Ready for retention: effective systems for transition and student success

This event has taken place.

The Higher Education Academy is pleased to share its Ready for retention agenda for 6-7 July University South Wales Conference Centre – ‘Pontypridd campus’ (Treforest).

The conference is hosted by the HEA Wales Transition, retention and attainment programme and commences at 11:00 on 6 July and closes at 15:00 on 7 July with delegates attending from across the UK.

We expect lively discussion across the conference’s main themes of:

  • The design and management of holistic approaches to transition, retention and attainment
  • Curriculum development and innovation – strengthening student engagement
  • Using, sharing and developing data

The closing date for applications to present at the conference has passed but a small number of attendance places are still available. If you share an interest in the focus of the TRA programme or the conference themes above and are keen to engage in conversation and debate, you are warmly welcome to join us.

To book a place, follow the link here. Booking options include one or two days inclusive of conference dinner and accommodation.

If you have any queries regarding the conference or booking process,  please contact Robyn Clark at

Presentations day 1 - 6 July 2016

Transition, retention and attainment and progression
Joan O'Mahony, Higher Education Academy

Exploring the experiences of disabled distance learners at The Open University in Wales
Ceri Wilcock, The Open University in Wales

Development of a multi-faceted and multi-faceted framework to guide practice around the first year experience
Ana Baptista, Queen Mary University of London

Having the difficult conversation: how retention is being addressed at Cardiff Met
Claire Morgan, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Level Up Mentoring - an online initiative to ease the transition of prospective students coming into higher education
Jamie Morris, Birmingham City University

Segmenting the student journey: a student-centric action-orientated approach to enhancing transition, retention and attainment
Samuel Grogan, University of Salford

Making Admissions work for your transition and retention
Dan Shaffer, Supporting Professional Admissions (SPA)

All Together Now - Developing holistic institutional approaches to retention strategies
Dave Perkins, Bangor University

‘Me, myself and I’: Locating student transitions, experiences and outcomes of BAME and other widening participation students within an experience-based programme
Stephane Farenga, University of Hertfordshire

Supporting Transition, Transforming Culture, Improving Retention and Student Success Through Personal Tutoring
Stephen Davismoon, University of Salford

The NTU Student Dashboard: developing a learning analytics platform to improve student retention and attainment
Sarah Lawther, Nottingham Trent University

Open Badges for transition and retention
Averil Robertson, University of Bedfordshire

GROWing equality and diversity in assessment and feedback
Helen Duncan, University of the Highlands and Islands

Presentations day 2 - 7 July 2016

Using Data to improve the transition into university for students who need it most
Jamie Rawsthorne, University of West of England and MD of Unique Insights

Investigating International Students’ Transitions using a Scoping Methodology
Sidonie Ecochard, Edinburgh Napier University

Thinking spatially about retention and belonging
Kate Carruthers Thomas, Birmingham City University

Student Peer Mentoring: an E-Tool Kit
Michael Draper, Swansea University

Postgraduate students and retention and progression: The importance of understanding prior learning experiences and expectations
Michelle Morgan, Kingston University

Improving retention, progression and the student experience in, through and out of study through effectively supporting study transitions
Michelle Morgan, Kingston University

Last updated: 
Friday, 17 June, 2016