‘Day students’ in Higher Education: widening access students and successful transitions to university life
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This article explores the experiences of widening access students at two prestigious Universities in Scotland. It is based on interview data collected from a small sample of young and mature students who had all attended a widening access course prior to coming to University. The analysis centres on the students’ construction of themselves as ‘day students’, who live at home and combine studying with commitments to family or to paid employment. While they see being day students as a pragmatic response to their financial and material circumstances, it is argued that this disadvantages the students within the University system both through their limited ability to participate in the wider social aspects of student life and through their exclusion from networks through which important information circulates.