Drawing on the perspectives of staff at six universities, we are addressing the following research questions:
- In what ways are lad cultures manifest in different higher education contexts?
- Are these manifestations problematic and, if so, how?
- Are universities working to tackle lad cultures and, if so, how?
- Does more need to be done to tackle lad cultures in H.E and, if so, what?
To explore these questions we are using a combination of face-to-face individual interviews and focus groups with staff whose roles involve substantial contact with, and responsibility for, students. For example, Pro-Vice Chancellors for Students, Provosts/Deans of School/Colleges/Teaching, College Tutors/Resident Advisors, Heads of Student-Based Services/Welfare, Student Union (SU) Sabbatical Officers. We are undertaking ten individual interviews in each HEI, and three focus group interviews: 60 individual and 18 focus group interviews in total.