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Spring 2002
ISSN 1477-1241

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Learning + Teaching Unit

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Issue 1: Widening Participation and Access

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Rachel Forsyth

Widening Participation and Student Support
Sheila Aynsley Smith

Overcoming Barriers - Widening access to Higher Education
Ann Barlow

The University Foundation Year: a Work in Progress
Karen Moore

Online Mentoring - A Role in Widening Participation?
Mark Kent

Supporting Students to Improve Retention
Pauline Hearn

The Attraction, Support and Retention Project
Philip Lloyd and Louise Willmot

Connexions: a bridge for Widening Participation
Lydia Meryll

Visit days: do they really encourage students to choose us?
Susan McGrath

Widening Participation: the National Challenge
Geoff Layer

Links and Contacts

Links and Contacts related to this Issue

Many thanks to Mike Wray, Student Services ( for providing most of the following links. If you would like to recommend other links, please contribute them via the discussion board at

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Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, The journal of The Institute for Access Studies and The European Access Network

Report of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (Dearing Report), Chapter 7, Widening Participation in Higher Education

Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 This important bill affects us all and challenges us to think about our approach to students and potential students with disabilities. The actual bill can be found at:-

Much of its content was based on a consultation paper that the Disability Rights Commission wrote in 1999:-

The DRC (Disability Rights Commission) have written a code of practice that explains in plain English what it all means:-

Skill (the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities) have also produced a few resources related to the act for instance:-

There is also a lot of reference to the legislation in one of the assessment documents (disabled students) available at the LTSN generic centre:-

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