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Widening Access and Retention Fund Consultation

We are reviewing the Widening Access and Retention Fund (WARF). This is part of SFC’s strategy to review the best use of our funds to deliver the Commission on Widening Access (COWA) recommendations.

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WARF Consultation form

Please use our online form below to submit your response to this consultation. The form should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please note that you cannot save your response to return to so please complete the whole form in one sitting to avoid the risk of losing your data due this page timing out.

The closing date for the consultation is Friday 13 September 2019. Contact Alyssa Newman,
tel: 0131 313 6588, email: anewman@sfc.ac.uk for further information or help.

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* Indicates required information

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation? *
 
Policy Purpose of WARF: Details on the current policy purpose of WARF is provided in paragraph 9 of this consultation.

4. Should WARF be changed?

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5. The questions below ask respondents to consider what WARF should focus on. Please only provide a response if this is an area you feel WARF should cover, rather than core funding.

Please indicate the strength of your views using a 1 to 5 scale with 1 being top priority and 5 being low priority but should still be considered.

5a. Pre-University:

Access and outreach *
 
Increasing articulation pathways *
 

5b. Recruitment of:

Articulating students *
 
Students with lower prior attainment from a deprived community *
 
Care experience students *
 
Students from the 20% most deprived communities *
 
Students from the 40% most deprived communities *
 
Students who are carers *
 
Adult returners *
 
Part-time students *
 
Men (men are currently under-represented in the under-graduate population in the university sector as outlined by the SFC Gender Action Plan) *
 
Students into a gender imbalanced subject *
 
Rural and remote *
 

5c. Academic and welfare related support for:

Articulating students *
 
Students with lower prior attainment from a deprived community *
 
Care experience students *
 
Students from the 20% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students from the 40% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students who are carers *
 
Adult returners *
 
Part-time students *
 

5d. Secure institutional improvements on retention rates in relation to:

Articulating students *
 
Students with lower prior attainment from a deprived community *
 
Care experience students *
 
Students from the 20% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students from the 40% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students who are carers *
 
Adult returners *
 
Part-time students *
 

5e. Supporting high degree attainment for:

Articulating students *
 
Students with lower prior attainment from a deprived community *
 
Care experience students *
 
Students from the 20% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students from the 40% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students who are carers *
 
Adult returners *
 
Part-time students *
 

5f. Graduate related employment for:

Articulating students *
 
Students with lower prior attainment from a deprived community *
 
Care experience students *
 
Students from the 20% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students from the 40% most deprived communities throughout their studies *
 
Students who are carers *
 
Adult returners *
 
Part-time students *
 
Disabled students – to address the gap between the graduate related employment of disabled students compared to their non-disabled peers *
 
BME students – to address the gap between the graduate related employment of BME students compared to their non-BME peers *
 
Allocating WARF to particular universities

7. The questions below ask respondents to consider what factors should influence the distribution of this Fund. Please only provide a response if this is an area you feel WARF should cover, rather than core funding.

Please indicate the strength of your views using a 1 to 5 scale with 1 indicating that this should be a top priority and 5 indicating that it is a low priority but should still be considered.

Institutions with high access intake and lower than sector average retention rates *
 
Institutions with high access intake *
 
Institutions with a lower than sector average retention rate *
 
Institutions with a low access intake to enable them to increase this and deliver COWA *
 
Institutions with students with lower prior attainment *
 
Institutions with high articulation *
 
All institutions *
 
Monitoring and Evaluating WARF
Additional Information

14. If needed, can we contact you to discuss your consultation response?

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We will use your responses to this consultation to gather comment and feedback on the policy and funding allocations on Widening Access and Retention Fund (WARF). This consultation is part of SFC’s strategy to review the best use of our funds to deliver the implementation of the Commission for Widening Access (COWA) recommendations.

For further information on how SFC uses personal data please see our privacy notice.

Click the Submit button to respond to this consultation. You will be taken to a separate page which will confirm that we have received your response. Thank you for considering and responding to this consultation.