Making Choices for Higher Education: Social and Cultural Differences in Decisions for Students coming to Higher Education
Higher Education is predominately middle class in its milieu. This paper examines, through the voices of students from different backgrounds, what enables success for social equity in HE.
||Social Equity, Higher Education, Education Research
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.101-110.
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Mary Stuart is Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) at Kingston University in the UK. She is responsible for developing the institution's mission to expand its role as a leading civic university, committed to social equity. She also works for national government advising them on social equity in HE issues. From 1992 to 2005, she was Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex. She was responsible for the University’s Academic Policy and Standards and for social equity and student achievement and support across the institution. She is a sociologist by training and continues to supervise DPhil students as well as being a DVC. Her research is in the field of education and social policy with a particular interest in HE policy, citizenship and social inclusion in education. Mary edits the Journal of Access Policy and Practice and her most recent book publication is Collaborating for Change? Managing Widening Participation in Further and Higher Education (NIACE, 2002) and article Widening Participation and Research Intensive Universities a Contradiction in Terms? in Duke and Layer, Widening Participation Which way forward for English higher education? (NIACE, 2005). Prior to working in HE Mary has worked in community education and in the theatre.
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