Developing student success, providing students with the opportunity to fulfil their potential so that they can adapt at an individual and societal level, is essential. Not only will this enable them to be the new leaders, advocates, educators and citizens of tomorrow, but it will help them engage within and across communities, become ethically conscious, sustainably aware and competent to view the world through a lens of equality and inclusion".
Stuart Norton, Senior Adviser (Learning and Teaching), Advance HE
The primary aim of this six-month theme is to support members in adopting practical, evidence-based approaches that enhance student success. This will primarily be aligned to access, retention, attainment and progression, and employability but will incorporate, as appropriate, connected activity across the Advance HE student success thematic areas.
Outputs for this project will focus on two literature reviews, one on access, retention, attainment and progression, and one on employability, with additional associated outputs including webinars, summits, podcasts, and a range of blogs.
Three lateral themes of Sustainability in HE, Hybrid operating models - leadership and engagement, and Structural inequality, intersectionality and identities will also run across the entire 2021-22 Connect Benefit Series ensuring the project outputs speak to the pervasive issues our members are facing.
This Connect Benefit Series Student Success theme aims to:
- Share and promote an evidence-based approach to access, retention, attainment and progression, and employability
- Consider the primary lessons and changes in direction from 2016 – 2021
- Identify core areas for Advance HE to focus upon and further enhance alignment to the core areas of student success as recognised by the framework series
- Engage with pragmatic, practical examples and activity to enhance student success
- Provide thought leadership to develop effective approaches to enabling student success.
Employability literature review and associated outputs
The employability literature review aims to identify specific impact and evidence in relation to embedding employability within Higher Education (HE), predominantly since the most recent Advance HE literature review from 2016.
Conducted by a research team from Oxford Brookes University consisting of Dr Roger Dalrymple, Associate Dean: Student Outcomes; Dr Andrea Macrae, Principal Lecturer, Stylistics and Student Experience; Dr Maia Pal, Senior Lecturer in International Relations; and Dr Shirley Shipman, Principal Lecturer (Student Experience) and Programme Lead (Law), the review focuses on peer-reviewed journal articles on employability within higher education which present and/or discuss evidence of 'what works'.
Student Success: measuring and measures of employability
In this episode, Dr Andrea Macrae, Principal Lecturer, Stylistics and Student Experience at Oxford Brookes University is joined by Dr Roger Dalrymple, Associate Dean: Student Outcomes at Oxford Brookes University to discuss the findings of a literature review on employability 2016-21, with particular emphasis on measurement of different employability interventions and employability development. Dr Darymple discusses his particular area of focus of the literature review on measuring and measures of employability, focusing on innovations in the what and the how of measuring employability, the comparative work between different national systems, and the surprising findings from the literature review.
Student Success: entrepreneurship and work-integrated learning
In this episode, Dr Roger Dalrymple, Associate Dean: Student Outcomes at Oxford Brookes University is joined by Dr Andrea Macrae, Principal Lecturer, Stylistics and Student Experience at Oxford Brookes University to discuss the aspects of the literature review focusing on entrepreneurship and work-integrated learning, with particular focus on the provision of work placements, the ongoing challenges of objectively measuring the impact of work-integrated learning, differences in student attitudes to entrepreneurship across different faculties, and the future direction of research on work-integrated learning and entrepreneurial education.
Student Success: critiques of employability
In this episode, Dr Roger Dalrymple, Associate Dean: Student Outcomes at Oxford Brookes University and Dr Andrea Macrae, Principal Lecturer, Stylistics and Student Experience at Oxford Brookes University is joined by Dr Maia Pal, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Oxford Brookes University to discuss the aspects of the literature review focusing on critiques of employability. This podcast focuses particularly on how employability is conceptualised, the emphasis on human capital theory and marketisation, and how different aspects of employability from the global north translated in practice in other locations around the world.
Student Success: inequalities and differential opportunities
In this fourth podcast, Dr Maia Pal, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Oxford Brookes University is joined by Dr Shirley Shipman, Principal Lecturer (Student Experience) and Programme Lead (Law), Oxford Brookes University to discuss the aspects of the literature review focusing on inequalities and differential opportunities of employability.
