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REGISTRATIONS OPEN! Access and Equity: what have we learnt from the pandemic and what should we be doing about it?

MCO & WAHED Webinar 23 February 2021 1600 - 1730 CET

The new Magna Charta 2020 states that ‘Universities acknowledge that individuals and communities, often due to inequitable circumstances, have difficulty gaining access to higher education or influencing the modes and matter of academic study.’ It urges that ‘universities deliberately seek ways’ to remedy that situation. In recent years the World Access to Higher Education Day has brought focus to access and equity issues with the aim of enabling more to be done to achieve greater access and equity. But then the pandemic struck.

This webinar reflects on what universities have learnt from the pandemic.  It includes findings from the Sutton Trust report - University Access, Student Success and COVID-19 in a Global Context (November 2020). It follows with examples from the USA and Pakistan about actions which have been taken by universities to increase access and equity to inspire universities to seek ways to remedy the current obstacles. It concludes with insights as to how a values-based approach might lead to a more effective solution to the current challenges.


Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) and global organiser of WAHED

Julian Ledesma, Executive Director of the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, UC Berkeley, USA

N. V. Varghese, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), India

Marcelo Knobel, Member (elect) of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory & Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil

Moderator: Narend Baijnath, Member of the Governing Council of the MCO & Chairman of the Board of Governors of Commonwealth of Learning


Published on 10 February 2021