DRIVER is a partnership project between four colleges and four universities to address barriers to student success. Our focus is on the transition between colleges and universities where students from disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), commuter, mature and those from low socio-economic backgrounds) are highly represented yet less likely to achieve a good degree.
The colleges and universities will collectively create actions that will benefit all students and, in particular, address the intersectionality of factors affecting student success.
Importantly DRIVER will address the student as an individual, rather than someone who possesses certain demographic characteristics. Literature on the subject of differential degree outcomes highlights a critical tension i.e. institutions typically categorise students into groups rather than seeing them as individuals with a complex and often interrelated set of underlying factors which influence their engagement and attainment.
Through this project we wish to refocus the unit of analysis from ‘demographic groups’ to the ‘individual’ which, we believe, will address the cause of the differential observed rather than the symptoms.
Anticipating a multi-layered process of micro-adjustments within each institution, DRIVER will utilise learner analytics to inform learning conversations between staff and students which will encourage students to engage in support activities.
Crucially, the issues raised during these conversations will be noted and analysed to support institutional learning so that good practice and interventions are appropriately identified, resourced and then shared as good practice with other institutions nationally.
|Total project funding||£937,500|
|Project contact name||Professor Christine Broughan|
|Project contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Project contact telephone||02476 652249|