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  Citation: Bell, David (2015) International student academic success: looking at the importance of underpinning knowledge from an educational supply chain perspective. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University. This version was downloaded from Northumbria Research Link: University has developed Northumbria Research Link (NRL) to enable users to access the University’s research output. Copyright  ©    and moral rights for items on NRL are retained by the individual author(s) and/or other copyright owners. Single copies of full items can be reproduced, displayed or performed, and given to third parties in any format or medium for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge, provided the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given, as  well as a hyperlink and/or URL to the srcinal metadata page. The content must not be changed in any way. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium  without formal permission of the copyright holder. The full policy is available online:    INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS: LOOKING AT THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE FROM AN EDUCATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE DAVID BELL DBA 2014      INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS: LOOKING AT THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE FROM AN EDUCATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE David Bell  A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Northumbria at Newcastle for the degree of Professional Doctorate Research undertaken in Newcastle Business School June 2014  i Abstract Higher Education in the UK appears to be in a state of flux with ever changing policy for the recruitment and funding of home and EU students. As the market becomes more competitive the recruitment of international students studying specialist Master  ’ s programmes is expanding, introducing greater variability into the educational supply chain. This study has investigated the factors affecting academic success, and reviewed recruitment from a supply chain perspective. The study has then focused on the importance of having the required underpinning knowledge to study on specialist Master  ’ s programmes in achieving academic success.  A quantitative methods approach has been adopted, aligned with a realist ontology and positivist epistemology to carry out the investigation. The current criteria used for entry to the programmes at Northumbria were compared with similar HEIs. Expert opinion was used to determine the underpinning knowledge students were expected to have when enrolling on to specialist Master  ’ s programmes and this was verified on newly enrolled post graduate students through the survey method using a test. The results were then used to identify variations in underpinning knowledge in the educational supply chain and investigate the use of a model to predict academic success. The criteria for entry to specialist Master  ’ s programmes was identified as having varying levels of both English and academic qualifications. The level of underpinning knowledge known by graduating Northumbria undergraduate and enrolling international postgraduate students was found to be similar and can be linked to academic success. This study has contributed to knowledge by confirming that there is a statistically significant positive relationship between underpinning knowledge and academic success. A contribution to practice has been made by using supply chain theory to identify the variation in student underpinning knowledge entering the educational supply chain and providing a test that can be used to predict academic success.  
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