Over 50% of universities admit less than 5% of white students from low participation neighbourhoods

NEON's 2019 ‘Working Class Heroes – Understanding access to higher education for white students from lower socio-economic backgrounds’ report.

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Exciting to bring together @SPEARLondon and @unlockcharity with so many university practitioners to talk about improving access to education for people with criminal records. 'If we believe in widening access, we have to work together' - @rachelrosetynan #unlockingpotentialHE

We are also delighted to work with @NEONHE and @ManMetUni @MMUPolicyEval to undertake a project, supporting the #HE sector in understanding how best to evaluate impact when dealing with smaller student cohorts.

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Really pleased to be working with @taso_he and @ManMetUni on such an exciting and valuable project to support small-n impact evaluation in widening access across #highereducation https://taso.org.uk/news-item/new-research-partnership-small-n-impact-evaluation/

Was fantastic to be involved in the @GoHigherWY event today as part of this incredible team @LeedsGATE @SherrieRomany @MGreenfields @ACERT_UK @NEONHE 💪
Really nice to see momentum building to address educational inequalities for Roma, Gypsies and Travellers in West Yorks! https://twitter.com/LeedsGATE/status/1417497072090193929

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An amazing session this afternoon with so much passion about Gypsy, Traveller, Roma and Showmen and Boater young people getting into college and university. Thank you @GHWY_skills @GTRSBintoHE @SherrieRomany @ForsterNatalie @MGreenfields @ACERT_UK @ttimesyouth and everyone else

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