This first briefing on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded Retention Grants Programme, published December 2008, provides details of the seven funded projects, and introduces the Support and Co-ordination Team, an Action on Access/Higher Education Academy partnership.
The briefing describes the ways in which institutions are aligning equality with widening participation and discusses how there could be greater alignment between these two related but separate agendas. It offers a set of reflective questions for HEIs to explore creating a greater alignment.
This briefing embraces a broad notion of what constitutes student success encompassing: transition into HE; retention, progression and completion within the target award; comparative achievement within HE; and successful progression. It offers a set of reflective questions for HEIs.
This topic briefing is intended to provide an overview of how institutions are engaging with adults and explores the implications and approaches institutions might consider to assist them with further development in this area. It offers a set of reflective questions to help HEIs engage with adults.
This topic briefing provides an overview from the 2009 Widening Participation Strategic Assessments of how institutions are providing flexible learning opportunities; and the contribution of different types of flexible learning to widen access and improve success for under-represented groups.
This topic briefing provides an overview of how institutions are targeting their widening participation activities and the targeting guidance available to assist them.It offers a set of reflective questions for HEIs to explore how the success of their targeting may be explored and improved.
This topic briefing provides an overview of what is meant by ‘mainstreaming widening participation and equality’ across the student lifecycle and across the institution.It offers reflective questions for HEIs to explore how mainstreaming strategies and activities may be explored and improved.
This briefing focuses on the emerging findings of the seven funded projects. Each project team has identified a top tip to improve student retention and success answering the question of what works and based on their evidence to date. The coordination team report on the March 2010 2 day convention.
Focuses on sharing the work of the programme to date: first year project reports; the developing framework for analysis linked to projects drawing on literature and practice in the UK and USA; and a preliminary analysis of the reports with an overview of the key issues being researched and evaluated