A hope to trust. Educational leadership to support mature students' inclusion in higher education: an experience from Surrey, England

Farini, Federico and Scollan, Angela ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9005-5838 (2021) A hope to trust. Educational leadership to support mature students' inclusion in higher education: an experience from Surrey, England. International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice, 24 (5) . pp. 717-742. ISSN 1360-3124 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13603124.2019.1657592)

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Abstract

This article discusses a Transition Programme to support the inclusion of mature students in Higher Education. The Transition Programme was designed and it is currently provided by a Higher Education institution in Surrey, South-East of England. An outcome of innovative educational leadership, the Transition Programme’ successfully solved the paradox of selection for admission to Higher Education programmes, in particular with regard to mature students. The English Higher Education system offers an interesting case for discussion, being caught between the principle of inclusiveness within a ‘widening participation’ agenda and the contrasting selective principle of ‘recruiting with integrity’. The article is motivated by two main aims. The first aim is to contextualize sociologically, within a discussion on the related concepts of hope, trust and risk, the motivations underpinning mature applicants’ choice to enter Higher Education. The second aim of the article is to argue for the capability of educational leadership to generate positive change supporting mature applicants’ trust in hope for a successful inclusion in Higher Education.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 27554
Notes on copyright: Published version: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Final accepted version: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice on 09/09/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13603124.2019.1657592
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Depositing User: Angela Scollan
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 04:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27554

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