It is widely evidenced that students’ sense of belonging is linked to higher engagement and outcomes.
Recent Wonkhe research found that the most likely space in which students forge connections after course contact hours was in their student accommodation.
This made sense to Luke – a Hall Warden in his tenth year of living halls. Halls are where students prepare and enjoy meals, socialise and relax with friends, and study alone or with others. Of course they possess enormous potential as places that foster a sense of belonging.
To better understand students’ sense of belonging, we embarked on two longitudinal projects: the mixed methods Belonging, Engagement and Community (BEC) project and the Imperial Bursary project.