GW4 Widening Participation Network Workshop

17 November 2015, 10.00 AM - 17 November 2015, 4.00 PM

Dr Sue Timmis (University of Bristol), Professor David James (Cardiff University) and Professor Jane Seale (University of Exeter)

4.10, 35 Berkeley Sq, BS8 1JA

Exploring the intersections of inclusion and participation

Introduction: Integrating widening participation and inclusion research and practice Policy makers increasingly note the short comings of WP in focusing on access to university and ignoring the quality, nature, depth and comparative success of participation experienced by disadvantaged students. In contrast, the inclusion field focuses on improving the learning experiences of students once they have accessed education. Inclusion debates and practices however also tend to be narrow in that they focus on schools or disabled university students.

Nevertheless they offer useful insights into particular aspects of learning experiences e.g. the role of technology in mediating participation. In this workshop one we will explore the intersections of inclusion and participation paying particular attention to pedagogy; institutional contexts and culture and powerful mediators of participation such as assessment and technology.


Registration: tea/coffee   10:00 -10:30am
Welcome and Introduction Dr Sue Timmis and colleagues 10:30 - 10:45am

Speaker One: Wider or deeper? Learning, assessment and participation in HE

Professor David James, Cardiff University 10:45 - 11:30am

Speaker Two: Access or Empowerment: Learning, technology and inclusion in HE

Professor Jane Seale, University of Exeter 11:30 - 12:15pm
Lunch   12:15pm - 1pm
Small group multi-stakeholder discussions

Drawing on our own research and practice experiences: Can the WP and inclusion discourses inform one another to create new spaces for collaboration and exploration?

1 - 2:30pm
Break   2:30 - 3pm

Distiling out potential research questions and designs that will inform discussions within the final workshop.

3 - 4pm


To book a place, please email:

There are 60 places in total and we are hoping to be able to welcome 15 colleagues from each of the GW4 institutions. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

For those who are successful in booking a place at this workshop, we will send a short form asking them to share some details about themselves and how their research and/or practice relates to widening participation and/or inclusion. This information will be used as part of the small-group discussions.

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