The Centre for HE STEM Access and Civil Society
Start-up funding has been sourced by the University of Bath for 2012-13 to launch a new Centre for HE STEM access and Civil Society. The Centre will be a partnership between the University of Bath and AccessHE, the regional widening access network for London to facilitate those working on HE STEM access from across sectors to link together to develop collaborative opportunities and form what could be described as an effective ‘community of practice’.
The Centre will have four different strands of work in 2012-13:
- A series of projects in five different areas that aim to initiate communities of practice at regional level
- A digital hub bringing together resources in HE STEM access work/examples of best practice in the delivery of such activity and acting as a mechanism to connect those interested in the field
- A National forum which will bring together key stakeholders from HE, STEM, civil society and schools/colleges to establish the strategic agenda for this work and inform the activities of the centre
- A seminar programme to enable those working on HE STEM progression to link with each other and other key stakeholders, in particular funders and policymakers.
The aims of the Centre in 2012-13 are to:
- Establish the nature of the added value to HE STEM access of HEI:Civil Society collaboration
- Enable HEI:Civil Society collaboration by supporting communication by practitioners and engagement from policymakers/funders
- Identify the role and purpose of the Centre and secure its sustainability.
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