IDEAS – Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education

EURASHE is a partner in the IDEAS project on Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education.

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Despite decades of investment into improving equitable access and the social dimension of higher education, results from the EquNet project show that inequity remains stubbornly persistent across European Higher Education systems. Improvements within the field have been registered but the rate of such improvements has to be strengthened. Traditional approaches to equity have also necessitated large-scale direct support to disadvantaged groups, a hard-to-maintain policy in a time of austerity.

IDEAS aims to expedite the increase of equitable access, participation & completion of Higher Education across Europe as per the targets of the The Bologna Process & E&T 2020 Strategy through a concrete and effective exercise where circa 70 concrete initiatives to increase equity, will be identified and analysed. This will lead to the creation of a typology & selection of the most efficient, cost-effective case studies that brought the best results. This exercise will aid in the creation of an IDEAS Toolbox which will contain all effective equity approaches, describing how to increase access, participation &/or completion of specific target groups given certain environmental/social conditions backed up by the evidence collected in the project.

The IDEAS project will also survey a number of stakeholders involved in the field in order to research which are the most common policy & social barriers which trip up grassroot initiatives to increase equity. Backed up by a consultation exercise, this will lead to a policy white-paper on Enabling GrassRoot Equity Initiatives in HE.

The IDEAS Toolbox & the findings of the project will be disseminated through a number of media but most prominently through the IDEAS Tour – a 12 country lecture tour, presenting the project’s findings to stakeholders, institutions and policymakers.

Through IDEAS, we hope to bring to provide practical guidance to HEIs in ‘what works’ in terms of initiatives to improve access, participation and completion.

Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

  • Publication of the IDEAS final toolkit 11/7/2016 - Earlier this year, the IDEAS project working on ‘Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education’ has been finalised. The results are presented in the final publication, which,... Read more
  • EURASHE 2016 work programme 27/11/2015 - In 2016 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2016 work programme comprises: Mission of professional higher education Our 26th Annual Conference organised on 21-22 April in... Read more
  • IDEAS collection of case studies impacting equity 27/2/2014 - EURASHE is taking part in the IDEAS initiative aiming at Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education. The first stage of this project is to gather... Read more
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    Following are events related to the project:

    IDEAS partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 4 May 2015 - 5 May 2015,
    IDEAS partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 15 Jan 2015,
    IDEAS kick-off meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 16 Dec 2013 - 17 Dec 2013,
    IDEAS partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 15 Nov 2013,
    Following are the partners of the project:

  • ECHO Center for Diversity Policy (ECHO) - ECHO is a national center of expertise working on the implementation and execution of diversity policies of educational offices, government offices and corporate businesses through training, consulting and project management.... Read more
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • European Students’ Union (ESU) - The European Students’ Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social,... Read more
  • Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) (KIC-Malta) - The Knowledge Innovation Centre is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from... Read more
  • Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) - The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. It was established as a not for profit organisation with charitable purpose in 1947. The Institute... Read more
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) - UCP is recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility.UCP was founded in 1967 and gained official recognition in 1971.It was the first modern... Read more
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    Following are some of the experts involved in the project:

  • Anthony F. Camilleri - Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and... Read more
  • Johan Cloet - Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Sadie King - Sadie King is a principal Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute in London, as well as the Project Coordinator of the IDEAS project. She works primarily on evaluation projects... Read more