Across the sector the pursuit of knowledge intersects with the aspirations of countless students. This has led to a focus on collaborative and communicative approaches to foster environments which are conducive to student success. This pivot will resonate for many in their practices.
Every student’s academic journey is a unique narrative with its challenges, triumphs, and potential for growth. This symposium aims to facilitate space and place to converge many narratives and give power to open dialogue and communication as we support each other towards enhanced retention and success in our own contexts.
The notion that ‘it’s good to talk’ will reverberate through each symposium conversation, workshop, oral or digital presentation, lightening talk and poster, underscoring the potential which is inherent in dialogue. We hope to provide space and place to discuss and share latest practices in student retention and success, focussing on student needs, among a network of peers. The Symposium will spotlight student success initiatives which place student needs at the heart of practice and will address the following themes:
- Learning environment and support services
- Belonging and how we grow competence and confidence
- Digital learning and technology for enhanced student success
The aims of this symposium are to:
Enhance understanding of the multifaceted dynamics which influence student retention and success within the higher education context
Provide a dialogic platform for peers to talk about current practices which contribute to a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities which exist
Inspire collaborative solutions where peers can exchange insights and experiences to enhance retention and success
Who should attend?
This symposium welcomes a diverse array of attendees and is open to academic staff, professional service staff, practitioners, educators, student support services, and students. We also include those attendees who support retention and success in their own roles and anyone who wishes to talk about student success with likeminded colleagues.
Call for Contributions
Colleagues are invited to submit higher education initiatives that address at least one of the symposium themes above. Submissions can include case studies, research reports, and in-progress initiatives that appropriately support student success and retention.
We particularly welcome papers that are co-delivered with students.