As the first UK research centre focusing on the study of widening participation policies, Continuum was officially opened in April 2003 by the then Minister of State for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education. The centre has a clear mission to support and inform developments concerned with widening participation in post compulsory education. It also aims to become a major strategic national and international resource for the research and development of widening participation policy and practice. The UK government is not alone in seeking to both increase and widen participation to further and higher education, consequently Continuum has an international as well a national role to play.
Partnership and networking are two of the defining features of the centre’s approach – both help to shape the scope and style of the research and development work being undertaken. As well as its external role, the centre has a key internal role within UEL supporting the development and delivery of the University’s widening participation strategy.
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