The ties that bind:

Exploring the developing psychological contracts of low SES students in their social and place contexts

This project will focus on exploring how students from low SES backgrounds, particularly those from rural and remote areas within the Faculty of Business and Law, develop their reciprocal exchange relationships with the University (i.e. what they expect to give to and receive from the institution, termed the ‘psychological contract’) and the role of both social context (interactions with teaching staff, peers, administrators) and environmental context (physical campus and learning environments) in shaping the content and change in this exchange.

When comparing this process to other students a key outcome is understanding how, for low SES students, ‘contracting’ results in feelings of belonging to the University and its impact on their experience and retention.

Dr Sarah Bankins from Newcastle Business School is the Project Lead.