Added November 2022
We know that our schools, colleges, and universities are much stronger if each and every learner has what they need to thrive, and we have a moral, social and economic duty to ensure that access to and participation in education is equal for all. We also know that the Commission on Widening Access said we need to be bolder in our ambition for care-experienced learners and called on college and universities to reach these learners much earlier in their educational journey.
The Hub for Success is pleased to share their latest report – Reaching back earlier for care-experienced learners: An evaluation of the Learning Explorers pilot
In response the Hub for Success, in partnership with its partners and with Student Ambassadors, delivered the Learning Explorers pilot to nearly 300 Primary 7 children. The report highlights the positive impact the pilot had in raising awareness of care-experience and increasing knowledge and aspiration levels about post school educational opportunities, no matter your background.
The report highlights key findings and calls for local authorities, schools, colleges and universities to work together to deliver widening access activities to P7s, alongside Student Ambassadors.
Take a look at the report to learn more about the findings and recommendations.
The Hub for Success are keen to get your views to help shape our future widening access work in schools – here’s a short form where you can share feedback: https://forms.office.com/r/jnUfYP2KMv
February 24 2022
A number of HE representatives from the teaching, learning and practitioner communities were panelists at a recent webinar organised by Pearson. Amongst the topics discussed were the impact of Covid-19 on our work and its impact on hitting the government target of attracting students from some of the most deprived areas of Scotland, the work being done by universities and organisations on improving student transitions and the work that institutions have done during the pandemic to support students’ learning with a move to blended learning and its impact on their experience:=
This event was recorded and the link for this can be found below:
Higher Education Scotland – Widening access and participation – HE Innovate
Our first contribution is from Dr Karen Campbell, Research Fellow and Farah McAdam, College Connect Development Officer, from Glasgow Caledonian University. Karen and Farah presented at the recent OU Access, Participation and Success conference: ‘Lessons from Digital Spaces: Inclusion and Support for Student Success’. The presentation Pivoting Transitions to the Online Space: An example of student engagement in action highlights their forthcoming article which will be published in the Journal for Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning in July 2022.