Putting ‘Students at the Heart of Social Mobility’

July 22, 2016


Earlier this month, during AccessHE Week (4 – 8 July), the AccessHE Student Advisory Group were at the front and centre of our ‘Students at the Heart of Social Mobility’ event. Over 100 cross-sector delegates attended to hear the views of current higher education students from widening participation backgrounds on the issues of information, advice and guidance and student success.

The Student Advisory Group presented the findings from a student survey they put together to capture the issues being raised in the regular meetings being held throughout the year. While presenting the data gathered via the survey, the students boosted the impact of these figures by drawing upon their own experiences.


As a result of the findings, the AccessHE Student Advisory Group assembled their ‘Helping Students to Succeed’ manifesto. This manifesto presented 10 key points, mapped across the student lifecycle, where higher education could adapt to improve on course success for students. The final point the students wanted the audience to take away was ‘when talking about us, talk to us’.


At the end of the event, the AccessHE Student Advisory Group presented Sarah Howls, HEFCE and Professor Julius Weinberg, Kingston University London with prepared questions about access, student success, employment and the future of widening participation.

If you would like to know more about the AccessHE Student Advisory Group, please get in touch with Project Coordinator, Alex Hall.