Cara Baer, a doctoral teaching assistant and recent masters graduate, worked as a Research Assistant over the summer to explore how the BA (Hons) Education course helps support students from underrepresented groups through the application and admissions process. Underrepresented groups include students from different socio-economic backgrounds, BAME students, mature students, students with disabilities, carers and care leavers, who might not have considered a pathway within Higher Education.
The BA (Hons) Education and Education with Foundation programmes are committed to Widening Participation (WP). Their course content illuminates challenges and ways to support underrepresented groups within education and society, and their inclusive admissions processes engages with all applicants, including those who do not initially appear to meet standard university entry requirements.
Cara conducted a three stage research study starting with narrative biographies. This included analysing student assignments that explored their journeys throughout education, which informed how she designed and created a survey. This was sent to students from Foundation, first and second year on the Education course. Students who expressed an interest to participate in an interview enabled Cara to conduct case studies around their experiences of accessing the programme and University.