‘Retention’ in the UK is about students remaining in one HE institution and completing their programme of study within a specific timeframe. ‘Success’ recognises that students benefit from HE study in a wide range of ways, including personal development and progression into the labour market or further learning.
Retention and success involves inclusion, ensuring the full and equitable participation in and progression through HE for all students. We work closely in partnership with institutions and sector bodies to promote cultural change and policies and practices that can enhance the student learning experience
Our current priorities are sharing strategies for retention, understanding and closing the attainment gap, inclusive teaching, embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum, and promoting the use of research and tools for widening participation.
The HEA works closely in partnership with HE organisations and sector bodies to promote cultural change and policies and practices that can enhance the student learning experience.
The London Student Retention Project is a collaboration involving the HEA and London-based HE providers. It aims to support the capacities of participating HEIs to reduce student attrition and improve student outcomes.