The National Co-ordination Team for Widening Participation and Access to Higher Education

Publications

  • April 2017 Action on Access WP eBulletin

    published: March-2017

    April 2017 Action on Access WP and access monthly eUpdate: news – views – events – resources – vacancies and events listings – enjoy – send in contributions – share with colleagues

  • The Caring University in 2016: Practice, Partnership and Strategy with the Care Experienced Student

    published: July-2016

    This document describes universities working in 2016 with care leavers to better aspire to, to access, and to succeed in higher education; illustrates the experiences of care leavers and of care experienced students; and describes the legacy and impact of the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers

  • Action on Access Working with You

    published: September-2015

    brief description commentary on the impressive array of outputs delivered since AonA established. Rrecognises volume and the value of AonA contribution over time and going forward. It will also contribute to our thinking and planning as we prepare for our next three-year plan

  • Widening Participation and Disability – Disability Focus Guide

    published: June-2012

    This guidance for two key groups of staff working at a strategic and operational level; those with responsibility for Widening Participation activities and those working to improve disabled access and inclusion; all activities related to aspiratioin raising, retention and progression

  • International students – Disability Focus Guide

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    This guide will be of use to international student advisers as well as to staff with responsibility for international marketing and recruitment, overseas agents, admissions staff, disability and learning support staff and third party overseas education providers.

  • Marketing – Disability Focus Guide

    published: May-2012

    To help staff to plan, organise and deliver accessible and inclusive marketing provision and activities for disabled people; staff and managers with responsibility for institutional or departmental marketing and promotion, including those involved in international marketing and recruitment

  • Employability – Disability Focus Guide

    published: April-2012

    Guide for staff dealing with: organising placements, field trips and overseas study; delivering sandwich courses, foundation degrees and employability skills programmes; co-ordinating work-based learning and volunteering; for Careers services and disability/learning support services staff too

  • Facilities Management – Disability Focus Guide

    published: March-2012

    Guide for staff remits for estates and catering: managing and delivering e.g. new building or alteration projects, security, caretaking, maintenance, cleaning, catering, hospitality, campus transport, conferencing, campus residential accomodation: and staff responsible for disability support

  • Library Support Services – Disability Focus Guide

    published: February-2012

    This guide is for staff providing library and learning resource services in post-16 educational institutions. It is also useful to disability and learning support staff working in collaboration with these staff to support disabled students’ learning.

  • Admissions – Disability Focus Guide

    published: January-2012

    This guide is of use to managers of admissions processes and activities and their staff; including those involved with co-ordinating and delivering Clearing, organising open days and student ambassadsor schemes, international officers, marketing units and disability and learning support advisers

  • The Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark: A Practice Guide

    published: December-2010

    The HE participation rate of care leavers is extraordinarily low and they therefore are a target group for widening participation activities. The guide supports institutions to proper support care leavers from pre-entry right through to their transition to employment.

  • Induction and Disabled Learners

    published: June-2009

    This publication draws together some examples of practice in HE designed to offer an improved transition experience for disabled students. Examples are drawn from across the sector and describe both mainstreamed and discrete approaches to induction.

  • Supporting Vocational & Work-based Learner Progression into HE

    published: June-2009

    Full Report:
    The results of a scoping study to identify joint Aimhigher and Lifelong Learning Network Activity that supports vocational and work-based learner progression to higher education.

  • Supporting Vocational & Work-based Learner Progression into HE

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    Summary Report:
    The results of a scoping study to identify joint Aimhigher and Lifelong Learning Network Activity that supports vocational and work-based learner progression to higher education.

  • A Rough Guide to Disability

    published: December-2008

    For staff whose work brings them into contact with potential or current disabled students, to enhance their work by better understanding of disability. Contains definitions and models of disability, key disability legislation, sectoral good practice, and links to other resources and publications.

  • Higher Education Progression Framework Guide

    published: June-2008

    The progression framework sets out a set of principles and gives illustrative examples of how schools, colleges and universities can work together to plan and prepare students for progression to higher education through integrated, sequential and coherent widening participation programmes.

  • University Admissions & Vocational Qualifications: Two Years On.

    published: June-2008

    This is based on follow-on research published by Action on Access in February 2006. In this latest study a number of the universities which participated in the original research were visited to investigate changes in admissions practice over the last 2 years.

  • Embedding Success: Learning from Disabled people in Higher Education

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    Describes initiatives that the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland have funded to improve the support higher education institutions deliver to meet the needs of a diverse range of students.

  • A Summary guide to 14-19 Reform

    published: May-2008

    A follow on from the first guide to 14-19 reform in October 2005. The guide highlights the aims of increasing participation, improving functional skills and tackling the academic vocational divide. Significant progress has been made and post-16 participation is consistently improving.

  • Post-16 Education and Disabled Learners: A guide for schools, colleges, and IAG workers

    published: January-2008

    This guide aims to bridge the gap between school and further and higher education by providing you with information about the support available for disabled students in further and higher education. We hope that this will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to be able to support and advise.

