ARC Network has been commissioned to undertake a review of the University of New South Wales’ ASPIRE programme. ASPIRE offers aspiration and awareness-raising programmes in schools that serve communities in low socio-economic areas and indigenous communities, both in Sydney itself and in rural New South Wales. Jo Wiggans flies out on November 3rd 2011 to undertake a 2 week review, visiting schools and talking to departmental staff, in order to advise the university’s Student Equity and Disabilities Department on the strengths and opportunities in the development of the programme and on monitoring and evaluation structures.
ARC Network has been commissioned by Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) to undertake academic research with a sample of higher education institutions with regard to contextual data in undergraduate admissions.
There is considerable interest in the use of contextual data, that is putting attainment in the context of the circumstances in which it has been obtained, in higher education admissions in the UK. Contextual data is not only of interest to the HE sector, but to governments (for example in England it’s referred to in the HE White Paper and in the social mobility strategy) to schools/colleges and the media. The project will assist in sharing understanding across the sector of the purpose of contextual data, the methodologies used, and the value it adds.
To find out more about the research or discuss our research and evaluation services further contact Joanne Moore on email@example.com
ARC Network has just launched their new company website. The site provides visitors with an overview of the network’s services and allows users to register for the company’s brand new e-bulletin service. Dr John Sanders, co-founder of the ARC Network, says ‘Today’s launch is an exciting step forward for the network. Having an online presence is a key part of our marketing strategy and we are hopeful that the site will enable us to engage more effectively with new and existing clients’.