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What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK? Two-day residential conference organised by the Higher Education Academy
The Higher Education Academy is pleased to announce a two-day residential conference on 26 and 27 March 2013 at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel, Manchester City Centre to examine the contribution of higher education to improving social mobility.
Higher education has undergone change in all four UK nations as the economy has declined and public sector spending has been reduced. Issues of social mobility, access, retention, attainment and progression however continue to be important across the UK, within higher education institutions, and for students, their families and society as a whole.
2012-13 marked the beginning of significant changes to the higher education landscape, raising concerns about the future of access and equality within the HE sector and heightening existing fears about stagnating social mobility. This two-day conference is an opportunity to:
- Explore how widening-access partnerships and collaboration can be adapted to a more competitive environment and whether new approaches and delivery models are required across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- Extend our understanding of the contribution of higher-education providers to improving the retention, attainment and progression of students especially those from lower socio-economic groups, disabled or black and minority ethnic backgrounds in all discipline areas.
- Review how more equitable access to employment, graduate careers and the professions can be achieved through higher-education pathways, including apprenticeships, study abroad and postgraduate study.
- Consider the role of students in enhancing the quality and outcomes of the higher education experience for students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups.
- Examine the actual and projected impacts of changes to the funding of higher education on access, retention, attainment and progression for students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups.
- Review the needs of part-time students in the current context, including support systems and pedagogy for flexible learning.
The conference will include key note speakers, panel discussions, workshops, papers and posters designed to inform scholarly debate and provide practical ways forward.
For more information and to book on please visit our website here