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From the HEFCE blog

This page lists articles from the HEFCE blog broadly on the theme of social mobility.

Increase in first generation university students

Over the last six years the number of students who are the first generation in their (immediate) family to attend university has grown.

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Breaking down barriers to student success

Unacceptable inequality persists in the degree and employment outcomes for certain groups of students. Our new Catalyst Fund programme, ‘Addressing Barriers to Student Success’, will tackle these issues head-on.

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What do you mean ‘inclusive practice’?

With Disabled Students’ Allowance decreasing and demand for support increasing, the sector must look harder at what inclusivity means and how best to accomplish it with the resources available.

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Equality and diversity initiatives are wide-ranging and creative

HEFCE’s call for evidence of sector-leading and innovative practice advancing equality and diversity received over 120 individual submissions from 49 institutions.

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Dismantling barriers to success for disabled students

The numbers of disabled students entering higher education are increasing year-on-year. But obstacles still prevent them from reaching the best of their ability.

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A waste of talent and potential

Disadvantaged, BME and mature students are less likely to reap the benefits of higher education than their peers. So what can we do about it?

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HEFCE’s conference on student success in higher education

On Monday, we held a conference to outline the broad range of work we are undertaking to maximise the outcomes of higher education for students, the economy and society. From my perspective, it was a great day and I hope that our invited speakers and delegates got as much from the day as we did.

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Social mobility: is it all about room at the top?

On Monday this week, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission published its second state of the nation report, ‘Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain’. Chapter 6 was of particular interest to me since it focuses on the role of higher education (HE).

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Widening participation: how do we know if it works?

I spoke at the HEFCE Annual Meeting yesterday about the ways in which universities and colleges are working to widen participation and support student success, and particularly the need to demonstrate the impact of this work.

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