Who are we
the first UK research centre focusing on the study of widening
participation policies, Continuum was officially opened in April 2003 by
the then Minister of State for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education.
The centre has a clear mission to support and inform developments
concerned with widening participation in post compulsory education. It
also aims to become a major strategic national and international
resource for the research and development of widening participation
policy and practice. The UK government is not alone in seeking to both
increase and widen participation to further and higher education,
consequently Continuum has an international as well a national role to
Partnership and networking are two of the defining features of the centre's approach - both help to shape the scope and style of the research and development work being undertaken. As well as its external role, the centre has a key internal role within UEL supporting the development and delivery of the University's widening participation strategy. Dissemination of the findings of Continuum's research and development takes place though its growing programme of seminars and workshops as well as its free newsletters and other publications.