Embedding a Whole Institution Approach to Widening Participation

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor Liz Thomas, Principal Investigator, Understanding a Whole Institution Approach to WP
  • Jenni Woods, Associate Director - Widening Participation, Kingston University
  • Julian Crockford, Widening Participation Research & Evaluation Unit Manager, University of Sheffield
  • Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students, University of Worcester
  • Professor Christina Hughes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Richard Shiner, Head of Evidence & Effective Practice, Office for Fair Access
  • (Chair) Professor John Storan, Co-director, Action on Access & Director of Continuum, Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies, University of East London


Universities spend a lot of time, money & effort on attempts to widen participation. However, to reach this outcome, they need to make sure they develop a cross organisation response. Recognising the need for research & evidence in this area, a recently concluded OFFA project “sought to improve understanding of what a successful ‘whole institution approach’ to widening participation looks like.”

Join Westminster Briefing on 28 February for an up to date brief on embedding a whole institution approach to widening participation. We will consider what a whole institution approach actually looks like, examine current examples and discuss the best ways to evaluate different WP programmes.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Identifying target groups, making commitments & delivering on them
  • Widening participation in terms of access, retention & outcomes
  • Involving all staff from across an institution
  • Common barriers and overcoming them
  • Adapting what works elsewhere to your own institution
  • Making sure actions are delivering value for money
  • Using evaluation to improve future approaches
  • Current case study examples
  • Effective approaches to WP: what the evidence suggests

The Event:

The opening session will focus on the key characteristics of a successful whole institution approach. The following sessions will examine what can be learnt from current examples and how best to evaluate different widening participation programmes.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in widening participation in HE, including those working in: widening participation & outreach teams; admissions; community engagement; student services; & students' unions.

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: Calum.Ennis@westminster-briefing.com

Wednesday 28th February 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“Adopting a genuine whole institution approach – where access is a key priority at every level – is the biggest thing a university or college could do to make change happen.”

- Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, October 2017

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