Access and success at leading universities around the world

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A World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) Seminar

While the world’s highest ranking universities excel in research and teaching/learning the evidence suggests that students from low income and other marginalised groups are far less likely to enter these universities and if they do achieve their full potential can be a challenge. In late 2020 the Sutton Trust released the report ‘Room and the Top: Access at leading universities around the world’ which examined how 20 leading universities in 10 different countries are working to extend access to wider groups of students and support their success when they enter.


This seminar, convened by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) UK as part of the WAHED initiative, will bring together leading universities, thought leaders and policymakers to discuss the findings of the report and its recommendations. It will ask how can universities which are seen as leading in research and scholarship either globally or in their own countries also lead on equitable access?

Date: Wednesday 24th March 2021

Time: 1pm to 3pm (UK time)



Time Session Speaker 
1.00pm Introduction 
1.15pm Room and the Top: Access at leading universities around the world Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON 
1.45pm From Access to Success: Princeton’s Initiatives to Support and Empower FLI StudentsKhristina Gonzalez, Associate Dean of the College and Director of Programs for Access and Inclusion, Princeton University  
2.15pm Panel discussion: Leading on equity – how can global universities meet the challenge?   

Duncan Ross, Data and Analytics Director, Times Higher Education

Professor Rosa Devés, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Universidad de Chile

Cat Turhan, Policy Analyst, Russell Group

Jon Beard, Director, Cambridge Admissions Office, University of Cambridge 

3.00pm Closing Remarks