By Annette Hayton, Anna Paczuska
Participation - and especially widening participation to scholars from less-privileged social teams and people who have commonly now not entered HE - has been an immense factor when you consider that at the least the early Fifties. Widening participation has been an energetic coverage of just about all united kingdom governments during the last forty years, however the factor is now achieving a potential deadlock, with numbers at most sensible static and key teams nonetheless successfully excluded from better schooling. it is a significant political factor in addition to some of the most major concerns dealing with academic institutions. With concerns equivalent to pupil charges and excessive drop-out charges nonetheless political hot-potatoes, this e-book is a well timed and demanding survey of the true concerns at the back of participation, and non-participation, and is certain to be as debatable because it is useful.Contents is established in components, first the altering context of HE and secondly at matters in the back of the way to enhance ideas for widening participation. individuals come from around the HE spectrum, from faculties of HE to standard universities.
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I know what I have to learn. I know when I’ve got it right and I think I understand the structure of the course and what bits go together. I never felt that with politics and philosophy. It just all felt so immense and it was like I was always doing little bits of things and I never had any idea where it would lead or how big the thing was that it was part of. I just never felt I had any control and I don’t know if it was just me or if that is what politics and philosophy is like. I don’t know, but maths is different and I’m enjoying it much more.
I was like looking at the league calibre of universities and stuff like that. Waverley was quite good…and I’ve always aimed high so I thought, “yeah, go for it”’. Of all the students interviewed to date, none has expressed such surprise at the reality of university life as Raj. He was living in university halls and described his first term as ‘terrible’. He was quite unable to settle to work because of feeling socially and culturally dislocated: I was like thinking, I don’t, like, fit into this whole university thing, to be honest.
Ever pragmatic, Raj summed up his early experiences as follows: It was probably the worst start I could have hoped for. But, to be honest, I couldn’t realize what it was going to be like because I really hadn’t a clue what was involved in going to university. Hadn’t a clue when I applied and then I came here and it was like the biggest eye opener I could imagine, just being here. Nobody told me, nobody knew and I never knew what to ask, kind of thing because I never really thought much about it.
Access, Participation and Higher Education: Policy and Practice (The Future of Education from 14+) by Annette Hayton, Anna Paczuska