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Widening Participation in the 21st Century: A Decade of Learning

Accenture Training and Conference Centre, Kents Hill Park, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6TT
24 June 2010 00:00 - 25 June 2010 00:00

The Open University is pleased to announce that booking for its research conference is open and places are filling up quickly.
They are delighted to announce a distinguished selection of guest speakers: 

  • Professor Claire Callender, Department of Social Policy and Education, Birkbeck University; 
  • Professor Alison Fuller, School of Education, University of Southampton;
  • Professor Penny Jane Burke, School of Education, Roehampton University.

This two day residential conference will be an ideal time to take stock of progress, identify the gaps in our knowledge and understanding and look to what can be achieved in the next ten years.  Keynote addresses will be delivered, as well as a wide range of quality papers and posters, presenting research covering three broad themes:          

  1. Evidence gaps
  2. Learning design for widening participation 
  3. Knowing the learner.

The year 2010 has stood as a target date for an increase in participation to 50% of young people between the ages of 18-30.  Over the last ten years there have been a number of shifts in policy and practice which, allied to social and economic changes, have altered the landscape and, in turn, shifted focus for Widening Participation practitioners and theorists.  Whilst there have been considerable achievements, there is still some way to go in reducing the socio-economic gap and ensuring equality of opportunity for all who have the potential to benefit from higher education.  There are also many concerns around the experience of a more diverse student body, with debates about standards in and the purpose of higher education at the fore.
If you would like further information please contact John Rose-Adams (telephone 01908 654018) or Ally Smith (01908 655628)

John Rose-Adams and Ally Smith
Centre for Widening Participation
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

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