Student Success – perspectives from our global membership
In this podcast, Dr Catriona Bell, Head of Membership (Scotland) and Senior Advisor (Learning and Teaching), Advance HE, is joined by Dr Jacqueline Brodie, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland; Dr Issra Pramoolsook, Assistant to Rector of SUT and International Liaison Officer of the Thai Association for Cooperative Education (TACE), Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand; and Ruth Puhr, Head of Teaching and Learning Development, Les Roches, Switzerland to share their insights on employability.
Connect Benefit Series - Student Success: Employability 14 October webinar
During this webinar, authors from Oxford Brookes University spoke to their recent Advance HE Publication: Employability: A Review of the Literature 2016-2021.The webinar included a general overview of the research, a spotlight on those findings that the authors wished to highlight for discussion and, provide their own perspective on. There was also an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the authors based on the review, thematic areas and the broader findings.
With consideration to the recently commissioned Employability: a review of the literature 2016-2021 these summits offered colleagues an opportunity to reflect on recent innovations in teaching practice and employability support within Higher Education. Recognising the crucial role that universities play in preparing students for activities post-graduation the summit identified core components, considered new methods, and helped shape the eventual update to the Framework for Embedding Employability in Higher Education. The summits identified how employability, as a core thematic strand, aligns to different areas identified by the sector as critical for enabling student success, ensuring any future iteration of the Framework Series is not considered in isolation.
Access, retention, attainment and progression literature review and associated outputs
The access, retention, attainment and progression literature review identifies recent literature (and case studies) in relation to access, retention, attainment, and progression, aligned with the Advance HE framework in this area. This highlights evidence-based policy or practice that has had a demonstrable impact on student outcomes, including impact on progression, engagement, satisfaction, skill acquisition and/or self-confidence and student degree classification.
The review shows sector developments and/or changes in these areas, bringing together and updating evidence since Advance HE’s (then the Higher Education Academy) funded research review on Enhancing access retention attainment and progression in higher education (2017) by Oliver Webb Lynne Wyness and Debby Cotton.
Student success: access
In this episode, Nathaniel Pickering, Lecturer Research Evaluation and Student Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University is joined by Caroline Heaton, Senior Lecturer (Research, Evaluation and Student Engagement), Sheffield Hallam University, who principally researched this area of the literature review focusing on access to discuss the complex picture of measuring impact in this area.
Student success: retention
In this episode, Dr Liz Austen, Head of Evaluation and Research, Sheffield Hallam University is joined by Dr Rebecca Hodgson, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Sheffield Hallam University who principally researched the retention area of the literature review. As well as discussing the key findings for this section of the review, this podcast also focuses on how to develop interventions in relation to retention and next steps for stakeholders for increasing retention.
Student success: attainment
In this episode, Dr Jill Dickinson and Dr Liz Austen discuss the links between retention and attainment, pedagogical approaches to supporting student success, and evidence pertaining to the online learning context.
Student success: progression
In this episode, Dr Rebecca Hodgson, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Sheffield Hallam University is joined by Dr Liz Austen, Head of Evaluation and Research, Sheffield Hallam University who principally researched the progression area of the literature review, with particular focus on the challenges with measuring and reporting impact on progression outcomes and the specific impact of placements and work experiences.
Connect Benefit Series – Student Success: Access, retention, attainment and progression 11 November webinar
During this webinar, authors from Sheffield Hallam University spoke to their newly published Advance HE publication: Access, Retention, Attainment, and Progression: An Integrative Review of Demonstrable Impact on Student Outcomes. The webinar included a general overview of the research, a spotlight on those findings that the authors wanted to highlight for discussion, and provide their own perspective on. There was an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the authors based on the review, thematic areas, and the broader findings.
Access, Retention, Attainment & Progression Summits
With consideration to our new literature review of practices and policies in Access, Retention, Attainment, and Progression, this summit will offer an opportunity for experts to consider recommendations for the higher education sector across the whole student lifecycle and create a space to consider lessons learned in addition to positive impacts. The summit will identify how each focus area of access, retention, attainment, and progression are interwoven and can be further aligned to the Student Success Framework series before the forthcoming review and update.
All colleagues at Advance HE member institutions can attend this summit free of charge; please share this webpage with your colleagues.
Monday 29 November 22:00 GMT / Tuesday 30 November 09:00 AEDT - book here.
