Widening Participation in Higher Education: Promoting Social Mobility and Ensuring Fair Access

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Widening Participation in Higher Education:
Promoting Social Mobility and Ensuring Fair Access
Central London
Wednesday 27th April 2016

Record numbers of students secured university places this year, and the proportion of people from disadvantaged backgrounds entering higher education rose from 13.6% in 2009 to 18.2% in 2014. However there are still large gaps between entry rates for people from different backgrounds.

In November 2015 the government published a Green Paper entitled ‘Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’ which included an outline of reforms designed to support more people from disadvantaged backgrounds into university.

With the Prime Minister having set challenging goals to both increase the number of BME students by 20% and double the proportion of people from disadvantaged backgrounds entering higher education by 2020, this special symposium offers a valuable opportunity for local widening participation practitioners, universities, FE colleges and schools to assess the impact of the latest developments on promoting fair access and the widening participation in higher education.

Delegates will also:

  • Review the Government’s Green Paper and the latest developments within the widening participation in higher education agenda
  • Examine priorities for 2017-18 Access Agreements and how to ensure effective evaluation and monitoring of outreach programmes
  • Explore how to attract and retain students from disadvantaged groups, offer ongoing support to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and improve employability
  • Share best practice on developing partnerships with schools, academies, FE Colleges and local communities

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