The Learning to Live project began in 2019. 

Funded by Erasmus+ we are tasked with carrying out the following actions:  

  1. Scientific systematic scoping review of exemplars of digital technology and non-technology-based innovation for higher education vulnerable migrant students  
  1. Integrated Digital Literacy and Language Toolkit for higher education vulnerable migrant students.  
  1. Digital Multi-Media Platform Web-Hub for higher education vulnerable migrant students  
  1. Mobile Application for higher education vulnerable migrant students  
  1. Higher education vulnerable migrant student Peer Support Scheme to address psycho-socio-cultural needs  
  1. Multiplier event to disseminate and maximize impact of project intellectual outputs  

  1. Open-access articles published in peer-reviewed international scholarly journals  
  1. Articles published in the Conversation to disseminate to wider UK audience with no practitioner or academic background  
  1. Practice Innovation event for international community of educators with presentations of project outputs, feedback and evaluation of impact to be held on World Refugee Day  
  1. Presentation of findings within Applicant and Partner Higher Education Institutions to inform policy and strategy on retention of vulnerable migrant students  
  1. Reports presented to British Council during and on completion of the project.  

Intangible outcomes include:  

  • Enhanced knowledge and skills across educators within a tertiary education setting in multiple countries, when working with vulnerable migrant learners  
  • Sustainability in relationships, communication and practice sharing between project partners 

Our Mission

Facilitate a one-stop shop resource for higher education staff and students who are looking for resources relating to vulnerable migrants.

Our Aims

Improve support for vulnerable migrant students in higher education.

Co-design, test and implement digital technology enhanced supportive interventions.

Assist integrated digital literacy and language skills acquisition.

Our Objectives

Scientific systematic scoping review of exemplars of digital technology and non-technology-based innovation that may be used to support higher education vulnerable migrant students using best international current evidence and grey literature.

Implement a nominal group technique to identify challenges and opportunities higher education vulnerable migrant students encounter, to aid web-hub and mobile application content development.

Co-design, develop, implement and evaluate an Integrated Digital Literacy and Language Toolkit for higher education vulnerable migrant students.

Co-design and develop a Digital Multi-Media Platform Web-Hub for higher education vulnerable migrant students.

Co-design, develop and test a Mobile Application for higher education vulnerable migrant students.

Co-design and develop a higher education vulnerable migrant student Peer Support Scheme to address psycho-socio-cultural needs.

Plan and deliver a multiplier event to disseminate and maximize impact of project intellectual outputs.

Our Approach

‘The University Student Within the Global Context’ is an adapted version of an evidence-based model, (Mangan and Winter, 2017, Haith-Cooper and Bradshaw, 2013). This model adopts a holistic approach to exploring and addressing University students wellbeing needs, and is a suitable model for use in this project. 

A transnational project is necessary to achieve the project aims due to the increasing numbers of vulnerable migrant people accessing higher education across the world. Whilst there has been a steady rise in the numbers of vulnerable migrant students accessing higher education, there is still scope for an increase in vulnerable migrant student numbers and the quality of student experience and outcomes. The composition of the project team is diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, ability and professional backgrounds, and this will bring new perspectives to the project design and implementation. All partner countries have access to and experience of supporting vulnerable migrant students. The student profile in each partner country institution will be different and this allows examination of the issues and development of innovative outputs from a multitude of culturally diverse perspectives. 

This includes those of teachers, researchers, experts by experience and students. The multi-lingual project team will offer a unique opportunity to deliver the digital multi -media platform web- hub, the mobile application, the peer support scheme and the digital literacy and language toolkit in several languages, enhancing utility and impact. 

Our Publications

People Involved

University College Cork

Ireland

Dr Angela Flynn

Carol Condon

Nuala Walshe

Dr Patricia O’Regan

Emma Hurley

Dr Gertrude Cotter

Irina Fernandes Lopes

Univerza v Mariboru

Slovenia

Barbara Donik

Professor Majda Pajnkihar

Zvonka Fekonja

Maja Štilic

Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Finland

Kukka-Maaria Raatikainen

Katri Huuskola

Dr Marja Silén-Lipponen

Dr Paavo Maskulainen

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Spain

Professor Lourdes Rubio-Rico

Professor Enric Olivé Serret

Dr Sílvia Monserrate Gómez

Dr Isabel Font Jiménez

Inmaculada de Molina Fernández

University of Bradford

England

Dr Gabrielle McClelland

Dr Mel Cooper

Dr Russell Delderfield

Catherine Waskett

Angela Smith

Carlos Santos de Sousa