Getting into Uni in England and Australia: who you know, what you know or knowing the ropes?

Whitty, G and Clement, N (2015) 'Getting into Uni in England and Australia: who you know, what you know or knowing the ropes?' International Studies in Widening Participation, 2 (2). pp. 44-55. ISSN 2203-8841

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Abstract

Both England and Australia have displayed strong social democratic traditions in their approaches to higher education expansion in the second half of the twentieth century, but are now continuing that expansion as part of a ‘neo-liberal’ reform agenda. This paper traces how the rhetoric of widening participation and equitable access to higher education has remained a key feature of policy discourse in both contexts, albeit with different inflections and effects over time and indeed between the two countries. It also shows how the longstanding relationship between higher education and social and cultural reproduction has endured despite a series of ‘social democratic’ and ‘neo-liberal’ policy initiatives that have ostensibly sought to weaken that link. It concludes that more needs to be done if the rhetoric of equity and social justice is to impact upon the reality of contemporary higher education in these two countries.

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This article is made available by the University of Newcastle, Australia via a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Keywords: England; Australia; higher education; access; widening participation
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 15:28
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 09:37
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