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  1. Expectation versus reality: how do first year students allocate their time? Clare Carter University of Ulster EFYE 2006

  2. University of Ulster • 4 campuses • Approx 29,000 students full and part time • Approx 5000 full-time first degree intake EFYE 2006

  3. Full-time student profile EFYE 2006

  4. Methodology • Questionnaires • 2003-04 intake • At induction and week 8-10 first semester • 1794 responses to first questionnaire • 1285 to second EFYE 2006

  5. University Expectation • 40 hours/week study time • Average 15 hours timetabled • 25 hours independent study • Up to 10 hours/week paid work EFYE 2006

  6. Travel time • Average journey to university was 33 minutes one-way • 5 hours/week travel EFYE 2006

  7. Student expectation and reality of independent study hours EFYE 2006

  8. Paid work • 68% students had paying job on entry • 71% were working in weeks 8-10 • 90% worked weekends • 35% weekday evenings • 13% weekdays on entry • 19% weekdays in weeks 8-10 EFYE 2006

  9. Paid work EFYE 2006

  10. Social life • Clubs and societies – 26% had joined by week 8-10 • Week nights out - 70% went out 1-2 nights Monday - Thursday EFYE 2006

  11. Retention and Progression • No relationship with journey time • Paid work (week 8-10) • 71% of proceeding students have paid job • 74% of early leavers have paid job • 85% of those failing and leaving or asked to repeat year • No significant relationship with paid work hours EFYE 2006

  12. Retention and Progression • Clubs and Societies • 28% proceeding students had joined • 24% of leaving or repeating • 11% of early leavers • Socialising • Little difference between groups EFYE 2006

  13. Retention and Progression EFYE 2006

  14. Retention and Progression EFYE 2006

  15. EFYE 2006

  16. Summary and questions • Very few students arrive with realistic expectation of hours of independent study • In week 8-10 reality of study hours is even less • Relationship with joining clubs for early leavers • Relationship with having paid work for progression • Relationship with study hours for progression EFYE 2006