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Access, participation and capabilities: Theorising the contribution of university bursaries to students’ well-being, flourishing and success

Harrison, Neil; Davies, Sara; Harris, Richard; Waller, Richard

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Authors

Neil Harrison Neil.Harrison@uwe.ac.uk
Occasional Associate Lecturer - ACE EDU

Sara Davies

Richard Harris



Abstract

For the last 10 years, universities in England have been expected to offer financial support to low-income students alongside that provided by government. These bursaries were initially conceived in terms of improving access for under-represented groups, but attention has turned to their role in supporting student retention and success. This paper reports on two qualitative studies undertaken by contrasting universities that have been brought together due to their complementary findings. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with a total of 98 students. Students’ views on bursaries and how they impact on their lives are reported and used to develop a descriptive model of the web of choices that students have in balancing finances and time. This is contextualised within Sen’s ‘capabilities approach’, to argue that providing access to higher education is insufficient if disadvantaged students are not able to flourish by participating fully in the university experience.

Citation

Harrison, N., Davies, S., Harris, R., & Waller, R. (2018). Access, participation and capabilities: Theorising the contribution of university bursaries to students’ well-being, flourishing and success. Cambridge Journal of Education, 48(6), 677-695. https://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2017.1401586

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 2, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 8, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Journal Cambridge Journal of Education
Print ISSN 0305-764X
Electronic ISSN 1469-3577
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 6
Pages 677-695
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2017.1401586
Keywords higher education, bursaries, financial support, capabilities approach, flourishing
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/878790
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2017.1401586
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cambridge Journal of Education on 2nd November 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2017.1401586.

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