About Student Success at Kent
Student Success at Kent has targets and performance indicators that are aligned to the University Access and Participation Plan.
The Access and Participation Plan 2020-2025 (APP) includes University specific targets for Student Success within the following target groups based on 2019 baseline data.
- Reduce BME/White attainment gap:
- Reduce White/Black attainment gap to 8%
- Reduce White/Asian attainment gap to 4%
- Reduce White/ Other/mixed attainment gap to 2%
- Reduce POLAR4 Q1/Q5 non-continuation gap to 0.5%
- Reduce Mature/young student non-continuation gap to 3%
- Reduce Mature/young student attainment gap to 1.5%
- Reduce A level/BTEC attainment gap to 4%
Student Success has established an iterative and heuristic environment within which it tests approaches to addressing awarding gaps. Allowing institutional research to guide intervention development, and interventions to feed back into research requires a considerable commitment of time and resource. We are 5 years into this approach and have established a robust process for planning, implanting, monitoring, and evaluating this work.
- Phase 1
Student Success work started at the University of Kent in 2014/15 and involved nine (two year) schools and six (one year) schools. This resulted in numerous successful interventions and findings which informed Phase 2 work, please visit our Student Success Resources Toolkit for more detailed information.
- Phase 2
Phase 2 began in 2016/17 and focuses on staff practice and institutional barriers, with greater involvement by students as co-researchers.
The central team supports schools in conducting research, collecting, and analysing data, monitoring and evaluating the impact of interventions, and producing progress reports for senior leaders.
- Evaluation Framework
Our Evaluation Framework provides an outline to schools and Divisions about the rationale, design and delivery of evaluation when assessing the impact of their interventions. Adopting a culture and practice of evaluation is fundamental to the planning and effectiveness of interventions and to maximise resources. This work establishes a practical guide of how to apply the Theory of Change process to the planning and delivery of Student Success interventions and how to present robust evidence of impact evaluation by meeting the OfS standards.