Search Results for: “widening participation”

New publication from OFFA: Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation

Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation (https://www.offa.org.uk/egp/whole-institution-approach/) was commissioned by OFFA and authored by Professor Liz Thomas to improve understanding around how a whole-institution approach is understood, realised and sustained. This research calls upon all those working in higher education – including senior leaders – to make fundamental and transformational changes in approaches to widening… Read more »

Students’ Union Partnerships for Widening Participation (WP)

An online resource has been published to support Students’ Unions, Universities and others in the HE sector to build stronger research partnerships, in order to work and learn together for WP research, policy and practice. This resource has been created to share the findings of a BU project which aimed to establish the best ways… Read more »

Widening Participation: Guidance for Admissions

The Fair Access Research project (FAR) has developed some guidance to support admissions staff as they consider applications from widening participation (WP) students. The results of a FAR staff survey in 2016 highlighted the key role that the admissions team and faculty admissions staff have to reduce barriers to successful applications for students from a WP background… Read more »

Widening Participation Guidance for Academic Advisers

The Fair Access Research project (FAR) has developed some guidance to support Academic Advisers when they are working with widening participation (WP) students. The results of a FAR staff survey in 2016 highlighted the vital role that Academic Advisers play in supporting members of staff in their engagement with WP students.  The FAR team worked with BU colleagues… Read more »

Widening Participation Research. Systematic Reviews: making sense of research

Systematic Reviews: making sense of research This Research Approach paper, developed by the Fair Access Research project (FAR) team at BU and Liverpool University in conjunction with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), outlines how to undertake a systematic review of widening participation research. Undertaking a systematic review enables researchers to explore a wide range… Read more »

Learning together: your voices for widening participation

As part of BU’s innovative Fair Access Research project, we’ve been finding out how widening participation could be understood as a process of organisational learning. Over the summer we have been doing some fieldwork and collecting sector-wide survey data to establish how different people in different organisations learn about widening participation. We want to know how you, here at… Read more »

Fieldnotes 2: widening participation and organisational learning

Our Fair Access Research project explores the potential of learning and working together to transform higher education. We are interested in finding ways to connect different spheres of widening participation work within — and across — different institutions. With this in mind, Maggie Hutchings and Alex Wardrop undertook a second lot of fieldwork with colleagues in the north of England… Read more »

Fieldnotes: widening participation and organisational learning

Our Fair Access Research project concentrates on the idea of learning and working together to transform higher education. We are interested in how widening participation works differently in different institutions. With this in mind, Maggie Hutchings and Alex Wardrop have been doing some fieldwork with colleagues in the north of England and would like to share some of their reflections… Read more »

Widening Participation: reaching for hope and solidarity

Silver Clouds, Billy Kruger and Andy Warhol 1966. The Government grants for students from low-income backgrounds to help provide support with living costs while in higher education have been replaced by repayable student loans. Participation rates have been shown to vary according to whether or not a student received free school meals at the age of 15… Read more »

Partnerships of Widening Participation: Students’ Unions

As part of our Fair Access Research we’ve been doing some filming with SUBU. Our video clips will form part of a resource we are developing to help others find ways to build and sustain partnerships with Students’ Unions for widening participation. Working with Educational Technologist Chris O’Reilly we’ve been compiling useful resources and tips. We interviewed our new full-time officers – President, Daniel… Read more »