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The focus of this paper is on exploring the impact of interventions during the first year of college. The paper considers the performance of students and their points level at entry, their participation in structured learning classes, tutorials etc. and their gender.

This analysis will inform the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism strategy around the first year experience. It is also hoped it would provide valuable insights for the Institute as a whole and for developing TU4Dublin first year experience strategy.

The school to date has prioritised enhancing student retention in first year with particular emphasis on the first year experience. This study will contribute to a greater understanding of the issues impacting on student retention and the effectiveness of various interventions.

A recent report published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA, 2014) on progression in Irish Higher Education Institutions highlighted an area of concern for institutes of technologies, where the non-progression figures increased from 22 percent in 2007/2008 to 24 percent in 2010/2011 and these are also significantly higher than comparable figures for the universities. Thus it is timely to develop informed strategies to enhance student retention and progression within the institute of technology sector.