We are having conversations with a wide range of people – students, parents, careers advisers, policy makers, higher education providers and others – to help us decide what we can do to support students better. We’ll be continuing these conversations over the next few months and seeking views in early 2019 on the approach that we develop as a result.
We’re also exploring opportunities for working in partnership with other organisations operating in this area. Our view is that the more that we can do to integrate and link provision, the better the experience of prospective students will be.
We are taking the first steps in developing a new resource to better support decision making about higher education. This new resource would help students navigate and understand available information and data, and would be integrated with other key sources of information. It would use personalisation to ensure that students can quickly identify and find the information that is most important for them. This would be combined with carefully designed data visualisations that would make engagement with key datasets easier.
Our aim is to create a resource that can support a seamless journey through available information and which responds to individual needs. This is an ambitious project, but our research shows that it is needed. The next steps will be to build on the research we have already carried out with prospective students, parents and teachers, and develop prototypes to test with them. If the outcomes of this testing give us a clear way forward, we will begin building the new resource in the spring.
For further information contact Jemima Cooper ([email protected]) or Catherine Cameron ([email protected]).