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PhDSPACEs (Physical and Digital Spatial Practices And Campus Experiences)

The PhDSPACEs project addresses the question ‘What is the impact of space on student engagement and the postgraduate research experience?’

The study will identify the diversity of spaces (both physical and online) used by postgraduate students, the reasons behind student’s choice of space, and the perceived effects of these spaces on their engagement and experience. The study is an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from Sociology, Computer Science and Applied Linguistics and as such adopts an eclectic collection of research methods.

Focus groups, observations, questionnaires and a digital ethnography of online social networks and online communities will be used together to gain a better understanding of the use and provision of space and the impact this has on postgraduate engagement and creating a sense of community.

This project emerged from the Collaborative Sandpit 2013, which was organised by Wolfson Research Exchange, and is funded by the Library and the Registrar’s Office (award £8,000).

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If you would like more information about this project, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Siobhan Dytham Sociology S dot Dytham at warwick dot ac dot uk
Jonathan Foss Computer Science Jonathan dot Foss at warwick dot ac dot uk
Karen Stepanyan Computer Science K dot Stepanyan at warwick dot ac dot uk