Having in place a clear, effective Fitness to Study policy has never been more important for a higher education institution (HEI). As complex and high-risk student cases and serious student incidents become more common across the sector, HEIs need to be able to respond confidently, with different levels of intervention. This is where our Fitness to Study policies and processes come in.
Fitness to Study Policies may not always go by this name; they may given a wide range of other names, such as “Support to Study Policy” or “Complex Case Escalation Process”. However, we are using the term 'Fitness to Study' as the term which seems to be the most commonly understood term across the sector.
To find out more about this group and how you can express your interest, watch our short 15-minute video:
Building on our training and consultancy work in the area of Fitness to Study with HEIs, we have decided to create a new ‘Community of Practice’ group specifically aimed at those colleagues in HEI with a lead responsibility for managing or reviewing Fitness to Study procedures.
We are hoping to set this ‘Community of Practice’ group towards the end of the 2023/24 academic year, and run the programme through the summer. Our plan is for the group to:
Be open only to a small group of people with around 15 participants from different HEIs
Meet remotely/online, so it is accessible to everyone, wherever they are based
Begin with an initial online half-day training event, providing an overview of Fitness to Study issues and giving participants a chance to say where their own institution is currently at with Fitness to Study
Follow this with 5 x facilitated online 90-minute discussions, each focused on a different aspect of Fitness to Study.
Include a further one-to-one discussion with a consultant from Plinth House to discuss your own institution’s approach to FtS in more detail
At this stage, we do not have a fixed price for being a member of this Community of Practice, but the price might be in the region of £575 + VAT per person for access to the whole programme.
If you would like to express an interest in joining this ‘Community of Practice’ group, complete the short form at plinthhouse.com/copfts before Monday 26th February. When you fill in this form, you will also be able to share your thoughts on how the group should work and what topics you would like us to focus on.
Once we have gauged the level of interest and read your feedback about our plans, we will contact everyone who has expressed an interest in early March, to let you know our plans for launching the group.