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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popular series of books to Widening Access Coordinator Sarah-Lou Ga"ney said the Wrexhambased institution's emphasis on aspiration, enjoyment and education has appealed to their young audience, which consists of Year Six pupils aged 10-11 years old.
As the event's platinum sponsor for the second year running, Wyse will discuss how advanced cloud client computing can help African educators meet their goals for widening access to technology-enhanced education, development and training.
"Universities in Wales need to get real on issues of student experience and widening access. It is imperative that we stick up for our students and help them wherever we can," he said.
All three recipients of the bursaries, distributed by the University's Widening Access Centre, are from economically-deprived areas.
Education Minister Leighton Andrews yesterday said all of the nation's higher education institutions had to "get real" on issues of widening access and improving the student experience.
"Our TOP Scholarships show our commitment to widening access to higher education by encouraging young people to study at university.
Russell Group universities Cambridge and Oxford last month set the ball rolling by intimating they would raise fees to pounds 9,000, pending a commitment to widening access.
A FRESH approach to widening access to higher education has been published by the sector's funding body.
"We hope that institutions who want to charge more than the basic level will show clearly how they are widening access," he said.
"Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil in particular need to be commended for the widening access schemes they have tried," he said.
THE widening access department of the University of Wales, Lampeter has been working with colleagues from the media centre and the film and media department to provide media production training across a range of projects.
Widening access to higher education for people from a diverse range of backgrounds is a major Assembly Government objective and is core also to the Open University's mission.