First-year transition, mental health and the attainment of undergraduate students at a UK university: A pilot study to understand the role played by ethnicity

Zhu, Xiaotong, Neal, Cate, Chu, Isabella and McKenzie, Ciera (2021) First-year transition, mental health and the attainment of undergraduate students at a UK university: A pilot study to understand the role played by ethnicity. IMPact, 4 (2). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2516-7561

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In UK Higher Education, differential degree outcomes have persisted for many years between White students and students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The present study investigates whether these ethnic differences also exist in transitional challenges first-year students experience and how those transitional challenges have impacted student wellbeing and academic attainment. The online questionnaire adopted engaged 99 undergraduate students including 15 from BAME backgrounds taking social sciences courses at one UK university. Whilst there was no statistically significant difference in transitional challenges faced by different ethnic groups there were marked differences in individual experiences, and findings do suggest BAME students are less likely to access the university’s student support services if they encounter challenges during the transition period. In addition, it was found that the most prevalent transitional challenge among students of all ethnicities was encountering both homesickness and financial difficulties, whilst struggling with the course was perceived to have the largest impact on students’ perceived attainment.

Keywords:BAME, attainment, wellbeing, transition, ethnicity
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:46397
Deposited On:08 Sep 2021 10:53

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