An SSGT has been in post in the School of Architecture since summer 2013 with the aim of enhancing student engagement and retention within the school. SSGTs are line managed within Student Services but are located in schools, and are very much part of the culture of the school. They work in a complimentary way with personal tutors but their role is not an academic one. The work they do is an integral part of the university's Strategic Retention Improvement Plan and in line with the recommendations from "What works? Student Retention and Success Programme". SSGTs work in a variety of ways, offer front line support and act as "sign posters" to more specialist services across the university.
The aim of the project is to assess the impact of the SSGT within the school with a view to developing the role within Architecture and in addition to other areas of the university. The project aims to obtain evidence about the efficacy of the model that the university is using with regard to SSGTs, particularly with regard to enhancing retention, which is above benchmark within the school. This is a relatively new development at University of Brighton and the first time the School of Architecture has had such a service for its students.
The project will employ the following methodologies:
The project aims to produce the following: