Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris was a panel member in today’s live Guardian Professional webchat which discussed improving the quality and reach of information, advice and guidance (IAG) about higher education.
The discussion brought together HE professionals involved with the creation and dissemination of IAG, to explore the ways in which universities can reach all groups of prospective students with the information they need on HE options and costs.
The discussion followed the launch of UniQs, a new web tool developed through a collaboration between The 1994 Group, Push and JISC. It’s an innovative new online tool to help applicants find the best information on the web and understand how to use it.
The web tool was developed in response to a poll commissioned by the 1994 Group which found that students are desperate for impartial advice and first-hand experience.
Harriet is Executive Assistant (Learning & Teaching) at Bath and over the last eight years has worked on a number of research projects about the student experience of teaching and learning; the transition to higher education; widening participation; and admissions to higher education.
She is a member of the Bridge Group, an independent policy association promoting social mobility through higher education.
After the webchat, Harriet said: "I enjoyed taking part. It was a very lively, and at times irreverent, chat about how universities, and others, can better provide prospective students with the information and tools they need to make informed decisions about higher education.
"It was great to see where my research project Student expectations of university learning has led: the 1994 Group resource UniQs is a new way in which universities and guidance professionals can help prospective students find the information they want in the places they might look for it."
Other panel members were:
- Tessa Stone, Chief Executive of Brightside, an education charity
- Johnny Rich, HE specialist and founder of PUSH
- Steve Martin, director of guidance, Careers EQ
- Rachel Winzer, director of research, 1994 Group
The webchat is available on the Guardian Higher Education Network.