Fair Access

Fair access project fund – proposals to be submitted by 16 Jan 16

BU’s Fair Access Agreement includes a project fund to support Fair Access (FA) and Widening Participation (WP) projects, research and innovation. Faculties and Professional Services are invited to bid for funding to support specific and targeted projects that will have FA or WP impact. The projects will contribute to and inform the growing evidence base… Read more »

Highlights of UCAS and SMCPC annual reports

UCAS and SMCPC have recently published their annual reports. You may find the following highlights of interest: 532,300 applicants got admitted in higher education through UCAS (up by 3.9 per cent). Acceptances from EU increased by 11 per cent while those from outside of EU increased by 1.9 per cent. Pupils in the White ethnic… Read more »

Fair Access Regulation and Fair Access Research

  In a follow-up post to her thoughts about student loans, Hannah Arendt, and the limits of life, Dr Alex Wardrop discusses why an independent fair access regulator can help us tell stories about widening participation differently. “If we keep continue to speak the same language to each other, we will reproduce the same story. Begin… Read more »

(Not) Being Seen as Students – BERA blog

During the summer, the Fair Access Research project ran focus groups with final year HSS and Sci Tech students. The groups were part of a pilot study exploring perceptions of the student experience and widening participation. BERA have published a blog by Dr Alex Wardrop, which touches on some of the themes addressed in her recent CEL post. Drawing on findings from… Read more »

Life? Don’t Talk to Me About Life!

Dr Alex Wardrop, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Fair Access to Higher Education, reflects on loans, life, and the limits of fair access. The Sutton Trust recently published a report by John Thompson outlining the impact of the Government’s proposed changes to the student loan repayment structure and removal of maintenance grants to economically disadvantaged students…. Read more »