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Widening Participation, Higher Education and Non-Traditional Students

Supporting Transitions through Foundation Programmes

  • Catherine A. Marshall
  • Sam J. Nolan
  • Douglas P. Newton
  • Explores the new field of Foundation Programmes and how they can be used to support transition to higher education for non-traditional students

  • Argues that for widening participation initiatives to be successful in higher education they need to address the problems of cultural capital, recruitment bias and learner alienation

  • Advances innovative approaches to admissions, marketing and recruitment and to the development and delivery of curricula which support students hoping to study further in a research-intensive university

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About this book

Introduction

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. 

Keywords

Support Change University Social Mobility Learning Foundation Year

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

About the editors

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. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Widening Participation, Higher Education and Non-Traditional Students
  • Book Subtitle Supporting Transitions through Foundation Programmes
  • Editors Catherine A. Marshall
    Sam J. Nolan
    Douglas P. Newton
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-94969-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-94968-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95690-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-94969-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Education
    Higher Education
    Sociology of Education
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