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Why are our students here? An investigation into the relative significance of Academic, Employability and Social aspects of students’ decisions to enter higher education.

Dr John Buglear, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

  • From: Wednesday 30 April 2014, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 30 April 2014, 2.30 pm
  • Location: N45, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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The work of the American sociologist Vincent Tinto dominates the field of student retention. His seminal 1975 model of the student journey is built around the interaction of academic and social factors.

For over ten years, higher education institutions have been expected to prioritise employability. This study, conducted over three academic years is an attempt to ascertain the significance of employability in students' decisions to enter university relative to academic and social considerations. The main stage of the work consisted of a survey of over a thousand students from four NTU schools and an institution in Malaysia. The results indicate inter alia that employability is important though not as prominent as academic and social factors with variation by gender and between schools.

About the author

Dr John Buglear is head of the Management division of Nottingham Business School. Prior to this he was course leader of the BA Business course. He has taught Quantitative Methods from first year undergraduate to doctoral level, and has written four textbooks in this field. For ten years he has researched aspects of the student experience of higher education, covering patterns of student departure and retention, the use of electronic engagement data to track the student journey and aspects of student motivation to enter higher education. He has produced a number of journal articles and conference papers on this work.

Booking information

Please book your place by emailing Dr Michael Zhang.

Places are limited, so we recommend booking your place on this seminar as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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N45, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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