Graeme Atherton, Director of National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), shows England has a fairly good record in terms of debating the issues, collecting the data and shining a spotlight on the problems surrounding widening participation.
Ellen Pope, Head of the Learning Development Centre; Neil Ladwa, Achievement Enhancement Adviser and Sarah Hayes, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the Postgraduate Masters and Diploma provide a perspective on retention.
Chloë Cockett, Policy and Research Manager at Become, considers children in care, who are often left out of the widening participation debate yet face enormous obstacles progressing to higher education.
Vikki Boliver, Professor of Sociology; Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education and Social Policy; and Nadia Siddiqui, Assistant Professor (Research) at Durham University call for a more robust use of contextualised admissions.
Following Brightside's joint publication with Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) of Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers, we will be publishing one essay a day from the collection over the coming weeks.
Brightside has collaborated with the Higher Education Policy Institute to publish a collection of essays by senior higher education figures entitled Where next for widening participation and fair access? New insights from leading thinkers.
The winners of Brightside's Mentoring Awards have been announced at a prestigious ceremony in London. Based around the theme of 'connections', the winners' stories showcased some of the life-changing links that are made through online mentoring.
Brightside is constantly growing and evolving. We are working with an increasingly diverse range of partners, using our expertise in online mentoring to connect ever more young people with inspirational role models, who help them to make confident and informed decisions about their future.