Widening Participation - Support for Collaboration, Structures and Communication - Questionnaire

Closed 3 May 2024

Opened 9 Apr 2024


The Department for the Economy (DfE) is reviewing the future approach to Widening Participation in Higher Education as the current strategy (Access to Success) has passed its intended timeframe. A Widening Participation Forum has been established, a key focus of this Forum is to develop the Widening Participation policy and to support the development of a revised approach to Widening Participation.

In order to achieve these aims, the following work strands have been identified and will primarily be delivered through a number of Task and Finish Groups (TFGs):

  1. Target Groups;
  2. Planning and Monitoring - Including WAPPs Review;
  3. Raising Attainment, Support & Progression to Successful Outcomes;
  4. Support for Collaboration / Structures / Communication; and
  5. Data & Evidence.

The 'Support for Collaboration, Structures and Communication' group has developed this questionnaire, as part of its evidence gathering work, to collate the view of the educational providers in NI who deliver Higher Education Programmes.

The questionnaire covers the following topics;

Collaboration - how can the sector work together to deliver Widening Participation (WP) programmes to target groups?

Structures – what formal or informal organisational structures are needed to support this collaboration. Consideration should include how existing structures could be leveraged or better used, as well as the potential for new structures.

Communication – how can we improve communication with others (both potential students and wider stakeholders) focusing and targeting communications effectively to support a joined up approach (to ensure, for example, schools are not overwhelmed with communications from different providers at the same time or all target groups are communicated with equally).

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  • Higher Education
  • Further Education