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Students in Transition

This focus area concerns the way in which students navigate transitions. In addition to the transition from school to university and from university to the workplace, we consider various other transitions within higher education: moving from the supportive environment of a first-year extended degree programme into a mainstream programme, from natural to engineering sciences, the transition from the engineering sciences to design, from convergent to divergent problems, as well as the transition into postgraduate studies. We grapple with questions about the nature of the boundaries between contexts, how the difficulties in making these transitions are exacerbated for different groups of students, how the transitions impact on student identities, and what implications transitions have for curriculum development and teaching and learning in science and engineering.