Independent Learning: Student perspectives and experiences


Liz Thomas, Christine Hockings, James Ottaway and Robert Jones, Liz Thomas Associates and The Student Engagement Partnership


This study was commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and undertaken by The Student Engagement Partnership (on behalf of NUS) and Liz Thomas Associates between February 2015 and July 2015. It examined students’ perspectives and experiences of independent learning in higher education in the UK. It built on a previous report on directed independent learning (DIL), which focused primarily on the views and practices of academic staff (Thomas et al. 2015). The aims of this research study were to explore students’ conceptions and experiences of directed independent learning, including how they were made aware of its role in HE, how they were prepared for it within the context of their discipline or subject area.


Thomas, L., Hockings, C., Ottaway, J., and Jones, R. (2015). Independent Learning: student perspectives and experiences. York: HEA

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