What is meant by 'support' in higher education? Towards a model of academic and welfare support

Carol Robinson, Angela Jacklin*

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This paper focuses on academic and welfare support for students in higher education, and specifically what makes that support effective. It draws on data from a research project which aimed to explore networks of support for disabled and non-disabled students. Part of the research focused on the nature and sources of support that were identified as important by students, as well as the kinds of support that were available within the higher education institution (HEI). What emerged as of particular interest was the question, 'What do we mean by support?' Drawing mainly on the voices and experiences of the students, perceptions of support were explored and the effects of support on the students' experience of higher education were considered. Through a focus on more generic support structures as well as support which was specific to individual (disabled) students, the research aimed to understand 'support' and its importance from the student perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-123
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research in Special Educational Needs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2007


  • Disabled students
  • Higher education
  • Student experience
  • Support
  • University


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