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1 Working with a rare creature – the mature and part-time learner Tricia & Garmon Ap

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18 Large increases in BME students enrolling on undergraduate courses. From 40% in 2010/11 to 52% in 2014/15 BMEWhiteNot Known 2010/1140%58%2% 2011/1247%52%1% 2012/1350%49%1% 2013/1452%47%1% 2014/1552%46%2%

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20 Widening access with mature and part- time students 1.Trends in mature and part-time students 2.Issues of WP work with mature students 3.How Birkbeck’s continues to focus WP work on mature students – Accessible outreach – Financial support – Flexible entry requirements and introductory certificates – Career focus

21 Enrolments by intensity of study

22 Age by intensity of study Part-time Full-time

23 WP work with mature students: Issues Before supporting them, we have to find them! Mature students require different means of outreach and widening access interventions Mature students tend to have different concerns and different pressures, therefore react differently to younger students Work in community centres hit hard by the new fee system – Loans – Uncertainty in employment, benefits etc

24 Continued committed to working with mature students 1.Delivering accessible outreach Get Started workshops (application, finance, preparation) Learning Cafes Pop Up University Trade unions Well-being project Online support Working with London boroughs Working with parents Children’s Centres

25 Widening access at Birkbeck

26 Pop Up university Partner with Enfield borough, 3 FE colleges and local community groups

27 Working with parents

28 Delivering aspiration raising lectures with community partners (eg libraries)

29 Continued committed to working with mature students 1.Delivering accessible outreach 2.Career support – Career advice and IAG 3.Financial support – Part-time students prioritised in our financial support scheme 4.Flexible entry requirements and introductory courses – Higher Education Introductory Studies – Progression to year 2 when relevant

30 Widening Access and Student Engagement team Garmon ap Garth


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