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The ‘civic premium’ of university graduates: the impact of massification on associational membership

Taylor, Chris ORCID:, Fox, Stuart ORCID:, Evans, Ceryn ORCID: and Rees, Gareth 2020. The ‘civic premium’ of university graduates: the impact of massification on associational membership. Studies in Higher Education 45 (7) , pp. 1351-1366. 10.1080/03075079.2019.1637837

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Considerable attention has been paid to the economic benefits of participating in higher education, particularly the ‘economic premium’ of graduates compared to non-graduates. Although the civic contribution of graduates has been widely acknowledged and discussed, there has been a dearth of empirical analysis that investigates this contribution. Furthermore, the massification of higher education in the UK, US, and many other countries, has had profound impacts on the higher education experience. But little is known about how changes to the form and function of mass higher education have impacted on the civic contribution of university graduates. This research attempts to address this by focussing specifically on associational membership of university graduates during their early adulthood. By calculating the ‘civic premium’ of UK graduates compared to their non-graduate peers over time we are able explore the relationship between associational membership and higher education participation following the massification of UK higher education.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0307-5079
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 June 2019
Date of Acceptance: 16 June 2019
Last Modified: 08 May 2023 03:33

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