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How Does Poverty at Different Levels Create Risk and Consequently affect the Ability to Actively Engage with Education? A Case Study of the Access and Participation Plan


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  • Afzal Sayed Munna The University of Wales Trinity Saint David London (UWTSD), United Kingdom


Business education, poverty, inclusive education, student engagement, higher education


The research purpose is to investigate and understand how poverty at different levels creates risk and consequently affects the ability to actively engage with education using a case study from an alternative provider's perspective—the research considered case study methods where data was collected using the qualitative research approach. The collection of data used data triangulation (focus groups and interviews of the students and senior staff members) using open-ended questions at the undergraduate level. The data were analyzed using Microsoft Excel to assess the impact poverty has on educational attainment. Different ethical aspects and challenges were taken into consideration during the research process to ensure anonymity, confidentiality, power, authority use. Therefore, the research has maintained very transparent communication based on informed consent from all participants and also ensured that participants were part of the process as volunteers with the full right to withdraw at any stage. College policy seeks to offer work-integrative classroom learning and a stable work placement. Based on case study research, the institution developed their five years strategic plan, which was submitted to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and also Office for Students (OFS) for their approval. The college also introduced the Employers' Forum, which will continue to be effectively utilized to enhance the student experience and retention and progression rates. The research only considered one case study institution and thus was limited to the data set. The research could have produced a comparative study if more institutions were chosen with a more significant data set.


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