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Pre-entry Widening Participation programmes at the University of Glasgow: a study of success and impact on progression and retention. Neil Croll, Alison Browitt & Kelly Hedge-Holmes WP team, Recruitment and International Office. Outline. What is a Widening Participation student?

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Pre entry widening participation programmes at the university of glasgow a study of success and impact on progression a

Pre-entry Widening Participation programmes at the University of Glasgow: a study of success and impact on progression and retention.

Neil Croll, Alison Browitt & Kelly Hedge-Holmes

WP team, Recruitment and International Office


Outline

Outline

  • What is a Widening Participation student?

  • Engaging with WP students

  • - Pre-entry programmes

  • - Admissions

  • Effectiveness of programmes in widening participation

  • Effectiveness of programmes in aiding student retention

  • Contribution to graduate attributes


What is widening participation

What is Widening Participation?

  • Who do we regard as WP students?

  • ‘non-traditional’ students

  • Examples of WP criteria

    • SIMD postcodes

    • First in family

    • Time spent in care

    • Schools with low progression

      to HE

    • In receipt of EMA

    • Adult learners


Uog wp programmes

UoG WP Programmes

  • Schools

  • REACH Scotland

  • Access to Primary Education

  • Top-Up Programme

  • Summer School

  • Adult learners

  • DACE Access Courses*

  • Scottish Wider Access Programme

  • *See LTDF project by Dr Joanna Ferrie: Attrition, Retention and Access: An Examination of the University of Glasgow's Access Programme for non-traditional students and factors that enhance retention

  • Available at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/learningteaching/awardsandfunds/ltdf%20presentations%202005/2009-10/


Top up programme

Top-Up Programme

  • since 1999, initially as part of GOALS

  • 1,200 S5 and S6 school pupils per annum

  • 40 schools

  • 65 postgraduate tutors

  • 11 school sessions

  • 2 campus sessions

  • online contact: moodle;

  • Student Network

  • essential skills for HE

  • independent learner

  • Student Profile used towards admissions


Summer school

Summer School

  • First in Scotland, running for 25 years

  • 9 week programme of first year UG work

  • 200-250 students per annum

  • Study up to 3 academic subjects

  • Study skills element

  • Taught by academic staff/ GTAs

  • Authentic university experience

  • Induction to student life

  • Student Profile used towards

  • admission

  • Now embedded within Admissions system


Engaging with wp students in schools

Engaging with WP students in schools

  • Engage with schools by HE progression rate

  • =<22% - Top-Up Programme; Summer School, APE; REACH Scotland

  • =<27% - Summer School; APE; REACH Scotland

  • =<32% - APE; REACH Scotland

  • Admissions: use Student Profiles as contextual data

  • UoG use of contextual data for WP admissions highlighted as model for sector (SFC)


Students in 0 40 simd postcodes

Students in 0-40% SIMD postcodes

*Scottish Funding Council, Learning for All: Fifth update report on measure of success March 2011

Available at: http://www.sfc.ac.uk/web/FILES/Our_Priorities_Access/Learning_for_All_2011.pdf


Top up students progressing to uog

Top-Up students progressing to UoG


Summer school students progressing to uog

Summer School Students Progressing to UoG


Impact of wp programmes 1

Impact of WP programmes - 1

  • Retention and progression of first year undergraduates who completed the Top-Up programme - compared to students from the same schools who didn’t do Top-Up, and students from non-GOALS comparator schools

1 Walker, L, Matthew, B and Black, F, 2004. 'Widening access and student non-completion: an inevitable link? Evaluating the effects of the Top-Up Programme

on student completion', International Journal of Lifelong Education, 23: 1, 43 — 59

2 Croll, N. & Copsey, D., presented at Forum for Access & Continuing Education conference, 2005, University College Cork, Ireland


Impact of wp programmes 2

Impact of WP programmes - 2

  • Retention and Progression of first year undergraduates who attended Summer School – continuation of studies at the University after Year 1 compared to students from GOALS schools who didn’t do Top-Up, and students from non-GOALS comparator schools


Impact of wp programmes 3

Impact of WP programmes - 3

  • Retention and Progression of first year UGs who completed Top-Up or Summer School by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

