University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

Working With Vulnerable Students to Maximise Engagement and Achievement at Level 6

Hope, Helen and Cooper, Darren ORCID: (2018) Working With Vulnerable Students to Maximise Engagement and Achievement at Level 6. In: The University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2018, 13th - 14th June 2018, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


Throughout the past year within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science (ISES) at the University of Worcester (UW) we have been aiming to engage vulnerable students, to maximise their potential in their academic programmes and minimise course attrition. We have used a multi-faceted approach to identifying, supporting and motivating these students in order to increase their attendance, engagement and academic performance.
In higher education (HE), attrition is complex and is persuasively described as a ‘wicked problem’ (Beer and Lawson, 2017) for which, there is an abundance of quantitative data (typically focused on demographic and social antecedents) available to undertake Educational Data Mining (EDM) (Romero and Ventura, 2013; Webb and Cotton, 2018). The EDM adopted within this approach, data analysis of key metrics across the Level 6 cohort demonstrated that students who were young, male, typically of non-white background with low attendance and a low average grade profile were most likely to withdraw, suspend studies or achieve a 3rd class degree.
However, this is not an all-encompassing solution; the individual circumstances of each student needed to be understood in order to make an effective intervention. This involved email attendance protocols, personal academic tutor support, action planning and reassessment support. The processes have brought to light a surprising plethora of reasons as to why students do not engage in their studies. This mirrors the complexity of the situation that HE institutions find themselves dealing with. Reflecting that one solution does not fit all, but having a toolbox of solutions can make a difference to student attrition.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information:

The full-text cannot be supplied for this item.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: vulnerable students, higher education, student attrition, engagement, achievement, attendance, academic performance, EDM, Educational Data Mining
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Darren Cooper
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 12:42
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:26

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.