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Fees, flows and imaginaries: exploring the destination choices arising from intra-national student mobility

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Allan Findlay, Helen Packwood, David McCollum, Glenna Faith Evans, Scott Tindal

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Are intra-national student flows driven by the same forces as international student mobility? This paper addresses this question by analysing cross-border student mobility in the UK. The paper identifies four principles that one might expect to drive the destination choices of students from Scotland enrolling in English universities. Following a statistical analysis of student destination choices, it is argued that cross-border moves from Scotland to England are stimulated by some of the same global forces as international student mobility (such as a desire to accumulate cultural capital), but in terms of destination choice the imaginaries held by Scottish students of ‘good’ places to study in England to accumulate cultural capital are constructed differently from the imaginaries of international students.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-175
Number of pages14
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Issue number2
Early online date11 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Tuition fees, Student mobility, Cultural capital, Destination choices, Glocalisation

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