A recent scoping review of the pedagogical literature offered clarification on the conceptualization of student resilience in Higher Education, defining it as ‘a dynamic process of positive adaptation in the face of adversity or challenge. This process involves the capacity to negotiate for, and draw upon, psychological, social, cultural and environmental resources’ (Brewer et al., 2019). This highlights the role resilience has to play in enabling students to adapt successfully to periods of adversity, and ideally, allowing students to not only survive these periods, but to grow, learn and further develop skills and resilience into the future.
Researchers from the APHF have been awarded Learning and Teaching Enhancement Program (LTEP) funding for the following projects designed to support and enhance student resilience:
- Building student resilience through course development: Moving from surviving to thriving (Dr Amy Irwin, Dr Joy Perkins, Dr Heather Branigan, Dr Ceri Trevethan).
- Exploring the experience of articulation students transition to University (Dr Heather Branigan, Dr Jacqui Hutchison).
- Steps to resilience (Dr Ceri Trevethan, Dr Amy Irwin, Dr Joy Perkins, Dr Heather Branigan).
- Developing resilience of advanced entry students through peer and academic support (Dr Heather Branigan, Dr Jacqui Hutchison, Dr Sally Middleton).
- Developing a reflective practice toolkit: a scoping study to enhance the resilience of staff and students within diverse communities of learning (Dr Evelyn Jannetta, Dr Ceri Trevethan).