the pathway to HE
series of University events looking at widening participation
will begin with a forum on April 15, with speakers from
Universities UK and the University of Birmingham, and
Professor Richard Taylor from the school of continuing
Taylor chairs the HEFCE's Yorkshire and Humberside regional
widening participation project and sits on the HEFCE's
strategy committee for equal opportunities, access and
said: "More and more of the HEFCE's teaching and initiative
money is being devoted to widening participation, both
nationally and regionally, and two important consultation
papers have recently been published on the issue. Leeds
has a key role to play, but the implications for change
Connor will be speaking about her research as part of
the UUK project 'Fair enough?'. The project looks at improving
the way decisions are made by admissions staff, to make
the process more transparent and informed by objective
evaluation of potential academic success. At Leeds, the
departments of physics, modern languages and philosophy
are taking part.
Kevin Whitson will be talking about the issues faced by
the University of Birmingham and how they are rising to
the challenge, with initiatives such as their 'access
to Birmingham' scheme, which looks at ways of providing
alternative, though not reduced, offers to students from
low participation backgrounds and neighbourhoods.
forum takes place on April 15 from 1.30 - 4.30pm in University
House. For a full programme, contact Ruth Burke-Kennedy
on ext 33755 or email r.burke-kennedy@ adm.leeds.ac.uk.
events will look at the implications of widening participation
for student support (June 26, 9.30am - 4pm) and departmental
initiatives (October 23, 2 -4.30pm).