Engaging students without family support with university support services: A systematic review of the literature

Sanderson, Rebecca and Spacey, Rachel (2021) Engaging students without family support with university support services: A systematic review of the literature. IMPact, 4 (1). ISSN 2516-7561

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Abstract

This article presents the findings of a systematic literature review to explore
best practice in engaging care-experienced and estranged students with
university support services. These students are referred to collectively as
‘students without family support’ by the Office for Students (the regulator for
Higher Education in England), and are known to experience diverse
challenges in relation to access to higher education, attainment and
progression to further study or graduate employment. A systematic literature
search was undertaken using a modified version of the PICO framework. A
total of 69 items were found. Following an abstract screening process, 26
papers, articles and reports were included in the final analysis. The review
demonstrates that there is a profound deficit of understanding of how to
engage students without family support with support interventions across the
HE sector, with no published studies identified which explore or evaluate
initiatives and strategies to increase engagement, despite widespread
acknowledgement that this group of students are more likely to require
additional support with finances, orientation, wellbeing and study skills and
less likely to access that support than other students. Four main themes were
identified in the review of literature and these are explored here with a view to
identifying the factors university staff could consider and address when
providing support designed for these groups (impact of past experiences,
barriers and facilitators to accessing support, stigma and identity and
developing a sense of belonging).

Keywords:Care experienced, estranged, family support, university students, widening participation, support services
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:47241
Deposited On:19 Nov 2021 10:21

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