Transitions Symposium Resources

CASTLE’s  Student Transitions Symposium took place  on Friday 9 June 2017. With the last three year QAA Scotland Student Transitions Theme  drawing to a close, it provided a focus for dissemination of our institutional activities and learning over this period. Over 70 colleagues from the University of Dundee and Abertay were in attendance.

The keynote speaker was Professor Sally Brown, independent consultant and Professor Emerita at Leeds Beckett University. Professor Brown has published widely on teaching, learning and assessment and her keynote and associated workshop at our symposium was on Student Transition into Assessment & Feedback Practice in HE.  With a total of 13 presentations, workshops and talks, a large poster display, and even an impromptu workshop from eminent academic Professor Phil Race (Sally’s husand!), this was a packed and inspiring day.

‘It was an excellent opportunity to hear about interesting and successful projects across the University. The number of people attending made it a personal experience as it was possible to make connections with colleagues from other Schools which could have a positive impact on my practice in future. The keynote speaker was excellent and engaged me from the start. I left work on Friday feeling excited and motivated to enhance my own practice in order to impact upon my students’ experience. I have already acted upon some of my reflections, an indication of the success of the symposium. Thank you for the opportunity to present and more of this type of event please.’  Symposium attendee


Student Transitions Symposium Programme, Abstracts and Bios


Sally Brown Keynote (video to follow)

Phil Race Learning Transitions

Evaluating and developing the writing of international students – Amanda Shaw

Supporting Student Transition into Professional Practice – Donna Dey, Angela Lindsay and Patricia Thomson

Supporting student transitions through credit-bearing careers education – Ruth ORiordan

Making assessment more effective and efficient -Sally Brown

Post qualifying student induction – Gerard Roarty

Where can public engagement take you – Sonia Moniz and Erin Hardee

Using online portfolios to assess internships – Martyna Lazowska, Sophie Morrison and Lynsay Pickering

Becoming, being and belonging – the STEP UP module – Tom Cunningham and Michael Allardice

Supporting student transitions into a Masters in Architecture programme – Ruth Lonsdale

Lift-Off – Tom McConnachie


A snapshot of transition initiatives at the University of Dundee – Amanda Whitehead

Transitions event for new students with autistic spectrum disorders – Disability Services

Preparing for real life – reducing death anxiety in 3rd year nursing students -Lynn Griffin

Leadership Plus- helping students with transitions through leadership and mentoring – Richard Pool

Dundee Dental Insight – Gemma Gaw  (be patient with this download – it is very large!)

LIVE Smart and LEARN Smart – Anne-Marie Greenhill and Joan Muszynski

How language support aids student transitions – Deborah Hardin and Heather Spence

Supporting student transition from education to employment – Carol Robertson

Personal learning networks – the next steps – Shona Robertson

How culture influences how we speak and write – Denine Lutz

Exercise Team Spirit – Tom McConnachie, Pauline Horton, Ginny Henderson and Steven Barclay

Transition from undergraduate dental education to clinical practice – the realities – Waraf Al-yaseen

Mulitilingual mindsets with learning diaries – a new perspective – Argyro Kanaki and Susana Carvajal

STEP UP students Group 1_poster

STEP UP students Group 2_poster

STEP UP students Group 3_poster