Understanding Student Retention During the Pandemic

  • Bonnar, Lizann (Principal Investigator)
  • Jack, Kate (Principal Investigator)

Project: Internally funded project

Project Details


The pandemic has impacted every aspect of our education provision and exacerbated existing inequalities in the student population (e.g., digital divide). However, there are signs of encouragement in analyses of progression, award (Advance HE, 2021) and retention data in parts of the sector. Discussions are focusing on the potential positive impact of mitigations put in place to support students through the pandemic. At Strathclyde, retention has increased by 2.9% in the pandemic years and in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) alone, this has increased to 5%. The aim of this project is to understand the drivers behind this increase. In the first year, the project will seek to identify the factors behind increased retention in HaSS and learning from this pilot, will extend the aim to understanding retention in the other three faculties in Year 2. The project will apply an equalities lens. In developing an enhanced understanding of student retention, the project seeks to advance equality, diversity and inclusion so that all students have the opportunity to flourish through each stage of the student journey.

Layman's description

A QAA Enhancement Theme funded project on understanding increased student retention during the pandemic.


Peter Black from Strategy and Planning is also a Principal Investigator. https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/blackpetermr/
Effective start/end date20/06/2230/09/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • Student retention
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Education


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