The LiTE project aimed to understand national strategies that support transition from non-compulsory/mature learners, to Higher Education (HE). It intended to build on, and develop new, strategies and resources. The focus was predominately on widening participation and targeting non-traditional HE learners and under-represented groups. The project developed a framework for supportive strategies and resources for the transition to HE of these groups and successful completion of the first year of study.
The project was funded by a grant of €270,000 (75% of project total €360,000) from the Lifelong Learning Erasmus Programme of the European Union.
"The impact of this project will be to broaden understanding of issues of transition to HE across the consortium, identify good practice, develop new strategies and resources and disseminate widely to other countries and institutions. This will inform policy makers, institutions and ultimately provide a smoother and more successful transition experience for non-traditional learners."
The main project activities were:
- Analysis and comparison of existing strategies and resources which support the transition phase and first year of study.
- Development of models for implementation and an online student skills resource, plus advice and guidance materials for staff.
The outputs included:
- A research report from each consortium partner providing a detailed analysis of their country's existing transition to HE strategies and resources for non-compulsory or mature learners and other underrepresented groups.
- A comparative study that examines the similarities and differences between each country's strategies and resources and the identification of common themes and successes.
- A framework of supportive strategies and models for implementation adapted for each partner's country and then guidance on implementation for other EU member states.
- An online student skills development resources supporting the transition journey from pre-entry through to first year of HE, complimented by materials for staff using the resource.
Higher Education Transition Toolkit
This web resource provides a framework of supportive strategies and resources for the transition to higher education of non-traditional learners, such as mature students, aiming to support institutions to help them in completion of their first year of study. It was made available in all four project languages.
Work Package 2: Research and Contextualisation
The research reports prepared by each consortium partner provide a detailed analysis of their country's existing transition to HE strategies and resources for non-compulsory or mature learners and other underrepresented groups. The WP2 reports are available below:
Work Package 3: Comparative report
The comparative study examines the similarities and differences between each country's strategies and resources and identifies common themes and successes. The WP3 report can be found at the following link:
The project partners were: University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), University of Algarve (Portugal), University of Lodz (Poland), University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria). The images below show the team at project partner meetings.