Let's Talk about Classism: What is Widening Participation and How can Higher Education Communities advance further? A talk from Lee Elliot Major OBE
Thursday 27 April 2023,
- Thursday 27 April 2023, 2.00PM
OCO. 03 (Oculus Lecture theatre)
Hosted in OCO.03, found on the ground floor of Oculus, come and listen to Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter, Lee Elliot Major OBE to talk about what social mobility means, how universities can strategically progress support, and the retrospective outcomes of Widening Participation students.
The room itself contains an IR Induction Loop for those hard of hearing, alongside a number of spaces along the front for wheelchair users to sit. The room has step free access, through the far entrance of the room. It is located with automatic access doors and an accessible toilet found along the corridor. There is also a conveniently located gender neutral toilet near to the lecture room, on the ground floor of the Oculus.
What will I learn?
The purpose of the talk is to learn more about what social mobility and Widening Participation means, why they are such important initiatives, and how universities can put Widening Participation at the heart of their education strategy. The aim is to come out more informed on what it means to be from a Widening Participation background, and about the unequal playing field in the UK and how this manifests. There will also be extensive discussion on how universities can strategically support the needs of Widening Participation students, the importance of Widening Participation in education, and the value of education at the heart of the mission for social mobility.
What does Widening Participation mean?
Be originally from an area and community where progression to Higher Education is low (classed as LPN - Low Participation Neighbourhoods and Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)).
Come from a low socio-economic background.
Be the first generation of your family to enter Higher Education.
Be a care leaver or estranged student.
Be a Young Carer.
What is "Lets' Talk About Classism"?
Let's Talk about Classism is a campaign ran by your Widening Participation Officer throughout Term 3, to encourage and allow space to come together and discuss the impact of class and socioeconomic status on the opportunities and experiences of Warwick students. These are not only the student opportunities directly available to us, but also on the experiences and unintentional or intentional discrimination that occurs around both the National Student movement, as well as specifically during our time studying at the University of Warwick.
Let's Talk about Classism will explore 3 key themes throughout the following weeks. It will also aim to offer room to bring together the Widening Participation community, and to help enhance and grow a student and staff network to fuller engagement and discussion of Classism and the experiences of it here on campus.
The three key themes are as follows:
- Higher Education Communities
- Student Experience
- Graduate Outcomes
You can get involved with Let’s Talk About Classism, and find out more, by viewing the Campaigns Page here!
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