Supporting Positive Outcomes for Contextual Offers - Early Intervention

Lynda Jones, Mark Davies

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The University of South Wales (USW) are supporting positive outcomes for students who have received a contextual admission offer. Contextual offers widen access to Higher Education (HE), however, typically little follow up support is provided (Budd, 2017). Here we showcase an initiative where trained staff meet with students during their first six weeks of term to assess their preparedness for transition to HE. Using an approach grounded in Social Prescribing, a ‘What Matters’ conversation is employed to surface specific challenges. A solution is then co-productively developed with the student, leveraging a range of assets (support services) within the university.


ConferenceAdvanceHE Student Retention and Success Symposium 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Student support
  • Social Prescribing
  • Higher Education


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