Student Retention and Progression
20 Apr 2010
5th Annual Conference. Held at Cavendish Conference Centre, London

This conference brought together senior managers and policy makers from across the higher education sector to set out how to meet the challenge of achieving high levels of student retention.

Our cameras were there to cover all the main sessions.

Programme
10:00
Mike Baker, Journalist and Broadcaster
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:05
Professor Liz Thomas, Director Widening Participation Research Centre, Edge Hill University; Senior Advisor Widening Participation, Higher Education Academy
Opening address

10:25
Kate Dodd, Academic Registrar, York University; Executive Member, AMOSSHE - the Student Services Organisation
Student support and guidance pre and post admission

10:45
Professor Mary Malcolm, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Bedfordshire
Managing student transition and retention

11:05
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Key Issue Seminar A1: Strategies to enhance collaboration between academic and central support services
Dr Diane Nutt, Head of the student retention team, Teesside University

13:00
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Panel discussion: opportunities and threats: Session 3
How is retention affected in light of the recession and increasing student debt? Why should students and student unions be more involved? Why is a holistic approach necessary? Speakers include: Robert Dufton, Director, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Christine Fyfe, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students), University of Leicester Dr Diane Nutt, Head of the student retention team, Teesside University Questions and Discussion

14:45
Panel discussion: Questions and discussion
15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:20
Key Issue Seminar B1: Pathways to success: peer mentoring & student transition to university
Dr Robin Clark, Head of Learning and Teaching Research, Aston Centre for Learning Innovation & Professional Practice, Aston University. Project Lead, What Works? Student Success & Retention Dr Jane Andrews, Senior Research Fellow, Aston Centre for Learning Innovation & Professional Practice, Aston University. Senior Researcher, What Works? Student Success & Retention