Understanding Barriers to Progression: SLN Research

30 January 2018

Last year the Sussex Learning Network commissioned two pieces of research around the perceptions of outreach, widening participation and barriers to progression.

‘Redressing the balance: Research exploring views of university engagement activities and how they could be developed in the future’

This report describes perceptions of a policy initiative, known as Widening Participation (WP), which aims to reduce social inequalities and increase social mobility.  The report is based on the findings from a research study which involved in-depth interviews and group discussions among those with a special interest in WP and how it is applied.

The full report can be downloaded HERE.  It was carried out by Vanessa Stone de Guzman at the University of Brighton


‘Overcoming the barriers to working class students’ participation in higher education’

This study took part in four schools in Sussex to provide a localised understanding of the factors and perceptions that influence working class’ students participation in higher education.  You can read the Executive Summary HERE

The full report can be downloaded HERE. It was carried out by Dr. Louise Gazeley at the University of Sussex

Both studies were funded with research and evaluation money made available to universities active in Sussex, as a region, through the National Network for Collaboration Outreach (NNCO).