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Online Induction Resources and Publications for Supporting Foundation and Pre-Master International Students

Project Context & Aims

A major challenge facing the University and other English-language HE providers is insufficient support for helping international foundation and pre-masters students to achieve success when transitioning into an English language HEI. Furthermore, there is a lack of research on the transition into foundation and pre-masters.

The project seeks to co-author (between students and staff at the University of Warwick and the Active Learning Network) an online induction resource and publication to support the foundation and pre-masters international to transition to UK universities. The website and resources will comprise a variety of multimedia resources, including short videos, podcasts, downloadable PDF guides, links and a discussion area for students, alumni and staff to share experiences and resources as a community. This will enhance the student experience, improve student well-being and address the attainment gap created by insufficient institutional scaffolding for international students. It also celebrates co-creation between students and staff, encouraging students to utilise their native language, history and culture.

Project Impact

With 28 ALN satellite group institutions, the impact of the production of these resources across the sector has the potential to be far-reaching. Student surveys and other tools for evaluation will be used to review the resources and provide recommendations for further work on supporting international student transition, summarised in a co-authored, international publication on the project. Additionally, a guide for HEIs will be generated on how best to apply the resources with their specific international cohorts.

The project generates induction resources made available via a website, with the generic nature of this material adding longevity to the resource and meaning that it will not require significant updates year on year.

Project Team

Sam Cook (Warwick Foundation Studies)

Project Lead

Tab Betts (University of Sussex)

Project Co-Lead


Anna Tranter, (University of Warwick, UK)

Dr Paolo Oprandi (University of Sussex, UK)

Dr Sarah Watson (University of Sussex, UK)

Hengyi Wang (University of Sussex, UK)

Dr Rachel John Robinson (Arden University, Germany)

Dr Roy Hanney (Solent University, UK)

Dr Christina Magkoufopoulou (University of Coventry, UK)

Dr Wendy Garnham (University of Sussex, UK)



Yiran Wang (MA Education student, Department of Education, University of Sussex, UK)

Lina Castellanos (MA Education student, Department of Education, University of Sussex, UK)

Amy Knight (MA Education student, Department of Education, University of Sussex, UK)

Yan Lu (MA Education student, Department of Education, University of Sussex, UK)

Xin Feng (MA Education student, Department of Education, University of Sussex)

Susannah Horowitz (MA Education Student, Department of Education, University of Sussex)

Nifemi Adeyinka Niemi (International Foundation Student, Warwick)

Zineb Nmili (International Foundation Student, Warwick)

Hongrui Ouyang (International Foundation Student, Warwick)

Nadin Kassymbekova (International Foundation Student, Warwick)

Heng-Yin Chen (Undergraduate Student, Warwick)

Elizaveta Trushevskaia (ndergraduate Student, Warwick)