On Tuesday 5th March we were delighted to invite Sam Whewall, former University of Lincoln undergraduate and current University of Bath PhD student, to present his research as part of our LHERI Lunchtime seminar series.
Sam’s research uses a new visual participatory method to explore mobility (or immobility) of students embarking on undergraduate degrees. Sam discussed his emergent findings from research with students in schools in both England and Singapore.
“In this seminar, I discuss my research on the higher education trajectories of British youth. Taking as a starting point the intersecting social and geographical inequalities and inequities that pervade national and global higher education arenas, this project examines comparatively the social and spatial factors underpinning the (im)mobilities of individuals’ university choices. It also casts light on the starkly different socio-spatial horizons British young people operating within different social and geographical contexts set for themselves. I outline a newly-developed participatory visual method, the use of which generated rich narrative and visual data that foreground both the social and spatial nature of student (im)mobilities. I also draw on data from two research sites – a state school in a northern post-industrial town in the UK and an independent international school in Singapore – examining ways in which British youth orient towards (or are predisposed to) particular educational and graduate pathways, and the roles of social class and place in shaping young people’s social networks, identities and aspirations.”