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Student Success Framework Series Review and Redesign

In 2021-22, Advance HE began the update to the Student Success Framework Series. So far the following core thematic areas have been reviewed: access, retention, attainment and progression; approaches to flexible learning; assessment and feedback; and embedding employability in higher education.

Moving into 2022-23 Advance HE aims to publish literature reviews in:

  • Internationalising Higher Education
  • Student Engagement through Partnership
  • Inclusive Curriculum Design
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development

These publications, together with wider member engagement through webinars, summits and related activity, will provide a timely update to the core thematic areas of student success, ultimately contributing a wealth of evidence and currency to the forthcoming Framework series update.

Member Benefit 2022-23

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Stuart Norton

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

Our work continues to support members in adopting practical, evidence-based approaches that enhance student success. This will primarily be aligned to the core focus areas of the reviews, yet we will ensure a degree of connected activity across the Advance HE student success thematic areas.

Outputs for this project will focus upon literature reviews in each of the cognate areas with additional associated outputs including webinars, summits, podcasts, and a range of blogs.

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Upcoming Literature Review

Internationalisation of HE

'Internationalisation of HE' forms part of Advance HE's review of the Student Success Framework and centres around a literature review 'Internationalisation and students’ outcomes or experiences: A review of the literature 2011-2021', synthesising evidence about internationalisation and its demonstrable impacts on students’ outcomes and experiences in higher education. The review compiles ten years of research in peer-reviewed journal articles about internationalisation to unpack whether and how it is shown to make a difference in students' experiences. 

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Invitation to Tender - Review of research literature and case studies

Advance HE is commissioning literature reviews in; Education for Sustainable Development, Inclusive Curriculum Design, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.

Each literature review will focus on high quality research published by Advance HE, seminal literature from both the UK and internationally, with particular acknowledgement of literature beyond Western domains that challenge Eurocentric models. 

Inclusive Curriculum Design

The literature review aims to identify the specific impacts and evidence in relation to Inclusive Curriculum Design. The review will focus on literature since 2015, providing a concise period from which to draw from.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education

The literature review aims to identify the specific impacts and evidence in relation to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education. The review will focus on literature since 2015, providing a concise period from which to draw from. 

Education for Sustainable Development

The review aims to identify recent literature (and case studies) in relation to education for sustainable development. It will highlight evidence-based policy or practice that has had a demonstrable impact on student outcomes including student performance, progression, engagement, satisfaction, skill acquisition and/or self-confidence. 

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Student Success Frameworks Series

Best practice frameworks, informed by research, developed with the sector for the sector

The issues impacting 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.

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Student Success: Access, retention, attainment and progression

This part of the project explores the key areas of ‘Access, retention, attainment and progression: a review of the literature 2016-2021’ conducted by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University. The review shows sector developments and/or changes in these areas, collating and updating evidence since Advance HE's previous research review from 2017: 'Enhancing access, retention, attainment and progression in higher education.

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Student Success - Assessment and feedback

This part of the Student Success project focus on our recently commissioned literature review 'Impacts of Higher Education Assessment and Feedback Policy and Practice on Students: A Review of the Literature 2016-2021'. Conducted by researchers at the University of Kent, the review provides insight into the literature, recognising that assessment and feedback practices are amongst the most powerful levers educators have for improving student learning.

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Student Success: Employability

This part of the Student Success project focuses on embedding employability in higher education, based on the publication ‘Employability: a review of the literature 2016-2021’, a research project conducted by Oxford Brookes University. The review informs a number of outputs, including a webinar and a series of podcasts exploring key areas from measuring employability and the impact of work-integrated learning to addressing inequality and looking at employability from the perspectives of our global membership.

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Student Success: Flexible learning

Based on the research study ‘Flexible learning: a literature review 2016 – 2021’ conducted by Professor Mark Loon of Northumbria University, this area of focus identifies and explores practical, evidence-based approaches to flexible learning in higher education. Collating the findings of 105 research articles, the review identifies and examines the key drivers of flexible learning, from the influence of Covid-19 to the development of technologies and technology-dependent initiatives and the willingness of educators to experiment with combinations of pedagogies.

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Sustainability for Student Success podcast

In this podcast Kim Ansell, Senior Advisor at Advance HE is joined by Dr Kay Hack, Senior Advisor, Advance HE and Kate Mori, Quality and Standards Specialist at the Quality Assurance Agency to discuss the links between student success and education for sustainable development and how together they form part of the sustainable development ecosystem.

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A range of supporting guides for the Student Success Frameworks Series can be found below. 

Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework

This framework is centred on the ways in which enterprise and entrepreneurship education can add value to the journey of learners.
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Essential frameworks for Enhancing student success: Embedding employability

Our framework for embedding employability is an integral part of the Advance HE Frameworks.
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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.
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Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success: Internationalising HE

Our framework for internationalising higher education is an integral part of the Advance HE Frameworks
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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.

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Essential Frameworks For Enhancing Student Success: Transforming Assessment

Our framework for transforming assessment is an integral part of the Advance HE Frameworks.
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Related programmes, events and consultancy services

Below you will find information on Advance HE programmes, events and consultancy services under the student success theme.

Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2022

A presenter-led event to learn, discuss and share latest practices and pedagogies in assessment and feedback. In recent years, research and good-practice advice about assessment and feedback has continued to develop in higher education, although the pandemic provided significant new challenges – and opportunities for innovation.

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Employability Symposium 2023

A presenter-led one-day event to learn, discuss and share the latest practices in employability and entrepreneurship in embedding employability among a network of peers.

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Student Engagement Conference 2023

Student engagement has never been more important or more challenging. This conference will focus on good practice in engaging students, the student voice and student participation in the governance and decision-making processes within HE.

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Teaching and Learning Conference 2023

Our flagship 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 2023 will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context.  

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Curriculum Reviews

An Advance HE expert can work with your institutional teams using our Curriculum Review Tool (CRT) to evaluate the alignment of practice at an institution, faculty or school level and support the development of curricula that drive student and institutional success.

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Teacher training and sustainable development programmes

Advance HE offers a range of in-house delivery options aimed at equipping staff with the skills and confidence to make a positive impact on the student experience. Our programmes can be contextually adapted, integrate ‘train the trainer’ methodologies and be delivered online or via a blended model.

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Student Surveys

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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Knowledge Hub

The Advance HE Knowledge Hub brings together thousands of higher education resources covering a wide range of topics and themes all into one place. Search by keyword or use the search filters on theme, sub theme and content type to find resources relevant to you.

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Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect our online network that is open to all those who work in HE providing a space where the sector can share, connect and collaborate in one place with 22,000 HE peers from 100 countries around the globe. The platform features special interest groups, events and collaborative projects. 

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