Attracting and increasing student diversity
HEIs across the country and colleges in Scotland are being asked to prioritise widening access and increasing student diversity across a range of equality characteristics and socioeconomic backgrounds.
However, it can be challenging to translate high-level commitments to widen access into effective practice with measurable outcomes.
ECU, supported by consultant Prof Liz Thomas, is working with a number of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as colleges in Scotland, to help attract and increase student diversity, to develop more inclusive approaches and to be better able to target underrepresented groups.
We’ll be bringing together resources, tips and advice from the HEIs involved as they progress to help you with your work on improving student diversity in subjects where certain groups are underrepresented.
In 2014/15, ECU worked with Scottish HEIs piloting an action learning approach. The initial findings from this work are detailed below, and in the case studies on the right of this page. Building on this, we are now looking at longer-term initiatives with 13 HEIs and 10 colleges in Scotland over the next 3 years.
For further information contact David Bass.
In the rest of the UK, 12 HEIs will commence work in Summer 2016.
For further information contact Jessica Moody