Meet the team

Professor Debra Myhill
Project Director, University of Exeter

Professor Carol Robinson
Co-Investigator, Loughborough University

Dr Dan Herbert
Co-Investigator, Birmingham Business School

Dr Jane Reid
Co-Investigator, Queen Mary University London

Dr Pallavi Amitava Banerjee
Institutional Lead, University of Exeter

Funder: HEFCE

Project overview

The Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) has funded a suite of research projects across the country which look at differential progress and outcomes of different groups of students through university. Our project Transforming transitions focuses on BTEC students.

The educational trajectories of BTEC students through university are different from those of traditional students, particularly in selective, research-intensive universities.  As a group, BTEC students’ differential outcomes have often been overlooked in favour of more dominant discourses surrounding the outcomes for socially disadvantaged students, BME students, or students with special needs.  Yet, BTEC cohorts represent some of the intersectionality of factors which can contribute to differential outcomes.  They are more likely to be from areas with low participation in higher education and demographic groups associated with lower outcomes; they are more likely to be male; and ethnic minority students are more likely than their white counterparts to have vocational qualifications.