Articulation (also referred to as Direct Entry) describes a pathway that allows students to progress from an HNC or HND directly into the 2nd or 3rd year of a degree programme i.e. without having to start at year 1.
sparqs is involved in a joint project with ELRAH (Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub) to increase student engagement in articulation. The project aims to identify, improve and share good practice in student engagement and increase the student voice in decisions made about articulation; and to develop better student engagement through the transition from college and university.
With this in mind, we established a regional student group on articulation. Members of this group include elected officers, class reps, school officers and students with an interest in or experience of the transition from college to university. The group provides a forum in which students can discuss and address specific issues relating to articulation, particularly in the areas of learning and teaching.
The work of the group fits into the current Enhancement Theme: Student Transitions. Having successfully submitted a student-led proposal, the group ran a workshop at the international Enhancement Themes Conference in June 2015.
ELRAH is one of five regional articulation hubs, funded by the Scottish Funding Council. The hub brings together a consortium of universities and colleges (Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot Watt University, Queen Margaret University, University of Stirling, Fife College, West Lothian College, Edinburgh College, Forth Valley College and Borders College), that work collaboratively to improve articulation in the region.
sparqs contributed to the 'Articulation for All' conference which took place on 5th September 2014. We gave a keynote speech on whether learners are at the centre, based around the Student Engagement Framework for Scotland, and also ran a workshop on student engagement in articulation. You can view the presentation from our workshop and read more about the conference in our news article published after the event.
If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved in the project, please contact Hannah Clarke.