Research Associate
Cardiff University

Ceryn's role is to explore the impacts of widening access initiatives in Wales on entry to higher education in order to further our understanding of the social processes underpinning participation in HE. Specifically, my role involves carrying out analysis on distinctive policies adopted in Wales to widen access.

My role also involves examining the ways in which national policies have been implemented by the Welsh universities, paying attention to the assumptions about the determinants of HE participation that are in play.

Ceryn has been a researcher at WISERD since 2013 when she began work on a project which explored the Welsh Government’s implementation of ‘widening access to higher education’ policies by higher education institutions in Wales. In 2015, she began work on a ‘civil society’ project which explored the role of graduates in local civil society. She has completed an ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University’s Schools of Social Science.

Before embarking on the PhD she completed an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and before that a degree in Psychology and Education (BSc) both at Cardiff University.


Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to Higher Education
The overall aim of the proposed research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the secondary analysis of administrative data-sets to delineate patterns of participation in higher education (HE) and, thereby, to contribute to the development of policy and professional practi
Research Team:
Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Ceryn Evans (Cardiff University), Caroline Wright
To what extent are institutional widening access strategies delivered on a departmental level? Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales Working Paper Series 1 WAQLCE2014-9
In recognition of inequitable rates of participation in higher education amongst individualsfrom different social groups, the Welsh Government has implemented policies putativelyaimed at widening access to HE amongst social groups traditionally underrepresented therein(Welsh
A review of approaches adopted by HEIs in Wales to evaluating widening access. Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales Working Paper Series 1 WAQLCE2014-6
Widening participation in higher education has been a central pillar of UK Government'shigher education policy since the 1990s. In Wales, the centrality of the 'widening access'agenda within its strategy for higher education has resulted in pressure on HEIs to expandaccess t
Targeting 'Communities First' areas in Wales to widening access to higher education: how appropriate are the methods? Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales Working Paper Series 1 WAQLCE2014-11
In recent years, widening participation in higher education in Wales has been a keypolicy drive of the Welsh Government. Central to meeting its widening access agendahas been the adoption of area based strategies to widening access to higher education(HE) in Wales. This has
How is the Welsh Government's widening access policy delivered on a regional level? Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales Working Paper Series 1 WAQLCE2014-8
Widening access to higher education has been a central theme within the WelshGovernment's strategy for higher education in recent years. This widening access agenda ispredicated on the basis that particular social groups (namely, those from particular social,ethnic or geogra
What is 'widening access' to higher education? A review of approaches adopted by HEIs and colleges in Wales to 'widening access' to HE. Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales Working Paper Series 1 WAQLCE2014-5
Despite major expansion of higher education (HE) in the UK over recent decades individualsfrom the least socially advantaged backgrounds continue to enter HE at lower rates than theirmore advantaged counterparts (Christie et al, 2005; Croll and Attwood 2013), and when theydo