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Academic Advising in the Massified University: Facilitating Meaningful Staff–Student Interactions

Hensby, Alexander and Naylor, Louise H. (2024) Academic Advising in the Massified University: Facilitating Meaningful Staff–Student Interactions. In: Hensby, Alexander and Adewumi, Barbara, eds. Race, Capital, and Equity in Higher Education: Challenging Differential Academic Attainment in UK Universities. Palgrave Studies in Race, Inequality and Social Justice in Education . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 195-219. ISBN 978-3-031-51616-0. E-ISBN 978-3-031-51617-7. (doi:10.1007/978-3-031-51617-7) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:106232)

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This chapter assesses the contemporary role and purpose of academic advisers as a resource for sharing academic capital and developing institutional belonging. Drawing on interviews with staff and students, Hensby and Naylor find that massification has inhibited the establishing of meaningful staff–student interactions. With students able to access specialist support from a range of professional services comparatively little attention has been paid to redrawing and promoting the adviser’s role and value. Meanwhile, systemic issues reinforce a perception among students from BAME and ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds that academic staff are remote and unapproachable. Moreover, recalling findings from chapter 3, reluctance to approach staff further fuels student misconceptions about the ‘self-reliant’ independent learner. The chapter argues for the importance of academic advising as a resource for engaging with minority students’ experience of university. The authors identify strategies and resources that can facilitate meaningful interactions and foster effective independent learning for students.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-031-51617-7
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Alexander Hensby
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2024 14:49 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 11:30 UTC
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