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A SOAS-FACE podcast designed to bring together practitioners and policy makers to discuss the big issues of the day in relation to access, participation, success and social mobility.

The Access Podcast SOAS-FACE

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A SOAS-FACE podcast designed to bring together practitioners and policy makers to discuss the big issues of the day in relation to access, participation, success and social mobility.

    11. What Is The Question? A Conversation With Julian Crockford

    11. What Is The Question? A Conversation With Julian Crockford

    Julian Crockford believes that this could be a pivotal moment when we all get our theory heads on, unpack our interventions and gain an even deeper understanding about how they work. Julian is very positive about the role of intervention strategies in further developing our understanding about practice and the young people we work with. If we have enough time, we could ask more nuance questions about how we make a difference. Alternatively, we may only be able to do what we can to meet the deadlines.

    • 49 min
    10. Regulating Equality of Opportunity in English HE

    10. Regulating Equality of Opportunity in English HE

    In episode 10 of the Access Podcast, we discuss the Office for Students Consultation on regulating equality of Opportunity on English HE with Wendy Fowle and Gino Graziano, both convenors of the FACE APP Special Interest group. Our conversation followed the consultation’s questions and includes reflections on the views of the range of HEIs that are part of the SIG. We think you will find it both instructive and confirming. But, as always, do let us know your comments.

    • 45 min
    9. What does Opportunity for All mean? A conversation with Diane Reay

    9. What does Opportunity for All mean? A conversation with Diane Reay

    In this episode, we speak to Diane Reay about the Opportunity for All White paper, which was released in March 2022. Since then, much has changed. We have had two new Prime Ministers and several Education Secretaries. The future of the White Paper is yet unknown, but this was a good opportunity to discuss academisation and the impact of educational funding. It was also great to talk about the importance of processes, critical thinking and diversity in education with Diane. Could this be one of the areas that University-Schools partnerships could have the biggest impact? Her passion and plain speaking are second to none. If you haven’t read Miseducation, then now is the time.

    • 38 min
    8. Talking to Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS President for HE

    8. Talking to Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS President for HE

    In Episode 8 of the Access Podcast, I have a conversation with NUS outgoing President for Higher Education, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio. Hillary studied Social Policy at the University of Bristol, where she later served as the Bristol Student Union Undergraduate Education Officer.

    Hillary's insight about student engagement in digital and non-digital spaces will be useful to HE professionals everywhere. She speaks eloquently about student agency and autonomy in regard to co-creation and belonging. She also recommends a long term vision, that is willing to try new approaches and use culturally sensitive language when communicating with students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.

    It would be great to have your comments via email, twitter or Spotify. We look forward to hearing from you,

    Renata Albuquerque (presenter and researcher)
    Simon Tullett (editor and sound designer)
    accesspodcast@soas.ac.uk
    @theaccesspod


    00:57 – Welcome

    02:08 – Highlights at NUS

    04:36 – Student Success Activities

    08:36 – The Digital Space: Invisibly Inclusive

    17:08 – Managing Status Inequality in Academia

    18:52 – You Can’t Shake Off a Background

    22:28 – Ibz Mo’s Suggestion

    28:30 – Culturally Competent Language

    34:01 – Student Led Initiatives – Overcoming Barriers

    47:38 – Appreciation

    • 52 min
    7. Discussing mental health at universities with Prof Ross Renton

    7. Discussing mental health at universities with Prof Ross Renton

    In Episode 7 of the Access Podcast, we discuss student and staff mental health with Prof Ross Renton, the Principal of ARU Peterborough Principal of ARU Peterborough and former Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester where he championed a strategic approach to mental health care. During our conversion, Ross suggests a number of useful initiatives and strategies that universities can adopt to maximise support for its community and address some of the challenges experienced in institutions. Ross also recommends Sharon Mallon and Jo Smith book Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide.

    • 41 min
    6. Interviewing John Blake, Director of the Office for Students

    6. Interviewing John Blake, Director of the Office for Students

    The Office for Students has asked universities to do more to raise attainment at schools and to reduce the awarding gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students. In this episode of the Access Podcast, we discuss what this means with John Blake, Director of the Office for Students. Though not conclusive, the interview provides significant insight into the OfS' expectations for access work. What is still missing are the details but judge for yourself and don't forget to leave us your comments or tag us on Twitter @theaccesspod

    • 45 min

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