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1 Widening Participation through Curriculum: Innovation in Design and Pedagogy Stephanie Marshall Chief Executive 30 June 2014

2 2 Overview 1. Introduction and context 2. Recruitment and Retention 3. Progression 4. Attainment and Employability

3 3 1. Introduction and Context

4 Recommends: promotion by HEP of part-time study as ‘legitimate’ and central, rather than marginal offer 4 Impact of the reforms on recruitment Part-time Reality: Part-time entrants halved between and Reasons: higher fees, reduced employer funding, recession

5 5 Impact of the reforms on recruitment Postgraduate: the response In March 2014, the Treasury pledged £222 million to overcome ‘potential barriers in the postgraduate systems that may be restricting the supply of…higher skills’ The National Scholarship Programme Postgraduate Support Scheme

6 6 Impact of the reforms on recruitment Postgraduate: ‘new frontier of WP’ That Black Caribbean and Bangladeshi groups show lower than average rates of progression to taught postgraduate degrees and ‘exceptionally low’ rates of progression to research degrees. That men are more likely than women to enter both kinds of higher degree – research and taught – with differences particularly marked for research degrees and across all disciplines.

7 7 2. Recruitment and Retention

8 AccessRetention AttainmentProgression Widening Participation 8 HEA: What Works

9 Gender Ethnicity Disability Care leavers 9 Retention differentials Low Participation neighbourhoods Mature School-type Part-time Source: BIS, 2014, National strategy for access and student success

10 10 Mature Students Mature Students’ Welcome Lunch, University of Hull Welcome Lunch attendees who subsequently registered and began a programme of study were more likely to continue than the general mature student populace, with around 93% continuing beyond their first year. Building student engagement and belonging in Higher Education at a time of change: final report from the What Works? Student Retention & Success programme

11 11 Students with a disability Meaningful Student Engagement project … a new Curriculum Design Guide which makes explicit the inclusive curriculum agenda and the importance of the student voice in curriculum development. The training explicitly addresses inclusive curriculum themes and is provided to all students involved in the course validation and review process. This includes disabled students who are actively encouraged through the Disabled Students Forum to be members of course design project teams and validation panels. Report on the Meaningful Student Engagement project As a result of the project the University of Glamorgan developed:

12 12 Male access and success in HE A discussion paper Purpose Promote and inform debate within and between institutions about gendered differentials in HE Provide an overview of the issues based on the latest research evidence Highlight some institutional strategies designed to address the barriers thought to contribute to the underachievement of male students Origins The discussion papers was produced following the HEA seminar on ‘Male access and success in HE’ In response to continuing sector wide concerns not only about gendered differences in attainment but also in the participation and retention of male students

13 13 Retention What works? Student retention and success change programme (phase 2: )

14 14 A Collective but differentiated approach

15 15 3. Progression

16 Improve strategic approach Use learning and institutional data Design clear outcomes and KPIs Implement specific interventions Evaluate impact 16 Change objectives, then…

17 17 Guiding principals Reducing the attainment gap should also be enshrined as an institutional key performance indicator A holistic, longitudinal approach should be taken

18 18 Guiding principals Students viewed as partners Students involved in the design and implementation of inclusive learning, teaching and assessment activities Empower staff to develop effective relationships with all students Sharing of power and responsibility at the heart of student/staff relationships

19 Different HEIs definition of curriculum: 19 Curriculum design Chris Hockings – Inclusive learning and teaching in HE Ann-Marie Houghton – Inclusive curriculum design Forthcoming – Embedding mental well being in the curriculum

20 20 Innovative design

21 Core project team Discipline team A Discipline team B Discipline team C 21 Architecture of change

22 “Everyone else went into [the] labs and they looked at all this equipment and they all knew what they were doing and fiddling around with stuff and I just thought ‘I’ve never seen this before’….you feel a bit embarrassed to put your hand up and say ‘I don’t know what the hell this is’.” (Student, Stevenson 2012:14) 22 Inclusive curriculum

23 “We do not always take into account local knowledge and expertise with adequate contextualisation… It comes across as "our way" is the only way.” UK Staff member referring to their UK transnational education programme, (O’ Mahony. 2014) 23 Collaborative curricula

24 Supporting the degree attainment of black and minority ethnic students within creative disciplines The Arts University Bournemouth Co-construction and collective understanding of assessment criteria on final year projects (COCUAC) University of Leeds Mobilisation of research knowledge for student success (MoRKSS) Sheffield Hallam University Great Expectations: creating a positive environment to achieve positive outcomes The Open University 24 BME-SDG grants Reimagining attainment for all: enabling the success of BME students University of Roehampton Disparities in student attainment: improving student attainment through an understanding of structures, spaces and people Coventry University Developing and evaluating the use of BME student mentoring as an intervention to narrow the attainment gap University of Birmingham Writing beyond race: students as partners in curriculum design Kingston University

25 “Well, there was no ‘me’ on the course. There was nothing to represent me on the course. Black history, you know, is done in a week or a couple of days. That’s not enough…[I]n the course itself, there was no place there that I saw myself.” (Student, MacNamara and Coomber 2012, 23) 25 Representation

26 “[The] saddest thing about it was because I was the only one in the class, I didn’t feel strong enough to say that I was uncomfortable about it. And it just made me feel like an island in the classroom. All of a sudden, I felt so Black and so isolated and not strong enough to do anything about it because there wasn’t anyone on my side.” (Student, MacNamara and Coomber 2012, p.22) 26 Staff “I want to know more about engaging international students both in the UK and when teaching abroad.” ( Staff member, Scudamore 2013, p. 13)

27 27 Writing beyond race “The students realised that this is a very positive project and they were really open and willing to talk. They raised some issues about the curriculum we are now working on and also about which teaching and learning styles they prefer, which we’re also taking forward.” (Dr Sara Upstone, Principal Lecturer in English Literature, University of Kingston)

28 28 4. Attainment & Employability: The gap

29 29 Defining and developing your approach to employability What: A holistic process for reflecting on and addressing employability provision The aim: To stimulate and facilitate discussion How: To be used in conjunction with the HEA publication Pedagogy for employability Why: Embedding employability into curriculum design to ensure learner success beyond higher education

30 30 Attainment differentials

31 England All % First2:12:23 or pass White Black Asian Equality Challenge Unit (2013) Equality in higher education: statistical report 31 Degree class and ethnicity

32 All %First2:1 England Female Male Northern Ireland Female Male Equality challenge unit (2013), Equality in higher education: statistical report 32 Degree class and gender

33 33 Attainment gap We know that after ‘controlling for gender, prior attainment, (tariff score and type of Level 3 qualifications) disability, deprivation, subject of study, type of HEI, and age’ that being from a minority ethnic group is found to have a statistically significant and negative effect on degree attainment (Broecke and Nicholls 2007, p19)

34 34 Higher education as a tool of social mobility Input versus output in a new report by Michael Brown

35 35 Over to you…


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