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  • Launching a centre to strategically help universities eliminate the equality gap between students within 20 years
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and different approaches to widening access and improving outcomes for disadvantaged students
  • Providing universities with the necessary evidence on how to tackle disparity and urging institutions to set themselves high targets for attracting those from underrepresented groups

  • Understanding the crucial role that Universities need will play in creating dynamic and competitive nation post-EU exit
  • Considering the impact on key funding mechanisms to support research and excellence, as well as on the recruitment and mobility of students and staff
  • Remaining committed to global partnerships regardless of the Brexit outcome – continuing to participate in the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, and remaining engaged with research infrastructures
  • Assessing how the International Education Strategy will help boost income generated by education exports to £35 million

  • Helping institutions better understand the needs of different students at different stages from transition, experience and progression
  • Creating a culture of student wellbeing and identifying key risk areas that can affect mental health
  • Recognising what access, participation, and outcomes mean for all students in order to provide specialist support when necessary
  • Promoting outstanding student engagement, experience and outcomes as the core of a quality HE sector

  • Discussing the potential outcomes and implications of the Augar review – how the proposals may affect access, the skills gap, and the quality of research
  • Deliberating the possibility of direct funding and other alternatives in the face of decreased fees
  • Understanding the best way to measure value for money in order to focus on funding for outcomes
  • Considering the changes in funding in relation to those from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds