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Student Success Summit: Joining the Dots, 13 November 2019, London

Action on Access and UUK are hosting a summit on student success and access. The Access to HE and Student Success Summit: Joining the Dots from Action on Access, together with Universities UK, on 13 November. Be there or miss out on … Continue reading

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TUNDRA (Tracking Under-representation by Area)

First Thoughts and Observations of a new metric. By Karina Berzins The Office for Students (OfS) have just released a new experimental metric to examine HE participation geographically. While we are all familiar with the POLAR measure, TUNDRA is a … Continue reading

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POLAR4 for Russell Group

Introduction We have recently completed a dashboard for use which takes the POLAR4 methodology and re-maps participation into HE for Russell Group institutions.  It has been noted that using POLAR for high tariff institutions was becoming increasingly problematic as a … Continue reading

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London Schools’ Data Dashboard

I am pleased to announce the launch of the updated London Schools’ Data Dashboard, developed by Continuum and funded by UCL. Please find the link here: http://bit.ly/londonschooldash it will open in a new window. The last dashboard was used by many institutions … Continue reading

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University prospectuses misrepresent BME students.

By Dom Jackson-Cole Introduction Prospectuses have been identified as important marketing tools for universities trying to attract potential postgraduate students (Mowjee, 2013). However, researchers in the UK and the US found that prospectuses were misleading their readers in terms of … Continue reading

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Outreach rapid review of the literature

by Dominik Jackson-Cole The following rapid review of UK based outreach literature was conducted for the Reaching East and Reaching London projects. We hope you find it useful. Figure 1. Types and volume of outreach in London 2013/14 academic year. … Continue reading

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Using Free School Meals data in education research: potential and pitfalls

Free School Meals (FSM) data is commonly used in education research here in the UK, and is collected annually at the time of the school census for both primary and secondary schools. There are a number of relevant FSM data … Continue reading

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Outreach survey with London schools

Coming from the work that Continuum conducted for the Reaching East and Reaching London project are the results of a survey we conducted with London schools regarding their outreach delivery. We developed the survey in consultation with colleagues from UEL’s … Continue reading

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HEON: Surrey Schools Dashboard

Alongside the work that Continuum conducted for the Reaching East and Reaching London project, funded by UEL, UCL and the University of Greenwich from HEFCE NNCO monies, we also developed a dashboard of schools in Surrey for the HEON (the … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Widening Participation policy (for Black and Minority Ethnic students) in England?

By Dominik Jackson-Cole Widening Participation (WP) to higher education (HE) has been a discrete policy of successive British governments since 1997. Two major motivations for it have been social justice discourses and economic drivers (HEFCE, n.d.). Despite being a socially useful … Continue reading

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