Retention and success
'Retention’ in the UK refers to students remaining within one HE institution and completing their programme of study within a specific timeframe. ‘Success’ recognises that students benefit from HE study in a wider range of ways, including personal development and progression into the labour market or further learning.
We work with institutions and other bodies to develop evidence-informed approaches to improving the retention and success of all students. We have a programme of work to disseminate research and support institutional development.‘
Retention and success also involves inclusion. By ‘inclusion' we mean the enabling of full and equitable participation in and progression through higher education for all prospective and existing students.
Although it is a relatively new concept in the sector, many institutions are seeking to move towards more inclusive policies and practices and away from remedial interventions. We work closely in partnership with institutions and sector bodies to promote cultural change and practices that enhance the learning experience.
The term ‘inclusion' unites much of our work described in our resource pages - see right-hand side of this page.
News and events
Bookings are now open for each of the three workshops for discipline teams as part of the Student Retention and Success Change Programme. If you are a particpating institution please click on the above link to book your places and to see the programmes.
The HEA has recently published a synthesis of US literature relating to the retention, progression, completion and attainment of black and minority ethnic (BME) students in HE. This synthesis, written by Dr Jacqueline Stevenson and Pauline Whelan, Leeds Metropolitan University, seeks to evidence the data relating to the retention, progression, completion and attainment of ethnic minority undergraduate students in the US and, in doing so, draw out implications for UK stakeholders. To access the document please click on the above link or via the link to the right.
This two-day residential conference took place on 26 and 27 March 2013 (Manchester City Centre) and examined the contribution of higher education to improving social mobility. The papers, workshops and keynote addresses generated stimulating debates, whilst the presence and participation of a 'student jury' opened up opportunities for valuable and insightful observations, creating a reflective and thoughtful environment for discussion. Please click on the link above to view the event page, where you will find the full programme and abstracts (post-event materials, such as presentation slides, will be available shortly).