The University of Huddersfield are celebrating their win at the 2018 Guardian University Awards. Understanding the struggles of students starting their undergraduate degrees, the University created the Flying Start programme as an introduction to university study.
The programme began in September 2017 and allowed 900 students to attend an intensive two-week programme designed to prepare them for university success. Flying Start invites students to learn from specialist teachers and develop their study habits and confidence - as well as allowing new students to make friends before they start their degrees.
The award was accepted by the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Professor Christine Jarvis. Upon accepting the award, Professor Jarvis complemented the tutors and staff who worked hard on the scheme: “It was quite a feat and this was recognised by the judges, who commented how impressed they were by the scale of what we have done.”
This latest award follows the University’s recent recognition by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The University of Huddersfield was awarded a Gold rating by the TEF panel. A Gold rating is only awarded to universities that provide outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for students.
Progressing to the University
The International Study Centre prides itself on preparing international students for university life at Huddersfield. Based on the heart of the campus, our students are introduced to life at the University at a speed that suits them.
Linda, the Head of Centre, believes the International Study Centre is a great place to prepare for university: "The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and contemporary curriculum. Pathways here at International Study Centre complement the curriculum and are a perfect stepping stone to undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University.
"The interactive and practical elements of our courses allow students to sample University life in terms of academic content, teaching styles, approaches to learning and assessment practices. International Study Centre students get the full University experience, benefiting not only from a parallel curriculum but also from the fantastic resources and facilities on offer. All of this puts our students in a very strong position to progress, to achieve in their University studies and to be successful in the future."
From September 2018, the Flying Start initiative will be open to students studying within in the Business School and the School of Applied Sciences. This means that many of our current International Study Centre students will benefit from the programme, ensuring they are fully prepared for student life.
To find out more about preparing for undergraduate study at the University of Huddersfield, visit the International Study Centre website for information on the programmes we offer.