Widening participation: a role for transport? UK higher education policy and mobility-related educational exclusion

Kenyon, Susan (2010) Widening participation: a role for transport? UK higher education policy and mobility-related educational exclusion. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 12 (2). pp. 36-53. ISSN 1466-6529. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Widening participation (WP) is high on the UK government's agenda. Despite progress in increasing participation in higher education (HE), disparities in participation rates among different social groups persist. This paper considers the extent to which transport may be a barrier to access to HE and therefore a contributor towards disparities in participation. As part of their WP strategy, the government recently published A New 'University Challenge', a policy document that highlights the development of locally provided HE as a strategy to open up HE to those who might otherwise be excluded. This paper considers the extent to which the institutions mentioned in this document have considered transport in their WP strategies and WP in their travel plans. The paper concludes that transport is an overlooked aspect of WP strategies, which may be significant in increasing participation in HE of under-represented groups, such as those targeted by A New 'University Challenge'.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: access, widening participation, transport and social exclusion, higher education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2010 15:55
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 08:32
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25499 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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