Universities should work with parents to increase access to university, according to a new report published today by King’s College London’s Widening Participation Department and LKMco. The recommendation comes in response to the finding that 95% of parents have concerns about their child going to university, including worries about debt, living costs and the support available for …
Writing for the higher education news service Wonkhe, Kate Bowen-Viner draws on her experiences as a mature student to argue that employers and universities can do more to support students who work. Kate is currently working full-time as an Associate at LKMco, whilst also undertaking an MSc in Policy Research at the University of Bristol. …
Dr Sam Baars is LKMco’s Director of Research. He talks to Iesha about his research exploring how higher education can become more accessible for white working class boys.
In this episode Iesha and Sam discuss
• Why Sam’s A-levels made him more politically engaged
• How Sam’s doctorate in Social Change led to the work that he does now
• Why research can help marginalised groups who otherwise might be ignored
• How surprisingly hard it is to define what a white ‘working class’ boy is
• Why feeling as if you belong is important for success at university
• Why working class pupils are less likely to go to university than middle class pupils
• Why many working class pupils don’t see the point in going to university
• Why supporting aspirations to attend university ought to begin to in primary school
Resources/people featured or mentioned
• The Great British Class Survey (BBC)
• The underrepresentation of white working boys class in higher education (LKMco/KCL)
Show notes and links for this episode can be found here.
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