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DRIVER: Data responsive initiatives as a vehicle for achieving equality in results

Partners

Staffordshire University is participating in an initiative to understand the barriers to student engagement and achievement.

The project is being funded through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Coventry University is lead partner in a collaboration with four universities, each working with a partner college.

Project

Staffordshire University is working with Stoke-on-Trent College, focusing on BTEC students transitioning to higher education. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. BME, commuter, mature and low socio-economic backgrounds) are highly represented yet less likely to achieve a good degree.

DRIVER uses a series of targeted interventions and initiatives to encourage learning conversations between staff and students. The analysis of factors affecting student success is helping to identify actions and support to benefit all students within the University and drive institutional change at all levels.

Our four key areas of work are:

  • Transition – from college to university
  • Wellbeing
  • Study skills
  • Coaching and mentoring for tutors

Benefits

This work will contribute to a national model for the sharing of learning and good practice to combat inequality in learning and achievement.

At Staffordshire University, legacy activities will continue such as coaching and mentoring for staff, mental health and wellbeing resources and money management support. The initiatives are open to all staff and students.

Contact

Mandy Welch, Head of Project Delivery
Email: A.J.Welch@staffs.ac.uk
Tel: +44 1782 294881