‘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 […]

OFFA Releases Report on Institutional Approach to Widening Participation

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The Office for Fair Access has called on universities and colleges to make fundamental changes in their approaches to widening participation to bring about a step change in access to higher education. OFFA commissioned Professor Liz Thomas to work closely with various HE providers to produce the report titled: ‘Understanding a whole institution approach to […]

NEON at the Conservative Party Conference 2017

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NEON were at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday 2nd October 2017 to host a fringe event on the sustainability of student finance. Held in partnership with the New Statesman, over 50 people packed the room to hear from an expert panel of speakers. The panel which included former Minister for Higher Education, Lord David […]

New Research Shows High Cost Finance System Distorts Student Choices

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NEON (The National Education Opportunities Network) have released the latest preliminary findings in the third cycle of their ‘Does Cost Matter?’ research project. The research carried out over the last 3 years with over 4000 participants shows how the high cost student finance system is forcing would-be students to make choices that could increase their […]

NEON Awards 2017. And the winners are……………..

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Many congratulations to all the people who joined us in London at the RSA on Tuesday 16th May to receive their awards and commendations. After a rousing speech, by The Rt Hon. the Baroness Garden of Frognal, praising the work of the education sector for their efforts to ensure equality of access to higher education, the award […]

Working in partnership: enabling social mobility in higher education – the final report of the Social Mobility Advisory Group

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NEON have released an official response to the final report of the Social Mobility Advisory Group. You can access their report by clicking here. The National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) welcomes today’s final report of the Social Mobility Advisory Group. With over 130 organisational members NEON has become the largest network of widening access practitioners […]