“For students, the move to university is a personal investment of the cultural capital accrued through school and college education. It is also a signification social displacement, which may be intensified where the student is mature, is the first in their family to attend university, or is from an ethnic group under-represented in the university population.” (Briggs, Clark and Hall, 2012).
The context of the challenges faced today:
- Increase of tuition fees and the uncertainty of the future of HE.
- Removal of grants and the pressure to work to finance university life.
- Pressure to attend university in order to get a better career in an already competitive job market.
- Worry of debt.
- Mental health epidemic.
- Social pressures to work hard but play harder.
University is a time of managing social, academic, financial and emotional pressures in order to make the most of the experience, succeed and have an enjoyable time. During times of transition - such as when starting university - these pressures intensify and can seem unmanageable.
Your Students’ Union is here to support you through this electrifying yet terrifying time. Remember that there is no such thing as ‘the average student’, thereby meaning there is no such thing as ‘the average student experience’.