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What No Institutional Racism in Education?

By FACE  /  July 5, 2021
The latest report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (2021) stated in response to race issues raised by...
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Reflecting on Reflective Practice: Opportunities for practitioner reflection in robust widening participation evaluation

By FACE  /  July 3, 2021
In any profession that engages young people in social and educational contexts, there is a requirement for effective professional frameworks...
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Degree Apprenticeships – Passing or Failing the Social Mobility Test?

By FACE  /  July 3, 2021
Ever since their launch in 2015 Degree Apprenticeships have been criticised for not delivering on the social mobility agenda.  The...
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The Place for Wellbeing in the Student University Experience

By FACE  /  July 3, 2021
The pandemic has provided an opportunity like no other for individuals from all backgrounds, students and staff, to reflect on...
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Will tackling transport poverty unlock opportunity and Level-up?

By FACE  /  July 3, 2021
There is no denying there has been a spectacular acceleration of online learning during the pandemic. Many of the benefits...
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A Year Online . . . Reacting, Reflecting and Refining

By FACE  /  June 15, 2021
Widening Participation is without doubt a varied, fun and interesting area of work and one in which I am always...
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How A Student Shadow Board Can Support A Learning Community

By FACE  /  June 15, 2021
Higher education has undergone tremendous change in the last year and a half. The student experience might be permanently altered...
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A Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

By FACE  /  June 15, 2021
There is much uncertainty in the Higher Education sector at present about what the start of new academic year might...
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What Could Piecemeal Policy Making Lead To?

By FACE  /  May 22, 2021
Research is full of examples where things happen by, well, happen-stance.  Conditions are created where people come together to undertake...
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Personal Tutoring

By FACE  /  May 22, 2021
You might work in outreach into local schools and colleges, in recruitment, in admissions, in student services, in student health...
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Access and Participation Plans and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

By FACE  /  May 22, 2021
The qualification and skills landscape is changing. Higher and degree apprenticeships are growing rapidly, there is a push to introduce...
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Student support and personal tutoring: observations from further and higher education

By FACE  /  April 24, 2021
In March 2021, Andrew Rawson (Director, Action on Access) published an interesting e-Bulletin special paper on ‘Personal Tutoring and Student...
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Access to leading universities: bridging the North-South divide

By FACE  /  April 17, 2021
  “Everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have equal opportunity to do so.” It would be...
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How will TASO transform access and student outcomes in higher education?

By FACE  /  April 17, 2021
Equality gaps between the most and least advantaged students continue to persist in higher education (HE). While continuous commitment and...
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Access: An Important Part of a Rich Landscape

By FACE  /  March 18, 2021
At the forefront of the minds’ of those working in education at the minute are the responses to the Pandemic. ...
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What has been the impact of COVID lockdown on research and scholarship related to Widening Participation?

By FACE  /  March 18, 2021
Casting my mind back to the sunlit uplands prior to March 2020, I fondly recall the annual summer FACE conference,...
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Post Qualification Admissions – has the time arrived?

By FACE  /  March 18, 2021
Why would we ask applicants to make critical decisions about their futures before they know which pathways they’re qualified for?...
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Outreach in Lockdown: Challenges and Opportunities

By FACE  /  February 14, 2021
Introduction In the summer of 2020, I began a small, qualitative longitudinal study with three teaching professions from a year...
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Guiding Principles for Supporting BTEC Students

By FACE  /  February 7, 2021
Colleagues may be aware the Government has recently held a consultation to review post-16 qualifications at Level 3 in England. ...
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Further Education Colleges and Access and Participation Plans

By FACE  /  February 7, 2021
Producing Access and Participation Plans A sigh of relief was heard across the higher education nation a few weeks ago...
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