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Objective five:

Transitions - supporting students through key transitions

Supporting students to transition successfully between key points in their studies, to promote success and maximise potential, while maintaining good mental health and wellbeing

Change in any situation can be unsettling – but particularly so when living with a mental health condition. Students who experience unexpected changes to their education or who are moving into new ways or new levels of study, can also find this unsettling. As a University, we have a duty of care to support our students when they move between key points in their studies – to ensure these transitions are successful and to help our students maintain good mental health and wellbeing while making such changes. 

Full details about this objective can be found in the Student and Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy

In summary:​

This objective will: And be measured through:

1. Review the online induction and progression resources from the perspective of students with mental health issues to make key transitions.

A review of resources completed and any gaps/deficiencies identified and addressed.

2. Measure levels of engagement of students with declared mental health issues with these resources.

Engagement levels by students who have declared mental health issues with induction, progression and careers-related resources.

3. Evaluate current intervention programmes designed to support students deemed at risk and to assess their effective at supporting students to manage transitions.

Proactive interventions contribute to reduction in attainment gaps for students who have declared mental health issues

4. Evaluate the effectiveness of online and face-to-face induction resources provided to students transitioning into postgraduate research.

Declaration rates of pre-existing mental health issues by students commencing postgraduate research.

5. Expand targeted support programmes for students with mental health issues designed to encourage career aspirations and skills development.

Levels of engagement with career development programmes by students with mental health issues, and the satisfaction levels as measured in student surveys.

6. Champion mental health and wellbeing with employers.

Number of graduate placements for students who have declared mental health issues.

We strongly believe that everyone is responsible for respecting the feelings and sensibilities of others. The Open University’s mission includes being open to people and central to our ethos is making learning accessible to everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

Professor Josie Fraser
Deputy Vice-Chancellor