The issue of student retention and its personal, social and economic consequences is of critical importance to the modern higher education sector. When students drop out it affects university finances, reputation and planning. Equally importantly it can also cost students lost time, money and perhaps most devastating of all confidence.
That in mind, the Higher Education Academy has developed a one-day workshop called Teaching for Student Retention aimed at higher education staff interested in pedagogies of learning and teaching which support student retention.
The Teaching for Student Retention workshop examines the role of the curriculum in supporting student retention, exploring practical and evidence-based approaches to supporting what has become an increasingly pressing concern within higher education.
The workshop’s overall aim is to address the area of retention by strengthening and reinforcing a sense of belonging among students. It looks at ways of embedding equality and diversity within policy and practice to increase retention and engagement, enriching learning and teaching in the process. It considers developing the curricula to draw on students’ life experiences, their interests and backgrounds, again with the ultimate goal of engaging students and enhancing retention. It also examines a range of practices to support retention within all disciplines, for instance through active learning, ongoing induction and even pre-arrival and post-arrival strategies.
In addition the workshop covers a range of other options regarding retention such as the development of supportive learning environments where all members of the learning and teaching community feel they are safe, that they belong, and are able to challenge and change the attitudes and practices that can undermine inclusion and consequently student retention.
The HEA appreciates that student retention matters, not just for students and institutions but also for the success of our local and national communities. The practice of retention helps promote personal achievement and economic security, national competitiveness in a global economy, together with fair opportunities and equitable outcomes for disadvantaged student groups. The Teaching for Student Retention workshop has been designed with this ethos at its very core.
Teaching for Student Retention is a one-day workshop which employs a range of different learning formats including small group work and structured activities. Attendees have the opportunity to consider immediate practical changes that can be introduced to their respective curriculums. They will also explore bespoke HEA retention resources and tools that can be adapted in different settings.
This workshop can, on request, also be run as an in-house training session at your institution.
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Who should attend?
The Teaching for Student Retention workshop is suited for higher education staff interested in pedagogies of learning and teaching which support student retention. Programme or departmental leaders overseeing student retention and outcomes will also find it especially relevant.
The workshop is designed to complement your HEA Fellowship journey whether you are progressing with the process within your institution, have recently received recognition, or are about to start your journey.
Who is delivering the Programme?
The workshop is led by one of the HEA's Academic Leads for retention.
The Growing Your Skills in HE Learning and Teaching workshops have been designed for early-career academics who want to continue to develop their practice by working with peers from a range of institutions and disciplines. If you’ve a proven, sustained track record in HE teaching and you’re seeking recognition for your development, and to progress into a senior position, HEA Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience.
Benefits to the attendee
- A unique workshop examining the role in which the curriculum – and you – can address student retention, exploring practical and evidence-based approaches in how to do so
- The opportunity to broaden your understanding and appreciation of some of the deeper social and economic factors playing a part in retention
- The chance to explore bespoke HEA retention resources and tools that can be adapted in different HE settings
- Designed to complement your HEA Fellowship journey
- Held over a single day and employing a range of different formats, including small group work and structured activities, through which to learn and share ideas
- Held at a centrally located venue with good transport links
Benefits to the institution
- An invaluable opportunity to address the issue of retention right across the board through the curriculum
- The chance to contribute on an institutional level towards (a) promoting personal achievement and economic security (b) achieving national competiveness in a global economy, and (c) bringing about equity between disadvantaged groups and the widespread population, the three overriding reasons why the HE sector strives to raise retention rates
- An opportunity to proactively invest in the continuing professional development of your staff, something they and their students will appreciate and benefit from respectively.
- The workshop can, on request, also be run as an in-house training session at your institution