Can we always be on-campus? Exploring Challenges in On-Campus and Distance Research Environments Among Postgraduate Researchers

If you visited this page after seeing my poster, thank you for taking the time to look at my research in progress. Scroll to down to see references and photos. 
I recently presented this research at the RIDE2024 conference at the University of London in March. Since this is ongoing research, I have included the main findings and recommendations thus far with a reference list.
Early findings reveal diverse experiences among PGRs. Notably, on-campus presence may not be essential for all, particularly those with additional responsibilities, who struggle to balance a PhD with personal life. The survey highlighted post-pandemic effects on DL students, who feel isolated compared to their on-campus peers, despite the flexibility DL offers.

Recommendations: The findings suggest a preference for flexible study modes that consider individual circumstances. While on-campus engagement fosters community and access to resources, especially early on, autonomy is crucial for those with additional responsibilities. A robust hybrid model, adaptable over time, could meet individual PGR needs. Academic institutions should recognise the diversity of PGR experiences and preferences, with a hybrid approach offering an optimal solution by balancing flexibility, community, and resource access.

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