Professor Rachel BrooksBrunel University
Student parents and HE: a cross-national comparison
During its time in office, the UK’s Labour government gave a strong message that having caring responsibilities for a young child should not be seen as a barrier to engaging in education and training.
Nevertheless, despite this policy focus, there have been relatively few studies of the experiences of ‘student parents’ within higher education.
This project seeks to explore the ways in which such students make a decision to embark upon a degree, their experiences during their time at university and the ways in which they are affected by institutional policies and practices.
Moreover, by comparing the experiences of student parents in two European countries with considerably different higher education systems and ‘welfare regimes’ (the UK and Denmark), it will help to highlight the influence of the wider social and political environment.
Negotiating time and space for study: student parents and familial relationships. Rachel Brooks, Sociology.https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/003803851244856522 August 12
Student-parents and higher education: a cross-national comparison. Journal of Education Policy.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02680939.2011.61359811 April 11
Professor Rachel BrooksPrimary researcherBrunel University
Director, EducationNuffield Foundation