Negotiating the System

Qualitative studies of students’ experiences of financial support.

In Spring 2012, NUS commissioned six students’ unions to conduct small, focused pieces of research into the experiences of different student groups and the financial support system. This has been an opportunity to begin to examine the stories behind the quantitative data which has been collected through the Pound in your Pocket large-scale survey conducted by NUS between December 2011 and February 2012. They afford the opportunity to see how different students are coping with the current system, specifically where pressure and disadvantage result in an unfair settlement.