“Everyone talks about it but no one really knows what it means”: How university students understand the student experience
Prof. Mary Stuart and Dr. Rachel Spacey
This free event taking place at The University of Lincoln on 12th October 2017 12-2pm, JBL3C01, facilatated by Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart and fellow of the institute, Dr Rachel Spacey, is open to members of staff and students. Please use Eventbrite to sign up.
In spite of the focus on ‘the student experience’, exemplified by the range of student satisfaction data and evaluative information used by HEIs (Kovacs et al., 2010), regular reports and conferences nationally and internationally, the idea of ‘the student experience’ remains largely unconceptualised and under-theorised in the academic literature (Benckendorff et al., 2009). Our research uses concepts and tools drawn from cultural geography to examine how space at University affects how students, themselves, understand the experience of being a student. Thinking of campus space “as an ongoing developmental process that is understood, made and re-made by those engaged with it” (Lefever, 2012, p.127) we explore the relationship between the daily lives of students, their sense of self and their understanding of the student experience. We will present the results of our research conducted over an eighteen month period at seven universities across England drawing on focus group material and the utilization of maps to develop discussions about how the University affected each student’s experience.
This is a free event open to members of staff and students of The University of Lincoln, please use Eventbrite to sign up.