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Welcome to the September issue of GHWY's Newsletter for HE Providers.

We hope that everyone had a good summer and is adapting to new ways of working as campuses slowly start to re-open. Some of the creative ways in which members are operating and delivering outreach activities are discussed in this month's blogs. We also reflect on an online summer project we ran, in consultation with local Virtual Schools, for care experienced young people.

As always, if you have any good news stories or upcoming events you'd like to share from your institution then please get in touch.

GHWY trials online outreach for care experienced young people 

In consultation with local Virtual Schools, we devised an online approach to engagement with care experienced young people over the summer.

The Summer Project invited those aged 16+ to research an issue of importance to them. Guided through four stages of a research project, participants received access to resources and bespoke weekly briefs, with the opportunity to submit their completed project at the end. 

Read more.

Role of HEPOs highlighted in GHWY journal article

We are pleased to have had an article published in the journal Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.

'Reframing widening participation towards the community: a realist evaluation' draws on data collected from our HEPOs and explores the ways in which their roles and work function to 'normalise' widening participation activity and discourse within the institutions in which they are based.

Read more.

Delivering careers advice in the wake of Covid-19

We have worked with C&K Careers to explore the impact of Covid-19 on the delivery of CEIAG. The research also considered how things might look in the 2020-21 academic year.

Potential challenges that were identified include labour market uncertainty; concerns around the priority of CEIAG;  students' IT access; and safeguarding.

Read more.
Blogs and events
Online outreach at Leeds Beckett University

Sarah Thomas, Access and Widening Participation Manager at Leeds Beckett University, looks at how outreach activities have changed in the wake of the pandemic.

This includes online talks, virtual open days, and adapting resources for digital access. She also considers what the future holds for outreach.

Read more.
Kirklees College adapts to Covid-19 challenges

Henna Ellahi, GHWY Outreach Officer, explores some of the ways in which Kirklees College has adapted to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Measures includes targeted online activities, hosting a virtual HE Staff Conference, and steps that have been taken to re-open the campus for staff and students for the new academic year.

Read more.

Meeting the 2020-21 HE Admissions challenge – how can we cope with Covid-19?

When: Wednesday, 11 November between 10am-4pm
Where: Online

The NEON session will review the 2019-20 HE admissions experience and look at what can be learnt in order to shape how HEIs best support those applying for entry in 2021. It will also examine the case for more fundamental reform of the admissions process into the 2020s.

Further information and to register for a place.

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