Understanding Widening Participation in Elite HE Institutions

PIs: Dr Niall Winters; Dr James Robson; Dr Katriona O’Sullivan (University of Maynooth); Dr Ann Childs; Dr Hubert Ertl

January 2017-ongoing

This project aims to understand the different ways in which widening participation is conceptualised, measured and evaluated in elite HE institutions. The project focuses particularly on the new Foundation Year created by Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) College at Oxford University, which is modelled on the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) at Trinity College Dublin. The project investigates students’ experiences and the capabilities they develop through the year as well as the way in which the Foundation Year fits within the overall admissions system at Oxford University.

This project is systematically linked to a wider examination and comparison of alternative access routes in Ireland (TAP) and England (the LMH Foundation Year), funded by the Irish Research Council and led by Dr Katriona O’Sullivan. To find out more about this project, see: https://tcd.academia.edu/KatrionaOSullivanPhD

For more information, contact Dr James Robson