Failing exams and the risk of dropping out – policy discussion on new research on first year students

A roundtable of policy makers and practitioners discussed new early findings on the risks for first year students who struggle to complete their first year exams or fail modules. The research findings were presented by Dr Angus Holford, with a response from Richard Smith from HEFCE and a discussion including widening participation experts from UK universities, government departments and charities supporting young people.

The group also discussed new findings on outcomes for EU students in UK universities by Dr Renee Luthra with a response from Rosa Fernandez from the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB).

The discussion was part of the Policy Advisory Group on Children, Schools and Families which meets twice yearly to discuss new research findings in the context of policy issues. If you would like to join future discussions or see the presentations please contact Louise Cullen.


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