This report is a project output as part of the What works? Student retention and success programme. This three year evaluative programme has been initiated and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The seven projects in the programme involving 22 Higher Education Institutions have been evaluating effective strategies and interventions to ensure high continuation and completion rates. The projects have been working to generate practical outputs including reports that enhance practice and associated toolkits and resources to assist other institutions to learn from their work and improve student retention and success. It is anticipated that the outputs of this programme will be particularly significant in the context of the current changes facing higher education.
This document includes reports that enhance practice and provides toolkits and resources to assist other institutions in improving student retention and success. Particular focus is given to staff perspectives on motivation student expectations and development relationships between staff and students and peer relationships.