This article draws on data from six European countries (Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Spain) to explore the higher education timescapes inhabited by students. Despite arguments that degree-level study has become increasingly similar across Europe – because of global pressures and also specific initiatives such as the Bologna Process and the creation of a European Higher Education Area – it shows how such timescapes differed in important ways, largely by nation. These differences are then explained in terms of: the distinctive traditions of higher education still evident across the continent; the particular mechanisms through which degrees are funded; and the nature of recent national-level policy activity. The analysis thus speaks to debates about Europeanisation, as well as how we theorise the relationship between time and place.
|Number of pages||20|
|Early online date||24 Apr 2021|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: the research upon which this article is based was funded by the European Research Council, through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Rachel Brooks (reference: 681018_EUROSTUDENTS).
We would like to thank all those who gave up their time to participate in a focus group or interview, and the European Research Council for funding the research upon which this article is based. We are also grateful to Anu Lainio for helpful comments on a previous version of the article.
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