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Over the years I have conducted research and developed research interests in:
This PhD research is funded by the ESRC and builds on the groundwork of funded research I have conducted for the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education . It brings together research interest and experience in Student Engagement with an abiding interest in widening participation issues, and on-going concerns about student persistence / retention. We know that student engagement (SE) is positively correlated with persistence/retention . There are also positive correlations with widening participation - both ways: “non-traditional” students (those historically underrepresented in that particular HE context) benefit disproportionately from SE ; and students in more diverse universities are more engaged than students in more homogeneous universities  (unless the university is completely homogeneous, which also increases engagement (Pike & Kuh 2005)). It thus follows that student engagement has a positive role to play in encouraging persistence among “non-traditional” students. However, these students – whilst having the potential to benefit most from student engagement – are often reported as feeling alienated or unengaged , and constitute “at risk” groups in terms of persistence/retention.
 See Trowler 2010; Trowler V & Trowler P 2010a, 2010b, 2010c, 2010d; Trowler P & Trowler V 2010
 Astin 1975, 1993; Bean 2005; Berger & Milem 1999; Braxton, Milem & Sullivan 2000; Bridges, Cambridge, Kuh & Leegwater 2005; Milem & Berger 1997; Pascarella & Terenzini 2005; Peltier, Laden & Matranga 1999: Pike et al. 1997; Stage & Hossler 2000; Swail, Redd & Perna 2003; Tinto 1993, 2000, 2005
 Carini, Kuh & Klein 2006; Cruce, Wolniak Seifert & Pascarella 2006; Kuh 2009 (b); Kuh, Cruce, Shoup, Kinzie & Gonyea 2008; NSSE 2007; Pascarella & Terenzini 2005
 Kuh et al 1991; Markwell 2007; Pike and Kuh 2005
 Krause 2005, 2006; Forsyth & Furlong 2003; Gallego & Hollingsworth 2000; MacKinnon & Manathunga 2003; Ten Yew & Farrell 2001
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This article was published on Nov 22, 2012