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The Pound in Your Pocket – Summary Report

The Pound in Your Pocket – Summary Report

Pound in Your Pocket is a large research programme, with many different elements. In this summary report, we present extracts from the key research reports from the programme.

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Student Financial Support – A Wicked Problem

Student Financial Support – A Wicked Problem

The Wicked Problem was theorised by Rittel and Webber in 1973 as being a social or public problem that meets some particular characteristics in relation to complexity and the difficulty in formulating solutions. This essay seeks to draw out the wicked problems within student financial support policy, discussing means and needs; parents, partners and the household; and expenditure and ‘needs’ testing.

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Mapping the Evidence

Mapping the Evidence

NUS commissioned a literature review of the current landscape of financial support. Mapping the Evidence provides a comprehensive overview of the student financial support structures across both further and higher education and allows us to begin to understand the ‘whole system’, including its successes and failures.

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Understanding the Impact

Understanding the Impact

Between December 2011 and February 2012, NUS conducted an online survey of English further and higher education students to better understand students’ experience of financial support and the sources of income they use to living expenses, as well as examine the extent financial considerations affect their wellbeing. A secondary objective was to gather information about students’ opinions on the current student financial support system and what changes, if any, could be made to improve it. This report presents statistics from the key areas...

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Negotiating the System

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...

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The Pound in Your Pocket – full graphs and data

The Pound in Your Pocket – full graphs and data

These graphs and tables present the data upon which the survey report is based. They are a comprehensive breakdown of the questions across all categories explored. The spreadsheet will be downloadable here soon.

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Related reports from England

Accommodation Costs Survey

Accommodation Costs Survey

The NUS/Unipol Accommodation Costs Survey is a well-established study which spans almost 30 years and tracks changes in the market over time. It is widely recognised sector-leading research and provides a credible and complete view of the purpose-built student accommodation market. It is an important part of the continuing debate about how the right accommodation can best be embedded in the higher education process and how suppliers can make their best contribution to the student experience.

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Students Working while Studying

Students Working while Studying

NASES (National Association of Student Employment Services) has worked with job shops throughout England to provide a comprehensive overview of the sector and to complement the NUS work on the Pound in your Pocket (2011) research conducted earlier this year. NASES conducted a survey of student employment professionals to gain an overview of their experiences, supported by more in-depth information gathered at the regional think tanks and telephone interviews.

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Hidden Costs Campaign Toolkit

Hidden Costs Campaign Toolkit

In this toolkit, we present some initial research on hidden costs, as a precursor to The Pound in Your Pocket research, to kick-start students’ unions campaigning to get more cash in students pockets. We outline our core principles on hidden costs as well as case studies from other unions, resources, research, campaigning and communications tools which can be used, as well as our on campus Out of Pocket campaign.

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True Costs of College

True Costs of College

The price students pay for further education. This research from 2008 was the first step in addressing that deficiency. It prompted the government and sector bodies to take FE student costs more seriously and start to invest in answering some of the questions this research poses: What impact does cost have on participation? Where can funding be best directed to reduce the cost of education? How can we improve the package of support currently available for FE students? What more can be done to support those students in greatest hardship?

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Broke and Broken: Taught Postgraduate students on funding and finance

Broke and Broken: Taught Postgraduate students on funding and finance

This report represents a significant improvement in our understanding of the financial situation of taught postgraduate students and how financial concerns shape and define the taught postgraduate student experience.

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Evaluating Estrangement

Evaluating Estrangement

A report into the estrangement application process in higher education student finance. As the report shows however, the issues raised by applying for independent status on the grounds of estrangement do not just affect LGBT applicants. This research seeks solutions to a problem that could be experienced by any student or potential student.

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Related reports from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Still in the Red

Still in the Red

This report is one of the largest pieces of research NUS Scotland has undertaken and it couldn’t come at a more opportune time. We set out to look at the student support system in Scotland from every angle. Through the eyes of thousands of students, we can catch a glimpse of what life is really like for them; where the system works and where it clearly does not.

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Students and benefits 2010/11

Students and benefits 2010/11

A summary of how social security benefits are affected by taking up learning opportunities. It is aimed at advisers dealing with student financial issues. The Students and Benefits booklet is published by Law Centre (NI) in partnership with NUS-USI.

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