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Sarah Harder-Collins

Head of Participation and Success - University of Winchester

Sarah has worked in widening participation for the past fourteen years, leading projects and campaigns to support under-represented young people to access and flourish in higher education at the University of Winchester and across national access programmes. She has a strategic responsibility for the University’s Access and Participation Plan, and championed the ‘Flourishing Students’ asset-based approach to addressing BAME Awarding gaps. The values-driven approach is underpinned by 3 key principles, namely increased knowledge and understanding of the gaps in student success, enhancing inclusivity and taking a student-centred approach. Since the implementation of a targeted approach to addressing the degree awarding gaps for racially minoritized groups at Winchester, the University has seen a closing of the BAME awarding gap by 13 percentage points and over 25 percentage points gap for Asian students.