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Building student engagement and belonging in higher education at a time of change: final report from the What Works? Student Retention and Success programme

The What works? Student retention and success programme is a three-year initiative funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The Programme is supported and co-ordinated by the Higher Education Academy and Action on Access. The Programme's final report was published in July 2012.

The report is a synthesis of the key messages, findings, implications and recommendations emanating from the projects funded through the What Works? Student Retention & Success programme 2008-2011, and includes case studies of what works.

The final research report report provides:

  • a summary of key messages based on a synthesis of the evidence from the seven projects;
  • presentation of the What Works? model for improving student engagement, belonging, retention and success;
  • a full discussion about the practical implications of the research programme, including illustrative examples of specific ways in which higher education institutions have improved student engagement, belonging, retention and success;
  • consideration of the strategic implications of adopting the What Works? approach to improving student retention and success, including an institutional reflective checklist;
  • conclusions from the research programme and some suggestions of how institutions can use the learning from the What Works? programme to enhance student engagement, belonging, retention and success.

An executive summary can be accessed through the link on the right-hand side of this page.

Liz Thomas
Published Date: 
Thursday, 26 July, 2012
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