Pregnant pause

May 8, 1998

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals has begun a travelling roadshow promoting best practice in widening access, based on 11 examples from England, four from Scotland and one from Wales. Scots delegates were happy to debate their home-grown products last week while those at the Northern Ireland seminar were reportedly quite phlegmatic about the lack of local examples. But anticipated Welsh reaction to a seminar on "case studies from England" had led to its being renamed "case studies from elsewhere".

One Scottish example was a "pre-university summer school" at Glasgow University. David Hamilton of Glasgow's education department said there had been an investigation more than a decade ago into why students from non-traditional backgrounds had dropped out. The first three to be interviewed were male and had left because their girlfriends were pregnant. For "a manic half hour" before it was discovered that this was not a trend, there were hopes of winning massive summer school sponsorship from the London Rubber Company.

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

Home secretary says government will support 'best' universities

Man handing microphone to audience member

Academic attainment of disadvantaged students can be improved if they can decide how they are assessed, study claims

Woman drinking tea from saucer

Plugging a multibillion-pound deficit exacerbated by June’s poll result may require ‘drastic measures’, analysts have warned

Italy's gold medallist

New measures to ensure universities are ‘not penalised’ for taking poorer students also outlined for next stage of TEF

Classroom, school

Higher education institutions can and should do more to influence education at a secondary school level, says Edward Peck