Chapter 4

Higher Education in Europe

Widening Participation

Elisabet Weedon and Sheila Riddell,    Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK

There is considerable variation in access to higher education for nontraditional students across Europe. Countries like Sweden have a long tradition of widening access and in the United Kingdom measures have been in place for some time. However, access is far more limited in many other European countries. The social dimension in the Bologna Process was adopted to encourage Bologna Process countries to develop widening access strategies; this has been augmented by the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) adopted by the EU. These measures ...

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