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Investigating the motivations of female students choosing an open versus named qualification

  • Elaine McPhersonMary Keys
  • UK universities (including the OU) have continued to struggle to recruit women to certain subjects within STEM despite best efforts to address this gender imbalance. In 2017, the OU introduced a ‘BSc (Hons) Combined STEM’ degree (R28) alongside its single and joint honours degrees in STEM.

    June 2020 to December 2022

    Accessibility and inclusion in tuition (AccIT)

  • Rachel SlaterAnne CampbellElaine McPherson
  • The AccIT project has four main aims:

    January 2020 to September 2023

    Engaging stakeholders as experts in the trial and evaluation of Disability Language Guidance

  • Elaine McPhersonKate Lister
  • To support inclusive and equitable study, universities often categorise students as ‘disabled’ for them to access specific support for their studies and require them to engage with terms such as ‘disclosing a disability’ and ‘reasonable adjustments’.

    February 2019 to August 2021