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Retention and Progression in Higher Education #HEretention
19 Apr 2012

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Through the recent reforms to funding and the Higher Education White Paper, the government have placed an even greater emphasis on student retention and progression. Although huge amounts of the access infrastructure have been removed - such as AimHigher - this conference looks at how institutions have responded and what new national initiatives are in place.

The conference also looked at the schemes and best-practice from the third sector, as well as the increasingly important task of measuring and recording universities' success at improving student retention.

Aaron Porter, Higher Education Consultant and Journalist
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

John Widdowson CBE, Principal, New College Durham; and Chair, Widening Access Participation Strategic Advisory Committee, HEFCE
The new landscape for student retention and progress

Document coming soon
Professor Sir Martin Harris CBE, Director, Office for Fair Access (OFFA)
The role of access agreements in improving retention

Professor Les Ebdon CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire
Putting widening access and improved retention at the heart of the institutional strategy

Document coming soon
Panel discussion: Session speakers
Can retention really be improved in the new funding environment?

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Janet Graham, Director, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions SPA
The role of admissions in improving retention

Document coming soon
Dr Graeme Atherton, Head, AccessHE
Collaborating across institutions to improve access and retention

Document coming soon
Dr Alison Stenton, Director (Students & Learning), Extended Medical Degree Programme, King's College London
Developing a formative curriculum to improve retention

Document coming soon
Panel discussion: Session speakers
Does higher education have the infrastructure in place to do more to retain students?

Lunch, networking and exhibition
Susan Nash, Projects and Operations Manager, Helena Kennedy Foundation
Improving retention and outcomes for disadvantaged students

Usman Ali, Vice President Higher Education, NUS
Ensuring the student voice is built into retaining students

Dr Diane Nutt Head of Student Retention, Teeside University
Enhancing university infrastructure to improve retention

Document coming soon
The positive impact of targeted bursary management Session speakers
Peter Lake, Group Business Development Director, Aspire; Selena Bolingbroke, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of East London

Document coming soon
Questions and discussion
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Dr Sue Robbins, Principal Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow, Oxford Brookes University
How can we use Personal Tutoring to improve student engagement, retention and success in higher education? Key Issues Seminars - One

Document coming soon
Pam Zigomo, Programme Manager, Brightside
e-mentoring to improve retention

Document coming soon
Close of Conference
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