Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Academic Transitions Toolkit

Enhancing the University of Edinburgh learning and teaching experience through the lens of academic transitions.


About this toolkit: purpose and background, theoretical underpinnings and reflection as the first step in transitions enhancement.

Experiential learning model

Using experiential learning in pre-arrival work, and in student inductions.

Learning to learn in your subject

This model builds subject contextualised inductions that support students’ transitions into university learning and teaching practice in their subject.

Structured Social and Peer Learning (SSPL) models

Building learning communities through embedding social integration and peer learning into the student experience.

Structured Q&A model

This model builds Welcome Talks that are more responsive to student needs and also enables staff to learn more about new students’ concerns and starting points.

Building student resilience model

This toolkit focuses on the ‘academic confidence’ aspect of resilience and offers a model that helps students to deal with and overcome: challenge, setback and fear of failure.


This model provides a framework that you can use with your students to help them reflect upon and plan the development of their existing skills and approaches to learning.

Academic skills building model

This section of the toolkit is generated entirely by University of Edinburgh staff sharing examples of how they have integrated academic skills development into their teaching practice.

Transition to Honours

Downloadable resources for staff to help support students’ academic transitions from pre-Honours to Honours.


An A-Z list of references cited in this toolkit.


Your evaluation of the effectiveness of this toolkit and an opportunity to feedback if you have used it in your own practice.