Morning, Tuesday, 12th March 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This timely seminar will examine the next steps for widening participation (WP) in higher education.
It will be an opportunity to assess the new approach to access and participation recently published by the Office for Students (OfS), which set long-term sector-wide targets aimed at eliminating the gap in entry rates at leading universities between the most and least represented groups, and tackling high non-continuation rates and gaps in degree outcomes.
We expect discussion on the implementation and impact the OfS’s proposed risk-based approach for access and participation plans (APPs), including the flexibility it offers universities in setting timescales for widening participation, as well as when the OfS might intervene, and requirements on target-setting and reporting.
The seminar will also follow the expected publication of the Government’s interim report on post-18 education and funding, which will have key implications for strategies aimed at widening participation.
Planned sessions focus on key barriers to higher education for different disadvantaged groups, and latest thinking on how outreach strategies can be tailored to target support.
Delegates will assess the impact of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) so far, which the OfS has agreed in principle to continue funding until 2021, and consider how partnerships between schools, colleges and universities can increase participation among disadvantaged groups through raising aspiration and improving pupil attainment. They will also consider how universities can play a more active role in helping pupils meet university entry requirements.
Further planned sessions discuss other strategies for widening participation which go beyond the NCOP. We expect discussion to draw on the experience of alternative HE providers, universities overseas and foundation course providers to consider fresh approaches that could be adopted by universities to diversify their student intake.