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Exceptional student retention: how to support and retain the Covid-19 generation in higher education – Connect Benefit Series Webinar

Online Event
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United Kingdom
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All categories
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1 hour 30 minutes
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Included in Advance HE Membership


The wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19 have increased the risk of student non-continuation. Students’ accounts of their experience during lockdown and of their isolation on return to university and college remind us of the extraordinary challenges they face, and of how little we know of the consequences for students' successful transition to and through higher education.  

The priority for many HEIs this year is ensuring that retention figures do not decline further (while obviously seeking gains wherever these can be found). To do this, HEIs will be looking at their usual retention systems and practices, and evaluating what adjustments need to be made, what new approaches adopted, and reflecting on what more can be done do to ensure the COVID-19 and post COVID intake “stay the course”. 

All crises present opportunities. This pandemic has shone a light on existing inequalities, that are now deepening. Without greater critique and systemic change, adaptations and innovations in teaching will struggle on their own to have impact, and innovations will see only marginal gains in retention. This webinar is focused on practical changes to teaching and professional services that better support students, but we also want to hear from our speakers and delegates about what opportunities exist for greater collaboration and partnership working in competitive environments. 


Join Joan O’Mahony (Advance HE) and our panel Professor Ruth Woodfield, (University of St Andrews), Aveek Bhattacharya (Chief Economist, Social Market Foundation), Sue Horder (Associate Dean, Glyndŵr University), and John Fairhurst (Managing Director and Academic Principal, Bloomsbury Institute London) to discuss the old and new challenges to student retention, adapted practice, obstacles to meaningful change across the sector, and how we work towards the solutions.