Two new research reports are presented which provide a comprehensive view of students’ own perspectives of the impact of outward mobility as part of a UK higher education, identify the barriers and suggest solutions to help policy makers and institutions identify positive messages of the benefits of mobility.
In its third year, ‘Broadening Horizons’ builds on the findings of previous research to present trends in UK and US student perceptions of and demand for overseas study. Based on a survey of over 7,500 UK and US full-time students, the research explores the drivers of and barriers to study abroad from the viewpoints of students who have studied or aspire to study abroad, as well as those who do not express interest in overseas study. The research additionally offers recommendations that may help encourage the next generation of students to be more open to study abroad, and provides higher education institutions and providers with guidance to support their recruitment and marketing activities.
The ‘Student perspectives’ research will present students’ perspectives on their academic outcomes, their higher education experience and their career prospects. It will explore in more depth the barriers (real or perceived) identified in ‘Broadening Horizons’ and the 2012 ‘Riordan Review of Outward Mobility’ that dissuade students from participating in overseas study exchanges or work placement programmes. It will also explore the reasons for students’ decisions to participate in, or not to participate in, mobility programmes.
The second part of the session will feature case studies from institutions in UK, France, US, and Brazil and Mexico who will present best practice in outward mobility.