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To develop products to help every student realise their full potential and inform their institutions in how to deliver great individualised learning.

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OUR STORY

Responding to the changing nature of education

Solutionpath was founded in 2013 in response to the changing landscape of UK education. Digitalisation, generation z and a more diverse student population were not only shifting the nature of learning delivery but also the potential for progression and attainment.

Outcomes of The HERE (Higher Education: Retention & Engagement) project, 2008 – 2011 highlighted concerns in how student demographics were not only changing but influencing progression. Raising the importance of supporting students in the transition to becoming effective learners and showing why encouraging students to engage and creating a sense of belonging really matter.

This would fuel our mission to develop products to help every student to realise their full potential and inform their institutions in how to deliver great individualised learning that we still stand by today.

In 2014 a co-curated innovation project with Nottingham Trent University was formed. Recognising that the common element to ensure successful integration into university life was ‘engagement’ we set off on a journey to develop technology that would codify engagement proxies by turning educationally purposeful events into an easy to interpret, non-bias engagement score.

Our product StREAM (Student Retention Engagement Attainment Monitoring) was successfully tested and piloted and consistently proved its predictive capability in not only identifying outliers but also those at risk of early withdrawal because of personal or wellbeing reasons. The initiative won a Times Higher Education (THE) award and was the first of its kind in the UK.

Fast forward and now we work with 20 UK higher education institutions and support several strategic agendas from institutional excellence, digital transformation, progression, attainment and wellbeing. We continue to work in collaboration with the education community to meet the dynamic needs of today and to prepare for the future, ensuring students and staff are empowered to be better and do better.

OUR CORE PRINCIPLES

COLLABORATION
AND COMMUNITY

Collaboration with our community is central to our ethos. We believe it’s important to continuously collaborate with educators and thought leaders who share the same goals as us – to support universities in the personalisation of the learning journey and to ensure an equality of opportunity for all. By doing that we ensure a highly effective and relevant product that continuously develops with the changing nature of education.

ENGAGEMENT
AND SUPPORT

We want to ensure all those who want to learn and progress in life are given the best chance to do so through inclusivity, engagement and support. We know from empirical evidence that engagement is the best predictor of success and it is something that the tutor and tutee can directly impact. That’s why we’ve created the StREAM Engagement Score as a common metric, a measure that is both easy to understand, is non-biased and a prompt to start a meaningful conversation.

DATA DEMOCRATISATION

Using data to drive actions and make decisions is core to what we do. We do this through the collation, transformation and sharing of educational data and insight. We do this carefully and responsibly, ensuring that all the data we collate is for the good of the education experience and given back to the community that contributed to it. We believe that the transparency of data and insight can drive the collective effort in the most meaningful way.

PARTNERS

Nottingham Trent University

Solutionpath and NTU have worked in partnership since the first version of StREAM. NTU needed a way to look forward, better understand their student population and exploit their existing data to the best advantage of their students and that is exactly what StREAM has been able to do and much more. We are proud partners and continue on a journey to evolve the learning analytics and student engagement landscape in collaboration.

UKAT

UKAT is a network of multidisciplinary academic professional practitioners and researchers interested in all aspects of student advising and personal tutoring in Higher and Further Education in the UK. UKAT is dedicated to transforming advisory and tutorial practices so that every student is able to experience inclusiveness, well-being, personal growth, and to achieve their full potential.

 

KPMG

KPMG and Solutionpath are delighted to be alliance partners and working together to support Universities. As Universities come under greater scrutiny the issues of progression, completion and wellbeing are even more important. Our complementary skills can provide Universities with both the technical capability to support students and staff but also change and business readiness aspects that are so important to successful projects.