Supporting Student Success

Supporting student success can mean a number of things to leaders of Schools or Deparments.  It can mean ensuring an engaging environment for students within which to learn and develop personally and academically.  Or it can be to ensure all students proceed from entry to successful exit.

The issues impacting on student success are broadranging and complex. There are a number of initiatives and supports within individual institutions and across the sector to promote student success.  Some HEIs focus on key pressure points in the programme lifecycle and how students can be supported through them, often specifically in their first year.  There are also many initiatives around transitions, into, through and out of Higher Education.

A extensive body of work has been undertaken by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning looking at Learning Analytics – encouraging evidence-based approached to improving student success.

HEA, Ireland, report from the Working Group on Student Success, 2017.

Higher Education Academy, UK, April 2017 report on What Works: Student Retention and Success Programme

HEA UK and REAP project report, May 2017: Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum: maximising success in Higher Education

Krause, K.-L. and Armitage, L. (2014) Australian student engagement, belonging, retention and success: a synthesis of the literature, Higher Education Academy
Krause, K.-L. & Coates, H. (2008) Students’ engagement in first-year university. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 33 (5), 493-505.

Student Engagement Framework for Scotland, outlining key elements and features of effective student engagement, including suggested activities and developments Schools can incorporate into their practice.

16 case studies from lecturers who have used data to inform their modules

Focus on First Year: Introductory Podcast by Prof. Bairbre Redmond of UCD:


UCD example of engaging students in their First Year of Science: 

Learning Analytics for Student Success

by Lee O'Farrell | Crannóg Interview

The First 6 Weeks for Student Engagement, as explained by Prof Sally Brown: