University Alliance . Fairness, funding and access Professor Janet Beer April 2010. Policy and practical issues. The power of the dominant narrative Reframing the fair access debate Equality issues IAG – quality not quantity The future landscape including fees.
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Fairness, funding and access
Professor Janet Beer
The Times June 2009
David Lammy Oct 2008
Telegraph Jan 2009
(rules and systems)
(individuals and relationships)
Equality of opportunity not outcome e.g. needs blind access
Access to good information, advice and guidance for all applicants
Context of prior educational attainment
Access to what?
Course and learning environment with greatest chance of achieving ambitions, goals and access to career or graduate future
University experience which equips them for path they want access to
Employment ready graduates - leaving university with high quality work experience already on CV
Access issues for postgraduates
Equality Act 2010
Some public bodies required to “pay due regard to the need to reduce inequalities of outcome that result from socio-economic disadvantage”
Does not apply to Higher Education
What is the role of universities?
Education a driver of social mobility
Focus on early attainment and aspiration (working in partnership with schools)
Focus on information
Work of the Teaching Quality Information / National Student Survey Steering Group
HEFCE work on the information needs of prospective students
But, good advice and guidance also essential
Role of Government: DCSF IAG Strategy “IAG Guarantee”, focus on role of local government
Central AG possibilities limited? UCAS?
Role of Universities: working with schools
No negative impact on full-time participation
But misunderstanding / myths are causing more of a barrier than the system itself
Attainment, not cost, remains the strongest determinant of participation (but upfront cost does matter)
False distinction between full-time and high-intensity part-time
High cost of student support has forced a cap on student numbers – possible impact on access
Fees and student finance – Independent review
IAG requirements / standards of transparency
Moving beyond artificial full-time / part-time divide
Flexibility of provision and local access