Understanding the spatiality of student support and belonging
Thursday, 17 November 2016 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)
Understanding the spatiality of student support and belonging: An exploration of commuter-students' experiences at an English University
Dr Kirsty Finn, Lancaster University
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The paper will draw on empirical research with undergraduate and postgraduate students whose participation at university is based upon regular travel to and from their permanent residence. The paper considers how this group conceptualize institutional 'support' for their well-being and belonging, highlighting formal and informal processes and the particular spatial dimensions of these for commuter-students.
Kirsty Finn is Lecturer in Higher Education at Lancaster University. She is Co-director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation (Lancaster University) and Co-convenor of the BSA Youth Study Group. Kirsty’s main interests include students’ experiences of transition, mobility and change in the context of Higher Education; and particularly the gendered, classed and place-based dimensions of student expectations and everyday experiences of university. Kirsty is author of Personal life, young women and higher education: A relational approach to student and graduate experiences (2015, Palgrave) and has published in sociology and educational journals.
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