A new collection of case studies – published today by Universities UK – showcases some of the support offered by universities across the UK to equip new undergraduates with the skills they need to thrive ahead of and during their studies and how universities are helping them adjust to university life.
Schemes range from resources to aid academic preparation to boost study skills and to address lost learning with allocated tutors and online modules, to mental health and wellbeing support from student ambassadors to reassure and welcome new starters.
Universities are confident the wide-ranging support on offer will ensure that Year 13 students who are about to begin their degrees are not disadvantaged by the disruptive challenges they have faced throughout the pandemic.
Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, President of Universities UK, said:
"Universities recognise the challenges that Year 13 students have faced over the past 15 months and as a sector we are stepping up the support we are offering to all those starting a degree this autumn. Applicants can expect more guidance from their university, with many initiatives taking place over the summer months.
"The whole education sector shares a common aim which is to ensure students emerge from the pandemic fully supported to succeed. We hope that our initiatives will enable students starting university in the UK this autumn to have a safe, happy, and smooth transition to higher education."