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Research pilot effective practice in widening participation of under-represented groups in outward student mobility
Start date: 15 Jun 2016, End date: 14 Jun 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project aims to develop a toolkit to support HEIs and FE Colleges building capacity to develop & implement effective strategies to increase participation in mobility programmes by students from disadvantaged/under-represented backgrounds (da/ur). It will:- analyse national mobility data & statistics and build a picture of participation & the challenges faced by da/ur students- support 4 institutions to conduct detailed analyses of participation of da/ur groups over a 3 year period (quantitative and qualitative analysis) - analyse pre and post mobility performance of mobile students- identify and assess the impact of initiatives and activities- report on effective institutional practice; and produce a transferable toolkit consisting of practical advice and case studies to help HEIs develop effective strategies- analyse data to ensure that UK HEIs are better placed to both monitor participation by student profile and to implement effective processes to widen participation.The project will be managed by the UK NA and delivered by the UK Higher Education International Unit (IU). It will involve 1 HEI from each of England, Scotland and Wales experienced in widening participation and outward mobility programmes; an FE College to learn more about the impact of early engagement in mobility opportunities; and be complemented by a parallel Irish proposal, whose representatives will participate in the Steering Group and work with the IU to share expertise, research tools and findings.The aim is to help achieve the EHEA target of 20% graduate mobility by identifying effective institutional practice to widen participation in mobility, and disseminate this across Europe. The toolkit should help achieve an increase for students from da/ur backgrounds. Annual data on students participating in outward mobility will be monitored beyond the project, to help challenge negative perceptions of freedom of movement/ raise awareness of opportunities beyond the UK.
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