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What Works

Our research has identified three types of interventions which may help students from under-privileged backgrounds to achieve success in Higher Education. Click on the icons below for more information on each of them.

Give Students a Better Life Map


Potential students don’t see themselves as the type of persons who would follow HE, or the type of persons that would follow careers which would follow on from Higher Education.

Give students the skills they need to thrive in Higher Education


Students who overcome the barrier of accessing higher education, often drop out early due to a feeling of lack of belonging or due to an inability to adapt to life in higher education.

Bypass Structural Barriers


Structural barriers can often completely exclude certain segments of society from Higher Education.

IDEAS and Civic Engagement

The following presentation considers the 'what works' cases presented above as applied to civic engagement:

Theoretical and evaluation frameworks

Key factors for inclusive institutional policy

Key factors for replication: Improving the status quo through scaling?

Dilemma’s in developing and implementing a strategy of change and inclusion in HE

The ‘good’ of good practices

From the 45 cases the partners identified the following initiatives that represent the ‘good’ of good practices. These cases are a combination of cases that have proven successes and proof to be sustainable. Also  cases that are not only effective but  also  efficient  and  can  be  implemented  and  replicated  with fairly low resources. At last also cases that have no proven success yet but provide innovative approaches or have developed initiatives with potential to grow by serving students that are not often taken into account or are almost invisible in higher education.
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Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) and the I Belong Program, Australia

Academic Advancement Program (AAP) at UCLA, USA

Science Academy 2006, France

Tū Kahika Programme Scholarship, New Zealand, Germany

Peer counselling, Germany

Professor Fluffy Programme, United Kingdom

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP), United Kingdom

The Brilliant Club, United Kingdom

The Mental Health Education and Employment Service, United Kingdom

Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER), Canada and Kenya

Opportunities for underrepresented Scholars (OURS)

Development of complex services for disadvantaged students at Wlislocki Henrik Student College, Hungary