Widening Participation in Post Graduate Study Meeting

NEON Working Groups

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      1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This Working Group aims to bring together widening participation practitioners and careers staff to share best practice that will:

  • Support WP UG students into PG study – working with careers advisers and academic staff to provide effective IAG on what PG study is, and whether it is the right choice for them
  • Consider diversity of incoming PG cohorts – known participation gaps exist across the sector across various WP indicators; HE participation at UG level does not always result in a level playing field
  • Consider metrics for the evaluation of intervention activity to support progression of WP students to PG study
  • Seek opportunities to share best practice at a national level

This Working Group is organised by The University of Manchester and the University of Leeds.

The meeting will be held online on Wednesday 27th January from 1pm to 3pm.

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  1. Minutes and actions from previous meeting (Stephanie Lee, Chair)
  2. Plans for running the group going forward (Stephanie Lee, Chair)
  • Implementation of workstreams
  • Workstreams to present back at one-day summit? (July)

3. Review of Terms of Reference (Stephanie Lee, Chair)

  • Review ToR document
  • Agreement of four workstreams – any others to be added?
  • Allocation of members to workstreams and workstream leads

4. Presentation: research on progression to PG of first generation students (Sue Edwards)

5. Comms platforms (Jenn Coates)

  • Move to Teams / NEON website to replace Google drive

6. Workstream update: WP criteria (Felicity Wicks, Jenn Coates)

  • Review criteria
  • Agree essential / desirable criteria and availability of data across institutions

7. Items for next agenda (Stephanie Lee)

  • WP criteria: agree timescales to update PG application forms / data collection processes
  • WP criteria: discuss wording on forms / user testing process
  • WP criteria: discuss data sharing agreement for admissions data
  • WP criteria: discuss eventual data analysis – student research project? Collective funding of post?

8. Dates of next meetings (Stephanie Lee)

  • Weds 21st April 10-12 (Zoom)
  • Weds 14th July 10-12 (provisionally in person)
  • Weds 13th October 10-12 (Zoom)

9. AOB (Stephanie Lee)