The OU centre for STEM pedagogy
Overview: The project will evaluate the use of Support Network Mapping as a student-centred approach to support transition to university of Q65 (undergraduate Engineering) and Q61 (undergraduate Design and Innovation) students from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK.
Approach: Q65 and Q61 level 1 students from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK (e.g., Index of Multiple Deprivation Quintile 1, Scottish Index Multiple Deprivation area 1) will be invited to participate in Network Mapping workshops (1.5 hours) that will enable them to identify and strengthen their individual support networks. Q65 and Q61 level 2 and 3 students from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK will be invited to attend interviews to provide insight into connections that aided transition.
A support network can be defined as people that can provide help, encouragement, advice, information, emotional and practical assistance. A student’s support network may include family, friends, community support, and support gained via the university (e.g., peers, tutors, careers advisors, student services, disability or financial support). Support Network Mapping will empower students to visualise and strengthen their individual support networks.
Issue: KPIs for Q65 and Q61 students from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK are lower than those from the areas of higher status, which includes lower year 1 to year 2 return rates and a lower proportion of students attaining a good degree.
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