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Bridges, Pathways and Transitions by Gail Whiteford, Mahsood Shah

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Chapter 6

Widening Participation to Underrepresented and Disadvantaged Students

Social Identity and the Barriers to Higher Education Access in England

Kate Hoskins1 and Sonia Ilie2,    1University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom,    2University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Abstract

In the last 15 years, governments in the United Kingdom have sought to increase university participation particularly amongst underrepresented groups—mature students, women, and minority ethnic groups. The drive to increase participation is produced through the economic pressure for countries to improve their economic competitiveness in the global economy. At a national level, this pressure is exerted and experienced differently, between and within ...

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