University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Undergraduates’ Personal Circumstances, Expectations and Reasons for Attending University

Balloo, Kieran, Pauli, R and Worrell, M (2017) Undergraduates’ Personal Circumstances, Expectations and Reasons for Attending University Studies in Higher Education, 42 (8). pp. 1373-1384.

Student Expectations Manuscript FOR REPOSITORY.pdf - Accepted version Manuscript

Download (383kB) | Preview


Undergraduate students are likely to have a range of reasons for attending university and expectations about their education. The current study aimed to determine the most prevalent reasons and expectations among students, and how these differed based on their personal circumstances. First-year undergraduate psychology students completed a questionnaire on reasons for attending university and expectations of university regarding assessment, teaching, learning and organisational resources. Improving career prospects was found to be the most important reason for attending university. The most important aspect of assessment was receiving feedback clarifying things they did not understand. Being good at explaining things was the most important teaching quality. Reasons and expectations were also found to differ depending on students’ gender, age group, caring responsibilities, application route, fee status and whether English is their first language. Implications for educators are discussed in terms of bringing student experiences more in-line with their expectations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Pauli, R
Worrell, M
Date : 2017
DOI : 10.1080/03075079.2015.1099623
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 27 October 2015, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Personal circumstances; Expectations of university; Reasons for attending university; Transition; Feedback; Teaching quality
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 04 Jan 2018 13:24
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:06

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800