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Reflections on Setting up and Developing a Student Panel

By FACE  /  April 28, 2022
Reflections on Setting up and Developing a Student Panel in the Centre for Student and Community Engagement (CenSCE) at Nottingham...
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Supporting Research in College Based Higher Education

By FACE  /  March 21, 2022
Encouraging and sponsoring research activity is an important aspect of the work of the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges (MEG)....
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Trans Inclusion

By FACE  /  March 21, 2022
Rarely a day goes by without a ‘culture wars’ press story about trans, non-binary and gender diverse people. The voices...
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Skills for transition…

By FACE  /  February 23, 2022
As higher education providers work through applications and applicants continue to work towards their final qualifications I have been reflecting...
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The danger of unintended consequences: minimum entry requirements

By FACE  /  February 23, 2022
I have been working in education for almost 40 years. In that time, I have seen a plethora of ill-considered...
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Widening access to higher education: how did we get here and what next?

By FACE  /  February 23, 2022
  ‘As a nation, we are wasting too much of the talent of too many of the people.  I want...
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The Excitement of a FACE Conference

By FACE  /  January 27, 2022
June 2008, I left Liverpool to head up to North to York St John University and the FACE conference.  Earlier...
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The Importance of FACE to a lifelong practitioner

By FACE  /  January 27, 2022
I joined FACE around 2010 and the FACE executive a couple of years later. The ability to discuss and exchange...
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Micro-credentials, macro-challenges and mega-opportunities

By FACE  /  January 27, 2022
If you work in the sector, you will doubtless have heard the term “micro-credentials”, but what does it mean (and...
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Why has the pandemic exacerbated the socio-economic educational inequality gap?

By FACE  /  December 13, 2021
Inequality can be understood in two ways, inequality of outcome and inequality in opportunity (Broer et al, 2019). Inequality of...
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Thoughts at the end of a year, 2021

By FACE  /  December 13, 2021
We certainly continue to go through interesting times. The government very recently highlighted changes coming up next year which will...
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Reflecting on a ministerial ambition to widen participation in HE through technical education and apprenticeships

By FACE  /  December 13, 2021
UVAC, as the Higher Education (HE) representative body championing vocational learning and with over 80 universities in its membership, welcomes...
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Lifelong Learning and Social Mobility

By FACE  /  November 15, 2021
There has often been an important acknowledgement that employers have a crucial role to play as co-constructors of learning alongside...
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Learning from lockdown: how outreach can respond to the needs of today’s learners

By FACE  /  November 15, 2021
One of the challenges widen participation practitioners have faced in recent times has been in maintaining regular contact with schools...
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Access and Participation Plans; reflecting higher level technical education?

By FACE  /  October 12, 2021
Frequently we find ourselves discussing the impact of policy – and whether the consequences of it (unintended or otherwise) are...
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Access and Participation Plan Evaluation Framework (APPEF)

By FACE  /  October 12, 2021
In September 2021, a trio of colleagues from the University of Derby were delighted to attend the annual Network for...
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A Special Interest Group for Access and Participation Plans

By FACE  /  October 12, 2021
Like a lot of people we have found working through the pandemic isolating. For a sector which has always felt...
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Access game changers: the potential of FE Colleges

By FACE  /  September 14, 2021
The role of FE colleges [FECs] in widening HE access has attracted an increasing amount of attention in recent months....
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Partners in Crime

By FACE  /  September 14, 2021
In 2006 the Leitch Report recommended that universities needed to work closely with employers to ensure that the workforce had access to...
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Transitioning Students Effectively: A student led approach to mental health support

By FACE  /  September 14, 2021
For those who may feel unprepared, starting at University and the challenges it brings can feel overwhelming and for some,...
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