Academic failure creates financial and emotional problems for students, and is being prioritised for scrutiny by educational funding bodies and institutions. Pastoral support to “at-risk” students moots both the defining of those students under threat and constructing appropriate effective support mechanisms. Research however reports somewhat fragmented support structures in higher education. This paper contributes to the student support debate regarding the
balancing of resources with an effective support system for those students most vulnerable. The paper explores a recent innovation in pastoral support, with undergraduates being individually mentored by a specific staff member familiar to those students throughout their academic life. The paper uses action research methodologies as a construct to evaluate the initiative.
- pastoral student support
- higher education