The Government has issued new targets and guidance for OFFA on participation of working class boys, retention of black students and students with disabilities in a 16-page letter to the Director of Fair Access.
White working class boys, who are five times less likely to attend university than the most advantaged groups, have also been a focus in the recent Green Paper. The Reach partnership has commissioned some local research on this topic by Dr Neil Raven. Further information and details of the project will be available at the REACH Conference in June.
Jo Johnson, universities minister stated that “Raising university participation rates is a complex challenge and it is, of course, not one that universities alone can solve. Our reforms to raise attainment levels in schools will play an especially important part, but they are not the only solution.
“Our message to universities is simple: get out there, into some of the country’s poorest neighbourhoods. Work with other universities and build relationships with schools. Be innovative – extend your summer programmes and taster courses to bust the myths, but also come up with new ideas, and once you’ve recruited those students, help them to stay the course.”
Find the full letter here.