This booklet explains that gradual progress has been made in broadening the socio-economic make up of the higher education student population, but progress has been too slow and may be levelling off.

This publication also looks at what has been achieved since the first 'Widening Participation in higher education' document, which was published in 2003 alongside the White Paper 'The future of higher education', and it sets out some thoughts on how to widen participation further.


  • Introduction
  • Raising Educational Attainment
  • Raising Aspirations
  • Improving Applications and Admissions
  • Measuring Performance
  • Conclusions