"Although the new support measures will be targeted at those most at risk of under achieving, they should help all students on the transition from College to University and improve the student experience overall."
Marj Spiller, Staffordshire University
Staffordshire University has welcomed extra funding which aims to remove barriers and help students reach their full potential.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has recently announced a £375,000 investment for the Addressing Barriers to Student Success programme which is led by Coventry University.
Marj Spiller, who is heading up the project for Staffordshire University, said: "Research has shown persistent gaps in the higher education outcomes between different groups including black and ethnic minority, disabled, part-time and mature students.
"In particular, we will be focussing on the transition from college to university and so we will be working closely with our partner Stoke-on-Trent College, to learn from best practice, and help students to achieve to their full potential."
Under the three-year programme, Staffordshire, Coventry, Wolverhampton, and Birmingham City universities will be working with the respective partner colleges CU Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent College, Halesowen College 6th Form College Solihull.
Actions includes better engaging with newly enrolled students and using data to track those most at risk of becoming disengaged in a bid to foster a stronger sense of belonging and integration.
Mark Whittaker, Director of Marketing at Stoke on Trent College said: "Stoke on Trent College has a great record for providing helping to close achievement gaps for a wide range of minority student groups by providing tailored support. We are looking forward to working with the University on keeping that gap closed as learners look to progress beyond college and into higher education."
Marj added: "Although the new support measures will be targeted at those most at risk of under achieving, they should help all students on the transition from College to University and improve the student experience overall."
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