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

Webinar - 22 February 2021 - 16.00 CET

In the third of its webinars the MCO collaborated with WAHED to deliver a webinar on Access and Equity. More than 100 people participated from almost 60 countries, thereby reflecting the broad geographical spread of the Observatory.

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 reflected on what universities have learnt from the pandemic.  It included findings from the Sutton Trust report - University Access, Student Success and COVID-19 in a Global Context (November 2020). It followed with examples from the USA and India 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 concluded with insights as to how a values-based approach might lead to a more effective solution to the current challenges.

A recording of the webinar is available and copies of the presentations can be found at the right of this page.

The MCO’s next webinar will be held on March 25th, 2021 and will be in association with the European Universities Association on the Universities 2030 report.

Access and equity: what have we learnt from the pandemic and what should we be doing about it? - Recording of the webinar