These preparation programmes appear even more effective when taking into account that the students in the comparator groups are generally less disadvantaged:

0-40% SIMD Top-Up = 52.5%

0-40% SIMD Summer School = 44.3%

0-40% SIMD GOALS no Top-Up = 42.0%

0-40% SIMD non-GOALS = 32.7%


Graduate attributes

Graduate Attributes

  • Pupils

  • independent learning & critical thinking skills

  • essential study / revision / exam skills

  • confidence to get involved in extra-curricular and social aspects of student life: clubs, societies - important for developing broad graduate attributes

  • Tutors

  • employability skills: teaching / lecturing experience

  • progress to employment in education / WP fields

  • benefits to other GTA work

  • develop graduate attributes such as effective communication; experienced collaborators; adaptable; resourceful and responsible; reflective teachers


What our students say

What our students say

  • Feedback from pupils who participated in Top-Up:

  • ‘The seminar was the most useful aspect of the campus day s it allowed you to talk to others in a small and close group.  It provided a good and realistic experience of university seminars.’

  • ‘I think it helped me most in making the transition from school to university much easier.’

  • ‘It provided a confidence boost before going to university as we were able to talk about our worries and fears.’

  • ‘Very enjoyable and vivid insight into higher education. Tutors are extremely helpful and friendly.’


What our students say1

What our students say

  • Feedback from students who participated in Summer School:

  • One of the big things about Summer School was that we got to know where everything was and how to use the library, the computers, even the Stevie building

  • Hardly anyone from my school was coming to Glasgow so I got to know people from other places who would be starting with me in September. Making friends was worrying me but Summer School helped.

  • The tutors were so helpful. It surprised me.

  • University is so different from school. Just being here got me used to it and going to lectures, labs, helped me relax about coming.


What our tutors say

What our tutors say

  • Feedback from postgraduate Top-Up tutors:

  • ‘Top-Up is such a useful, enlightening and insightful programme for both pupils and tutors, the transfer of knowledge and experience is vast on both sides of the fence!’

  • ‘Top Up is a good programme and very worthwhile especially for those who are first generation HE students.’

  • ‘From my own personal experience, attendance at the my first ever tutorial was terrifying as I was completely unprepared. Getting an introduction to these aspects of HE are crucial, particularly for students that may not have experienced these activities in their school.’

  • ‘The pupils feel equipped, knowledgeable and more confident as a result of knowing what to expect and already having experience of some aspects of university life. Meeting other students and being treated as an equal is a first taste of the freedom of university. Others may discover that perhaps they need a little more time before they are ready for the rigors of studying on their own/in the field they were hoping to go in to, and this can be helpful too.’


What the teachers say

What the teachers say

  • Feedback on the Top-Up Programme from school teachers:

  • ‘Tutors were excellent in motivating pupils - encouraging discussion - explaining what is expected of pupils.’

  • ‘The campus sessions demystify university for our pupils and they realise that university is somewhere for them.’

  • ‘Was excellent preparation for higher education. Bridge between spoon-fed approach and the approach of HEIs. The skills learned will be invaluable.’

  • ‘Has certainly encouraged pupils to work and aim high. Real value will not be appreciated until pupils reach university.’

  • ‘The programme helps pupils to focus on the requirements of H.E. and in some instances I am sure it has made the difference in pupils gaining entry to H.E.’


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Top-Up and Summer School: effective access routes for widening participation within the UoG

  • Aid continuation and retention of WP students (those usually deemed the most at risk)

  • Pre-entry preparation sets the scene for independent, critical learners, who can acquire higher level graduate attributes within HE

  • Tutors gain personally in terms of graduate attributes and employability skills – leads to future educational or WP employment for many


Contacts

Contacts

  • Questions?

  • The WP team would be happy to answer any further questions after the event. Please contact:

    • Neil Croll – Acting Head of Widening Participation

      [email protected]

    • Alison Browitt – WP and Retention Researcher

      [email protected]

    • Kelly Hedge-Holmes – Acting Director of Top-Up Programme

      [email protected]

    • Scott Iguchi-Sherry – Reach Programme Co-ordinator

      [email protected]

    • David Hamilton – Director of Summer School

      [email protected]


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