The Access to Higher Education Diploma can support successful transitions into civilian careers for Service Leavers, ex-Service personnel and Service spouses. Dr Mel Macer, Research Fellow from the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University will discuss her research on 'Understanding the journey to and through ‘Access to Higher Education Diplomas’ for adults with a Service background'.
This research was commissioned because of recurrent, anecdotal evidence of a decline in Access students with a Service background within South West England, a region that hosts about 25% of Britain’s Armed Forces. The report identifies a number of opportunities to improve the journey to and through Access Diplomas for these students, particularly for those from the lower ranks of the Army and for Service spouses from all three Service backgrounds.
Among the findings, the report highlights that:
- Improvements are needed to the quality and provision of Access Diploma-related Information, advice and guidance to the general population, not just to those connected with the Services;
- The lack of currency of many military qualifications for entrance to Higher Education needs to be addressed; and
- Further education institutions and higher education institutions should manifest their commitment as signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant by becoming more Service-friendly.
This free event is open to all and will be of particular interest to admissions tutors and Service leavers. Please register attendance via the above link.