Supporting Trailing and Failing Students: Timing and Awareness

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


A continuation of the ‘Changing Futures Project’ this work aims to directly tackle student failure in engineering education at Higher Education. This stage of the project focuses on the experiences of 88 Engineering and Applied Science students who were classified as ‘failing’ in one or more modules during the Summer Term. A comparison of findings is made between the first stage (conducted during the Autumn Term) and the current findings of this research. Whilst the mental health findings of the initial stage of the project were present in the second stage, they were not as pronounced and the emphasis for the students appeared to have shifted to practical concerns and a need for information about the ‘next steps’. All students were offered individual support, including signposting to the support facilities available to them. The initial findings surrounding the students’ experiences indicate that many students
do not initiate contact with the university and lack awareness of the channels of
support and communication available to them. To counter this finding, a series of informative workshops are being devised for students to take place during the 2017-18 academic year.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th Annual Symposium of the united Kingdom and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network
Subtitle of host publicationTime for Change
EditorsJane Andrews, Robin Clark, Ann Nortcliffe, Roger Penlington
PublisherAston University
ISBN (Electronic)9781854494436
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


Dive into the research topics of 'Supporting Trailing and Failing Students: Timing and Awareness'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this