Student Retention and Success
After a welcome from Sue Betts, Linking London, delegates heard from Liz Thomas, Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University, who contextualised student retention within the contemporary HE sphere, as well as outlining many causes for students’ early exit from HE, and presenting examples as to how these exits can be prevented through student support.
Therese Reinheimer-Jones, Head of Student Engagement and Enhancement at Kingston University, gave a presentation to partners on how their redesigned student support programme has improved retention within their predominantly ‘at-risk’ student demographic. The use of employed student support and the facilitation of student connection were discussed. Bushra Mahjabien Iqbal, Head of School for Access to Higher Education Provision at Newham College London, provided an FE perspective on the issue, presenting examples of how best practise at FE level smoothes the transition to HE for Newham students. The importance of visibility of student support and realistic preparation for HE were highlighted.
A roundtable discussion followed, where partners discussed the current issues facing the educational sector, sharing problems faced and problems solved with their fellow delegates. Sue Betts closed the meeting by requesting partner volunteers for the aforementioned updated retention publication.
Presentations and meeting note
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