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Levelling up through Access: QAA at 25 Panel Discussion

In August 2022, as Access to HE students celebrated their success and progress into higher education, QAA brought together an expert panel to explore current perspectives on access and participation, including the future role the Access to HE Diploma will play in widening participation in higher education and the positive impact of closing the participation gap.

Flóra Raffai

Chief Executive, Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA)

Access to HE students really inspire the people around them to re-engage in education. It trickles down through the family.

Zoë Chapman

Former Access to HE student and Executive Director, Training, Education and Consultancy Hub

The Access to HE course improved my confidence personally and made me more resilient as a person. It definitely changed my life.

Jayne Taylor

Head of Student Recruitment and Access Development, Sheffield Hallam University

The Access to HE Diploma is perfectly designed to make sure learners get the most out of their degree.

Laura Thatcher

Access to HE student, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Access to HE has given me the resilience and the confidence to say, I can do this.

Sally Iley

Cross College Coordinator for Access to HE, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

The Access to HE Diploma builds transferable academic skills that students can take through with them to higher education, and allows students to build confidence as they go along.