Provision of Study Skills: Enhancing Student Retention in Law at QMUL

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This Westfield Fund 2015 project aimed to reduce Law student withdrawals by providing additional help and study skills.

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QMUL has a significant percentage of students no longer in HE after leaving the institution during their first year of studies (almost 10% for 2010 entrants, with the national average at 7.3%). (HESA website via Times Higher Education, 1 Sept 2014). This is significantly higher than other Russell Group universities. QMUL also has a significant percentage of students from the lowest socioeconomic groups at the institution, over 32%, which is higher than the national average of 31.5% and also significantly higher than other Russell Group universities.

A review of the 128 students listed on the Law DMS website as having withdrawn from the university in their first year of studies (from 2010-present) indicated that these factors are present in the Law Department. Students listed as having withdrawn from the university in their first year of studies appeared to meet some or all of the following requirements: having attended a state school or college, coming from specified socio-economic classes, and coming from low-participation neighbourhoods.

This project attempted to (i) identify those students entering the 3 year Laws LLB programme who meet these requirements; and (ii) provide them with the extra help and study skills that will assist them to succeed at QMUL. This project was inspired by a similar skills project at the University of Texas.

You can read the full project report by downloading the pdf file above, and view the project poster presented at QMUL’s 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference below (click to enlarge):

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