Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau
University of Roehampton
Stimulus paper, July 2014
The widening participation agenda has been associated with considerable changes in the student population. In particular, many students now have some parental responsibilities. This socio-demographic shift and the different needs and expectations of student parents compared with those of their ‘childfree’ counterparts give rise to some challenges for university leadership and management teams, in a context where the growing presence of this group in academia has not necessarily been matched by an equivalent policy concern.
With this context in mind, this briefing paper addresses the following questions:
The paper starts with a review of research on student parents, before progressing to an exploration of the provision and policies currently in place at an institutional level and how they affect this group. The final section considers some of the reasons justifying an intervention in this area and provides some recommendations for institutions.
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