Why are some areas falling behind in university participation?

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SPC launches major new research project into widening participation to Higher Education

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have produced and published a set of analysis that looks into trends in HE. In particular their statistics on young participation show that there are unexplained gaps in levels of participation from area to area.

Gaps in young participation into higher education

The Southern Policy Centre have been commissioned by HEFCE to look more closely at five local authority wards in southern England. ODI Hampshire is playing a supporting role, bringing its open data contacts to the table.

The research project aims to find out:

  1. Whether there are other available data sets that explain why participation in HE is lower than expected in these areas
  2. How we can use this information to improve widening participation strategies for these areas
  3. If we can use this research to produce a toolkit for other similar areas up and down the country

The SPC will be working closely with universities, schools, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships to conduct this project.

For more info please contact Izaak on wilsoni@southernpolicycentre.co.uk

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