Jenny Shaw has worked at three different English universities in widening participation and business engagement. She is currently Head of Student Services and Insight for Unite Students, and Chair of the Unite Foundation. All her posts here represent her personal views.
Students find the money for university from a number of different sources. The 'bank of Mum and Dad' is still the most popular way of financing higher education, along with loans and grants, but 11% of undergraduates rely on credit cards and a worrying 2% on payday loans. This would imply over 250,000 students and 46,000 students in the UK respectively.
An idea from the US, which is starting to be discussed in the UK, is to create themed living-learning communities in a block or corridor which students can apply for. For example, students could choose to live in an eco-community, a community focused on sciences, or one primarily for ethnic minorities.
People go to university for a number of reasons, and what they get from the experience can be complex and personal. For students of any age, their journey will contain many challenges, and it is by overcoming these challenges they will learn and grow. But what if the challenges become overwhelming?
The higher education policy-makers of the 50s and 60s might have found it strange that we are not thinking more strategically about the opportunities for peer learning and wider enrichment that are offered by student accommodation.
15/02/2013 12:54 GMT
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