Student transitions into and through geography at university can be complex, both academically and socially. In May 2021, the Geography & Education Research Group (GeogEd) hosted an event exploring this issue, including discussions of the UK academic context, a review of previous research, a conversation with current students and an exploration of how to support and value diverse transitions.
Introduction - why transitions matter
Ruth Healey, Harry West and Lauren Hammond
Academic and social transitions to and through university
Professor Simon Tate and Professor Peter Hopkins (Newcastle University)
Chair: Lynda Yorke
Student Voices on Transition to HE
Matt Finn (University of Exeter) and Niall Majury (Queen’s University Belfast)
Panel discussion: supporting and valuing diverse transitions
Panel: Cath White (Northumbria University) Steve Brace (RGS-IBG), Hina Robinson (The King John School), Ellie Hopkins (Prendergast School)
Chair: Alan Marvell
The event is available to watch in full via the GeogEd website.
Watch event recordings
GeogEd have also compiled a list of useful resources and key readings. The list includes academic journal articles on the academic and social dimensions of transitions to geography in higher education, and work which focuses on student transitions to higher education more generally including enabling and supportive strategies.