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Bursaries and institutional aid in higher education in England: do they safeguard and promote fair access?

Callender, Claire (2010) Bursaries and institutional aid in higher education in England: do they safeguard and promote fair access? Oxford Review of Education 36 (1), pp. 45-62. ISSN 0305-4985.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054980903518910

Abstract

The 2004 Higher Education Act introduced variable tuition fees of up to £3,000 for full‐time undergraduates in England. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) charging the maximum tuition must give low‐income students bursaries of £300. On top of this mandatory minimum, HEIs now provide additional discretionary financial support exceeding this level to these and other students. The degree to which these new bursaries and discretionary financial support have become a policy instrument for improving access and widening participation has not, as yet, been documented. Little is known about why the government introduced bursaries and what the government saw as their role. Even less is known about the type of bursaries HEIs have introduced or how they are being used, because up till now they have not been examined systematically. This article presents the first such analysis. It concludes that, from the evidence currently available, a mismatch exists between government aspirations and HEIs’ actual use of bursaries and scholarships. Moreover, the bursaries and scholarships put in place may perpetuate existing divisions within and across higher education.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2011 10:19
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 13:01
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4513

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