As part of NEON’s commitment to providing current research for the widening access community, we are continuously working on a range of research projects.
GCSE Attainment Project
NEON is managing and coordinating a successful bid by the University of Leicester for a research project under the HEFCE NNCO project funding. This project aims to understand why certain schools and colleges, despite having large numbers of disadvantaged learners, have a higher level of participation in higher education than predicted by their GCSE attainment. The project runs until December 2016 when a final report will be due.
Does Cost Matter? 2015
In 2014-15, NEON undertook a major piece of work to explore why despite the increase in tuition fees the participation of those from low participation neighbourhoods has not declined. The research looked at the HE application intentions of year 13 students from both low, and ‘non-low’ participation backgrounds to explore the role of cost in their HE decision making and if indeed ‘cost does not matter’. It had a sample size of 1500 learners and was launched in April 2015.
Does Cost Matter? 2016
In 2015-16, NEON is undertaking ‘Does Cost Matter 2?’ in partnership with the University College Union (UCU).
This research enables NEON to contribute to the debate surrounding access to higher education policy and cost as the new Green Paper on Higher Education is debated. It will also strengthen the work that member HEIs/organisations can do in their local area by enhancing their understanding of the learners they serve.