Centre for Higher Education Equity and Access. University of Birmingham, UK. The Centre for Higher Education and Access (CHEEA) is dedicated to researching the following issues:. Equity and efficiency in participation in higher education Variation in access to elite universities
University of Birmingham, UK
Labour market expectations, relative performance and subject choice, (The Nuffield Foundation).
Aspirations, attitudes, behaviour and attainment: a review of causality (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
Mature Students Bridging to University: an international evaluation of models and approaches to access (England and New Zealand).
Information Needs of Undergraduate Students, Higher Education Funding Council for England, (in collaboration with Oakleigh Consulting).
This project evaluates effects of providing students with information about the differences between earnings of graduates from different subjects. The research focuses on 15/16 year old students choosing subjects to study in the sixth form (Year 12). The research focuses on an intervention through which students are provided are provided with information about graduate earnings. The effect of this intervention is evaluated using a randomised controlled trial. Students in ‘control’ schools also receive a ‘special’ lesson which does not provide them with information about earnings. Evidence will be collected by short questionnaires before the intervention, immediately after and then again when students are in their first sixth form year. Qualitative interviews will be used to check the interpretation of students’ questionnaire responses. The effect of the intervention will be measured through students’ preferences towards subjects before they start Year 12 and the actual courses they are studying in Year 12.
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Gorard, S. and Smith, E. (2010). Equity in Education: an international comparison of pupil perspectives, London: Palgrave.
Naylor, P., Parker, S. and Warmington, P. (2005) The pragmatic reality of widening participation in higher education, Journal of Access Policy and Practice 2, 2, pp.140-160.
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