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What obstacles exist for Higher Education Widening Participation practitioners in Art & Design?

Paul Glennon

My research concerns the challenges of Widening Participation in Higher Education, specifically relating to Art and Design courses. As Associate Dean of Outreach at University of the Arts, London, I lead programmes that support over 2,500 students a year. I have identified what I believe to be a key problem for Widening Participation (WP) practitioners in the UK: an over-emphasis in current WP programmes on the point of progression from the end of secondary education (school or college) into higher education (university). My research will: (1) Identify and develop models that will change the tradition of preparing pupils and students for university, instead finding ways to prepare both parties for each other. (2) Through focus groups, find out the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes of pupils identified as both 'disadvantaged' and 'good' at Art and Design from a much earlier age. (3) Find ways to demonstrate impact of intervention at this earlier point, shifting the focus away from the final year in school or college. This shift in thinking can inform other subject areas in the future and the early intervention programmes developed will be designed as a transferable framework that can be generalised across disciplines.

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Supervisors: Dr. Claire Robins and Professor Andrew Burn