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Wide Open Symposium 2011

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John Rose-Adams
16 September 2011

Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:45 - 16:00
A survey of Open University research and scholarship in widening participation and inclusion in higher education

1 November 2011, 9.45am to 4pm.

Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

The Wide Open Symposium 2011: Widening participation, inclusion and social justice research and scholarship at the Open University will showcase recent research and scholarship addressing issues of widening participation, inclusion and social justice in higher education from across the university and create opportunity for all to engage in the debate, develop ideas for future work and contribute to a community of scholars in this essential field of study.

In the morning, the Berrill Foyer will play host to an exhibition of research posters, a new professional development module in Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, a range of academic publications, details of forthcoming events and podcast stations playing interviews with leading researchers from across the sector.

The Berrill Theatre will host a Keynote Lecture from The Centre for Inclusion and Curriculum’s Dr Liz Marr, an address by Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Curriculum and Qualifications) Alan Tait and a panel debate which will consider the question: What should research in widening participation, inclusion and social justice in higher education look like?

Lunch will be provided in the Hub, with delegates able to select from a range of hot and cold foods, and catering for all dietary requirements.

Central Meeting Rooms will host the afternoon sessions. A range of presentations of recent research and scholarship from across the Open University will be presented, conducted by academic, associate lecturer and professional staff from all areas of the university, into issues such as:
  • Rural and remote engagement with higher education
  • Offender learning
  • The learner experience at introductory level study
  • Digital inclusion
  • Educational technology and passive withdrawers
  • The role of social presence in computer supported collaborative learning and teaching

and much more

A workshop to develop proposals for small scale, faculty-based studies will also be held, which will be a unique opportunity to interact with a range of theoretical approaches to widening participation research and contribute as a community to further developing excellent research and scholarship in widening participation, inclusion and social justice in higher education.

We would be thrilled if you could attend.

For a programme of events and registration details please visit

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