An initiative to make it easier for students to switch universities or courses midway through their studies has been launched by Midlands Enterprise Universities.
Believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, the Midlands Credit Compass will make the process of transferring academic credit more transparent and support students who are thinking about leaving university or have left university without completing their studies.
Midlands Enterprise Universities is a consortium of six universities (Birmingham City, Coventry, Derby, Nottingham Trent, Lincoln and Wolverhampton) working together to drive productivity through skills, innovation and enterprise.
As part of the framework, students will be given a record of achievement which they can use to transfer to another university within the group, within five years of leaving their study. They will also be assigned a member of staff who will support them through the application process.
At the launch of the Midlands Credit Compass yesterday (14th October) at Nottingham Trent University, Chief Executive of the Office for Students Nicola Dandridge said promoting students’ rights to transfer is vitally important.
“Although you can provide the best possible information to students on what and where to study, circumstances change and we know that some students do want to change institution,” explained Nicola.
“The danger is that if they don’t know how to do that they may drop out altogether which is a tremendous wasted opportunity, so all of us need to do what we can to provide students, who may not have made the right choice, with options to study at other universities.”
Chair of MEU and Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby Professor Kathryn Mitchell added:
“The Midlands Credit Compass will improve opportunities for students to access quality advice and guidance and re-engage with higher education across the Midlands.
“It also demonstrates our joint commitment to putting students at the heart of the system, supporting student access, choice and flexibility.”
Watch the launch event video below: