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Anglo-Saxon England and the European Union

It is a time of weighty decisions in this part of the world right now. I don’t just mean in the Academy, although today and tomorrow… 2,488 more words


The HE white paper underwhelms on fair access

This post compares white paper plans to strengthen fair access with the proposals set out in the green paper.

It assesses each element of these plans and whether they amount to a convincing national strategy. 4,522 more words


disturbing the surface

Last Friday I had the pleasure of presenting at a seminar jointly hosted by OFFA and SRHE on the role of research in policy-making.  Professor Jacqueline Stevenson… 170 more words

Higher Education

A blueprint for fair access?


This post reviews fair access developments subsequent to publication of the HE green paper and preceding publication of the impending white paper.

It asks whether some of the recommendations proffered by the Scottish Commission on Widening Access (COWA) should also be adopted in England. 3,854 more words


St Ethelbert's Well

Actually, St Ethelbert isn’t well; in fact he’s been dead since 794. This is a holy well dedicated to St Ethelbert.

Ethelbert became king of East Anglia around 779. 251 more words


The 'Missing 520'

This post assesses the progress of English Russell Group universities in admitting students from areas with low levels of higher education participation.

It reapplies a methodology used previously by the Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCPC) to measure the success of these 20 universities in recruiting young, full-time first degree entrants from low participation neighbourhoods (LPNs). 1,791 more words