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Reframing race and widening access into higher education

Madriaga, Manuel

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This paper draws attention to empirical work on widening access to understand the silence on race matters in English higher education. This work repurposes a critical race theoretical framework that offers a glimpse of how the issue of unequal access to higher education has been framed in the research field. It is argued here that the framing of widening access reveals a persistent colour-evasiveness that is dominant. The findings show that widening access policy has not benefitted students of colour as they are not accessing higher education with the same kind of success as their white peers. The paper concludes for a call for race-conscious interventions to remedy the continued race inequity in accessing highly rejective institutions based on the evidence gathered.


Madriaga, M. (2023). Reframing race and widening access into higher education. Higher Education, 86(6), 1455-1470.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 6, 2022
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Nov 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 8, 2022
Journal Higher Education
Print ISSN 0018-1560
Electronic ISSN 1573-174X
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Issue 6
Pages 1455-1470
Keywords Widening participation, Race, Fair access, England
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Additional Information Accepted: 28 November 2022; First Online: 6 December 2022; : ; : The author declare no competing interests.


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