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The Ideal University Student (IUS) project aims to better understand what is expected of university students. Implicit and unspoken expectations, especially from staff, can result in diverse but patterned student experiences, and contribute to wider social inequalities and reproductions.

This comparative study will map out the student characteristics that are valued by staff and students themselves, across four broad disciplines: arts & humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and applied sciences.

By understanding how the ‘ideal’ learner is constructed in specific contexts, staff and students can better recognise and address differences in their expectations. Please support our research by completing the ideal uni student survey.

The IUS project is funded by the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust. It is led by Dr Billy Wong at the University of Reading, UK, with support from Dr Tiffany ChiuMyrto Nikolopoulou and Meggie Copsey-Blake.