(Vocational) Education (reform) is over-rated and T Levels are the monster it created

Written by Chris Bayes. Like many of my practitioner brethren, it would be fair to say my journey to becoming a widening participation (WP) practitioner was not exactly linear.  Prior to commencing a career in WP in 2007, I worked (in chronological order) as a paperboy, a factory worker, a retail assistant, a barman cumContinue reading “(Vocational) Education (reform) is over-rated and T Levels are the monster it created”

‘This Is How It Feels’ – Personal reflections during Mental Health Awareness week

Chris Bayes This week marks Mental Health Awareness week.  As stated on the Mental Health Foundation’s website here, “The week will explore the experience of loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.” Loneliness affects millions each year and is commonly recognisedContinue reading “‘This Is How It Feels’ – Personal reflections during Mental Health Awareness week”

‘’There’s nothing more dangerous to power than a working class person with a thirst for knowledge”

It was a very proud day for both myself and my family when I was accepted to study BSc (Hons) Public Sociology at Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh, which is located outside of Edinburgh. When I attended my first day, I was, I have to say, reminded of the theme tune from the tv sitcomContinue reading “‘’There’s nothing more dangerous to power than a working class person with a thirst for knowledge””

Unlocking Opportunity: Accessing Higher Education with a Criminal Record

Charlotte Brooks Doctoral Researcher, University of Nottingham A criminal record can be devastating, lifelong and far outweigh the harm caused by the official punishment itself. For instance, people with a criminal record can be subjected to discrimination within employment and experience challenges when accessing housing and education. Yet restricted access to opportunities and basic rightsContinue reading “Unlocking Opportunity: Accessing Higher Education with a Criminal Record”