Why Widening Participation? A moral issue Current student population ‘unrepresentative’
Why Widening Participation? A moral issue Current student population unrepresentative. Longstanding commitment to attracting the best students, whatever their background (1 st WP strategy 1999). A political/regulatory issue Government requirement for HEIs wishing to charge tuition fees above £6k p.a.
2012/13 Access Agreement Requires us to: Specify the proportion of ‘additional’ fee income to be reinvested in student financial support and outreach activity (approx £35%). Make specific commitments in terms of outreach. Set targets against which progress in widening participation will be assessed.
Aims of Outreach Impartial information and advice Raising awareness Raising aspirations Contributing to attainment Breaking down misconceptions Developing relationships
Perceptions of University Life Breaking down barriers Personal experience Supportive role models Stereotypes Activity: A day in the life of…
Access to Bristol Pathways to Law Curriculum enrichment 320 students 15 subject streams Building relationships
Realising Opportunities Pilot project Partnership of 13 research intensive universities Higher education experience Student mentor Study skills Academic rigor
Summer School Sutton Trust 160 Year 12 students 6 subject streams Residential experience Academic sessions Higher education information & experience
Work with Schools & Colleges Precinct visits Workshops & talks Student role models HE Advisers Day Contact with local authorities Student funding information UCAS applications
Mature Students Different needs & experiences Mature Students Adviser Individual advice and liaison Information Sessions Mature Students Welcome Study Skills
Outreach Plans 2012/13 and beyond Increased emphasis on outreach & retention in Access Agreement will necessitate: Review of structures supporting delivery Expansion of some existing activities New approaches to collaboration (Exeter, Bath?) New initiatives – e.g. IntoUniversity?; Review of transitional support?; new pathways/progression routes