Linking London | News | 11 March 2020: Event report – Student Retention and Success Meeting

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Student Retention and Success Meeting

On 11 March, Linking London held the second Student Retention and Success Meeting chaired by Michael Hill, Assistant Professor in Learning & Teaching at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

After a warm welcome from Michael Hill he began the meeting with a presentation on commuter students and ways in which commuting to study affects students’ experience in academic engagement, support activities and social engagement. Attendees then got into groups and discussed recommendations of interest and their institutions’ approaches which included developing staff understanding, utilising online resources and commuter hot spots.

Following this Ian Carter, Head of Student Support Services (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) & Director, National Association of Disability Practitioners presented on disability support in HE and issues around disability and retention. Ian provided key statistics, information on the DSA grant, examples of support given and access, continuation and success. The group then had a short discussion on what challenges there are in HEI institutions in working towards the OfS expectations and targets within the next 5 years. Discussion included, the importance of academic staff professional development and students who have a personal tutor/tutor contact have a far better experience overall.

Following a short break, Michael Hill presented to the group on student engagement and representation including looking at the OfS’s approach and institutional approaches. The group then discussed who their unheard student groups are and how to better engage with them.

The next Student Retention and Success meeting will take place on 18th June, 2-5pm.

During this meeting there will be representation from Ravensbourne University talking about their mindset and skillset manifesto, Kings’ College London talking about the transitions support for underrepresented student groups they provide, University of Greenwich talking about the transition skills course they run for academics and Haringey 6th Form College talking about how they are addressing retention through attendance and engagement.

All future events information can be found here.

Presentations and meeting note

To view the presentations and meeting note from the day please click here. This link will take you to the partners' area of the website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website. If you do not know your login name and password, then please email



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