Setting the Scene - Opening Remarks at the Widening Participation to Postgraduate Education: Access after the White Paper Conference, 16 February 2012

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A presentation given to the Widening Participation to Postgraduate Education: Access after the White Paper (WP2PG) Conference, 16 February 2012.

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Setting the Scene - Opening Remarks at the Widening Participation to Postgraduate Education: Access after the White Paper Conference, 16 February 2012

  1. 1. WideningParticipation toPostgraduateEducationAccess after theWhite Paper16 February 2012Royal Institute of BritishArchitectsTwitter hashtag#WP2PGCloudworks sitehttp://bit.ly/y23Dhy
  2. 2. #WP2PG Setting the scene Paul Wakeling Department of Education University of York paul.wakeling@york.ac.uk
  3. 3. #WP2PG The White Paper and PG access• Change and continuity in the White Paper• Unanticipated consequences?• “Making policy in the dark”
  4. 4. #WP2PG Why does PG access matter?• Social justice• Economic argument – Private – Public• The future academic workforce
  5. 5. UK Student Numbers by Level, 1960 - 2010 3,000,000 2,500,000Number of students 2,000,000 1,500,000 1,000,000 500,000 0 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Year Undergraduate Postgraduate
  6. 6. #WP2PG Postgraduates - complexity• Field of study• Institutional location• Purpose and type• Funding, mode of study etc. etc.
  7. 7. #WP2PG Inequalities• More data, please – But not for gender• Inequality is U-shaped…• Ethnicity, disability, horizontal stratification
  8. 8. #WP2PG Transitions• Money, money, money?• How does it all work anyway?• Outreach/inreach?
  9. 9. #WP2PGWhat are we going to do about it?
  10. 10. #WP2PG
  11. 11. #WP2PG Further reading• House, G. (2010) Postgraduate Education in the United Kingdom. Oxford: HEPI and the British Library• Lindley, J. and Machin, S. (2011) Rising Wage Inequality and Postgraduate Education. Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper 1075. London: LSE.• Machin, S. and Murphy, R. (2010) The social composition and future earnings of postgraduates. London: Sutton Trust.• O’Donnell, V. et al. (2009) Transition to postgraduate study: practice, participation and the widening participation agenda. Active Learning in Higher Education, 10 (1): 26 – 40.• Stuart, M. et al. (2008) Widening participation to postgraduate study: Decisions, deterrents and creating success. York: Higher Education Academy.• Wakeling, P. and Kyriacou, C. (2010) Widening Participation from Undergraduate to Postgraduate Research Degrees. NCCPE and ESRC: Swindon.• Wakeling, P. (2010) Inequalities in postgraduate education: a comparative review. In G. Goastellec, ed. Understanding Inequalities in and by Higher Education, (pp. 61 - 74). Rotterdam: Sense.• Wakeling, P. (2009) Social class and access to postgraduate education in the UK: a sociological analysis, PhD thesis, University of Manchester.

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