When you shouldn’t always listen to your VC about WP: spurious explanations of widening participation performance

by Stella Jones-Devitt Recently HEPI produced a report Benchmarking WP: how should we measure and report progress? In it, Professor Iain Martin, the VC of Anglia Ruskin University suggests that sole reliance on one singular crude measure of disadvantage, namely POLAR quintiles, should be avoided. Who would disagree? Prof Martin favours applying the Gini index…

The who, where, what, and when of WP Evaluation

A recent event at the University of Sheffield, facilitated by the Office for Fair Access, asked the question ‘Why Evaluate‘ Widening Participation (WP) activity and, unsurprisingly, generated as many questions as answers. A range of panel discussions, key notes, and workshops attempted to address some of the challenges facing higher education in relation to evidencing…

Workshop: The impact of widening participation and why it matters

  12.00 – 14.00 Tuesday 18th July In 2016/17, the Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research Team (STEER) has begun to evaluate the impact of widening participation at Sheffield Hallam. We will be running a workshop on Tuesday 18th July, 12 noon until 2.00 pm, which introduces participants to the Widening Participation impact evaluation process, highlights  emerging findings,…