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”.
The ARC team have recently been awarded a new contract by STEMNET to develop and deliver training to chemistry specialist STEM Ambassadors. The project will provide training and support materials to Ambassadors wishing to use hands-on chemistry activities as part of their schools outreach work. This RSC funded project builds on the team’s recent Powerful Practicals project, and will be delivered in conjunction with red consulting between January and July 2014. ARC Director, Louise Higham says “STEM Ambassadors offer such a valuable service to schools and colleges across the country and we are delighted to be given this opportunity to support the training and development needs of chemistry specialist Ambassadors.” To find out more about the project contact us here.
Members of ARC Network, in collaboration with Dr Anna Mountford-Zimdars from Kings College, London have recently completed a major new study examining the current evidence base around contextualised admissions in HE. The report, commissioned by SPA, is due for publication later this month and key findings will be presented at a special SPA Conference being held on 23rd October 2013 in London. For more information about the conference go to
The HEFCE commissioned ARC Network review of research into widening participation has recently been published. The review was commissioned to inform the national strategy for access and student success which HEFCE and the Office for Fair Access are jointly developing. The report reviews a selection of research and evaluation work from 2006 to the present day, mainly covering published empirical research. The report offers recommendations aimed at national policymakers, institutional managers and policymakers, and widening participation practitioners.
The full report and executive summary can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rereports/year/2013/wplitreview/
ARC Network have recently been appointed by HEFCE to undertaken an extensive literature review of published research into widening participation in HE since 2006. The review will help inform the joint OFFA/HEFCE national strategy for promoting access to higher education. The report will pull together existing, published research and will provide an analysis of the key issues and challenges to widening participation and demonstrate what approaches have been shown to be most effective in widening participation and supporting student success. The review is due for completion by mid-June. If you would like to learn more about the research please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
NUS have commissioned ARC Network to undertake research into the effect of funding changes on the student experience in Further Education. The research will find out how changes in both personal financial support for students in colleges and financial constraints in college budgets are affecting the opportunities that Further Education students have to develop their social capital and their broader skills and experience. Research will consist of interviews with staff at colleges across the North West and an online national student survey. The research is expected to be completed at the beginning of May. To find out more contact us on email@example.com
Jo Wiggans has been named as one of the nine new experts appointed to The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) Advisory Group which advises the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education on strategy and policy issues. Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, Professor Les Ebdon, said: “These new members bring a wealth of experience to our Advisory Group, significantly extending the expertise I can draw on…..I am confident they will make a valuable contribution to the Group’s work and very much look forward to working with them.”
To read more about the expansion of the group go to: http://www.offa.org.uk/press-releases/offa-adds-further-expertise-to-its-advisory-group/#sthash.WJvoNaNw.dpuf
STEMNET have appointed ARC Network to provide additional training and online resources to STEM Ambassadors to help them to deliver practical classroom based science activities. This year long contract commences with a training pilot based in the North West and culminates with train the trainer sessions for those supporting STEM Ambassadors across the UK. The project is being delivered in conjunction with Red consultancy, which provides ARC with additional training expertise and capacity.
Jo Wiggans has been appointed to the board of Manchester’s Halle Orchestra to bring her experience of educational outreach work. The Halle’s education team offers fantastic projects for talented young people and has ideas to extend their outreach when their new rehearsal space in Ancoats opens next year. Jo says it will be a privilege to contribute to widening access to the wonders of a world-class orchestra.