Retention, Progression & Success in Higher Education #HEretention
07 Feb 2013
Broadcast from London

Headline Speakers

As individual students bear an increased burden for the cost of their tuition, the focus on student retention and progression has increased. In addition, the debate about access into higher education has moved on from simply getting students to university but to making sure they are supported to thrive and succeed. The financial imperatives for institutions are considerable too, to ensure that students enrol are supported to complete and succeed.

HEFCE and OFFA are working together more closely and have devised a joint strategy for widening participation and the promotion of fair access, with a critical focus on student success once they arrive. The role of access agreements will come under closer scrutiny, to ensure institutions are setting and meeting appropriate targets for their student population.

Programme
10:10
Aaron Porter, HE Consultant and Journalist
Welcome and introduction

10:20
Seth Fleet, Data Analyst, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Using POLAR3 data to inform the debate on access & retention

10:40
Professor Les Ebdon, Director, Office for Fair Access (OFFA)
The role of access agreements in supporting retention and success

11:00
Questions and discussion
11:15
Break
11:45
Andrew Rawson, Director, Action on Access
Using pre-entry interventions to improve retention and success in higher education

12:00
Exploring the impact of pre-entry work on retention and success
Sarah Cullen, Head of Widening Participation, University of Sussex; Associate, Action on Access;
Dr Louise Gazeley, Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex; Associate, Action on Access.

12:30
Dr Graeme Atherton, Head, AccessHE; Director, NEON
Collaboration to support access and retention

12:45
Professor Liz Thomas, Academic Lead for Retention and Success, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
What Works? Learning from student retention and success

13:00
Questions and discussion
13:10
Break
14:00
Dr Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
Using the quality framework to support retention and success

14:20
Professor Annette Cashmore, Director, Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence (GENIE), University of Leicester
‘Belonging & identity’ as a means to promote retention and involve students

14:40
Professor Michael Bramhall, University Head of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, Sheffield Hallam University
Reforming assessment to aid retention and success

15:00
Questions and discussion
15:10
Break
15:30
Seminar Sessions:
One of the following seminar sessions will be broadcast live

15:30
Key issue seminar 1: Using e-Mentoring to support retention
Laura Mangan, Programme Manager, Brightside Trust;
Nick Brown, Project Coordinator, Brightside Trust.

15:30
Key issue seminar 2: The importance of ‘doubting’ on student retention
Ed Foster, Study Support Coordinator, Nottingham Trent University;
Sarah Lawther, Learning and Teaching Officer, Nottingham Trent University.

16:30
End of broadcast