March 26, 2019

GSM London Provost writes about widening participation

The number of students enrolling in higher education has fluctuated for years, with the most significant change to figures coming with the announcement of increased fees at many universities.

Attending university is usually the best way of getting the top jobs; as well as giving students the chance to gain the knowledge they need, university is also a forum for networking and developing the social skills that are integral for getting access to the leading roles. This particular aspect is proving more and more vital in many sectors, and business management degree students now have the opportunity to make all the necessary contacts that lead to securing the top jobs in business.

GSM London Provost and professor of economics Alison Wride has recently debated the implications of widening participation at university, and how and why the numbers have fluctuated, in this article. She explains that, whether because of finance, ethnicity or background, there are certain groups that continue to be less likely to enrol at university.

The 1950s saw 5-10% of the UK population attend university, Wride notes, and while that figure has increased significantly to over 40% today, the Office for Fair Access is keen to see the number of young people attending university rise further in the particular groups she draws attention to, such as those with disabilities.

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