FACE e-Bulletin | September 2020

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FACE e-Bulletin | September 2020

There is suddenly a crispness in the air and, although higher education will look quite different to this time last year, September is for many of us the 'real' new year, bringing with it a new perspective and fresh possibilities.

New on the blog this month, Chris Bayes and Martin Walker share a case study of applying research-informed practice in an access to social work programme at Lancaster University. Also new on the blog, Jess Woodsford and Rose Sellman-Leava from Inclusive Futures discuss the potential of coaching as a tool for widening participation through enhancing 'possible selves'. Read more below.

We are always looking to raise the voices of those working to reduce inequality in education. If you have an idea for a blog post broadly in the area of widening participation and lifelong learning, please get in touch by emailing webmaster@face.ac.uk. Our guide to writing a blog post for FACE has everything you need to get started. 

As usual, we've done our best to collate interesting sector news and key sector events for you so you can prioritise what to attend in the upcoming months. 

Take care,
Jess and the FACE Team

 

FACE e-bulletin

An unusual (but still optimistic) new academic year 

There is suddenly a crispness in the air and, although higher education will look quite different to this time last year, September is for many of us the 'real' new year, bringing with it a new perspective and fresh possibilities.

New on the blog this month, Chris Bayes and Martin Walker share a case study of applying research-informed practice in an access to social work programme at Lancaster University. Also new on the blog, Jess Woodsford and Rose Sellman-Leava from Inclusive Futures discuss the potential of coaching as a tool for widening participation through enhancing 'possible selves'. Read more below. 

We are always looking to raise the voices of those working to reduce inequality in education. If you have an idea for a blog post broadly in the area of widening participation and lifelong learning, please get in touch by emailing webmaster@face.ac.uk. Our guide to writing a blog post for FACE has everything you need to get started. 

As usual, we've done our best to collate interesting sector news and key sector events for you so you can prioritise what to attend in the upcoming months. 

Take care,
Jess and the FACE Team
 

Praxis makes perfect: Developing research-informed Widening Participation practice


In this article, Chris Bayes and Martin Walker at Lancaster University share a case study of applying research-informed practice in an access to social work programme that engaged 130 students over five months... 

Read the whole blog
 
 

Enhancing ‘possible selves’
through coaching: A tool for
fair access and participation

Despite progress being made across the sector to close the gaps in equality of opportunity to access higher education (HE), there remain stark inequalities for some underrepresented groups across the student lifecycle. Students who received free school meals while at secondary school are half as likely to enter HE as those who did not, and young people who live in an area with the lowest rates of participation in HE are nearly six times less likely to go to a high tariff university than those from areas with the highest...
 

Read the whole blog
 

News from the sector

September will be better than April - but not for everyone in Wonkhe

As universities scramble to protect their own interests, inequalities will magnify in The Guardian

What went wrong with BTec grades? In BBC News 
 
 

Upcoming events 

 
Unlocking Lockdown: Practical approaches to moving university outreach forwards | 25 September  | Online | More info
Apocalypse or new dawn? Social mobility and education in the post-Covid era | 30 September | Online | More info 
Improving Student Access and Success in a COVID-19 World | 25-26 November | Online | More info
Are you running a webinar or other event that could be of interest to FACE e-bulletin readers? Email: webmaster@face.ac.uk
 
 

Calls for contributions

 
Know about any calls for papers, abstracts, presentations, workshops, posters? Email: webmaster@face.ac.uk
This is the monthly e-Bulletin from FACE (the Forum for Access and Continuing Education), offered to practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and others with an interest in access, widening participation and lifelong learning. The e-Bulletin is sent to colleagues in the sector; members and non-members alike. 

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