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?

‘Speaking Up for Distance Learners’ Campaign Launched by The NEC

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As an organisation working with distance learners every day, the National Extension College knows that a small number of changes could make a big difference to thousands of people and help the government make progress in achieving its higher education and skills objectives. The practical solutions they advocate will benefit all learners who are studying […]

NEON Launches #OutreachWorks Campaign

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As you will be aware, there is huge emphasis on proving the impact of outreach work in the present widening access agenda and a view is held by some that outreach work is not effective. NEON believes that the outreach work our members are doing is having a huge impact, and we want to provide […]

HEFCE Launches Update of Participation of Local Areas Classification – POLAR4

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Today the Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE has launched an update of its Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) classification – POLAR4. This place-based measure of educational disadvantage classifies local areas according to the participation rate of young people in higher education. The methodology for POLAR4 differs from previous releases in the choice of […]

NEON Summer Symposium 2017 – Keynote Video Release

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The NEON Summer Symposium presented a rich collection of stimulating keynotes and presentations from policy makers, researchers and practitioners to encourage discussions and engagement with the Widening Access agenda. This year’s symposium focussed on assessing the progress made in the area of access and equity in HE participation over the last two decades, and also […]