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  • Campaigning for Representation: Showmen in education

    21 December 2022 by Colleen Roper

    This blog was kindly contributed by Colleen Roper, co-founder of Future4Fairgrounds. My name is Colleen Roper, and I am part of an organisation called Future4Fairgrounds. We are a group of six Showmen, all women, who came together in September 2020 to provide a platform for the concerns of our community.…

  • Raising institutional aspirations for supporting Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater students in higher education

    7 December 2022 by Natalie Forster

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Natalie Forster, Research Fellow in Applied Health and Social Care at Northumbria University. The idea of ‘raising aspirations’ has long been recognised as problematic in the field of widening participation. A focus on aspiration can blame members of under-represented groups themselves for their low…