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Transitions, retention and progression - third podcast

01 Sep 2021 | Advance HE Our first Connect Benefit Series for 2021-22 is a three-month long project exploring transitions, retention and progression in higher education. In the third podcast, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students (NUS), reflects on the student experience over 2020-21 and looks forward to the new academic year.

Drawing upon her experience working at a national level for the NUS, Hillary shares her insights into what has been successful and what needs to be enhanced and developed further through the new academic year. In particular, Hillary calls for the sector to use the catalyst of the pandemic to maintain and further advance the changes that the HE sector has made over the last year. Within this context, she identifies the ways in which we can continue to rethink the student experience and enhance the positive aspects of flexible learning to meet the needs of all students.

Discussing student transitions and progression, Hillary gives her thoughts on student concerns and priorities – that extend beyond their degree programmes – as well as her insights into what she will be focusing her energies on in 2021-22. In this context, Hillary asks universities to embrace student feedback (whether positive or negative) and involve students more deeply so that they can be architects of their own education.

Advance HE members can download the podcast here 

Connect Benefits Series Transitions, retention and progression 

This project will take place over August, September and October with outputs including podcasts, responses from a panel of experts and a facilitated clinic. Find out more here.   


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