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Improving student retention

13 Jun 2019, 09:30 - 17:00
20 Tavistock Square 
United Kingdom


Student retention continues to be a key challenge facing universities, and one which is compounded by recent and ongoing changes affecting the sector. We are therefore pleased to run this timely national conference to provide guidance and share best practice, and inform knowledge of policy developments in this area.

Join us to discuss student retention with fellow professionals, hear a range of best practice case studies and receive the most up to date policy information you need.

Why should you attend?

The conference will cover all aspects of student retention, including a focus on student success, and how this implicates on institutions efforts to tackle the BME attainment gap.

This conference is not only an opportunity to hear from those currently researching and excelling in student retention but also to network with colleagues and experts, giving you the chance to discuss and learn from those in similar situations. We will be discussing:

  • Pre-arrival: Is there more universities can offer to students before arriving at university, therefore allowing them to be more prepared when they arrive and less overwhelmed?
  • Student mental well-being: How can universities better support students so they do not reach the point of withdrawing from their classes and ultimately their degree? 
  • BAME attainment: Non-completion rates for BAME student’s continue to be an issue, one which we will be dissecting at the conference as part of discussion workshop.
  • Data: We will look at what the recent data trends are for non-continuation rates, analyse the differences in trends, and look at how we can use this data to better target resources.
  • A whole university approach: Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University will give the VC’s perspective on how to tackle this issue.

Who should attend

  • Academic Registrar
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience
  • Dean of Students
  • Director/Head of Student Experience
  • Director/Head of Strategic Planning
  • Director/Head of Learning and Teaching
  • Director/Head of Student and Academic Services
  • Head of Student Success
  • Faculty Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Personal Tutor
  • Outreach Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Student Engagement and Retention Officer
  • Student Achievement Officer
  • Student Success Officer


Attendees at last year's event said:

  • “Very educational experience - would recommend for anyone working in the higher education sector.”
  • “A well organised, insightful conference. It has provided food for thought which I will take back and apply to my work.”
  • “A great conference with expert speakers who were interesting and provided valid, research-led information.”
  • “An engaging and interesting day. Well organised and with a good range of speakers - excellent networking opportunities.”
  • “A very useful, insightful and well organised conference.”

We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for information, tel: 020 7419 5412; email: esther.dudley@universitiesuk.ac.uk.

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Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Events Producer
Universities UK

Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK


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