Today HEFCE has published its latest update of the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) classification.
To meet the Government’s ambitions for widening participation we cannot simply settle for the status quo. The National Collaborative Outreach Programme offers new ways to build on the HE sector’s considerable experience and expertise.
There has been significant interest in recent years in how higher education (HE) supports local communities and meets local needs for skills and training. The devolution agenda has further increased this interest. Universities, further education (FE) colleges and others delivering higher education have key roles to play in supporting their local regions.
Widening participation to higher education is a nationally important challenge, but it’s just as important to ensure that students succeed in their studies and secure graduate jobs.
On Monday, we held a conference to outline the broad range of work we are undertaking to maximise the outcomes of higher education for students, the economy and society. From my perspective, it was a great day and I hope that our invited speakers and delegates got as much from the day as we did.
On Monday this week, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission published its second state of the nation report, ‘Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain’. Chapter 6 was of particular interest to me since it focuses on the role of higher education (HE). Therefore, my comments here are based on Chapter 6 rather than a detailed […]