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Title: A study of part time undergraduate students in two Greater Manchester universities
Author: Jackson, Linda Anne.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3588 0640
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2002
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This study examines part-time undergraduate students in the areas of health and business, at the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University. The literature review examines the history of part-time education, the factors that influence the decision to study in higher education, the issues affecting widening participation and an analysis of the infonnation available to prospective students. The literature review gave rise to a number of issues that were examined in the survey. The research methodology employed: A survey Interviews The sample selected was surveyed using a questionnaire. These were conducted with senior members of staff at the two universities involved to detennine why they had adopted their chosen approach to part-time study and to validate the sample analysis. The study concludes that: The sample reflected the national picture in that the areas of study were vocationally based, respondents were employed in non-manual occupations and had a wide range of entry qualifications. The sample differs from the national picture in the level of study, the preponderance of females in both subject areas and the fact that ethnic minority groups were not represented in significant numbers. There was evidence to show that respondents had undertaken part-time study previously although the vast majority were first generation higher education students. Overall students agreed that the most important reason for selecting their course was its practical relevance followed by the actual course content. Broadening of their experience by study was considered a positive aspect. Both employers and work colleagues were influential when selecting a course and health students were particularly directed by their employers. The price of the course was the least important factor when making a selection. The main reason for studying was to assist students with their present job although there was evidence that business students were more likely to be looking at career advancement rather than retaining their current positions. Health students are more likely to remain with the sam~ employers for longer. Both subject areas agreed that the most important factors related to course provision was contact with other students and face to face contact with tutors. Respondents were of the view that they had been influenced by their school as to whether or not to progress into FEIHE and a significant proportion felt that they had not been encouraged to do so. Analysis of part-time and fuII-time applications in the area surrounding the two universities showed that the full-time "cold spots" are generaIIy reflected by part-time study. The geodemographic data for the universities indicated that greater. proportions of group 3 and 4 students (lower income groups) are mature or part-time. . Neither university had a part-time strategy although there is some evidence that both are reacting to demands from students and employers but the part-time provision is not weII co-ordinated at a central level. The study resulted in a number of recommendations to the institutions involved to help improve their provision of part-time higher education.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Higher education