Widening Participation Community of Practice Group

 posted by | 19/09/2023

The Widening Participation Community of Practice group is a supportive space at the University for any colleagues working in anything related to the Access and Participation Plan (Widening Participation) and supporting undergraduate students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education.

In the University’s current plan, this includes students from lower Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintiles, BAME students, students with disabilities, and care leavers.

The Community of Practice was set up in 2019 by Rachel Spacey, Rebecca Sanderson, and Jacqueline Drury following an evaluation of APP activity, and comes together around four/five times a year to discuss a particular area of interest requested by members.

This could be the work of a particular team, a specific project, research findings, or looking at how we can move our work forward. For example, meetings last year included talks from Jessica Hodgson, University Senior Tutor, and Andrew Morris, Corporate Parenting Manager and Lead for Learning Care and Lincolnshire County Council.

The Teams site is also a space where colleagues can informally ask questions, gain advice, and share anything of interest.

We welcome all members of staff from across the University – please use the link below to join the Community Teams site, which will enable you to add meetings to your calendar:

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