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The current World economic recession has brought significant changes to the lives of many Irish citizens and brought many back into the education system. In 2010 in response to the need to provide retraining opportunities for the long term unemployed some third level institutes introduced re-training programmes. This paper describes the retention experience of a Computer Science department of an Irish third level institute managing level 6 part-time computing students. The paper reports the barriers for students in continuing on the programmes from exit interviews and identifies potential strategies to engage students in their chosen programmes.
Ferris, J. Retention in Computer Science: a level 6 experience in an Irish third level institute. 2012. All Ireland Society for Higher Education Conference, Dublin (2012)