NEON Student Unions and Widening Access Summit – Presentations Available

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Students remain a vital part of widening access work and their support with a range of initiatives has a huge impact on the learners with whom they interact. Many student unions are already carrying out innovative work to widen access but widening access practitioners in higher education institutions (HEIs) must look to support their endeavours and […]

NEON Awards 2018 – Nominations Closed

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Nominations for the 2018 NEON Awards closed on Friday 13th April 2018. The NEON Awards provide a special platform to recognise the success of our members, and celebrate the transformative power that HE can have on the lives of its learners. Over 60 nominations were submitted for this years NEON Awards and the quality of […]

NEON Awards 2018 – Nominations Open!

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We at NEON are proud to announce that nominations have opened for the 2018 NEON Awards. The purpose of the NEON Awards is to celebrate success in widening access to higher education (HE) work and in particular to recognise the students who have progressed to HE from widening access backgrounds, and how they made this journey. The event will include presentation of the NEON Awards, a short address from a senior politician committed to widening access and the opportunity for networking.

Where to now for financing HE? The student view

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NEON is working with UUK and universities in 10 different areas of the country on a national research project examining the impact of the cost of higher education (HE) on the way in which Year 13 students/Level 3 students make decisions about going to university, the courses and institutions they choose, part-time employment, etc.

Can We Widen Access to Higher Education? A Christmas Message from NEON

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As we approach Christmas we want to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to all of our members and friends and thank you for your work in tackling inequality in participation and success in higher education. This has been a difficult year for HE, with a growing perception that HE is a bastion […]

NEON Response to the National Audit Office ‘The Higher Education Market’ Report: A National Higher Education Finance Information Programme

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The National Audit Office report released last week ‘The Higher Education Market’ pointed to the need for students to make informed choices before they enter HE and for improvement in the information available for prospective students, especially those who require the most support. These findings echo those in the NEON Does Cost Matter research project. Our surveys of over 4000 students entering HE found that less than 10% know how much they are entitled to borrow for maintenance costs and 60% underestimate the amount of debt they are likely to accumulate.

UCAS End of Cycle Report 2017

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“The End of Cycle Report provides independent in-depth analysis and insight about who’s applying and getting in to HE, changing patterns of recruitment and the impacts of qualification, market reforms, and widening participation and access activities, drawing on UCAS’ many years of expertise in this area. With the current political, social and economic backdrop, and an increasingly competitive higher education market, understanding admissions patterns has rarely been more important.”

Bookings Open! – NEON Summer Symposium 2018

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NEON are pleased to announce that our annual Summer Symposium will take place on the 21st and 22nd of June at the University of Sussex.

This year’s theme will be “Widening Access – Who Cares?”. We will examine the priority placed on widening access by different stakeholders. To what extent is widening access on the agendas of policymakers, schools, colleges, the academic community, employers and students? How is it being addressed and in what ways can the commitment to widening access across the board be strengthened?