School of Education

Leeds Centre for Interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Research

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Widening Participation and Educational Engagement Network

In this section:

About the Network

Organisers: Dr Sharon Elley and Dr Valerie Farnsworth

This network joins together colleagues concerned with issues of access, participation, inclusion, equity and social justice across education sectors. It provides a reflexive space for bridging the gap between researcher-practitioner-user and works towards meaningful engagement and impact.

The network aims to:

  • unite researchers, practitioners, professionals and policy-makers working within widening participation and educational engagement to influence, shape and develop widening participation strategies, policies and practices;
  • build partnerships and strategic alliances across local, national and international contexts;
  • embed fair access, equality, widening participation and educational engagement within organisational strategies, cultures and practices;
  • provide a reflexive space, collaborative dialogue and supportive environment to bring together diverse perspectives in the field of education studies;
  • collectively consider methodological issues including evaluation, innovation and creative ways to bring together complimentary and competing disciplines, ontological and epistemological frameworks;
  • promote and strengthen participation, inclusivity, diversity and social justice across the sector.

This network is jointly hosted by the Leeds Interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Research Centre (LICYR) and the Family, Lifecourse and Generation Research Centre (FLaG). If you would like to be a part of this network, then please contact: Dr Sharon Elley, School of Sociology and Social Policy:

News and Events


The following video was taken at the event “Enduring Inequalities and New Agendas for Widening Participation in Higher Education: Student Access, Mobilities and ‘Success’” on 27th July, 2016

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