The impact of Access on mature learners

Butcher, John (2023). The impact of Access on mature learners. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 25(2) pp. 195–207.



As director of a large-scale, part-time distance learning Access programme for the past ten years, I have been reflecting on a career spent widening participation in higher education to mature learners from under-represented backgrounds. This discussion piece synthesises learning from scholarship undertaken over the last decade, exploring the transformational impact an Access preparatory programme can have on disadvantaged adult learners.

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