What Works? Student Retention & Success
28 Mar 2012
University of York

This Conference takes a research-informed approach to answering the question ‘what works’ to improve student retention and success in higher education. It presents the outcomes from the three-year What Works? programme, including the key findings, the conceptual model and specific details and tools from the seven projects. In addition, it showcases the best evidence-informed approaches to what works from across the UK HE sector and beyond through peer-reviewed papers.

The conference was jointly organised by the Higher Education Academy and Action on Access as part of the ‘What Works? Student Retention and Success Programme’ initiated and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).


Day 1 - 28 Mar 2012

Lord Claus Moser, Trustee, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Professor Patricia Broadfoot, Chair, What Works? Advisory group
National overview

Professor Liz Thomas, Higher Education Academy
What Works? Student Retention & Success: an overview of the Programme and Retention Convention

Professor Sally Kift, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Improving retention and success in the academic sphere Short keynote addresses
Dr Ruth Woodfield, University of Sussex: Retention and success across the disciplines; Professor Christine Hockings, University of Wolverhampton: Inclusive learning and teaching: engaging students, engaging teachers; Dr Ann-Marie Houghton, Lancaster University: Designing an inclusive curriculum.

Panel discussion: Enhancing engagement in the academic sphere to improve retention and success
Chair: Professor Caroline Gipps, Executive Associate, HIgher Education Academy. Panel members: Ed Foster, Nottingham Trent University; Liz Thomas, Higher Education Academy; Jamie Thompson, University of Northumbria.

Dr Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews, Quality Assurance Agency
The role of Quality Assurance Agency in supporting and promoting student retention and success

Student success does not arise by chance Professor Vincent Tinto, Syracuse University, US (virtual presentation)
Professor Tinto’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion. Panel members: Colin Bryson, Newcastle University; Victoria Jackson, University of Central Lancashire; Anne Proctor, Edge Hill University.

Day 2 - 29 Mar 2012

Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Western Sydney, Australia (virtual presentation)
Engaging Students to Enhance Retention and Success: Learning from the Australian Engagement Surveys

Dr Helen James, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Glyndŵr University
What can senior managers do to improve student retention and success?

Panel discussion: Strategies for promoting social integration and peer support
Chair: John Storan, Co-Director of Action on Access Panel members: Dr Jane Andrews, University of Aston; Professor Annette Cashmore, University of Leicester; Bob Hughes, University of York Students’ Union; Jacqui McCary, Anglia Ruskin University

Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Opportunity and student success: securing futures

Robert Dufton, Director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Closing remarks

Close of conference