New Widening Participation Office - increasing access from under-represented groups

We are making a number of changes to ensure that the University meets new targets for increasing its intake of students from under-represented groups.

The changes have built on the excellent work focussing on previous targets that was delivered by the Division for Lifelong Learning (DfLL) and Recruitment & Admissions Office Widening Participation teams.

A number of teams have been brought together to create the new Widening Participation Office led by our new Head of Widening Participation, Annette Hayton:

  • The Learning Partnerships and Outreach & Marketing teams from the DfLL;
  • The Widening Participation Coordinator team from the Recruitment & Admissions Office in Academic Registry.

Other teams from the DfLL have moved to new departments to better support their work:

  • The Continuous Professional Development team, led by Suzanne Maxwell, now reports directly to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching);
  • The DfLL Quality Assurance has joined the Learning Experience & Quality team in the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office (LTEO);
  • The e-Development team has joined the e-Learning team in the LTEO.

The new access targets are part of the Access Agreement for 2012-13 and are monitored by the Office for Fair Access. Close collaboration across the University will be critical to our success in achieving them.

While the Widening Participation Office will provide the central focus for widening participation at the University, it will work closely with the Recruitment & Admissions Office, academic departments, Students' Union, Department of Sports Development & Recreation and every part of the University to achieve these outcomes.

These changes mean that the Division for Lifelong Learning no longer exists as an organisational structure although it will continue as an academic entity for the remainder of the academic year 2011/2012.

These changes have been made following a full consultation process with the affected members of staff and their involvement has been important in determining the final arrangement of these new structures.

For further information, please contact Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation, ext 5523.

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