Walton & Tatham - The student journey: a collaborative approach at the University of Sussex
The student journey: a collaborative approach at the University ofSussexEmma Walton, University of Sussex, firstname.lastname@example.orgSuzanne Tatham, University of Sussex, email@example.comThe poster will illustrate and describe the collaborative approach taken by theUniversity of Sussex to support the transition of students from school to University,from widening participation events and Library skills sessions before starting, tosupport at the start of their university career via an online tutorial.The University reaches out to students from schools and colleges across the regionand beyond as part of its widening participation remit through a range of activitiesincluding events, tours and academic, discipline-themed visits. Many different groupson campus are involved in these activities, including the Library.The Library has been steadily increasing the number of sessions it runs for schoolsand colleges in the region with the largest increase in sessions delivered to support theEPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Sessions are created with teachers to ensurethey meet the needs of a specific group but selected from a range of set optionsincluding, quizzes, library trails, search skills, a presentation and display aimed atshowing the range of materials found in an academic library and tours.Support continues once students have arrived via a site called Study Success at Sussexor S3. This is a study skills resource for all students who are new to the University ofSussex and aims to help students to prepare for academic life. Sections of the site lookat areas from planning and preparing assignments, writing and reading skills to budgetplanning and University jargon. The site is continually developed with the help ofstudents and uses a range of media to inform and support.Positive feedback about Library support has encouraged staff who developing S3 towork collaboratively with us, joining forces to deliver activities thus provides acohesive approach to supporting the transition from school to H.E.