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The business of widening participation

18 January 2023, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

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Join this event to hear Colin McCaig discuss the political economy of higher education access in the English market context.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Carly Brownbridge

Location

Room 901
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
United Kingdom

Professor McCaig will focus on how Widening Participation (WP) policy – at a national and institutional level - has evolved in response to two major policy imperatives of the last 50 years:

  • the human capital-driven expansion of the High Education (HE) system, and
  • the process of marketisation through differentiation that begun with the 1987 White Paper.

He will draw on some his recent work, including McCaig, C, Rainford, J and Squire, R (Eds) (2022) 'The Business of Widening Participation: policy, practice and culture' and his 2018 monograph McCaig, C (2018) 'The marketisation of English Higher Education: a policy analysis of a risk-based system'.

The speaker will discuss a policy analysis approach (Fairclough and Fairclough 2013) to explore developments in WP policy in the English HE system since 1997, in the context of system marketisation.


This event will be particularly useful for those interested in researchers, widening participation and higher education research.


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About the Speaker

Colin McCaig

Professor of Higher Education Policy at Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University