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Wanted: Men and / or Engineers….

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I have been doing some initial analysis on the responses to the survey for my PhD. So far I have responses from 71 final year undergraduates from Orkney and Shetland, which I reckon is about half of the total number of eligible students. So that’s not too bad…! Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far…

What I did notice, however, is that only 11 men have taken part in the survey, compared to 60 women. Now, I know more women go to university than men, but this difference is quite marked – the proportion of women to men going to university from Shetland is about 2:1 but my survey responses are about 6:1….

The other thing I noticed is that I have no responses from people studying engineering. This is quite surprising given that engineering is one of the more popular subjects of study of students from the Northern Isles. It is perhaps the case that the two areas are interrelated – with more men typically studying engineering than women.

So, what am I getting at? Well, It would be great if even more final year undergraduates from Orkney and Shetland could fill in my survey, but I particularly need responses from men and from engineers…. Can anyone help….??

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Orkney and Shetland Student Survey is live! Can you help….?

Well, this is exciting. The first stage of my PhD project – a survey of final year undergraduates from Orkney and Shetland has just gone live!

help wanted

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So, if you lived in Orkney or Shetland before going on to study for a degree, and you are due to graduate in 2015 please do take part! The survey is available online at:

Alternatively you can download the Final Research Information Sheet and Survey.

Please do help if you can, and help me to spread the word about the project too…! The more people take part the better the results of the research will be. Through my research I hope I will be able to find out more about what it is like for Orkney and Shetland students who go on to higher education, and help to inform careers and education services for future students from the islands.

In the coming weeks I will be promoting and circulating the survey as much as I can – so if  you have any ideas about what I can do to get the word out do let me know… Thank you!