The "What works for students?’
project started as a result of looking into what affects
the retention and progression of students across the
We wanted to find out student perspectives
on the positive factors that made a
difference to them during their studies. We tried to
focus on what encouraged them to remain and persist in their
studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
We conducted a clipboard survey with 52
students across the university followed by 6 in-depth
interviews. Along with this data we also analysed 1500 free text
comments from the National Student Survey to identify what keeps
our students engaged and enriches their experience.
The study has drawn out 6
recurrent positive themes that the students indicated were
important to their student journey.
Using these 6 themes the team created a series of
posters to highlight the student comments about a range of
experiences, from making meaningful relationships with peers,
interacting with their tutors/lecturers to enjoying the
facilities on campus.
These posters were recently presented to MPs at a Million+ event that took place
at the House of Commons. The picture opposite shows from left to
right: Xavier Khan, Will Varnam (Graduate Attributes
project), David Wright MP for Telford and Pliny
What works for students final report (pdf - 692kb - opens in a
The final report was produced in September 2010.
project - this project aims to research the impact
of the universities
three graduate attributes on both the student experience, and on learning and
For any further information about the project
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