  • Action on Access: Looking forward to the future of Widening Participation

    published: December-2007

    Action on Access published and disseminated copies of our new publication Looking to the future of Widening Participation to celebrate moving into our ninth year as the Funding Council’s national co-ordination team. December 2007.

  • Policy That Works: Widening Participation to Higher Education

    published: December-2006

    A series of case studies which give answers to important questions about widening participation. These include what evidence can be gathered to demonstrate the impact of WP projects, which interventions and activities are most successful for their target, and how cultural change can be achieved.

  • Making a Difference: Dissemination of Practice

    published: November-2006

    The case studies in this booklet show different ways Aimhigher projects and activities impacted on people’s lives by creating opportunities which operated in every local education authority in England. Aimhigher sought to widen and deepen participation in higher education between 2006 and 2011.

  • Making a Difference: Engagement of Parents and Carers

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    Aimhigher partnerships evolved a number of strategies 2006 – 2009 to inform and involve parents and carers, to inform them of the higher education opportunities open to all young people who can benefit from them, and to involve them in the important life decisions their children have to make.

  • Making a Difference: Work with specific widening participation target groups

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    TThe case studies in this booklet show the different ways Aimhigher projects and activities impacted on people’s lives by creating opportunities which operate in every local education authority in England. Aimhigher worked to widen and deepen participation in higher education between 2006 and 2011.

  • Making a difference: Mentoring, Ambassadors and Student Associates

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    Widening participation in higher education continues to be a Government priority in the UK. Students as mentors, ambassadors and champions are an important arm to deliver widening participation, and there is much to be learned from the activities described in this publication.

  • Making a Difference: Masterclasses and other Aspiration Raising Activity

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    Widening participation in higher education continues as a Government priority in the UK. Aspiration raising as means of widening access and participation in higher education takes many forms. This publication describes some of the activities shown to have impact.

  • Making a Difference: ACE, taster and other aspiration raising activities

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    The case studies in this booklet show the different ways higher education institutions worked with Aimhigher projects and activities to raise aspirations and impact on people’s lives, creating opportunities which operated across local education authorities in England.

  • Sweden’s Universities and vocational activity

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    Widening participation in higher education is a diverse field with many different issues to address. Field work by Action on Access in Sweden demonstrated that when international comparators are examined the field becomes even more diverse, and that different perspectives offer different lessons.e.

  • Higher Education in the USA, student fees, financial aid and access

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    Widening participation in higher education is a diverse field with many different issues to address. Field work by Action on Access in the USA demonstrated that when international comparators are examined the field becomes even more diverse, and that different perspectives offer different lessons.

  • Canadian universities, their students and Social Equity

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    Widening participation in higher education is a diverse field with many different issues to address. Field work by Action on Access in Canada demonstrated that when international comparators are examined the field becomes even more diverse, and that different perspectives offer different lessons

  • South African universities, their students and social equity

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    Widening participation in higher education is a diverse field with many different issues to address. Field work by Action on Access in South Africa demonstrates that international comparators show the field becoming even more diverse, and that different perspectives offer different lessons.

  • Australian Universities, their students and equity

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    Widening participation in higher education is a diverse field with many different issues to address. Field work by Action on Access in Australia demonstrates that international comparators show the field becoming even more diverse, and that different perspectives can offer different lessons.

  • Summer Schools

    published: November-2006

    The case studies in this Making a Difference series booklet illustrate the contribution that Aimhigher-organised summer school can make to learners’ lives: summer schools (as model for aspiration), with partner higher education institutions giving learners opportunties to experience higher education

  • The Learner Perspective in Educational Transitions

    published: February-2006

    As part of the Learning and Skills Council’s involvement in Aimhigher, and in response to raised concerns, it commissioned Action on Access to undertake a research project to examine and explore these learners’ views at particular moments of transition between levels of study.

  • Progressing to Higher Education: vocational qualifications and admissions

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    This research study explored higher education admissions-related issues affecting the entry of vocationally qualified learners to degree study. It is an area which is of considerable interest as new vocational qualifications and more effective vocational pathways are developed.

  • A Summary Guide to 14 – 19 Reform

    published: October-2005

    This guide identified and described some of the potential effects on the widening participation agenda of the reforms within 14-19 education through 2004-2006.

  • Aimhigher and the Learning and Skills Council – joint working

    published: July-2005

    This publication illustrates a range of joint working arrangements between the Learning and Skills Council and local Aimhigher partnerships and offers a series of learning points and some views on the (then) future shape of the Aimhigher initiative. The guide includes some excellent practice.

  • Widening Participation: A Rough Guide for Practitioners

    published: April-2005

    This guide offers summary information on the main issues and questions relating to Widening
    Participation. It is a guide to practice rather than an overview of theory and research, although the ‘resources’ section at the end will point the user in these directions.