University to host events on the challenges of Widening Participation in India

The University is to host two events focusing on the challenges of Widening Participation in the Indian Higher Education sector.

Already having an HE student population of more than 30 million, the Indian tertiary education system is the fastest growing in the world. Student numbers are set to increase by around 10 million by 2020. Although the national Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) is low by international standards, with more than half of the population being under 25 India will soon have more students than any other country.

However, a complex social structure with regional inequalities interacting with other types of inequality, present major barriers to educational opportunity for the great majority. Both events will explore the challenges these social, economic and cultural obstacles present to widening participation for disadvantaged groups.

One event will take place on Liverpool campus with another taking place at London Campus at Finsbury Square.


Professor N V Varghese, Director of the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), New Delhi will be speaking at bother events.

Dr Graeme Atherton, Director of the National Educational Opportunity Network, and co-author of the 2016 Pearson report, Charting Equity: Drawing the Global Access Map. Will be speaking at the event taking place on Tuesday, 27 June.


The location and time of both events is as follows:

Monday, 27 June
The Chapel, Foresight Centre, Liverpool
1.30pm Lunch
2pm Speakers

Tuesday 27 June
Seminar Room 13, 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1BB
3.30pm Refreshments
4pm Speakers

To register for these events please visit:

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