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Degrees of difference: The characteristics of NCOP target wards

By FACE  /  January 30, 2020
Geographical variations in rates of higher education participation have long been recognised. In 1997, the Dearing Report discussed research by...
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T Levels and the university challenge

By FACE  /  January 30, 2020
The introduction of T Levels, major new post-16 technical education qualifications, presents a significant challenge regarding progression to higher education....
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Access and success: working together to eliminate inequality gaps

By FACE  /  January 6, 2020
By Dan West, University of Derby Educational disparities are complex and entrenched. A student’s ability to stay on course, achieve...
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A new decade for widening access in Scotland

By FACE  /  January 6, 2020
By Laura Johnstone, The Brilliant Club With the beginning of a new decade, I thought I would take some time...
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Northern Ireland: the case for change has never been so great

By FACE  /  November 28, 2019
By Deirdre Lynskey, Queen's University Belfast There’s a meme going around Facebook at the moment: Voting is not marriage –...
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Report on the 2019 Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit: Joining the Dots

By FACE  /  November 28, 2019
By Andrew Rawson, Action on Access As an active member of FACE and someone who finds the annual FACE conference...
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Free adult education is vital for a healthy economy – and UK politicians are finally starting to get this

By FACE  /  November 28, 2019
By John Butcher, The Open University Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has performed a miracle – she has managed to...
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Inclusive learning cities

By Stephane Farenga  /  November 2, 2019
By Michael Osbourne, University of Glasgow I write in the week following the 4th UNESCO Learning Cities conference in Medellin,...
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EHRC Report: a wake up call

By Stephane Farenga  /  November 2, 2019
By Robin Webber-Jones The recent Equality and Human Right’s Commission (EHRC) Report into harassment in higher education presents some serious...
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The importance of doing ‘with’ rather than ‘to’

By Stephane Farenga  /  October 6, 2019
By Gino Graziano, University of Sussex I have worked in widening participation (WP) for my entire career, and its capacity...
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What do students think about contextual admissions?

By Stephane Farenga  /  October 6, 2019
By Prof John Storan This is the title of  a policy report produced by Hugo Dale-Harris, Policy Officer at HEPI...
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Understanding school and college-based influencers on student choices

By Stephane Farenga  /  September 14, 2019
By Jackie Powell When discussing access and participation, one of the most frequent laments is that careers staff and teachers...
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EPALE, the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

By Stephane Farenga  /  September 14, 2019
By Andrew Rawson Inspired by conversations with international delegates at the July 2019 FACE annual conference I just thought I...
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Early career academic staff, social mobility and the student experience

By Stephane Farenga  /  August 5, 2019
By Michael Hill Recently, at one of the universities I work at, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,...
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They would never have gone to university

By Stephane Farenga  /  August 5, 2019
‘They would never have gone to university’: the unique role that further education colleges play in widening access* By Dr...
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FACE 26th Annual Conference 2019 – Thoughts and Reflections!

By Stephane Farenga  /  July 15, 2019
Many congratulations and a big thank you to all delegates who participated in and contributed so much to this year’s...
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High Attaining Pupils Programme

By  /  May 7, 2019
High Attaining Pupils Programme:  University of Derby and The Bemrose School Derby By Jo Astley, Widening Access Manager at the...
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Top tips for transition into HE for dyslexic and disabled learners

By FACE  /  May 7, 2019
Whilst the new academic term does not start until September, I thought it would be timely to share our top...
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News from NADE conference

By  /  March 28, 2019
FACE Executive Member Dr John Butcher from the Open University recently attended our sister organisation's annual conference and shares his...
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Seven top tips for the FACE 2019 conference

By  /  March 5, 2019
1.Don’t miss it! Registration and the Call for Abstracts are both now open. Last year’s conference saw a record number...
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