Student Success Frameworks Series
Best practice frameworks, informed by research, developed with the sector for the sector
The issues impacting on student success are broad and complex, having a shared point of reference and common language to discuss, shape and review policy, process and practice can therefore be an extremely effective way of applying a consistent methodology to leading change. Engaging with our research informed frameworks in combination, will help identify smarter ways of working. This is achieved through identifying synergies between key strategic priorities that all underpin teaching excellence and the aspiration to support student success in its broadest sense.
A range of supporting guides for the Student Success Frameworks Series can be found below.
Essential Frameworks For Enhancing Student Success: Transforming Assessment
Our framework for transforming assessment is an integral part of the Advance HE Frameworks. Developed with the sector for the sector, the series covers key thematic priorities that impact upon the quality of teaching and learning in HE. Advance HE Frameworks provide a shared point of reference and common language to shape and review policy, process and practice in order to enhance student success.
Essential frameworks for enhancing student success: Embedding employability
Our framework for embedding employability is an integral part of the Advance HE Frameworks. Developed with the sector for the sector, the series covers key thematic priorities that impact upon the quality of teaching and learning in HE. Advance HE Frameworks provide a shared point of reference and common language to shape and review policy, process and practice in order to enhance student success.
Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success: Flexible Learning
Our framework for flexible learning in higher education is an integral part of the Advance HE Frameworks series. Developed with the sector for the sector, the series covers key thematic priorities that impact upon the quality of teaching and learning in HE.
Essential Frameworks For Enhancing Student Success: Student Engagement Through Partnership
This guide offers a comprehensive look at how to engage students with staff through these areas of partnership.
Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success: Internationalising HE
Our framework for internationalising higher education is an integral part of the Advance HE Frameworks. Developed with the sector for the sector, the series covers key thematic priorities that impact upon the quality of teaching and learning in HE. Advance HE Frameworks provide a shared point of reference and common language to shape and review policy, process and practice in order to enhance student success.
Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework
Aligned to the Student Success Framework Series, this framework is centred on the ways in which enterprise and entrepreneurship education can add value to the journey of learner, whether they are interested in starting their own venture or being enterprising when working for someone else in the private, public or voluntary and community sector.
Related programmes, events and consultancy services
Below you will find information on Advance HE programmes, events and consultancy services under the student success theme.
Student Retention and Success Symposium 2022
A presenter-led one-day event to learn, discuss and share latest practices in student retention and success. By way of a keynote session, oral presentations and workshops, delegates will be able to learn, discuss and share latest practices in student retention and success among a network of peers.
Employability Symposium 2022
This symposium aims to bring together cutting-edge examples of how employability can be embedded at school, faculty/college and/or institutional levels. The event, by way of oral presentations and workshops, will provide a space to discuss and share latest practices in embedding employability among a network of peers.
Student Engagement Conference 2022
Student engagement has never been more important or more challenging. This one-day virtual conference will focus on good practice in engaging students, the student voice and student participation in the governance and decision-making processes within HE.
Teaching and Learning Conference 2022
Our flagship three-day conference attracting HE practitioners involved in all aspects of HE teaching and learning from the UK and overseas. Advance HE’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2022 will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context.
Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2021
This symposium will focus on the connected areas of marking practices and feedback processes. It will offer insights and solutions for the enhancement of marking and feedback practices within departmental and institutional contexts.
Active Digital Design
In response to the impact of Covid-19 on opportunities for face-to-face learning, teaching and assessment on campus, blended, hybrid and online learning approaches have been prioritised by HEIs. Within this context, Advance HE is working with the University of Surrey’s to offer its Active Digital Design (ADD) approach to other institutions to support moving content online to create a quality learner experience.
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CLTHE)
A focused development programme for academic staff promoting a practice-based understanding of effective teaching in higher education. The Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is Advance HE’s flagship teacher development programme, modelled on programmes delivered globally including at institutions in the UK, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe. It offers a flexible, evidence-based and sustainable solution for the development of university-level teachers.
Academic Leadership Programme
Having effective heads of department and heads of academic sections is vital for all higher education providers. The Academic Leadership Programme (ALP) is designed to support these colleagues; the next generation of academic leaders. It is only available to be commissioned by an institution or a group of institutions.
Teaching Skills Masterclass
The Teaching Skills Masterclass offers a flexible and evidence-based solution for the development of university-level teachers. It is aimed at introducing staff to new approaches in teaching and learning in higher education.
Student surveys from Advance HE (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, Postgraduate Research Experience Survey and the UK Engagement Survey) have engaged with over 170,000 students over the last two years.
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