Project Aims

Back on Course (BOC) sought to provide impartial support and guidance to early-leavers from HEIs and conduct research into the circumstances of these learners’ early-exit and the role of the HEI in providing support during this transition in order to (i) offer timely and relevant support and guidance to early leavers once they had left their HEI and (ii) share the research and learning with partner HEIs and the wider sector.

Specific aims achieved
  • Established a working partnership of Scottish HEIs in order to deliver BOC services nationally.
  • Set up a secure robust system of data sharing between partner HEIs and the Open University in Scotland (OUiS).
  • Delivered the first ever national bespoke information and guidance service for Scottish domiciled leavers from full-time undergraduate studies.
  • Developed a comprehensive programme of proactive contact to ensure all early leavers whose contact data had been shared with the project had an opportunity to benefit from the support and guidance offered by BOC.
  • Provided a free high quality information advice and guidance service that was tailored to the individual circumstances and needs of each leaver.
  • Offered flexible telephone IAG sessions to take place at a time that suited the leaver.
  • Provided detailed personalised feedback and advice after each guidance appointment.
  • Carried out research with early leavers to better understand the circumstances and experiences of early exit from university.
  • Ensure the legacy of the project through shared learning with our partners, stakeholders and wider sector in order to help contribute to the development of a more robust evidence-based approach to student support and retention activities across the HE sector.