Category Archives: First Year Experience

Transition in: Level 4 strategies to keep students ‘on board’

As the new term begins and we start to build in activities to transition our new students into UCA courses, we thought you might find it useful to see what other programmes at UCA have done to keep Level 4 … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ teaching tip #3

It’s time for Nicholas Houghton’s teaching tip of the week. This week’s tips is: Learn all students’ names as soon as possible. You’ll find you can do it; we all can. By using their name every time you address them, … Continue reading

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Student Induction: Mitigating withdrawal and enabling retention?

Studies at UCA on the first year experience (Barratt, 2017; Allder & Fitzwater, 2018) have shown that introducing students to disciplinary cultures at an early stage in their HE journey has many advantages in terms of increasing student preparedness, easing … Continue reading

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Listening Post @ UCA Gateway

Rosie Holmes- Learning Support Coordinator, shares her summary about initiating the Listening Post project.  Image: Anthony Browne (1977) A Walk In The Park UCA is currently piloting a new pastoral service for students called ‘Listening Post’ at Farnham, Epsom and … Continue reading

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Tutoring and Retention – Lynda Fitzwater and Katie Allder

_ Lynda Fitzwater and Katie Allder, senior lecturers on Fashion Promotion and Imaging at UCA, share the findings of their research into the relationships between tutoring and retention. What is the relationship between approaches to tutoring and retention? In 2017, … Continue reading

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Retention strategies that work

Student retention is a growing issue that affects us all. But what can we do about it? Since 2008, the Higher Education Academy has been undertaking research into effective strategies for student retention and success. The first phase of their … Continue reading

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How can induction tutoring help with retention?

Report authors Lynda Fitzwater (Senior Lecturer, Fashion Promotion and Imaging) Katie Allder (Senior Lecturer, Fashion Promotion and Imaging) Executive summary This qualitatively-researched cross-campus UCA report highlights course leaders’ views on level 4 tutoring practices and retention. Email and phone interviews … Continue reading

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