Widening Participation, Higher Education and Non-Traditional Students

Supporting Transitions through Foundation Programmes

  • Catherine A. Marshall
  • Sam J. Nolan
  • Douglas P. Newton

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About this book


This book highlights the problems that have developed as students lack either the social or cultural capital to take the opportunity of Higher Education through conventional routes. This might be due to leaving school early, lacking entry qualifications or wanting to further their education and prospects after entering the workplace. Foundation courses help to widen participation and create a route towards higher education. This book offers tried and tested practical solutions, from the notion of widening participation, to recruitment of students and to ways of helping them to make the most of themselves and develop the skills they need to progress on degree courses of their choice. 

Catherine A. Marshall is the Director of the Foundation Centre at Durham University, UK where she promotes the development of an evidenced-based body of scholarly activity to underpin the delivery of programmes designed to provide a route into Higher Education for non-traditional students.  She is the Chair of the National Foundation Year Network.

Douglas P. Newton is Professor in the School of Education at Durham University, UK. His books and articles attract international interest. Recent successes include Teaching for Understanding, and the much acclaimed Thinking with Feeling, described as a Copernican shift in the notion of teaching. 

Sam J. Nolan is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Academic, Researcher and Organisation Development at Durham University, UK. From 2010-2015  Sam worked as a Physics Teaching Fellow, then Head of Scholarship at the Foundation Centre, where he supported the Centre in developing and promoting its scholarly profile. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine A. Marshall
    • 1
  • Sam J. Nolan
    • 2
  • Douglas P. Newton
    • 3
  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-94968-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-94969-4
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