HEFCE commissioned CFE and Edge Hill University to produce a report on effective approaches to widening participation in six case study countries: the Netherlands, the US, Australia, South Africa, Norway and Ireland. The review was commissioned to inform the national strategy for access and student success which HEFCE and the Office for Fair Access are jointly developing.
The aims of the research are:
- to critically examine the evidence for the impact and effectiveness of activity and policies specifically focused on widening participation and success in higher education, and to deliver an assessment of the robustness of that evidence base
- to critically examine the nature of the educational systems from pre-school through to higher education to determine whether there are systemic factors which make progression to and success in higher education for those from more disadvantaged backgrounds more or less likely.