At a time when the UK may slowly be emerging out of what, for many in higher education, has been a period of ‘unprecedented change’ (Universities UK, 2012) in which institutions have found themselves having to balance increases in student expectations and demands against decreases in funding and resources, this special edition focuses on an issue that is becoming ever-more important – that of the relationship between social mobility and higher education. Drawing upon the findings of the Higher Education Academy’s March 2013 Conference: What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK?, the six papers gathered here give between them a clear indication of the proactive and synergetic manner in which the sector is responding to the resource and funding challenges which it currently faces.
Bibliographical note© Andrews, J., & O'Mahony, J., 2013. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Widening participation and lifelong learning, 15, 2, 1-5, 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/WPLL.15.2.1
- widening participation
- higher education
- social mobility