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Managerialism and equalities: tensions within widening access policy and practice for disabled students in UK universities.

Piggott, Linda A. and Fuller, Mary and Riddell, Sheila and Weedon, Elisabet (2007) Managerialism and equalities: tensions within widening access policy and practice for disabled students in UK universities. Higher Education, 54 (4). online. ISSN 0018-1560

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Abstract

This paper draws on a four-year longitudinal ESRC funded project examining learning experiences of disabled students in higher education in four universities. The focus here is on institutional responses to the demands of audit culture and legislation in relation to making reasonable adjustments for students with impairments. The data comes from institutional documents and face-to-face interviews with key informants within the institutions. The findings indicate that quality assurance regimes and legislation have had some positive effect on improving access for disabled students; however, local factors and type of institution also have a major impact on the way that national policies are expressed in particular contexts.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education
Additional Information: 20% contribution RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disabled students - Equalities - Legislation - Managerialism - Policy - Widening access
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 3266
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 09:34
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:14
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3266

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