About the event
London has the highest levels of HE participation of any region in the country and also has the most ethnically and socially diverse population of students entering HE. However, there are still groups of students who we are failing to reach, alarming gaps in attainment between ethnic groups and evidence that students from London are not achieving their potential in the labour market. Led by London Higher’s AccessHE division, this roundtable discussion will bring together policy makers, HE leaders from London universities and senior figures from schools, colleges, local authorities, charities and business to examine what can be done to further advance the contribution that London HE can make to social mobility in the capital.
The discussion will examine in particular:
- How the POLAR participation measure currently used by the OfS, and which influences funding, may be leading to young people from lower socio-economic groups in London missing out
- What universities, schools and colleges can do to support young people from all backgrounds to enter the universities that are right for them
- Where universities and employers can improve HE outcomes in London for learners from BAME, disabled and low income backgrounds
The discussion will produce a set of recommendations on how to better measure HE participation in London and how to improve HE access and outcomes for London learners, which will inform future working and campaigning by London Higher and AccessHE.
Attendance at this event is strictly by invitation only.