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HRH The Duchess of Sussex message of support on World Access to Higher Education Day 2019

We are extremely honoured and delighted to have the support of HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities for World Access to Higher Education Day this year. Today, on World Access to Higher Education Day, we are able to...

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Measuring the Impact of Equity Promotion Policies: Lessons from National and Institutional Case Studies

The New Equity Study A 2018 study sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, All Around The World, reviewed the policy commitments of national governments to promote equal opportunities in access and success in higher education.  The study found that, with the exception of a...

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Access Project Spotlight: Newcastle University’s PARTNERS Programme

Now in its 19th year, and one of the largest in the country, the University of Newcastle’s PARTNERS Programme offers a supported entry route into Newcastle University for under-represented student groups.       What is the name of the project? PARTNERS Programme...

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Moving from Rhetoric to Action on Widening Access to Higher Education

Dr Graeme Atherton is the director of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the United Kingdom. NEON is leading on World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED), which takes place on 26 November 2019.   It is not surprising that, as reported in last...

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WAHED Voices: Leadership support is crucial for diversity in higher education

Universities in Europe are increasingly attentive to the topic of diversity and inclusion; this has to a large extent been a process driven by the university leadership, giving the topic priority at the strategic level. In Europe, the issue of social inclusion has...

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Blog: STAR and City of Sanctuary lead pledges from UK Universities to improve access for refugee students for World Action to Higher Education Day and the Global Refugee Forum

With kind thanks to Christopher Smart, Access to University Coordinator at STAR for contributing this blog. Around the world universities are signing a global statement  of support for refugee access to higher education for World Access to Higher Education Day. This...

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WAHED Voices: Access and Student Financial Aid in Japan

With kind thanks to Professor Masayuki Kobayashi,  Comprehensive Research Organization, J. F. Oberlin University for contributing this article.  1. Worsening equality of access to higher education in Japan The increase in tuition fees (Figure 1) and the subsequent...

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“Advocating for Equity” Statement of support from SAICA South Africa

As in many countries around the globe, South Africa has experienced extreme challenges providing inclusive education for all, as well as the need to improve skills shortages currently lacking within the South African economy. South Africa’s higher education has...

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Secretary DeVos Finalizes Higher Education Regulations that Promote Innovation, Protect Students, and Reduce Regulatory Burden

As part of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Rethink Higher Education agenda, the U.S. Department of Education today announced the publication of final accreditation and state authorization distance education regulations designed to expand educational...

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