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Title: Refugees and Asylum Seekers: a University Perspective


1
Refugees and Asylum Seekers a University
Perspective
  • Harinder Lawley
  • Head of Access development

2
Structure
  • HE Strategy a modernising agenda
  • Widening participation
  • Regional planning
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Institutional issues and potentials

3
HE Strategy
  • A modernising agenda
  • Social inclusion and economic prosperity
  • Learn to earn
  • Buy now pay later (Fair Access)
  • Research v teaching
  • New forms of provision

4
The Context
  • Currently a supply led system
  • 166 centrally funded but autonomous higher
    education institutions (HEIs)
  • 1.3 million students(FTEs)
  • 40 HEIs in London with 256,764 students
  • 50 participation target, with a 43 rate

5
Student Profile
  • 74 full time undergraduates
  • 5 full time postgraduates
  • 51 women
  • predominance of socio-economic groups 1 and 2
  • differentiated representation across types of
    institutions

6
WP Policy and practice
  • Targeting the hard to reach
  • Offering alternative programmes
  • (re-) Introducing maintenance awards
  • Recognising costs in funding formulae
  • Requiring WP strategies for fee increases
  • Accountability

7
Regional planning
  • RDAs and targets
  • Pressure to talk and work across sectors
  • Progression initiatives ( students views)
  • Workforce and education development
  • Centres of Excellence and Research Institutes
  • Resources

8
London Metropolitan
  • Largest single institution in London
  • Circa 34,000 students
  • 3,200 staff
  • 13 sites
  • 14 academic departments( inc applied social
    sciences, humanities, science, engineering,computi
    ng,arts, built environment and business)

9
Student Numbers by Mode and Level in 2002-03
10
Ethnicity - All Students 2002-03
11
General Student Statistics
12
Location of UK domiciled students in 2001-02
NB based on Home Postcodes
13
Institutional Responsibilities
  • Autonomy in setting institutional priorities BUT
    subject to external scrutiny
  • WP strategy a condition of grant
  • Balance between local/national issues
  • Demonstrable partnerships and progression key
    factors
  • Monitored and evaluated annually (3yr plans)

14
Some Facts
  • UK applications 103,000 (HO, 2002)
  • Pakistan has 2m, Iran 1.8m
  • UK is eighth in Europe (Switzerland, Sweden,
    Norway and Austria x 2 ahead)
  • Of 12m refugees worldwide developed west has
    fewer than 1m (UN, 2003)
  • Minority ethnic population of UK is 7.9 (OSN,
    2003)

15
Issues
  • Selection of priority groups, who decides and
    how?
  • Targeting of resources
  • Availability of appropriate expertise and
    champions
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Funding for students
  • Risk factors

16
Potentials
  • New curricula and students
  • Practical application of APEL/RPL
  • Diverse and inclusive institutions
  • Progressive workforce development
  • Contribution to regional development agenda
  • More humane and civilised society (Dearing,
    97)
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