Highlights of the week ending 26 November

This week saw the DfE announce universities will be required to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children in their local schools and colleges, while also taking steps to widen access and setting targets to support HE students throughout their time at university. Michelle Donelan set out the new plans in a speech, which she said form part of the Government’s ambitions for levelling-up. The OfS announced John Blake as the new director for fair access and participation.