Staffordshire University logo
STORE - Staffordshire Online Repository

Fair access, achievement and geography: explaining the association between social class and students’ choice of university

MANGAN, Jean and HUGHES, Amanda and DAVIES, Peter and SLACK, Kim (2010) Fair access, achievement and geography: explaining the association between social class and students’ choice of university. Studies in Higher Education, 35 (3). pp. 335-350. ISSN 0307-5079

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract or description

This quantitative study is concerned with what determines prospective university students’ first choice between universities of different status. The results suggest that examination performance, going to an independent school and fear of debt independently affect students’ decisions. Social factors and students’ perceived level of information on universities had no independent effect at this stage of decision‐making. There were considerable differences between two geographic areas considered in the study, with a large decrease in the probability of attending a high‐status institution in the locality with no such local institution. This particularly affects high‐achieving students, with an estimate suggesting an increased probability of 18% of going to a high‐ranking institution where such an institution is local for such students. If these findings apply similarly to other areas, the results suggest a ‘postcode lottery’ in higher education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Jean MANGAN
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 11:02
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2013 11:02
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/439

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

DisabledGo Staffordshire University is a recognised   Investor in People. Sustain Staffs
Legal | Freedom of Information | Site Map | Job Vacancies
Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2DE t: +44 (0)1782 294000