An investigation into the experiences of commuting students
Our research project into commuting students investigated the ways we could improve their experience at NTU.
The aim of the project was to explore the ways in which being a commuter student affects students' experiences and outcomes. This would be completed by considering the ways in which commuter students define themselves, understand why academic outcomes are typically poorer and identify practices which may be beneficial to enhancing commuter students' experiences and outcomes.
What it was
This project explored nuances of the commuter student experience at NTU and the impact it has on student engagement and outcomes as well as identifying practices from the literature and other HEIs that might be useful to consider at NTU. The Educational Research and Evaluation team undertook analysis of progression and attainment data and led focus groups with students to explore the experiences of commuting students.
Research at several universities, notably Coventry and Kingston, has highlighted the impact of commuting on students. Evidence from NTU indicates that commuting students are less likely to progress than those living in NTU accommodation. An exploration of the phenomenon including impacts on student engagement and outcomes was designed to contribute towards increasing understanding and closing gaps in student success.