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Induction, transition and student success – Drop in discussion

Induction, transition and student success – Drop in discussion



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 PRE-SESSION FORM (to be completed before webinar)

26/11/2020 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm


How was the induction period for you this year? The impact of Covid-19 has brought about unprecedented change to university life for students. How has your institution adapted its approach to bringing new students into Higher Education in this challenging environment?  

At our next HE Innovate event “Induction, Transition and Student Success: Drop-in discussion” we invite you to join and share your experience of the induction process, to share good practice and seek to solve some of the challenges the pandemic has created. Supporting the discussion, we will be joined by Leoarna Mathias (Newman University – Senior Lecturer for Student Engagement) and Emma Sue Prince (Director of Unimenta and Author of 7 Skills for the Future). Both our guests featured in our previous event “Helping students develop skills for success”. You can find the resources from the session here.  

Before you join

In order to make the session as interactive as possible, please take a few minutes to complete this short form. This will help us identify some key themes for discussion, examples of good practice and problems that we can look to solve collectively during the session.

Here is a video from our guest facilitator, Leoarna Mathias, summarising some of the challenges encountered bringing new students on board this year and shares her views about supporting students in the future:


Guest facilitators

Leoarna Mathias – Senior Lecturer for Student Engagement – Newman University

Leoarna has a key role at the University to help students stay motivated and engaged in their degree courses. This has allowed Leoarna to explore the potential solutions to make higher education more inclusive. Newman University is a unique institution with an incredibly diverse population of students. Leoarna will share how the university addresses inclusivity and examine how recent events and transition to new modes of learning are likely to heighten anxiety among students and how this can be mitigated with appropriate support mechanisms

Emma Sue Prince – Director of Unimenta and author of “7 Skills for the Future

Emma Sue Prince is a specialist in experiential learning and believes 100% that this methodology is key to developing life skills and soft skills as it is the only way to develop self-awareness, upon which all behavioural change is based. Emma Sue is author of 7 Skills for the Future, published by Pearson Business in 2019. Emma Sue, is also the Lead Author for our recently published Online Learning Units, which are high quality interactive online courses in ‘Transitioning into HE’, ‘How to learn online’ and ‘Wellbeing’ which we are currently offering for free for this academic year to all UK and Irish HE institutions. More info on how to access these can be found below.