Belgium ConferenceRepresentatives of the University of Bolton have been speaking at the prestigious European First Year Experience (EFYE) Conference in Ghent, Belgium, this week.

The tenth EFYE Conference, taking place 4-6 April, focused on three main themes: transition, wellbeing, and education and learning in the student lifecycle.

The event brought together academics and support staff from across Europe interested in improving the experience of students as they enter Higher Education.

Associate Director for Student Life at the University of Bolton, Dr Emily McIntosh and Doctoral Researcher in the School of Education & Psychology, Chathurika Kannangara presented a workshop entitled ‘Interviews with Gritty Students – The Role of Grit in Student Success and Retention’.

‘Our workshop will be highly practical in nature and encourage discussion about how to introduce and apply techniques for assessing student “grit” and resilience in different institutions,’ said Dr McIntosh.

‘We recently conducted research at the University of Bolton on why “gritty” and resilient students successfully respond and adjust to life at university.

‘We will use case studies from successful students at the University of Bolton and showcase how these results can be used in peer learning and other student experience interventions to help students achieve their potential, thus aiding a smoother transition throughout the first year.’

As part of the session, conference attendees were also invited to share their own experiences and debate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to implementing these assessment methods in a Higher Education context.






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