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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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Intervention for Success is a collaborative project between the Universities of Coventry, Huddersfield, Lincoln and Manchester Metropolitan University.  

It focuses on tackling differential achievement, by developing practical activities and resources that will support students at risk of leaving or not achieving their potential. 

The interventions will be available for all students, but draw on national and institutional research about how best to support, for example, commuter students, students from disadvantaged social groups, students from vocational backgrounds and some categories of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students.

Intervention for Success will develop and share ways of using data to more accurately identify students potentially at risk of leaving their courses early or of not fulfilling their full potential. It will also produce a new and more effective initial diagnostic test to develop and refine understanding of the needs of these groups of students.

An online programme with associated interactive materials will be designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of personal academic tutors so that they are more confident in implementing interventions to boost student academic skills and confidence. This will include a digitised guide for personal tutors, which directs them to academic resources, both generic and subject specific.

These resources will enable students to more effectively engage with and tackle challenging concepts in a range of disciplines. Inclusive in terms of form and content, they will be designed for independent study and available to personal academic tutors for use with their tutees.

Supporting ALL students’ sense of belonging is also an important focus of the project, which will offer guidance for students and families with regard to university life, open days or evenings for students and their families, timetabled independent study sessions supported by academic skills tutors and small scale social activities for staff and students.

Catalyst funding 

Total project funding  £1,539,024
Project contact name  Cheryl Reynolds
Project contact email
Project contact telephone  01484 478288
Project website

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Page last updated 21 August 2017