Research Group for Education and Social Inequality

Current studies show that students’ socio-cultural origins can have a considerable effect on their success at university, or rather on the reason for dropping out of a study program. This research group will develop suitable strategies to reduce the problems related to social inequality.

The research group focuses on raising awareness of socio-economic and educational-cultural factors for all those involved with the university, particularly lecturers and information centers. These include:

  • Unequal (general) requirements for entering higher education
  • The fact that some students need to earn a living and finance their degree by taking on casual or part-time work;
  • A lack of contact with people from an academic background either within the immediate family or in their friendship group who they could go to with issues related to university.

Factors such as these and a feeling of social shame related to their socio-cultural background can prove to be considerable obstacles for some university students.

Concepts and projects

In order to enable it to work effectively in this field, the research group is currently developing concepts and projects that take the subject of diversity into account. These will support students, both at the beginning of their studies and later, to recognize any deficits and to deal with these in a practical way, e.g. by attending relevant crash-courses, peer-to-peer offers, or receiving support with planning their study program. Measures such as these help to reduce high drop-out rates, but also to encourage talents that may otherwise have remained undiscovered. Other subjects will also benefit from the specific socio-cultural experiences of these students.

The research group meets twice or three times each semester. Everyone is welcome, just send us an email.

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Fabian Dirscherl

Program management; Research and Teaching Associate

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Dr.

Yvonne Zimmermann

Akademische Mitarbeiterin und Studiengangsmanagerin