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Experiences of European Engineering Students and Academics in the UK: Findings of an Exploratory Mixed-Methods Study

Direito, I; Fowler, S; Rich, J; Mitchell, JE; (2021) Experiences of European Engineering Students and Academics in the UK: Findings of an Exploratory Mixed-Methods Study. In: Proceedings of the SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting? (pp. pp. 194-203). Technische Universität Berlin Green open access

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Abstract

In the UK Higher Education, 20% of all academic engineering staff and 12% of engineering students are European nationals. There has been much discussion about the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union in current and future relationships. However, prior to this study, no data on the impact of Brexit on engineering education and research, from the perspective of European students and academics, had been collected. This study explores the impact of Brexit on European engineering students and academics experiences in UK Higher Education Institutions – their motivations to study and work in the UK, mobility, funding, and career prospects. The study adopted an exploratory mixed methods design. It began with a primary qualitative phase, where a diverse sample of 9 European engineering students and 15 academics were interviewed to explore their experiences following the Brexit decision. The key issues identified in this phase, via inductive and thematic analysis, were then explored in the following quantitative phase of the study, with a larger sample of European nationals – 89 engineering students and 104 academics – in an online survey. The UK’s engineering education is still attractive to a majority of European students and academics. However, changes in financial support for students, restrictions on freedom of movement and access to research funding are key decision factors when considering staying or leaving the UK. The findings of the study are also relevant for understanding the impacts on engineering research collaborations between the UK and higher education institutions in Europe.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Experiences of European Engineering Students and Academics in the UK: Findings of an Exploratory Mixed-Methods Study
Event: SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting?
ISBN-13: 978-2-87352-023-6
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.sefi.be/2021/12/06/proceedings-of-the-...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142935
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