AMOSSHE, in collaboration with Unite Students, is supporting a series of member-led projects related to the theme “student resilience in an accommodation setting”.
These projects extend sector knowledge about how Student Services professionals can develop student resilience, specifically within a student accommodation setting, and contribute to the development of a sector-wide student resilience toolkit.
‘Going to University from Care’ (Jackson et al, 2003, 2005), commissioned by the charity Buttle UK, is one of the few studies that focuses on the experiences of care leavers in higher education. The study identified key areas where the practical needs of care leavers were not met during their higher education experience. The rationale for this project arises from the factors identified by the Buttle UK study:
This project, ‘Developing and increasing resilience within care leavers, in a student accommodation setting, with the aim of increasing student retention’, aims to make a practical and essential contribution to the existing research on care leavers in higher education, with the potential for wider applicability.
The project seeks to make use of a customised resilience scale to assess the resilience levels of student care leavers in both university and private accommodation settings, with the aim of developing and trialling a needs-based support package that will increase their resilience levels and improve retention rates. The project will therefore test the effectiveness of the resilience scale in identifying the level of resilience of the student care leavers (emotional control / self-management) and the impact of the support package in meeting the diverse needs of these students (support networks) in increasing their resilience levels and retention rates.
The project will:
The research questions will be refined as themes emerge during the study and where certain aspects of the methodology prove more effective than others. The key questions are:
The project methodology will involve six key phases of research:
The project outputs / products will include: