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Webinar - Building an evidence-based approach to widening access

Scotland’s framework for fair access

Date: March 19 - 2019
Location: Online

This webinar will take place on 19 March 2019 from 12:30 to 13:15 and is free to attend. Registration will open when we confirm all details for this webinar.

As part of the current Enhancement Theme, QAA Scotland will present a series of webinars aimed at helping you use data to enhance the student experience. Facilitated by a range of sector leaders and experts, these valuable sessions will consider the use of different types of data (both quantitative and qualitative) in a range of contexts.

About this webinar

The Commission on Widening Access’ final report (2016) noted a lack of evidence around the relative effectiveness of access initiatives and called for the development of an evidence-based framework to identify impactful interventions and provide best practice guidelines on evaluation. This webinar will explore the development of that Framework for Fair Access.

It will discuss the challenges in finding the balance between longitudinal evaluations, quasi-experimental methods etc. and pragmatic engagement with data and evidence gathering to determine impact; the need to bridge the gap between practitioners and researchers; how the sector can use and further develop the Framework; and how learning from its development and use can both inform, and be shaped by, the use of evidence and evaluation in other parts of the sector.


Dr Mckendry, Widening Access Manager, University of Strathclyde
Dr Mckendry is responsible for policy and practice to support the institution’s access ambitions across the learner journey. She also has a wealth of experience in research, teaching and learning most recently leading the award-winning TransEDU project which explored the experiences of trans and gender diverse students and staff in Scottish institutions. Stephanie has supported Scotland’s Commissioner for Fair Access as Implementation Advisor/Researcher since 2016 through a part-time secondment to the Scottish Government, contributing to the Commissioner’s discussion papers and annual report and leading on the development of a Framework for Fair Access.

Who should attend?

This webinar will be of interest to a wide range of staff and students, but may be of particular value to those in teaching leadership roles within the Scottish higher education sector.

Please note that we will be recording the webinar, and will capture text chat along with video and audio. We hope you can join the webinar but if you are unable to do so, the video will be available on our YouTube channel.


Further information about this event, including how to register, is available on our booking site.