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Opportunity knocks? The impact of bursary schemes on students from low-income backgrounds

Hatt, Sue; Baxter, Arthur; Tate, Jim


Sue Hatt

Arthur Baxter

Jim Tate


Hatt, S., Baxter, A., & Tate, J. (2005). Opportunity knocks? The impact of bursary schemes on students from low-income backgrounds. Studies in Higher Education, 30(4), 373-388.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Journal Studies in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0307-5079
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Pages 373-388
Keywords bursary schemes, students, low-income backgrounds
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Additional Information Additional Information : This article develops pioneering work on student bursaries by comparing the experience of bursary students at two modern universities. It confirms the results of international studies that have noted that bursaries encourage retention in undergraduate �commuter' student groups. This study was one of the first of its kind in England and provides evidence to underpin the development of institutional bursary schemes under Access Agreements. The study attracted attention in the national press at the time of its publication, was cited by Sir Martin Harris in several keynote speeches, is cited in the HEFCE Review of widening participation research (HEFCE 2006) and has resulted in invitations to run workshops and present the findings to those involved in designing bursary schemes within HE institutions. Hatt is responsible for 40% of this publication.

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