”SEAtS Alert helps us improve the support we give to students. SEAtS is more than an attendance solution. It is a Fitbit for student success.Alison LeveyDirector of Student & Academic Services
Aston University is a public research university with over 14,000 students in the West Midlands region of England, receiving the highest award in the UK Governments Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Aston introduced SEAtS in 2017. Attendance data has driven process improvements around space utilisation and timetabling, as well as delivering in each of the three key objectives: streamlining student visa compliance reporting, generating professional accreditation attendance data for Aston’s new medical school, and informing student retention strategies.
A big win for Aston is the powerful early alert system which provides a clear picture of student engagement with automated communications to streamline student outreach for better outcomes.
Student visa sponsorship requirements and professional accreditation needs, combined with the research supporting the correlation between attendance and better student outcomes were key drivers in choosing SEAtS Alerts.
Why Aston chose SEAtS
- Market Share – SEAtS is one of the leading Student Attendance Solutions in the UK. 70% of universities in London use SEAtS to capture student attendance. Partnering with a proven solution was important to Aston choosing SEAtS.
- Access to current users – SEAtS facilitated contact with key clients without conditions. Aston felt it was important to move beyond the sales pitch and engage in frank discussions with current users about what the solution was like to use day to day.
- Flexibility – From speaking to current users of SEAtS, Aston could see how flexible the solution was. This included the numerous hardware options for different teaching spaces, custom dashboards and custom reporting capabilities. This meant that Aston could do things their way, rather then fit their internal processes into rigid systems.
- Integration – It was important that SEAtS could integrate with Aston University’s existing campus solutions including SITS (Student Management System) and CELCAT (Timetable Solution).
SEAtS Alert combines attendance reporting with targeted student support and automated communications for better outcomes.
Microsoft Integration facilitates early adoption
The biggest surprise was how quickly students adopted SEAtS attendance monitoring. They expected some push-back but instead, discovered that not only were students competitive about maintaining a good attendance record but they appreciated that the university cared whether they attended or not; that they proactively asked them if they were okay if they didn’t turn up for class.
”Microsoft's Single Sign-On played a key role in SEAtS early adoption. Making it really easy for students to access their own attendance record.Alison LeveyDirector of Student & Academic Services
Student attendance has increased 3% each academic year since the system was introduced. Visa compliance reporting requirements has gone from taking months to minutes, while professional accreditation is only one click away.
Aston University can now react faster to student needs and prompt early interventions with at-risk students.
Aston achieved an 87% adoption rate in the first 2 weeks. This showed that students cared about their attendance record, and that they were keen to measure their own success.
We expected some push-back but instead, we discovered that students were competitive about maintaining a good attendance record.
One of the big added benefits of using SEAtS included the discovery of wasted space and resources on campus. Using SEAtS data insights, Aston discovered that up to 3 rooms would often be booked for a single teaching event, and most of the time students would only access one of these. SEAtS data insights have now removed the need for manual room audits and improved timetable accuracy and space utilisation.
Aston are coming into their fourth year of using SEAtS Software, with plans to expand the use of the SEAtS suite of features. SEAtS data has streamlined internal processes, increased productivity and nurtured student wellness using reliable attendance data.