The University of Strathclyde, together with the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE), the FOCUS West Programme and the Equality Challenge Unit, is hosting a conference this Friday on social mobility and higher education. The event, which is being sponsored by Celtic FC Foundation and EMSI, will discuss the future of widening university access in Scotland in terms of examining policy, practice and research. Here’s how the organisers describe the event:
With the new First Minister of Scotland’s announcement in November 2014 that ‘at least 20% of university entrants should come from the most deprived 20% of the population’, access has remained high on the political and education agenda. How such an ambitious target can be achieved will be a central topic of debate at the conference, particularly since the most recent access report published by the Scottish Funding Council refers to a ‘significant attainment gap’ within secondary schools and suggests that, for universities, widening access progress has been ‘incremental’. Clearly, whilst progress has been made, there is still much work to do in this significant area for social mobility.
Amongst the many talks planned, we will be holding a workshop in Conference Room 3 at 3:15pm. In “Informing Higher Education Decision-Making With LMI”, we will be showing how good Labour Market Information (LMI) can help university decision makers widen participation in a number of ways. Using LMI, universities can make their curriculums more relevant to the needs of their local and regional economy, thus encouraging people to train for jobs that actually exist. LMI can also be used to play a role in directing students and prospective students, by showing them how them how the education provided by the university can lead them into sustainable careers. A number of our education partners are using our LMI to promote their courses to potential students who might not normally consider attending.
The conference programme can be found here. If you are attending the conference, do come along to our stand and have a chat with us about how we can help your university engage more fully with your local and regional community.
If you would like further details, contact Jamie Mackay at firstname.lastname@example.org