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Title: An investigation of the effect of route to university on UK Business School students' experiences of a professional mentoring scheme
Author: Clarke, J.
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis presents a Bourdieusian analysis of a mentoring scheme in order to understand whether it may develop social capital at the individual level. Differential rates in the acquisition of sought after graduate jobs suggest that higher education is not facilitating fair access to what is a limited supply of graduate-entry, high status, well-paid careers. As such, there is a need to understand how universities might best support their students who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education in obtaining graduate level employment. This thesis seeks to make a contribution to knowledge in this area; it offers an evaluation of the effectiveness of a mentoring scheme run in a Russell Group University Business School in preparing students for and connecting them with the world of work. The research aims to create knowledge about how students from different backgrounds experience and benefit from mentoring by business professionals. It tests the application of Bourdieu’s theoretical framework to the professional mentoring scheme and makes some proposals as to how Bourdieu’s theories might be refined. The insights gained from the study are used to offer suggestions for the design of future mentoring schemes to ensure that they optimise value to students from non-traditional backgrounds.
Supervisor: Kennedy, Eileen ; Peter, Kahn Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral