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Access, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

European Access Network The European Access Network (EAN) encourages wider access to higher education for those who are currently under-represented, whether for reasons of gender, ethnic origin, nationality, age, disability, family background, vocational training, geographic location, or earlier educational disadvantage. The EAN is the only European-wide, non-governmental organisation for widening participation in higher education. It is organised for educational purposes and operates under English Law. Membership is open to all those with an interest in widening access. The EAN's objectives are:

  • to promote effective policies and negotiate resources for wider participation in higher education
  • to undertake collaborative research and development programmes on access issues
  • to share information on, and provide mutual support for, access developments
  • to co-operate with other international and national bodies to promote wider participation
  • to analyse access philosophy within and between member states
  • to share pedagogical strategies and multi-cultural curriculum approaches
  • to explore professional and political issues which promote wider participation
  • to encourage international exchanges among access students and staff