“What does it mean to ‘widen participation’ at postgraduate level?”
This free event took place at The University of Lincoln on 2nd February 2018, 12.30-2.00pm, and was facilitated by Professor Paul Wakeling.
“The widening participation agenda is deeply embedded in UK higher education, at least at undergraduate level. There is has been sustained and substantial policy attention, expenditure and practical action aimed at enabling access to higher education for previously underrepresented groups. There is thus a well-developed understanding of which groups are underrepresented, how that might be measured and, to some extent, what can be done about it. By way of contrast, access to postgraduate study has been relatively neglected. While there is a developing body of research on which groups are underrepresented, there has been far less consideration of how to conceive of widening participation and fair access when it comes to postgraduate level. Does it make sense to consider anyone who is a graduate as ‘disadvantaged’? And at what point should background information such as home postcode or parental social class be disregarded? In this talk I will consider these issues with reference to empirical research findings and propose a way forward for widening postgraduate participation.”
Please see slides and a video from the seminar below: