This doctoral training event seeks to promote the value of Widening Participation in the Arts and Humanities for PhD students. It will take into consideration the recent changes to higher education and current Widening Participation strategies. The event will bring together a range of organisations and individuals who are dedicated to developing new initiatives for increasing access to higher education, with a view to sharing best practice and encouraging greater PhD student involvement in outreach activities. By showcasing exciting new strategies in the Arts and Humanities across higher education institutions and non-higher education institutions we hope to facilitate discussions about the challenges involved in, and the continuing value of, Widening Participation.
The benefits for participating PhD students will include the development of the engagement, influence and impact dimensions of their research: PhD students will have the opportunity to make connections with and design collaborative projects with non-HEIs and with each other; they will consider teaching strategies tailored to the retention of low-participation groups studying the Arts and Humanities at university; and they will be provided with the opportunity to develop strategies for the dissemination and communication of their research in a form that will inspire low-participation groups to study the Arts and Humanities. Learning about the importance of WP as part of a career in the Arts and Humanities, and about WP careers outside of the academy, will play a crucial role in the professional and career development of PhD students. Through a focus on creative problem-solving in light of the recent changes to HE, the workshop sessions will develop the personal and intellectual abilities of participants.