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SYMPOSIUM: Capabilities and Capitals: Implications for Students’ Persistence and Success at University

We know little about how learners draw on ‘internal capabilities’ (Nussbaum, 2011) when persisting in university; these capabilities are not innate but develop in interaction with the individual’s environment (social, cultural, familial and political). To contribute alternative perspectives on the issue of student participation and retention, this symposium deliberately shifts attention away from deficit views of student cohorts and instead utilises the Capability Approach and Capital Theories to understand the ways in which students successfully navigate higher education and reach graduation.

Held over two days 21 and 22 November 2019, the symposium will be of interest to HE researchers/scholars, equity/widening participation stakeholders, academic staff, policymakers, not-for-profit/community organisations.