Understanding the barriers to higher education among the most disadvantaged communities is a principal challenge. Yet identifying them remains the key to effective educational engagement.
Developed to change the lives of young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme is nine months old. So what does success look like for the programme and how have things been going?
Over the last six years the number of students who are the first generation in their (immediate) family to attend university has grown.
Unacceptable inequality persists in the degree and employment outcomes for certain groups of students. Our new Catalyst Fund programme, ‘Addressing Barriers to Student Success’, will tackle these issues head-on.
With Disabled Students’ Allowance decreasing and demand for support increasing, the sector must look harder at what inclusivity means and how best to accomplish it with the resources available.
The numbers of disabled students entering higher education are increasing year-on-year. But obstacles still prevent them from reaching the best of their ability.
Disadvantaged, BME and mature students are less likely to reap the benefits of higher education than their peers. So what can we do about it?
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.
Tracking the student life-cycle returns rich insights into the value of widening participation.
Without evaluation and a strong base of evidence, outreach activity is operating in the dark.