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The ‘3-D University’? How do organisational culture, social composition, and geography mediate the student experience?

Project: Research


How can we think about students’ experiences in the broadest way possible? Going to university is first and foremost about pedagogy and intellectual development, but outside that, the experience of going to university is a complex social conundrum. What else could we include that has some influence on this?

The university you attend is clearly a major factor. All universities are similar in that they teach and research, but they’re also unique in some way, and metrics (rankings, Unistats data etc) and so on don’t capture that. They tell us something, but they’re not really very useful in telling us what a university is really like. Here’s a starter list for different aspects of university that you can think about in relation to the ‘student experience’:

Location - layout - architecture - policy- research - teaching, non-academic elements, who works/studies there...

It’s common sense that that all of these things make a difference. Some of these things we know a fair amount about from research (teaching, social class, and to some extent policy), but the rest is relatively unknown. This project is an early attempt to try and knit many of these aspects together, joining (some of) what we know with a few things that we know far less about…

For more information, Look here: https://3dhei.wordpress.com/
Short title3-D HEI
Effective start/end date1/04/1931/12/21


  • Society for Research into Higher Education: £10,000.00