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University of Glasgow – 4 June 2004. DISABILITY AND THE WIDENING PARTICIPATION AGENDA Margaret Dundas SFC National Co-ordinator for Widening Participation. University of Glasgow – 4 June 2004. KEY ISSUES IN WIDENING PARTICIPATION closing the opportunity gap

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university of glasgow 4 june 2004

University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

DISABILITY AND THE WIDENING PARTICIPATION AGENDA

Margaret Dundas

SFC National Co-ordinator for Widening Participation

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

KEY ISSUES IN WIDENING PARTICIPATION

closing the opportunity gap

achieving/evidencing real change

improving retention and progression rates

developing a lifelong learning society

developing coherent funding strategies

and mechanisms

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP

Most privileged ££££££

Socially deprived £

‘The wealthiest seventh of the population are still five times more likely .…’

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP

££££££ Most resources

£ Least resources

‘….. to go to university than the poorest seventh.’

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP

raising awareness and aspirations

increasing applications

transferring applications into admissions

addressing cultural barriers

addressing financial barriers

for students (both income and expenditure)

for institutions

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

ACHIEVING/EVIDENCING REAL CHANGE

What do we mean by ‘real change’?

How do we evidence progress?

implications for data collection and usage

identifying and sharing good practice

learning from our mistakes

identifying and recruiting role models

ongoing monitoring and evaluation

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

IMPROVING RETENTION AND PROGRESSION RATES

providing informed options & choices

preparing students for entry at all levels

reviewing learning, teaching & assessment

monitoring attendance

longitudinal tracking

mentoring

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

DEVELOPING A LIFELONG LEARNING SOCIETY

challenging current values

providing opportunities for all

making the Scottish Credit & Qualifications

Framework work for students & institutions

using credit – based funding to develop

innovative provision

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

DEVELOPING COHERENT FUNDING STRATEGIES AND MECHANISMS

SFC Funded Wider Access Regional Fora

SHEFC/SFEFC Strategic Dialogue

Review Group

Reference Groups

Research base

Timescale

Consultation on proposed merger of Council

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

DISABILITY ISSUES

identifying students with disabilities

record of needs

self-disclosure/non-disclosure of disability

timescale

identifying who needs to know

developing appropriate policies (volume)

developing staff awareness and skills

developing appropriate support structures

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

DISABILITY ISSUES – Funding of

pre-entry initiatives – collaborative projects

point of entry initiatives

appropriate student support

on demand

as identified

intervention strategies

on course and/or generic provision

mentor and buddy schemes

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University of Glasgow– 4 June 2004

DISABILITY ISSUES – Funding of

individual students

DSA and 50% attendance rule

flexible modes of attendance/delivery

‘bite size chunks’ of learning

one to one support

monitoring, tracking and evaluation

students AND institutions intervention strategies