Understanding and Addressing Lower Student Attendance in a Post Pandemic World (69909)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Emma Mayhew

Friday, 24 November 2023 13:40
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Institutions across the sector have seen attendance rates for teaching sessions fall significantly in comparison to pre pandemic levels. There are widespread reports of staff unable to plan their sessions and impact on morale. Students who do attend may have a reduced experience. Those who do not attend regularly may be at risk of reduced attainment and increased risk of failing to progress.

This presentation outlines the findings of a student survey, undertaken at a UK university, during Summer 2022. It will explore the key reasons why students decide to attend, or not attend teaching sessions, and how this relates to the key motivations for undertaking a degree. The talk will go on to look at how students understand university expectations around attendance, how they feel cohort attendance impacts their own learning, and how they think that institutions should react.

This research is designed to help inform the sector’s response to post pandemic attendance issues. These survey results have already gone on to inform a successful university wide plan to increase attendance. This presentation will outline how this research has fed into targeted key messaging used in a student communications campaign, and specific changes to practice, designed to reduce barriers to attendance. As such, these findings are likely to be of interest to the broader higher education community.

Emma Mayhew, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Anna Holland, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Emma Mayhew is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at University of Surrey in United Kingdom

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00