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.
Skilled graduates are key to a productive society, but to broker their success, we must see and support their differences.
Graduates generally end up employed in graduate-level positions, but the latest evidence shows that students from disadvantaged backgrounds trail behind their peers when it comes to academic achievement and employment.
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.
HEFCE recently held an event for higher education institutions (HEIs) involved in sponsorship relationships with academies, UTCs and free schools.