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New report on student experiences and engagement across post-pandemic UK higher education published

Date: May 18 - 2023

A new report on student experiences and engagement across post-pandemic UK higher education is now available through a QAA-funded Collaborative Enhancement Project.

Led by Coventry University, the project involved 10 higher education business schools that wanted to learn from the institutional challenges they had experienced and mitigation strategies they had developed to maintain positive student experiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project collected data through focus groups and a student survey from each of the 10 providers, with significant quantitative data gathered on students’ perspectives about engagement.

A number of interesting findings emerged from the data, primarily around timetabling and commuting students, the need for physical and virtual communities, the importance of recordings for flexible learning, digital literacy and inequalities, and the need to do more to mobilise student voices.

The report also shares good practice examples of how the participating institutions identified key challenges of the pandemic and introduced interventions to address decreasing student engagement.

The ten participating universities were Coventry University, Birmingham City University, Coventry University London, De Montfort University, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, University of East London, University of Greenwich, and University of Huddersfield.

You can read the report on the project’s web page.

Related resources

QAA Members have access to our Made digital research, which explores how the swift transition to digital teaching, learning and assessment affected student engagement and performance.

You can also read about four other QAA-funded CEPs that focus on the student experience.