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Bloggers wanted!

Members are invited to contribute blogs to our newsletter and to the FairAccess website.

This can be about a a topic of current interest in widening access and participation in your current sector,  a research or project activity in which you are currently engaged or really anything else that you feel would be of interest to other members to share.

Articles should be between 500 and 1000’ in length.

If you would like more information or to discuss please contact Muriel Alexander at

Latest Blogs

updated 10 January 2022


Towards an Anti-Racist Curriculum

Dr Karen Campbell (Research Fellow,  Glasgow Caledonian University) highlights the pressing need for universities to tackle widespread systemic racial inequalities and outcomes in higher education and outlines GCU’s whole-institution approach to change, part  of which includes a focus on the curriculum as a key structural enabler.

Click here to read the article

Building Belonging in the post-pandemic landscape

Dr Karen Campbell (Glasgow Caledonian University) explores ways of embedding a sense of belonging among students as they make transitions into and through higher education. Drawing on research and highlighting specific aspects of Glasgow Caledonian University’s approach, the paper discusses key challenges and opportunities for building belonging in the post-pandemic student experience and offers practical examples and activities that could be introduced in other institutions.

This article can be found on the  QAA Membership Resources site

You can read this article here

Widening Participation: unpacking a portmanteau concept

In her most recent blog, Dr Karen Campbell, Research Fellow in Educational Research and Evaluation at Glasgow Caledonian University, explores the current use of the term ‘Widening Participation’ in the context of implications for policy and practice in the post-pandemic landscape.

Read more about this here

College Connect – transforming the transition programme for online delivery

Earlier this year, Farah McAdam and James Moohan, College Connect Development Officers at Glasgow Caledonian University, delivered one of SCAPP’s Lunch and Learn events about how they transformed their Transition materials for articulating students into online mode.

Here, Farah reflects on their work and how by using Articulate 360 they turned their programme into an accessible, interactive and  virtual offering.

Read Farah’s article here

Building a Widening Participation Practitioners’ Network during a Pandemic

Muriel Alexander, SCAPP Development Coordinator, reflects on her first 12 months or so in her role, what has been achieved so far,  and looks forward to meeting colleagues for a proper coffee and not just a virtual one

Read the article here

Identity Matters

Read this post from Dr Karen Campbell, Research Fellow in Educational Research and Evaluation at Glasgow Caledonian University. This post draws on her recent HERD publication, Higher education learner identity for successful student transitions.

Read Identity Matters here

Cov-19 Chronicles from the margins. Colleagues from the Open University have written two blogs which can be found on Marie Gillespie’s website Cov-10 Chronicles from the Margins. The OU held a virtual roundtable event in January to look at forging partnerships with community organisations to open up learning to those affected by forced migration. The first of the blogs is written by Lida Dancu, who summaries the discussions held at this event. Read Lidia’s summary of the event  here

The second blog is written by Gill Ryan who writes about how mobile learning technologies are being harnessed to support displaced people in their learning. You can read Gill’s blog here.

Widening participation in HE: why it’s important to focus on ‘first generation’ students –  UCL Institute of Education Blog  See this interesting blog here at UCL blog

Capability building at the hub of university transitions

Read this post from Dr Karen Campbell, Research Fellow in Educational Research and Evaluation, Glasgow Caledonian University which argues that university preparedness  is best supported when learners are immersed in the university experience when learners experience studying HE level qualifications within a university environment pre-entry

Moving Widening Participation Outreach Online: Challenge or Opportunity – Jon Rainford, University of Bedfordshire

Our Hub Model can Transform prospects for Young People in Care – Lorraine Moore, Manager, Hub for Success, Edinburgh Napier University. This article appeared in The Scotsman on 2 July 2020

Why Widening Participation Matters More than Ever – View form Scottish HE Sector – Laura Cattell, Head of Widening Participation, University of Edinburgh This article, published on FACE website (Forum for Adult and Continuing Education),  summarises how Covid-19 has heightened the value and necessity of widening participation

Minister lambasts English universities for letting down students – article in the Guardian 1 July 2020

A Strange Speech to Widening Participation Practitioners – article by Alex Blower reflects on a speech on social mobility and concludes that the minister failed to read the room – from WONKHE 5 July 2020