Learning and Teaching

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Although student retention, progression and completion in the UK are high by international comparison, surveys across seven institutions involving 1,574 students found that between 33% (1/3) and 42% (2/5) of students think about withdrawing from higher education (HE) (Thomas, 2012). This suggests that a significant minority of students consider leaving, and that there is scope to enhance the student experience. Research finds that high quality, student-centred learning and teaching makes a significant contribution to improving student engagement and belonging, and improves the success all students, especially those from non-traditional backgrounds (Crosling et al 2008, Thomas 2002 and Thomas 2012). This chapter discusses effective approaches to learning and teaching to engage a diverse student body.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupporting student diversity in higher education: a practical guide
EditorsMichelle Morgan
Place of PublicationAbingdon
ISBN (Print)9780415818230
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013



  • Student retention and success
  • widening participation
  • student diversity
  • nontraditional
  • learning and teaching

Cite this

Thomas, L. (2013). Learning and Teaching. In M. Morgan (Ed.), Supporting student diversity in higher education: a practical guide (pp. 211-227). Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Supporting-Student-Diversity-in-Higher-Education-A-practical-guide/Morgan/p/book/9780415818230