As the numbers of people globally who take part in higher education increases, how can nations and individual HE institutions ensure that this opportunity is open and available to all who are able to benefit? How can institutions best manage the diversity of their student body to the benefit of all students? What does higher education mean to the most disadvantaged in society? And how can both the content and mode of higher education pedagogy ensure that all possible learners can take part? This edited collection takes an international overview of these questions, addressing issues that are usually only tackled at the national or local level. It explores the inter-connectedness of recent trends in higher education –widening access, internationalisation, equality and diversity and inclusive curriculum. Moreover it offers and evaluates examples of practice from around the world that have, in different ways, attempted to provide solutions to these issues.The book is relevaqt to an international higher education audience including senior managers; policy makers; academics and academic development professionals; access, equality and diversity professionals; student affairs directors and anyone else with an interest in the relationship between higher education and social inclusion.
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Kath Bridger is an educational consultant who has previously worked as the Director of Access and Widening Participation at the University of Bradford and Regional Manager for Aimhigher in Yorkshire and Humber. She has worked extensively as a consultant across the public, private and voluntary sectors supporting organisations to develop inclusive policy and business practice. Professor Ivan Reid is Visiting Professor at York St John University, Emeritus Professor of Education at Loughborough University and Honorary Visiting Professor of the Sociology of Education, in the School of Lifelong Education and Training, at Bradford University. He served twice as Vice Chair of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers and was Vice President of the International Council on the Education of Teachers. Jenny Shaw is the Head of Higher Education Engagement for the UNITE Group, a trustee of the UNITE Foundation and an Associate Director of BSV Associates