An exploration of the effect of servicescape on student institution choice in UK universities

Emma Jane Winter, Chris Chapleo

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Abstract

In recent years there has been increased discussion of the subjective, emotional and sociological factors influencing student choice of university. However there is a dearth of information exploring what constitutes these feelings. This exploratory paper uses the conceptual model of the servicescape to provide insight into the emotional factors driving student choice.

In-depth interviews with prospective students revealed first impressions really do count. Students are deterred by poor physical environments and excited by enthusiastic staff and students. Most significantly the study revealed the necessity of a restorative servicescape to provide both a sense of escape and feeling of belonging.

This paper contributes to broadening the application of the servicescape model, to a greater understanding of the impact of the environment on prospective students, and creates an opportunity to inform policy by providing university marketing decision makers with a better understanding of what constitutes the university environment and what makes it appealing to prospective students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-200
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Volume41
Issue number2
Early online date24 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • WNU
  • Servicescape
  • student choice
  • higher education
  • marketing
  • university selection
  • university facilities

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