To develop products to help every student realise their full potential and inform their institutions in how to deliver great individualised learning.
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.
Making an Impact
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.
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 is a network of multidisciplinary academic professional practitioners and researchers interested in all aspects of personal student tutoring and advising 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 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.