Student Retention and Progression in Higher Education
25 Jan 2011
6th Annual Conference. Held at Westminster Studio, London SW1P

This conference brought together senior managers and policy makers from across the higher education sector to explore how to sustain widening participation, achieve high levels of student retention and to provide students with the best opportunity to succeed.

Programme
10:00
John O’Leary, Editor, Policy Review
Welcome and introduction from conference chair

10:10
Wes Streeting, Chief Executive, Helena Kennedy Foundation
Widening participation and social mobility in an age of austerity

10:30
Tim Hulme, Deputy Principal, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, representing the 157 Group
Raising aspirations to progress to higher education

10:50
Professor Mary Malcolm, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Bedfordshire
Keynote address

11:25
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:35
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Henrietta Harnisch, Associate Director, Education Partnerships, University of Wolverhampton
Embedding higher level study skills in transition curricula to improve retention

12:20
Peter Cobrin, National Education Director, Notgoingtouni
Getting it right first time: supporting a better understanding of HE and the alternatives!

12:45
Jo Wiggans, Director, Aimhigher Greater Manchester
Case studies from the Aimhigher collaborative action programme

13:00
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:10
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:15
Usman Ali, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students
Active listening to the student voice

14:30
Jacqueline Stevenson, Reader in Widening Participation, Leeds Metropolitan University
Helping students stay in higher education: building resilience

14:45
Professor Michael Bramhall, Head of Learning, Teaching and Assessment Sheffield Hallam University
Developing an institutional policy

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Seminar 1: Understanding what students need to feel like they belong at university
Martin Pennington, Project Manager, Student Retention and Success Project, University of Leicester Craig Bartle, Research Assistant, Student Retention and Success Project, University of Leicester Kine Dorum, Research Assistant, Student Retention and Success Project, University of Leicester

15:30
Seminar 2: Data analysis – what does ‘evidence-based’ really mean?
Shelia Pankhurst, Director of Studies, Anglia Ruskin University