Attainment and transition experiences of students progressing from an evening access programme to undergraduate study

Jason Annetts, Andrea Cameron, Hazel Work, Amy Miller, Vilja Niitamo, Marnie Stirling

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Abstract

The under-representation of particular sections of society in Higher Education (HE) is a driver for the current widening participation agenda. The Scottish Government has an ambition that ‘by 2030 students from the 20 per cent most deprived backgrounds should represent 20 per cent of entrants to higher education’ (COWA, 2016). However, there is recognition that in order to achieve this target there may need to be a range of entry routes and contextual offers available. According to Scottish government figures, Abertay is one of Scotland’s
leading HE centres for wider access (SFC, 2016). The university has offered a free part-time evening access course (Access to Higher Education Abertay Dundee (AHEAD) for a number of years but it underwent significant restructuring in 2012. This study considers the progression, attainment and experiences of students transitioning from the revised access route to their chosen undergraduate degree programme and through subsequent stages of study.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2017
EventSRHE Annual Research Conference: Higher Education Rising to the Challenge: balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders - Celtic Manor, Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Dec 20178 Dec 2017

Conference

ConferenceSRHE Annual Research Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNewport
Period6/12/178/12/17

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