Improving access to higher education for poorer students and cultural minorities.

The QMUL Model to improve access to higher education and better equip students for future employment

Young people now need to prepare for a healthy, balanced, creative and ambitious work environment in which the jobs they will occupy and the problems they will solve are not yet known. The QMUL Model promotes, not only excellence in academic thinking and practice, but applies this to real world settings, and equips young people with core skills of effective communication, leadership; developing trusting and cooperative teams in fair organisations across traditional sector boundaries. Building social capital, social inclusion, improving access for more global and diverse sources of talent and knowledge are essential for societal success, and importantly for the sustained health and wellbeing of future employees, managers, and leaders as well as citizens in general. All educational institutions and employers should be adopting creative innovations as found in the QMUL Model to protect, promote and improve the future success, health and wellbeing of young people. The QMUL Model improves access to the under-served and socially excluded local people living in some of the most deprived areas of the country and is a testament to QMUL’s commitment to local communities and collective social responsibilities that are part and parcel of a future mature workforce and healthy populations.

The QMUL Model creates a tailored university experience fostering the social capital of students through the development of networking skills, cross-disciplinary critical thinking, a global outlook and entrepreneurial skills. Nowhere will this impact be more positively felt than by the large number of students who join the QMUL community from local, low-income and non-traditional backgrounds. QMUL is an exemplar among universities for widening access and the social mobility: 89% of students are from state schools and approximately 60% declared from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Half of our undergraduate students receive a bursary awarded to those from a low income background but we need to do more!

See link for more information: 798_16_qmul-model_council-flyer_v2

Kamaldeep Bhui

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