Learning from the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) university students who withdraw from their undergraduate degree

Kauser, Sophia and Yaqoob, S. and Cook, Amy and O’Hara, Mark and Mantzios, Michail and Egan, Helen (2021) Learning from the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) university students who withdraw from their undergraduate degree. SN Social Sciences, 1 (5). p. 121. ISSN 2662-9283

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Abstract

Abstract: Students from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background are more likely to withdraw from their undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom (UK). It is therefore important to explore withdrawal experiences and perspectives that relate to this population of students to increase both student retention and success. Thirteen UK-domiciled, full-time undergraduate, first-degree entrants from a BAME background, who had withdrawn from a post-1992 university in the West Midlands, took part in a semi-structured interview. The present study explored BAME student experiences of withdrawal which covered personal, academic and social concerns. Using a thematic analysis approach, five themes were developed: (a) academic issues, (b) does anybody even care? (c) balancing part-time employment alongside HE, (d) family perception and pressure and (e) the importance of social integration. Participants often discussed withdrawal as a holistic experience whereby although certain aspects were more prominently spoken about, generally withdrawal was a materialisation of more than one problematic area. There is a need for institutions to further understand the challenges faced by BAME students in order to provide more localised support and intervention to improve BAME retention, success and experiences within higher education (HE).

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** History: received 10-09-2020; accepted 24-03-2021; registration 24-03-2021; pub-electronic 26-04-2021; online 26-04-2021; collection 05-2021. ** Licence for this article: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s43545-021-00115-8
Date: 26 April 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Original Paper, BAME, University withdrawal, Student experience, Higher education
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
SWORD Depositor: JISC PubRouter
Depositing User: JISC PubRouter
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 08:10
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 08:10
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11683

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