Enhancing the Student Experience

SEP supports online tool to help students plan course options

Almost 10,000 people have logged in to use an online tool designed to help students chose their course options throughout their degrees.

Promoting the Path online tool at the Academic Fair

The tool - called Path - is designed to help students understand information on course options and choices.

It enables students to build their own degree programme when preparing to meet with their personal tutor.

During this year's Welcome Week for new students, Path had an average of 1,500 unique users per day.

User-friendly degree information

Path presents information from the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS) in a more usable format to help students understand both co-requisites and pre-requisites as they plan their pathway.

It enables students to:

  • choose courses straight from their degree programme
  • browse available outside courses in other Schools
  • generate a combined course timetable and check for clashes.

The advanced functionality (not currently available in all Schools) also means students can:

  • validate their selections against degree programme rules and course requirements
  • read student feedback on courses.

Student-led initiative

Path began in the College of Science and Engineering as a student-led initiative and was developed with colleagues in Information Services. It received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both staff and students and has now moved from an experimental to a corporate service.

For the 2014/15 academic year, students from all Schools can use Path. The number of Schools engaging to use the advanced functionality has grown from three to thirteen, across all three Colleges.

The best way to understand Path is to play with it.

Try the Path online tool

Path is supported by Student Systems and has received top-up funding from the Student Experience Project for 2014/15.

For more information contact Lisa Dawson, Head of Student Systems Operations, at

Related Links

Student Systems website