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Higher Education, Funding and Access: Scotland and the UK in International Perspective

Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Thursday, 31 August 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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These dual, and sometimes competing, pressures must be understood within the context of globalisation. Developed countries generally see higher education as a way of building knowledge economies, leading to debates about the proportion of students who should be qualified to tertiary level; the division of costs between the individual student and the state; the most effective ways of increasing participation by students from non-traditional backgrounds; and the intended and unintended consequences of widening access initiatives. As noted by Rizvi and Lingard (2010), globalisation is not a one-directional force, but is accompanied by movements to reinforce the local and the regional, often driven by anxiety about the rapid pace of change and a perceived loss of identity. This seminar explores the way in which the twin pressures of globalisation and localisation play out in the field of higher education and in specific debates on fees regimes, access and culture. In the following paragraphs, we set out the central themes addressed.

Broad themes and questions:

  • How should the costs of higher education be distributed between the student, their family and the state?
  • What are the implications of shifts in tuition fee regimes?
  • Is higher education in the developed world a driver of social justice or growing inequality?
  • What are the best means of achieving fairer access?
  • What challenges are encountered by non-traditional students and how can they be supported?

 Programme

 Morning sessions

09.30–10.00  Refreshments and registration
10.00–10.30

 The topography of higher education systems in the developed world

   Professor Sheila Riddell, Sarah Minty and Dr Elisabet Weedon, University of Edinburgh

10.30–11.00

 Higher Fees, Higher Debts: Unequal Graduate Transitions and Outcomes in England?

   Dr Katy Vigurs, University of Derby; Dr Steven Jones, University of Manchester; and Dr Diane Harris, University of Manchester

11.00–11.30

 The influence of funding regimes on cross-border student flows in different parts of the UK

   Dr Susan Whittaker, University of Edinburgh

11.30–11.45  Tea and coffee
11.45–12.15

 Proportionate universalism: Understanding Welsh higher education policy in a wider UK context

   Lucy Hunter Blackburn, University of Edinburgh

12.15–12.45

 Widening access and target setting: can social audit be used to promote social justice?

   Professor Sheila Riddell, University of Edinburgh

12.45–13.30  Lunch

 

Afternoon parallel sessions

13.30–14.00

 Widening access to higher education: balancing supply and demand in Ireland

   Professor Emer Smyth, Economic and Social Research Institute Dublin

OR

 Waxing and waning commitment to widening access in Sweden

   Dr Elisabet Weedon, University of Edinburgh

14.00–14.30

 Widening participation policies and outcomes in Germany

   Dr Andrea Óhidy, University of Freiburg

OR

 Higher education funding and student activism in Quebec: Le printemps érable and its aftermath

   Professor Marie-Aurélie Thériault, University of Montreal

14.30–15.00

 Widening access and retention in Australia

   Professor Trevor Gale, University of Glasgow

OR

 Finding a fit? The experiences of students from less advantaged backgrounds in an elite US university

   Dr Katherine Friend, Nottingham Trent University

15.00–15.30

 School curriculum and social inequalities in access to selective higher education institutions: Scotland and the US in comparison

   Professor Cristina Iannelli, University of Edinburgh

 

For enquiry about registration, please contact Grace Kong at CREID-EDUCATION@ed.ac.uk.

Do you have questions about Higher Education, Funding and Access: Scotland and the UK in International Perspective? Contact Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

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University of Edinburgh
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Thursday, 31 August 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)


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Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

About CREID

CREID undertakes high quality research to inform policy and practice in the pursuit of equality.

The Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) undertakes research exploring issues of inclusion and diversity in relation to children, young people and adults in education and related areas of policy and practice (including health, social welfare, training and employment).

Based at the University of Edinburgh and part of the School of Education, CREID undertakes high quality research to inform policy and practice in the pursuit of equality, social justice and social inclusion for a wide range of disadvantaged groups.

Inclusion and Diversity has long been a strong theme of work across the School of Education and CREID provides a focal point for work in this area.

Mission statement

CREID's mission is to undertake research which explores issues of inclusion and exclusion for children and adults in education and related social policy fields, including training, employment, health and social care. The Centre aims to undertake high quality research to inform policy and practice geared towards the pursuit of equality, social justice and social inclusion for a wide range of disadvantaged groups.

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