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Emma Maslin

Research Student

Research Student in the School of Education


Emma is a PhD researcher in the School of Education having been awarded an ESRC funded NINEDTP Scholarship.

Her research will involve a multi-sited ethnography across three universities in the North of England to explore commuting students’ experiences of HE. Using go-along interviews whilst accompanying students during their commute will provide an empirical understanding of commuting students’ experiences in travelling to campus and the impact this has on their academic and social activities.

The Bourdieusian concepts of field, habitus and capital will provide a theoretical framework for analysis in order to understand the ways commuting students construct a sense of belonging in HE between peers, their institution, and their identity as a university student. Institutional policies will be compared across the three universities in order to assess the impact these have on commuting students’ experience in both their academic and social spheres.

Previous to her studies, Emma worked in widening participation outreach in the North East, and later in student support for widening participation students in Higher Education.

Research interests

  • Commuter students; widening participation; access to HE; student experience