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Understanding the impact of outreach on access to higher education for adult learners from disadvantaged backgrounds: an institutional response

Project Aim

To evaluate the impact of outreach for disadvantaged adult learners.

 

Context

Funded by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), A collaborative project led by the OU (Dr John Butcher) Partner institutions University of Leeds, University of Bristol and Birkbeck University of London. Set within the context of the decline in part-time higher education (HE) which are primarily adult learners.

Methodology

In order to explore the extent to which a STEM Access module prepared ALDBs for an UG science qualification, we conducted a mixed methods study drawing on an iterative series of four data collection methods. Analysis of existing evaluative module survey data informed a series of 11 semi-structured telephone interviews, and email prompts which generated ten responses, all with students at the end of their Access module. These were followed up half way through the Access students’ first UG Science module via seven phone interviews and two email responses. In addition, we conducted 14 telephone interviews with tutors who taught on S111, including some who also taught on Y033. Interviews were transcribed and content analysis was conducted by the research team.

Outputs

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OFFA Project Report