Access Academy Training: How to widen access to postgraduate study

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NEON Access Academy
How to widen access to postgraduate study
Presented by Paul Wakeling, University of York

Date: Friday, 11 December 2015
Location: Central York (within 5 minutes walk of train station)

In the face of concerns about inequalities in graduate outcomes and falling postgraduate numbers, institutions and policy makers are increasingly concerned about access to postgraduate study. This has prompted a flurry of think-tank reports and the recent HEFCE £75 million Postgraduate Support Scheme.

This one-day session will introduce participants to the latest research and practice on widening access to postgraduate courses in the UK. Drawing on findings from the Postgraduate Support Scheme, from academic research and international examples, we will cover the following key questions:

  • Why should we care about postgraduate access?
  • What does ‘widening participation’ mean at postgraduate level?
  • What do we know about patterns of access to postgraduate study in the UK?
  • What are the special features of the postgraduate ‘landscape’ and how do these differ from undergraduate level?
  • What might a successful widening participation strategy for postgraduates look like?
  • What practice exists? What works and what doesn’t?

A central theme will be the need to consider both financial and non-financial aspects of postgraduate participation.

The session will be delivered by Dr. Paul Wakeling from the University of York. Paul has published extensively on this issue and has been conducting research for HEFCE and ESRC as part of HEFCE’s Postgraduate Support Scheme.