News story

Subject Centres help ease students' transition to higher education

Thu 4th Sep, 2008

Subject Centres from the Higher Education Academy are working with academics and students to help ease the transition from school to university life for thousands of students as they begin courses at universities throughout the UK.

Research published by the HEA into the experience of first-year students identified a range of factors which led them to leave their university courses, and the Academy’s Subject Centres are addressing a number of these issues to help ensure a smoother transition for future first-year students.

One key factor leading to students dropping out of higher education which Subject Centres are ideally placed to address is the ability to cope with the academic work.  Whilst most students claimed to understand what to expect from their course, the report found that some were unprepared for the work ahead.  The report outlines the different ways that Subject Centres have approached supporting students during this period. 

David Sadler, Director of Network at the Higher Education Academy, said: “The report into the first year experience of students identified key factors which led students to leave their courses in the first year.  The Academy’s Subject Centres have a wealth of information, easily accessible on their websites, that could help them get through the first and most difficult weeks of study.”

The Final report of The first year experience in higher education in the UK  and an accompanying news release are  available on the HEA website.