For more information, contact Dr Jenny Marie - Principle Teaching Fellow – Centre for Advancing Learning and Teaching
WHO ARE THE ‘HARD TO REACH’ STUDENTS AT UCL?Project lead: Jenny Marie – firstname.lastname@example.org
Project team: Claudia Balseca, Cristian Gutierrez, Tejas Joshi, Abbie King, Sally MacKenzie, Jenny Marie, Steve Rowett, Alex Standen, Moira Wright
The UCL project is designed to establish ‘hard to reach’ students as an important discussion point within UCL, and to better locate such students (whether undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research students) by collecting together and using data more effectively than has been achieved until now. This includes using a variety of institutional data and interviews to identify non-participants in a wide range of university activities. Qualitative data will also be collected in order to establish the causes of lower levels of engagement within particular areas of the institution. This will be achieved by interviewing key stakeholders (including students) across the university.
This research activity is expected to provide a far richer understanding of who ‘hard to reach students’ are and, alongside this, to support the development of strategies for how to address lower levels of engagement. Given the broad scope of the project, lessons will be learned that are relevant to a number of contexts. The empirical aspect will draw in a wide range of stakeholders with whom findings will be shared, along with other institutions in the REACT network and beyond. In addition, the project team has responsibility for different areas of enhancing the student experience and findings will be applied within each of these areas.
The role of REACT
REACT is providing support for collecting and analysing research data; for the development of tools to address student disengagement; for sharing ideas throughout the network; and for providing data from across the sector to contextualise the story at UCL.