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The inequity of the student experience N M Speirs University of Edinburgh. The importance of the student experience * The development of graduate attributes * Leading to an increased employability * Volunteering, internships, study abroad, student representation, living away from home.

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The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

The inequity of the student experience

N M Speirs

University of Edinburgh


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

The importance of the student experience

* The development of graduate attributes

* Leading to an increased employability

* Volunteering, internships, study abroad, student representation, living away from home


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

The importance of the student experience

* The development of graduate attributes

* Leading to an increased employability

* Volunteering, internships, study abroad, student representation, living away from home


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

  • The other curriculum

  • ‘Most scholars who study the impact of college on students agree that what happens

  • outside the classroom - the other curriculum - can contribute to valued outcomes of college.’

  • ‘For about 40 percent of students, the do-it-yourself side of college [what took place

  • outside the classroom] was the most significant educational experience.’

  • Kuh, G. D., The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 66, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 1995), pp. 123-155

  • Moffatt, M. Coming of Age in New Jersey: College and American Culture. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1988.


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

The other curriculum

‘Participation in extracurricular activities has been a more accurate predictor of workplace

competence than grades .‘

‘Colleges cannot force students to participate in organized campus activities or perform

leadership roles. However, they can and should be accountable for creating the conditions

that promote such behaviour.’

Howard, A. "College Experiences and Managerial Performance." Journal of Applied Psychology, 71 (1986), 530-52.

Kuh, G. D., The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 66, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 1995), pp. 123-155


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

The WP student experience

Student 1

Good academic performance

Lives at home with grandmother

Socializes in home town

Has part time job in home town

Not part of any student society/club

Low income


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

The WP student experience

Student 2

Good academic performance

Lives at home with 2 children

On campus for class only

Limited contact with staff and peers

Low income, receives bursary

Supports other family with proportion of bursary


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

Empowering the WP student

Advertising internships that are paid

Involving WP students in outreach activity

Empowering WP students to take on representation roles


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

Empowering the WP student

Offering fully funded overseas study opportunities

Funds to support volunteering/internship opportunities

Bursaries to support overseas summer schools


The inequity of the student experience n m speirs university of edinburgh

The inequity of the student experience

N M Speirs

University of Edinburgh


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