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Experiencing term-time employment as a non-traditional aged university student: a Welsh study

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posted on 2022-12-16, 15:43 authored by Jenny Mercer, James Clay, Leanne Freeman

 Engaging in term-time employment appears to be becoming a common feature of contemporary UK student life. This study examined the ways in which a cohort of full-time non-traditional aged students negotiated paid employment whilst pursuing a full-time higher education course in Wales. Taking a qualitative approach to explore this further, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 non-traditional age students, and analysed using thematic analysis. Findings indicated that participants felt compromises had to be made in both academic and social spheres in order to accommodate conflicting time demands; there was a desire to maintain the quality of life experienced before entering university; and the impact of working and studying presented challenges for both their academic engagement and personal relationships. These findings will be discussed in relation to the extant literature, and debate around how higher educational institutions may seek to address and acknowledge these issues is considered. 

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Published in

Research in Post-Compulsory Education

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Mercer, J., Clay, J. and Etheridge, L. (2016) 'Experiencing term-time employment as a non-traditional aged university student: a Welsh study', Research in Post-compulsory Education, 21(3), pp.181-195.

Print ISSN

1359-6748

Electronic ISSN

1747-5112

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Jenny Mercer Leanne Freeman

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Applied Psychology and Behaviour Change

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  • © The Publisher

Language

  • en

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