Insider perspectives: students working within the university community

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The work environment is an important space for students to learn and develop and increasingly they need to find part - time employment alongside their studies in order to support themselves while they are studying. This chapter reports the results of an investigation that explored the role the university can play in providing work on campus and the impact of such opportunities on the student experience and engagement with the university community. The enquiry identified a number of paid roles available to students across the university, ranging from library shelvers through to ambassadors, mentors, peer learning facilitators and research assistants. The perspectives of students in these roles were sought, and through these a number of positive aspects to their higher education and their lifewide experience have been identified such as an increased sense of belonging. Challenges relating to student employment are mainly around systems for employment and students’ sense of equality and value. The study contributes to understanding the developmental benefits of expanding opportunit ies for paid work on a university campus
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLifewide Learning and Education in Universities and Colleges
EditorsN. Jackson, J. Wills
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherLifewide Education Community
ISBN (Print)0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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