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Lifelong learning in EuropeEquity and efficiency in the balance$
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Sheila Riddell and Jorg Markowitsch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300137

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.001.0001

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Reducing or reinforcing inequality: assessing the impact of European policy on widening access to higher education

Reducing or reinforcing inequality: assessing the impact of European policy on widening access to higher education

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(p.125) Seven Reducing or reinforcing inequality: assessing the impact of European policy on widening access to higher education
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Lifelong learning in Europe
Author(s):
Elisabet Weedon, Sheila Riddell
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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.003.0007

There has been a large expansion of participation in higher education across Europe, driven in part by social justice concerns, but also by the need for workers with higher skills to compete in a globalised market. Students from middle class backgrounds and women have been the major beneficiaries of this expansion. The marketisation of higher education is evident across Europe, with elite universities competing for the most highly qualified students, and often for those who are willing and able to pay increasing student fees. Countries with more liberal economic regimes, such as Estonia and Scotland, are witnessing a marked intensification of institutional hierarchies, with students from lower socio-economic backgrounds markedly under-represented in the most prestigious institutions.

Keywords:   Higher education, Widening access, Marketisation, Gender, Social class

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