REACT Conference 2017: Next steps for addressing barriers to student engagement for ‘hard to reach’ students

by Nathaniel Pickering and Liz Austen This photo was taken at the REACT Conference 2017, held at the University of Winchester. If you look closely you can see a collection of sheep grazing amid the meadow grass. Whilst these sheep (made of fibre-glass) are said to emphasise the host’s commitment to environmental sustainability and biodiversity,…

The BME attainment gap is a ‘wicked’ problem

by Liz Austen and Caroline Heaton In recognition of the assertion by Mountford-Zimdars et al (2015) that student belonging and confidence are key factors in encouraging student engagement, the Directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research, in partnership with other key institutional and external stakeholders, are undertaking an analysis which examines the extent to which…