Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell was quoted in University Business’ coverage of the Social Market Foundation report on Widening Participation – published in partnership with University Alliance and the Open University.
Commenting, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said: “In recent years, significant progress has been made in recruiting more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to university, as well as increasing retention and levels of attainment. We are proud to be the only group of universities above benchmark on both recruiting students from widening participation backgrounds and ensuring they achieve good outcomes once they arrive.
“But we cannot and must not rest on our laurels, and as this report shows, there is a risk that unless progress accelerates, the Prime Minister’s ambitious targets will be missed. More needs to be done right across the sector to identify potential and talent wherever it exists, so that intakes reflect the whole community. A helpful first step would be for institutions to collaborate in shifting the focus away from just recruitment to genuine outreach.”