Research conference: Promoting equity in higher education
The two-day residential research conference provides an opportunity for colleagues to take stock of, and engage with, equity research five years after the HEFCE-commissioned 'Barriers Review' was initiated
The wide-ranging review of widening participation research was critical about both the quality and scope of much equity-related research. It also noted the lack of evidence about the effectiveness and impact of work in this area.
Equity is taken to mean the access, participation and experience of diverse students in higher education, including institutional anticipation and response to diversity. In short, we are connecting the areas of widening participation and equality and diversity.
We envisage colleagues from the widening participation, equality and diversity, disability, lifelong learning, research, learning and teaching, academic/student support, marketing, recruitment and admissions communities will be interested in attending.
- 'Linking widening participation and equity research with policy and practice', Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
- 'Using academic research to improve the learning experience of diverse student groups', Professor Miriam David, Institute of Education and former Associate Director (HE), ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme
- 'Squaring the circle: putting research at the heart of the equity agenda', panel debate: Professor Miriam David, Institute of Education, Sarah Howls, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Professor Geoff Layer, University of Bradford, Aaron Porter, NUS
- 'Building reciprocal relationships between equity research and practice', Professor Mark Healey, University of Gloucestershire
- 'Using research to inform policy', policy panel: Jon Gray, Scottish Funding Council, Sarah Howls, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Jane Johns, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
- 'Institutional strategies for widening participation and equality', institutional forum