While there has been much media focus on the impact of Covid-19 on student admissions, the potential impact on retention is just as great. Retention is a key challenge that universities face, only likely to be exacerbated by the recent global crisis. This free online webinar will explore the issue in-depth, and help you shape retention strategies to meet the needs of your institution.
This webinar will be a chance for universities to explore the challenges, as well as innovative solutions, to issues surrounding retention during the Covid-19 crisis. The webinar will be chaired by Professor Paul Layzell, Principal, Royal Holloway, University of London. Our speakers include:
Dr Gurnam Singh, Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment, Coventry University
Improving the BAME attainment gap has always been a key priority for universities, which may now be getting bigger rather than smaller. The impact on BAME and underrepresented groups of students is going to be far greater than the rest of the student population. Dr Singh will address the key challenges that these students are facing and what you can do to support them.
Mara Richard, Vice President International, Civitas Learning
Advancements in data science have opened up new opportunities to help educators better understand their students. This allows universities to direct support to those who are struggling and help to further motivate those who are not achieving their full potential. There has never been a more important time to make sure we are using all of our resources effectively, including the data which we already have about students, to help make sure every student who enters our universities this autumn has the best chances of achieving. Understanding our students data footprint will empower stakeholders to provide a more personalised and relevant program of engagment, to achieve better outcomes and provide every student an opportunity to be successful.
Jennifer Lawrence, Program Director Academic Success, University of New England, Australia
Prior to the Covid-19 crisis UNE was already aiming for a complete transition from paper to online exams by the end of 2020. The current situation has brought this forward, expediting the last year of a four-year project. In June, the University is anticipating approximately 16,000 exam sittings for over 10,000 students enrolled in subjects with a final exam. Jennifer will be sharing her experiences of managing this project, as well as its benefits.
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Dr Gurnam Singh is currently Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment at Coventry University. Also, he is Hon Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and Visiting Fellow in Race and Education at the University of Arts, London. Prior to entering academia he had a background in community activism and professional social work.
He is acknowledged as a leading thinker on the issue of race and racism in Higher Education and Social Work and he has published widely on these topics.
Professor Paul Layzell has been Principal at Royal Holloway, University of London since 2010 and is also Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. Previously he held roles at the universities of Sussex, Manchester and UMIST and was Programme Manager for the UMIST-Manchester merger.
Paul is a Professor of Software Engineering. He has written papers on cloud computing, as well as experiences demonstrating how data could be integrated across health, social welfare and education services to improve citizen wellbeing.
Paul has held senior governance roles at AQA, where he was chair, and at Eduserv, Jisc and HESA. He is currently chair of London Higher and a member of the Board of Universities UK.
Mara is VP of International for Civitas Learning, the global experts in data science for higher education. Mara brings her years of experience working with universities, providing insights and best practise to representative sector bodies in higher education. Since founding the international business for Civitas, Mara has focused her attention on working with our innovation universtity partners in the UK to ensure we develop relevant and evidence driven solution allowing our partnerships to support retention, progression and overall student outcomes. Her work has resulted in supporting APPG Policy work, launching a unique partnership with UCAS and providing the data science infrastructure for the OFS Mental Health Challenge Call bid being lead by Northumbria.
Jennifer Lawrence is the Program Director Academic Success at the University of New England, located in Armidale, Australia. UNE was founded with an ambitious distance education mission across regional Australia, and today approximately 85% of its students’ study completely online. Jennifer’s role includes oversight of UNE’s Online Exams project, which began in 2017, as well as a range of projects and functions focussed on learning and teaching, student experience, and in particular student transitions.