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Promoting fairer access to Scottish universities: How can this be achieved?

Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Monday, 25 March 2019 from 17:30 to 19:30 (GMT)

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Second Annual Memorial Lecture
in honour of Professor David Raffe

Professor Vikki Boliver’s lecture will draw on her recent research in Scotland to consider how we can promote fairer access to university study for disadvantaged applicants. This public lecture is in honour of the late Professor David Raffe, Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.

The lecture will be followed by a reception – all welcome.

For enquiry concerning registration, please contact Susan Scott at <Susan.Scott@ed.ac.uk> or 0131 651 6019.

For more information, please see <http://www.ces.ed.ac.uk/434-2/>


Abstract

The Scottish Government has called upon universities to reduce academic entry requirements for disadvantaged applicants as a way to promote fairer access to higher education. This contextualised admissions strategy recognises that the school attainment of disadvantaged learners does not necessarily do justice to their academic potential and that standard entry requirements typically exceed the minimum needed to succeed at degree level. Nevertheless, as I show in this lecture, universities are often conflicted about reducing entry requirements.

I lay out the ethical case for contextualised admissions and go on to examine the issues involved in developing a fair and effective system. I draw on the findings of a major research project to show that entry requirements could be reduced significantly for disadvantaged learners without ‘setting them up to fail’, and I discuss the scope for more radical reductions in entry requirements in conjunction with more active support for students’ learning whilst at university. Finally, I argue that contextualised admissions policies must be targeted accurately, which means using individual-level measures of contextual disadvantage, rather than area level measures such as the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).

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G1 Lecture Theatre, Paterson's Land
Moray House School of Education
University of Edinburgh
EH8 8AQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Monday, 25 March 2019 from 17:30 to 19:30 (GMT)


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