Edge Hill in top three universities in UK for widening participation
EDGE Hill University has been named in the top three nationally for widening participation by successfully removing barriers commonly faced by students from lower income and other under-represented backgrounds.
The announcement was made by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in a policy note written by Professor Iain Martin which looked at each university’s success in widening participation.
In the note, Benchmarking widening participation: how should we measure and report progress?, Professor Martin proposes a potentially more effective measure of equity of participation rates which demonstrates graphically the most equal - and unequal - Higher Education institutions in the UK.
Edge Hill vice-chancellor, Dr John Cater, said: “We have been a champion of widening participation since our establishment in 1885 as the country’s first women’s non-denominational teacher training provider.
“Since then the theme of opportunity for all has remained a key component of the institution’s vision and is embedded throughout our activities.
“We continue to make a significant and distinctive contribution to widening participation through a co-ordinated strategy of advice and guidance, targeted support, research and provision of entry routes, which has been highlighted in Professor Martin’s analysis.”
Nick Hillman, director of HEPI, commented: “This analysis reveals which universities reflect our society best, and those which have further to travel. It remains surprisingly controversial with some people to suggest that our oldest universities should mirror our society more closely.”
A statement on the university’s website added: “Edge Hill has a strong track record in widening participation, being a major provider of higher education for a diverse student body including mature students, first generation students, students from low income families and students from low participation neighbourhoods.”