Student Retention Conference: Support throughout education
“Dropout rates are low by historic standards but there are still too many students who are not getting the support they need.” – Jo Johnson MP, Universities Minister
The dropout rate among young undergraduates in the UK rose to 6% in 2013/14, the first increase in four years. While this level of student retention is high by international standards, the rate varies significantly across the sector.
The introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework is designed to drive up standards at all universities, increase retention rates and ensure students are getting a return on their investment. Dropout rates are higher among undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are already underrepresented in the student population. Statistics also show that black students are 50% more likely to quit university than their peers.
Experts have recommended peer to peer mentoring, stronger support services for first year students and a more honest and transparent recruitment process as potential solutions. Retention is also a major concern for Further Education colleges where the decision to drop out can not only impact on a student’s life chances but also have serious funding implications for the institution.
Join us for the Student Retention Conference where leading experts will discuss how students can be better supported to remain in education.
Please register interest below and we will keep you updated
Topics covered on the day will include:
- What can universities do to reduce the student dropout rate?
- How can universities drive up standards across the sector?
- How can universities attract more students from disadvantaged backgrounds?
- Would targeted support prevent at risk students from falling behind?
- How can universities work more closely with potential employers to improve graduate prospects in the labour market?
- How will the National Student Survey help identify areas that need improvement?
- What role can the FE sector play in preparing students for university?
- How can targeted media campaigns help drive up retention rates?
- What can data analysis tell us about the state of student retention across the sector?
- What impact will Brexit have on student numbers? How does a poor retention rate impact on funding in higher education?
- Network with delegates from across the HE and FE sectors.
- Benefit from unique insights from our panel of expert speakers.
- Learn from successful case studies and see how leading universities are improving their student retention rates.
- Anticipate how Brexit and other major developments will impact on student numbers.
- Adopt new strategies to recruit and retain students.
- Understand the impact that higher tuition fees and the removal of the cap on student numbers will have had on retention.
Registration and Refreshments
Rafe Smallman, Quality Specialist, QAA (CONFIRMED)
How quality assurance supports student retention
|10:30||Peter Riley, Head of Widening Participation and Student Financial Support, Manchester Metropolitan University (CONFIRMED)|
Widening Participation: The challenges for retention and success
Question and Answer session
Refreshments & Networking Break
Session delivered by Randstad
Victoria Short, Managing Director, Public Services, Randstad
Dr Sam Grogan, Pro-Vice Chancellor Student Experience, University of Salford (CONFIRMED)
Adding value to student education and improving the learning experience at university
|12:05||Question and Answer session|
Lunch & Networking
Hilary Simmons, Head of Colleges and Student Life, Student Based Services, Lancaster University (CONFIRMED)
Raising student satisfaction and improving student experience at Lancaster University
Elaine Bowker, Principal and Chief Executive, Liverpool City College (CONFIRMED)
Placing value on a strong education as a basis for success retention at the heart of further education
Question and Answer session
Refreshments & Comfort Break
Kenon Man, International Marketing, Recruitment and Intelligence Manager, Swansea University (CONFIRMED)
Using digital tools to engage and recruitment international students
Ian Bradley, Head of Operations, Student Life, University of Manchester (CONFIRMED)
Closing Remarks from Chair
(programme subject to change)
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Who should attend?
Directors of Student Experience, Heads of Faculty, Directors of Academic and Student Services, Quality Enhancement Managers, Head of Standards and Enhancement for Teaching and Learning, Heads of Employability, Head of International Marketing, Heads of Communication, Heads of International Recruitment, Recruitment Coordinators, Directors of Research, Directors of External Affairs, International Liaison Managers and Directors of Faculty.