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Student Retention and Success Symposium 2024: Retention radiance: Illuminating student success through dialogue - "it's good to talk"

The Symposium will spotlight student success initiatives which place student needs at the heart of practice.


Across the sector the pursuit of knowledge intersects with the aspirations of countless students. This has led to a focus on collaborative and communicative approaches to foster environments which are conducive to student success. This pivot will resonate for many in their practices. 

Every student’s academic journey is a unique narrative with its challenges, triumphs, and potential for growth. This symposium aims to facilitate space and place to converge many narratives and give power to open dialogue and communication as we support each other towards enhanced retention and success in our own contexts.

The notion that ‘it’s good to talk’ will reverberate through each symposium conversation, workshop, oral or digital presentation, lightning talk and poster, underscoring the potential which is inherent in dialogue. We hope to provide space and place to discuss and share latest practices in student retention and success, focussing on student needs, among a network of peers. The Symposium will spotlight student success initiatives which place student needs at the heart of practice and will address the following themes:

  • Learning environment and support services
  • Belonging and how we grow competence and confidence
  • Digital learning and technology for enhanced student success

Key Information

Date: 14 May 2024
Venue: The Studio, Birmingham


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Symposium aims

The aims of this symposium are to:

  • Enhance understanding of the multifaceted dynamics which influence student retention and success within the higher education context
  • Provide a dialogic platform for peers to talk about current practices which contribute to a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities which exist
  • Inspire collaborative solutions where peers can exchange insights and experiences to enhance retention and success
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Who should attend?

This symposium welcomes a diverse array of attendees and is open to academic staff, professional service staff, practitioners, educators, student support services, and students. We also include those attendees who support retention and success in their own roles and anyone who wishes to talk about student success with likeminded colleagues. 

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Student Retention and Success Symposium Programme 2024



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Student Retention and Success Symposium Abstracts 2024

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Juliette Morgan

Senior Consultant (Student Success)
Advance HE
Juliette Morgan
Juliette Morgan is a National Teaching Fellow and Collaborative Excellence Award winner. Juliette’s current role is Senior Consultant (student success) with Advance HE. Her interests include student success, mental health and wellbeing, student enablement and leadership in Higher Education.

Tania Struetzel

Head of Student Success
Solent University
Tania Struetzel
Tania is the Head of Student Success at Solent University overseeing Student Services, Careers & Employability as well as being the strategic lead for the Access and Participation Plan. Prior to that Tania held roles at the University of Greenwich and Middlesex University focused on student engagement from quality enhancement, learning & teaching, and student services perspectives. Tania is also an External Trustee of Bedfordshire Students’ Union.
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