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New university landscape: Supporting changing student behaviour Garmon ap Garth Birkbeck , University of London [email protected] Overview. Overview of changes since 2012 funding changes in England Birkbeck’s experience of changing student behaviour Discussion.

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New university landscape: Supporting changing student behaviourGarmonap GarthBirkbeck, University of [email protected]

overview
Overview
  • Overview of changes since 2012 funding changes in England
  • Birkbeck’s experience of changing student behaviour
  • Discussion
changing behaviour since 2012 funding changes in england
Changing behaviour since 2012 funding changes in England
  • Fears of major adverse consequences of the higher fees have not yet come to pass
    • Record number of students entered HE in 2013/14
    • Entry rates for disadvantaged increase; differences by background at record lows
    • Women a third more likely to enter than men, 45% more likely in disadvantaged areas
    • Advantaged young people in England being 2.8 times more likely to enter higher education compared to 4.4 times in 2004
    • No increase in students choosing to stay at home
    • Increase in lower quintile students applying and enrolling
  • However, big falls in number of mature students and part-time students
impact of the 2012 student finance changes birkbeck s experience
Impact of the 2012 student finance changes – Birkbeck’s experience
  • New provision has led to full-time evening applications rising rapidly
  • Part-time students enrolments 40% down – across the part-time sector and also at Birkbeck
  • Significant numbers of (mature) students have disappeared from the system
  • No signs of these changes reversing
  • Increased interest in flexible modes of study
  • Continue to attract WP students, although with different characteristics
birkbeck s response to changes in students choices
Birkbeck’s response to changes in students’ choices
  • Introduce full-time evening degrees in response to demand from students.
    • Now all UG degrees are available on a full-time basis
  • Attract students who are looking for different model of study
  • Work with 6th forms and full engagement in UCAS for the first time
  • 60% of f-t students are now under 25 – rapid change in student body
  • Applications from FEC up 400% in 2 years
year on year increase in applications by age group
Year on year increase in applications by age group:

The impact on student body

Year on year increase in applications from partner institutions:

why the large increase in younger students applying to birkbeck
Why the large increase in younger students applying to Birkbeck?
  • Increased knowledge of Birkbeck through being in UCAS
  • Reputation and quality – University of London
  • Generous financial support
  • Mid range entry requirements
    • UCAS tariff points are typically 240-300
    • Access to HE requirement is typically 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in a subject units
    • We continue to welcome applicants without traditional qualifications
  • Students keen to combine study with work
  • Not being aware that we only offer evening provision (!)
who are the young students attracted to full time evening study
Who are the young students attracted to full-time evening study?
  • Students who choose to stay in London
  • Low income
    • 55% of full-time students are entitled to our financial support
    • 40% of our part-time access our financial support
  • Significantly increased percentage of BME
  • High percentage of Access and BTEC
  • Mid-range entry qualifications
  • Students who are looking to work alongside study
full time evening study what our students say
Full-time evening study – what our students say

“I was studying alongside professionals who were already working in the City, had their own companies or worked for government and I found that really useful as I got to network with people who had a lot more experience than me.

It was one of my fellow students who advised me that, with the skills I had, I would make a good actuary and when I was going to interviews they would advise me”

Natalie Jackson, BSc Economics and Social Policy

full time evening study what our students say1
Full-time evening study – what our students say

“I am seeing the benefits of studying and working simultaneously, and this intensive approach will help me in the job market in future. When I graduate I will have an internationally recognised degree, a job in my chosen field, and three years of valuable and relevant experience from the workplace”

Michael Peltier, BSc Accounting (alongside working at a hedge fund).

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Nationally, changes in student behaviour do not seem significant through several measurements.
  • Birkbeck’s experience shows that there are many students interested in different models of study. A number of students are choosing different options when they’re made aware of those options.
discussion questions current experience
Discussion questions: current experience
  • What are the main factors that determine students’ HE choices, and have you seen changes in recent years?
    • More career minded than previously?
    • Do more decide not to apply at all?
    • Are more students seeking alternative models of HE?
discussion questions current experience1
Discussion questions: current experience
  • What can be done at school/college level to identify students who would benefit from different options?
  • Pressures on careers services; how can universities offer more support?
discussion questions the future
Discussion questions: the future
  • Impact of the removal of student number controls
    • 30,000 additional places at universities in 2014/15
    • No student number controls from 2015/16
  • What is the likely impact on student behaviour, and how can we prepare?
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