Education and Social Stratification

'Accidental bias' mars HE equal access ambitions in Scotland - SecEd

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 00:00

A lack of information for parents about the subjects that universities prefer is leading to an ‘accidental cultural bias’ against poorer students, it is claimed. Sam Phipps reports. 

This article quote research from AQMeN's 'Education and Social Stratification' strand. 

Beyond access to HE: Widening Access initiatives and student retention in Scotland

AQMeN research briefing 9 - Beyond Access to HE: widening access initiatives and student retention in Scotland.

The chances of dropping out from higher educaton (HE) in Scotland are significantly higher for students from less advantaged social backgrounds. 

In this research briefing, Dr Gitit Kadar-Satat and Professor Cristina Iannelli explore the social gap in student retention in Scotland, the impact of existing widening participation policies and the measures that may help to reduce dropout rates in HE. 

Beyond access to HE: Widening Access initiatives and student retention in Scotland

Widening access to Higher Education continues to be highly topical in Scotland, as underlined by the establishment of the Scottish Government Commission on Widening Access in June 2015. As well as promoting equality of access to Higher Education, a key feature of the Widening Participation (WP) strategy is the focus on maximising student retention due to non-completion having adverse personal outcomes for students and negative implications for HE institutions. 

School subject choices and social inequalities in higher education entry and labour market outcomes

This project aims to assess whether and to what extent social class differentials in entry to higher education and in occupational destinations are mediated by subject choices in secondary education. In Scotland and overall in the UK, students in upper secondary education are free to choose the type and number of subjects. At the same time, universities, in particular the Russell Group universities, require students to have studied certain subjects in secondary education in order to gain access to the desired study programme in their institutions.

Social inequalities in graduates’ occupational destinations

This project aims to assess whether and to what extent social inequalities in early occupational destinations among graduates exist.

Degrees of difference: Social inequalities in graduates' job opportunities in the UK and Germany

AQMeN research briefing 6. Cristina Iannelli and Markus Klein, from the Education and Social Stratification research strand, summarise their recent research on the possible factors behind the persistence of unequal labour market outcomes among higher education graduates. In their research, they compared the UK and Germany to examine the role that national institutional systems have in shaping the transition from higher education to the labour market.

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