STRIVE 2 is launched. The funding scheme has been designed to enhance our understanding of the practical aspects of student transition from FE to HE in the context of the Universities Group.

Bids are being invited from staff across a wide range of activities including innovations, reviews or explorations in student transition from FE to HE, broadly defined, in terms of learning and teaching; student experience, advice and guidance; data management; communications; curriculum, marketing, staff support or other related area.

Said STRIVE 2 Panel Chair, Professor Patrick McGhee “This scheme confirms the University and College’s commitment to facilitating student support, achievement and progression within the University of Bolton Group.”

The initiative was also welcomed by the Bolton Students’ Union President and STRIVE Panellist, Bolu Oyesola: “This is a great initiative which helps the University and College work together on the ground for the benefit of all FE and HE students. I am looking forward to the different bids and am sure they would all be of great benefit to the students in both institutions. I am particularly pleased that once again the University has made the SU President a full member of the panel which will allocate funding. In too many universities, decisions about students are made without students. That is not the case here at Bolton.”

Bolton College Principal, Bill Webster, also endorsed the development: “Building on the success of STRIVE 1 last year, I am pleased to see the initiative going from strength to strength. I particularly welcome the focus on team working across the group that will be built into each and every project”.

Bids can be between £500 and £3000. The Deadline for applications is 17:00 on the 28th of February 2019 with submissions only accepted via the dedicated online portal to be found at https://bolton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/strive-2-bid-portal. Announcements on the successful applications are expected in March.

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