Streamed live from the

Berrill Lecture Theatre

Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.

This 3rd seminar in our widening access and success series aims to explore the multi-faceted challenges and approaches to preparing students from widening participation backgrounds for higher education study worldwide. As it will be streamed live, it will provide an invaluable opportunity for all delegates to explore the diverse approaches being used internationally and will facilitate dialogue between colleagues across the globe.

The importance of widening access to Higher Education cannot be over stated; according to a recent OECD report, Education Policy Outlook 20151, ‘Evidence shows that raising skills and completing upper secondary level and beyond offers better chances to prevent unemployment and to find rewarding and better paying jobs. Moreover, in a knowledge economy, highly skilled citizens are more likely to achieve their goals and develop the knowledge and potential to participate fully in society’. The global challenge is to find successful ways of making this a realistic option for all of its citizens, even when hindered by austerity measures being imposed by governments, across the globe.


Full programme available below:

25th June Programme

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