Widening participation activity at The Open University is well established and well known to higher education institutions and national policy makers.
The Open University champions, develops and coordinates research and scholarship in widening participation and social inclusion in higher education through the Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships whose role it is to be the catalyst which links research, policy and practice across The Open University.
The objectives of the OU's widening participation research and scholarship programme are:
The OU hosts a series of widening participation research seminars and conferences, which address the key themes and discourses of widening participation across the higher education sector.
The widening participation research programme is supported in its aims by the Open University's biennial Widening Participation Research conference and the journal Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, both coordinated by the Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships.