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Seminar Series - Beyond what works: Towards a theoretical framework to understand and improve student retention and success in higher education

Date: 19 June 2013 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Venue: B.89 County South

Professor Liz Thomas

Professor of Higher Education, Edge Hill University

Academic lead for retention and success, Higher Education Academy

The three-year What works? Student retention and success programme sought to develop an evidence base about effective practice through seven projects. The findings have a strong congruence: student retention and success is the outcome of student engagement and belonging. This is most effectively nurtured through mainstream activities that all students participate in, and thus the academic sphere is the most important site for nurturing engagement of the type which engenders a sense of belonging.

This seminar will propose alternative - and/or complementary - conceptual frameworks for discussion, and invite colleagues to suggest further approaches. The aim will be to stimulate a dialogue about ways of further theorising the findings from this applied research project to extend the conceptual model.

To view the research report, summary and associated resources see website link below.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Educational Research


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