About the project
Guidance from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) encourages Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to focus on the following:
- Improving student retention, reducing the number of students that withdraw early from HE.
- Narrowing the gap between the retention rates of the most advantaged and most disadvantaged groups.
- Improving outcomes for different student groups by addressing the unexplained differences in attainment.
The University of Kent is clear that it has a responsibility to explore the issue of student success (retention and attainment) differentials in terms of its own activities and practice. Given our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI), it is crucial that we improve our understanding of the issues that impact on student success and that we have effective measures in place to ensure that all Kent students are given every opportunity to fulfil their academic potential regardless of background.
The University has already invested in a Phase I Student Success Project. As we near the end of this phase, we have gained insight towards understanding the range of issues that affect student success and we must now ensure that educational measures are put in place to help remove or alleviate these issues. At the same time, we will continue with our central research and development work to extend our understanding further and share practice across the University.
Our Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, David Nightingale, recognises the importance of this work, acknowledging that “finding solutions will be not be easy and we may have to ask some challenging questions about our core practices. The Executive Group is clear that we can all contribute to reducing attainment gaps”.
More information on Student Success project work at Kent please contact Jan Moriarty (Project Manager) at J.Moriarty@kent.ac.uk or 01227 816194.