Steve Challenger, the Executive Director of WYLLN, said: "Over the last three years WYLLN has funded a whole range of initiatives that supports the progression of vocational and work-based learners into higher education.  Trans:it will ensure that support will continue for the next three years."

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8 July 10

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