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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

News updates

Sir Peter Scott, Commissioner for Fair Access, has published an interim report on The Impact of Covid-19 on Fair Access to Higher Education

The report focuses on themes of digital poverty, articulation, outreach and access, online learning, student experience, staff, mental health, financial hardship, targets and examinations, grades and contextual admissions and reinforces the need to continue to take effective, and urgent, action to tackle inequalities in access to higher education

Sir Peter Scott’s report can is available on the Scottish Government website 


Updated 3 December 2020


The Sutton Trust are keen to engage with partners who work with S5 pupils for their US programme.

The Sutton Trust US Programme is designed to support students from state schools across the UK in Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland and Year 13 in Northern Ireland to explore US study and access leading universities. It includes two virtual residentials before all students spend a week in the US staying on campus at a leading US university and visiting a variety of other American universities. Please note that the health and safety of our young people and our staff takes top priority. This may mean we need to adjust our plans, and possibly deliver US weeks in a virtual format. If any of your students are accepted onto the programme we will provide further details regarding US weeks.

An optional second year of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options. In the past six years, we have helped more than 450 British students get places and funding at top US universities.

The programme is free to take part in. 

The Programme is founded and funded by the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading social mobility charity, and delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, who are experts in helping UK students study in the US.

The Trust are accepting applications until 17 January 2021

The Sutton Trust also runs multiple UK-based summer schools that students may be interested in. You can find more information here.

For further information please contact Angel Fletcher at










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