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The Trans:it Project and Partners

Aims of the Project

The project set out to make transition from college (FE) to University (HE) easier for students, by producing a range of learning materials that students could interact with on their own, with peers, and with tutors.  

Within the overall aims above, the main objectives are:

  • To produce a suite of interactive support tools for use with FE learners, enabling them to recognise and develop their strengths and their identified needs in preparation for learning in higher education;
  • To develop a supporting programme of tutorial activities;
  • To develop a guidance pack supporting the programme and materials;
  • To inform the development of the interactive tools, further objectives are:
    • To hold discussions between higher education tutors and students (in HE and FE institutions) and further education tutors to identify specific aspects of learning support for the FE/HE transition;
    • To undertake background research into the differences and similarities between the requirements for learning effectively at further and higher education and the challenges that learners face during transition.


The original concept was developed by the West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network (WYLLN), a partnership of further and higher education institutions throughout West Yorkshire.  WYLLN has funded the development of the programme which took place at the University of Bradford, in collaboration with the many partners below.  WYLLN will be supporting trans:it over the next three years.

The West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network (WYLLN) is one of 30 LLNs across England. The WYLLN is a partnership of higher education institutions, further education colleges and other organisations throughout West Yorkshire all committed to providing quality vocational progression for learners to progress into higher education. All of the partners are committed to providing quality vocational learning opportunities to enable learners to progress into and through higher education.

The trans:it project has been funded by West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network (WYLLN).


  • Bradford College
  • Calderdale College
  • Huddersfield New College
  • Joseph Priestley College
  • Kirklees College
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Leeds College of Building
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leeds College City College
  • Leeds Met University
  • Leeds Trinity University College
  • Open University
  • Shipley College
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Leeds
  • Wakefield College