This 3rd seminar in our widening access and success series aims to explore the multi-faceted challenges and approaches to preparing students from widening participation backgrounds for higher education study worldwide. As it will be streamed live, it will provide an invaluable opportunity for all delegates to explore the diverse approaches being used internationally and will facilitate dialogue between colleagues across the globe.
The importance of widening access to Higher Education cannot be over stated; according to a recent OECD report, Education Policy Outlook 20151, ‘Evidence shows that raising skills and completing upper secondary level and beyond offers better chances to prevent unemployment and to find rewarding and better paying jobs. Moreover, in a knowledge economy, highly skilled citizens are more likely to achieve their goals and develop the knowledge and potential to participate fully in society’. The global challenge is to find successful ways of making this a realistic option for all of its citizens, even when hindered by austerity measures being imposed by governments, across the globe.
09.00 Welcome and introduction to the Widening Access and Success Seminar Series. DrJohn Butcher, Senior Lecturer / Deputy Director, CICP, Open University.
The Australian Perspective
09.10 Campbell Macgregor. Researcher, Central Queensland University, Queensland, Australia.
09.30 DrAndrew Harvey, Director, Access and Achievement Research Unit La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
09.50 Jennifer Stokes – A Pre-recorded presentation. Program Coordinator, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
10.10 Questions, reflection and discussion coordinated by DrJohn Butcher, Senior Lecturer / Deputy Director, CICP, Open University.
The European Perspective
10.30 Professor Christian Helms Jørgensen. Department of Psychology & Educational Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark.
10.50 Questions, reflection and discussion coordinated by Dr John Butcher, Senior Lecturer / Deputy Director, CICP, Open University.
Increasing Policy Divergence Across the UK
11.00 Dr Lindsay Ann Hewitt, Learning and Teaching Coordinator, The Open University in Scotland.
11.20 Gayle Hudson, Widening Access Development Officer, Open University in Wales.
11.40 Questions, reflection and discussion coordinated by Dr John Butcher, Senior Lecturer / Deputy Director, CICP, Open University.
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Chr Helms DK Pathways from dual VET to HE Widening Participation .pptx
Gayle Hudson OU in Wales.pptx
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