widening participation


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widening participation

A phrase for a central pillar of the UK Government’s higher education agenda, which calls for increasing the diversity of the university student body. Widened participation is intended to include students from underprivileged backgrounds who do not traditionally attend university. The government`s plans for widening participation are outlined in its publication Widening participation.
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And James, who, along with Monica, is a student ambassador for Newcastle University's widening participation programmes, added: "I started my course in September and it's really good.
| Dr Debra Croft, manager of Aberystwyth University's Centre for Widening Participation and Social Inclusion
Aimed at widening participation, most are already considering applying to the top universities in the future."
The winning project of the University of Southampton Award 14-19 Widening Participation is a pre-16 academy which provides full or part-time education for young people for whom mainstream education is not appropriate.
The college's success in tackling the widening participation agenda can be demonstrated by the continual success of individual students.
Fees are paid by Teesside University's Widening Participation Fund.
Fergie joked that Glasgow Caledonian University "is beginning to look like the Manchester United of universities" after it won a "widening participation" award.
There is increased attention on the first year experience at universities generally as a result of the Australian federal government's focus on increased accountability for universities and widening participation in further education (DEST, 2003; Jardine & Krause, 2005; Kift, 2005; Krause, Hartley, James & McInnes, 2005).
The Government is making slow progress in encouraging teenagers from poor backgrounds to go to university, despite ploughing millions of pounds into widening participation, MPs warned.
The report concluded: "Despite the substantial expenditure, progress in widening participation has been slow."
Head of School Peter Treadwell said: 'Uwic promotes lifelong education and development for all and encourages widening participation and access into higher education for people living within Cardiff and surrounding areas.'