The ARC Network team are delighted to be joining forces with Dr Anna Mountford-Zimdars, from Kings College London, to undertake a UCAS commissioned review. The study will examine the impact of the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) programme and will seek to identify future demand for SPA services. The review will hear from key stakeholders from across the school, college and HE sector and will include a large scale survey of HE providers. The findings, due to be reported in February 2015, will be presented to the UCAS board and to the SPA Steering Group. It is hoped that the review will inform decisions about the possible direction of future travel for the SPA programme.
ARC Network Directors, Dr John Sanders and Joanne Moore, have been selected to join a new research project examining the differential attainment and progression outcomes across different student groups. John and Joanne will join alongside colleagues from Kings College London and Manchester University to examine the patterns of differential attainment and to seek to identify the underlying causes. The HEFCE funded research, due to report in May 2015, will also offer solutions for how, through changes in policy and practice, differences may be reduced.
A joint project between ARC Network and Red consulting is set to commence in November 2014. The project will see the team piloting and rolling out training for newly recruited SIP Ambassadors across England. Funded by Cogent and delivered in partnership with STEMNET the project is an exciting step in bringing SIP based employees into the classroom to inspire young people into science based careers. ARC Director, Louise Higham says ” Once again we are delighted to be working with STEMNET on such an exciting new project and we look forward to working with SIP Ambassadors from across the country”.