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The Effect of Schools on School Leavers’ University Participation

This paper considers the role that schools have in determining whether school leavers participate in higher education or not. It examines the association between schools and university participation using a unique dataset of 3 cohorts of all young people leaving maintained schools in Wales. School “effects” are identified, even after controlling for individual-level factors, such…

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Widening Access to higher education: the reproduction of university hierarchies through policy enactment

Patterns of participation in higher education (HE) in the UK, as elsewhere, have been marked by social inequalities for decades. UK Governments have responded with a plethora of policies and agendas aimed at addressing this broad social issue. However, little is known about how higher education institutions (HEIs) interpret and ‘enact’ these policies in relation…

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Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales

Participation in higher education (HE hereafter) has increased dramatically during the latterpart of the 20th century. The latest HEFCE research indicates that since the late 1990s, the rateof HE participation among young people has increased from 30 to 38 per cent (HEFCE, 2013:2). However, while participation has increased, concerns regarding unequal access to HE forsocially…

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Access to Higher Education in Wales: A Report to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

This report presents the principal findings and policy implications of a research project carried out by researchers from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). The broad aims of the research…

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Widening Access to higher education in Wales: Analysis using linked administrative data

This paper aims to replicate analysis conducted by Chowdry et al. (2013) which considers the determinants of participation in higher education (HE) in England. Using linked individual level data, for both participants and non-participants in HE, Chowdry et al. track 2 cohorts of young people from age 11 through to age 20. They demonstrate that…

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Overview of the Widening Access Database

The quantitative strand of the project will use a linked database of school and student records that has already been prepared by the Welsh Government. This database (subsequently referred to as the Widening Access Database) is based upon four linked administrative data-sets: the National Pupil Database (NPD) for Wales (including Pupil Level Annual Schools Census…

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Modelling Access to Higher Education: an evaluation of previous approaches. Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to HE in Wales Working Paper Series 1, WAQNCW2013-1

Access to higher education (HE) has become an extremely controversial area of policy, assuccessive UK administrations have sought to balance increasing student fees with ensuringthat HE is open to individuals from as wide a range of social backgrounds as possible. Therehave also been numerous initiatives that have sought to increase participation bydisadvantaged groups, by raising…