Access to Success and Social Mobility through Higher Education: A Curate’s Egg?

Stuart Billingham
York St John University, UK

Product Details
23 Aug 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
272 pages - 129 x 198mm
Great Debates in Higher Education


This edited collection illuminates the benefits, drawbacks, challenges, opportunities of the push to widen access to success and social mobility through university and other post-secondary education experiences in the UK and internationally. It examines a range of particular case studies, and addresses issues including the role of part-time study, the experiences of BAME students, increasing access within rural communities, issues faced by those with mental health problems, and the role of employers.

There has been some progress in some countries; increased access and enhanced success for some targeted populations, but not for others; and improvements in some regions of particular countries, but not for others. Efforts to improve access to success and social mobility, to strengthen the identification and nurturing of talent in every community and every corner of our societies, is, like the ‘curate’s egg’, only good in parts. This collection demonstrates that educational inequalities, unfairness and injustices still remain.
Foreword; Dianne Willcocks CBE, DL 
1. Access to success and social mobility through higher education: A Curate's Egg?; Stuart Billingham 
Section A Aspects of the contemporary access debate 
2. Access to the "elite" in England; Emile Sundorph, Danail Vasilev and Louis Coiffait 
3. Access to higher education in South Africa; Clara Gwatirera 
4. Learning through life revisited: the role of policy in enhancing social mobility through access to part-time study; Liz Marr and John Butcher 
5. Increasing access to tertiary education in rural communities: experiences from Tasmania and New Zealand; Margaret Noble and Jessica Grant 
Section B Focusing on student success and social mobility 
6. What can social capital contribute to student success in higher education? Perspectives from students and institutions; Helen May and Mark Jones 
7. "So you want to be an academic"? The experiences of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Undergraduates in a UK Creative Arts University; Siobhan Clay 
8. Students' views of tertiary education as ‘access to success’: A case study of a multicultural college in Israel; Bruria Schaedel 
9. Collective Responsibility and Collaborative Action: Universities and Employers in Pursuit of Social Mobility; Nik Miller 
Section C Innovations in access to success 
10. Students not Patients: Opening-up the university to those with mental health problems; Simon Newton and Nick Rowe 
11. Service-learning and academic activism: a review, prospects, and a time for revival?; Tony Wall, Dwight E Giles and Tim Stanton 
12. Warming a higher education cold spot: the case of Coventry University in Scarborough; Craig Gaskell and Ian Dunn 
13. A teacher's experience of the transformative pedagogic effect of part-time degree study; Gerard Sharpling and Neil Murray 
Section D Access to success and social mobility: Thinking big 
14. Access to success and social mobility involves everyone! A whole institution approach to widening participation; Liz Thomas 
15. Advocating for Access: World Access to Higher Education Day and beyond; Graeme Atherton
Stuart Billingham is Professor Emeritus of Lifelong Learning at York St John University, UK and was previously Pro Vice Chancellor at the University. He has worked to widen access to success in, and through, tertiary education for almost 40 years. He has published widely, both nationally and internationally, and regularly presents at major international conferences on these issues.
'Access to Success and Social Mobility Through Higher Education: A Curate’s Egg? is a welcome contribution to the current debate on access, success and social mobility, which can certainly provide a platform for local and global

campaigning for social justice to drive change – a call for us to shout loudly about the need to think differently about how we address inequality of access to success and lifelong learning opportunities.' - Kath Bridger, University of Bradford. Reviewed in Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Volume 22, Number 1, April 2020.

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