I’ve been invited by John Storan of Continuum – the centre for widening participation research at the University of East London – to speak to a group of McNair scholars on Wednesday 6th July.
The McNair Scholars Program is part of the federally-funded TRIO programme supported by the US Education Department to prepare low income students who are first generation graduates in their families (or come from other under-represented social groups) to prepare for doctoral studies.
I understand that this group of students are on a bespoke study visit to the UK, hosted by Continuum. They will be participating in the 2011 FACE Conference, undertaking an independent research project while they are here, and engaging in a series of seminars with academic researchers and policy makers. It will be interesting to see how they respond to my critical take on recent ‘aspiration-raising’ policy in the UK.