Research seminar: Understanding the spatiality of student support and belonging: An exploration of commuter-students’ experiences at an English University

In a series: Educational Research Seminars 2016-17
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Dr Kirsty Finn considers how commuter-students conceptualize institutional ‘support’ for their well-being and belonging.

Educational research seminar, 17 November 2016

Understanding the spatiality of student support and belonging: An exploration of commuter-students’ experiences at an English University

Dr Kirsty Finn, Lecturer in Higher Education, Lancaster University

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Recording Available:  The seminar is available to watch on Q-Review for QMUL staff and students.

Abstract
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.

Biography
Dr 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.