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Equality and widening participation

UCU policy and research on widening participation in post-16 education.

Lifelong loan entitlement

In February 2022, the UK government ran a consultation on the lifelong loan entitlement, which in England from 2025 will provide individuals with a loan entitlement to the equivalent of four years of post-18 education to use over their lifetime.

Post-qualification admissions

UCU has been campaigning for reform of the current model of student applications since 2015.

Staying Power

The career experiences and strategies of UK black female professors.

Investigating HEIs and their views on the Race Equality Charter

A UCU report by Professor Kalwant Bhopal and Clare Pitkin. The report explores the impact of the race equality charter mark (REC) on equality and inclusion in higher education institutions in England.

Statement on additional learning support

A joint statement from UCU and Disability Rights UK (DRUK) on additional learning support.

BME doctoral students' perceptions of an academic career

Research by Dr Jason Arday to explore the experiences of BME doctoral students and the impact of these on their perceptions of the attractiveness of an academic career.

Does Cost Matter?

A report looking at how students' views on the cost of higher education shape their decisions regarding study options.

Teaching excellence, social mobility & student choice

UCU responds to the BIS consultation on teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice.

Admissions charter

A charter to support greater transparency, and fairness in the higher education admission process.

Young people's perceptions about post-18 options

A report by UCU exploring young people's views about their education and training options, based on a poll of over 2000 students.

A UCU policy on widening participation

A briefing exploring widening participation in the UK, specifically, why it is important and how it can be improved.

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Engaging young people not in education, employment or training

Greater attention needs to be paid to the role of employers and other agencies to the development needs of young people.