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Title: British South Asian women in English universities : a study of 1st year and choice at university
Author: Khambhaita, Priya
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 006X
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis is made up of three papers and aims to explore the higher education routes taken by British Asian women covering analyses of degree subject and institution choices. The first paper explores the subject choices of UK home applicants to undergraduate degree courses with the use of multinomial logistic regression and Universities and Colleges Admissions Services applicant data. The study finds that there are clear differences both across and within ethnic groups in terms of preferred subject choice. Overall, ethnic minority groups other than the Black Caribbean group are more likely to apply to study subjects leading to careers in the professions when compared to the White ethnic group. Differences were found within ethnic groups and these were related to socio-economic background. The second paper uses binary logistic regression analysis and HESA enrolment data for academic years 1998 and 2005 to explore (i) the decision to move out of the parental/guardian home whilst attending university and (ii) the decision to move out of one's home region conditional on the fact a student is not living in the parental home. Findings suggest that Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi female students are all more likely to live in the parental/guardian home than White students. Students from all three Asian groups that do move out are less likely to attend a university outside their home region. These patterns are persistent in both 1998 and 2005. The third paper examines with the use of qualitative semi-structured interviews Indian mothers' perceptions of their roles in their daughters' university subject choices. The sample included nine women from varying educational backgrounds with different migration stories. It was important to all the interviewees that their daughters attend university, and this was something they had always envisaged. This aspiration was prevalent across the sample. The women rarely offered specific subjects and careers that they preferred for their daughters. Instead they had an inclination for a wide number of careers that shared specific favourable features such as high pay rewards.
Supervisor: Berrington, Ann Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HQ The family. Marriage. Woman ; HT Communities. Classes. Races ; LB2300 Higher Education