Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622752
Title:
Higher fees, higher debts: Unequal graduate transitions in England?
Authors:
Vigurs, Katy ( 0000-0001-9535-5637 ) ; Jones, Steven; Everitt, Julia ( 0000-0001-9173-3266 ) ; Harris, Diane
Abstract:
This chapter draws on findings from a comparative, qualitative research project that investigated the decision-making of different groups of English higher education students in central England as they graduated from a Russell group university (46 interviewees) and a Post-92 university (28 interviewees). Half of the students graduated in 2014 (lower tuition fees regime) and the other half graduated in 2015 (higher tuition fees regime). The students interviewed were sampled by socio-economic background, gender, degree subject/discipline and secondary school type. Semi-structured interviews were used to explore students’ future plans and perceptions of their future job prospects. Despite higher debt levels, the 2015 sample of Russell Group graduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds had a positive view of their labour market prospects and a high proportion had achieved either a graduate job or a place on a postgraduate course prior to graduation. This group had saved money whilst studying. The 2015 sample of Post-1992 University graduates (from both lower and average socio-economic backgrounds) were worried about their level of debt, future finances and labour market prospects. This chapter raises questions about whether a fairer university finance system, involving lower levels of debt for graduates from less advantaged backgrounds, might avoid some graduates’ transitions to adulthood being so strongly influenced by financial anxieties.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; University of Manchester
Citation:
Vigurs, K., Jones, S., Everitt, J. and Harris, D. (2018) 'Higher fees, higher debts: Unequal graduate transitions in England?' in S. Riddell, S. Minty and E. Weedon (Eds) Higher Education Funding and Access in International Perspective, Bingley, England: Emerald
Publisher:
Emerald
Issue Date:
9-May-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622752
Additional Links:
https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Higher-Education-Funding-and-Access-in-International-Perspective/?k=9781787546547
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9781787546547
Sponsors:
Society for Research in Higher Education
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorVigurs, Katyen
dc.contributor.authorJones, Stevenen
dc.contributor.authorEveritt, Juliaen
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Dianeen
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-12T10:26:12Z-
dc.date.available2018-06-12T10:26:12Z-
dc.date.issued2018-05-09-
dc.identifier.citationVigurs, K., Jones, S., Everitt, J. and Harris, D. (2018) 'Higher fees, higher debts: Unequal graduate transitions in England?' in S. Riddell, S. Minty and E. Weedon (Eds) Higher Education Funding and Access in International Perspective, Bingley, England: Emeralden
dc.identifier.isbn9781787546547-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/622752-
dc.description.abstractThis chapter draws on findings from a comparative, qualitative research project that investigated the decision-making of different groups of English higher education students in central England as they graduated from a Russell group university (46 interviewees) and a Post-92 university (28 interviewees). Half of the students graduated in 2014 (lower tuition fees regime) and the other half graduated in 2015 (higher tuition fees regime). The students interviewed were sampled by socio-economic background, gender, degree subject/discipline and secondary school type. Semi-structured interviews were used to explore students’ future plans and perceptions of their future job prospects. Despite higher debt levels, the 2015 sample of Russell Group graduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds had a positive view of their labour market prospects and a high proportion had achieved either a graduate job or a place on a postgraduate course prior to graduation. This group had saved money whilst studying. The 2015 sample of Post-1992 University graduates (from both lower and average socio-economic backgrounds) were worried about their level of debt, future finances and labour market prospects. This chapter raises questions about whether a fairer university finance system, involving lower levels of debt for graduates from less advantaged backgrounds, might avoid some graduates’ transitions to adulthood being so strongly influenced by financial anxieties.en
dc.description.sponsorshipSociety for Research in Higher Educationen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttps://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Higher-Education-Funding-and-Access-in-International-Perspective/?k=9781787546547en
dc.subjectStudent financeen
dc.subjectStudent debten
dc.subjectGraduate transitionsen
dc.subjectInequalityen
dc.subjectHigher educationen
dc.subjectTuition feesen
dc.subjectGraduatesen
dc.titleHigher fees, higher debts: Unequal graduate transitions in England?en
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Manchesteren
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