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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Toolkit for Higher Education Access: A series of systematic reviews

A research project of the School of Education.


A systematic review, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, will provide an up-to-date synthesis of the international evidence from rigorous research designs on the effectiveness of university access strategies and approaches for disadvantaged students. The rigorous designs included in the report will be high quality systematic review designs and meta-analyses, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs: randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and regression discontinuity designs (RDDs). The project is co-ordinated by Wolfson Fellow Professor Carole Torgerson (School of Education). Other members of the review team are: Louise Gascoine (School of Education) Vic Menzies (CEM), Kirsty Younger (CEM), Clare Heaps (School of Education).


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Toolkit For Higher Education Access (£34929.87 from The Sutton Trust)


The first phase of the systematic review began in 2012 and a preliminary report completed (£35K); the second phase is due to be completed by the summer of 2014 (£10K). The team will report their results in Summer 2014.


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