Making It Fit: Institutional Variations in Access and Success Policies
This paper will discuss the initial findings of a Critical Discourse Analysis (Fairclough, 2003) conducted on the access agreements for 2016/7 of ten institutions across 5 cities in England. These institutions were selected with one long established university that is broadly selective (pre-1992) and one newer, recruitment focused university (post-1992) in each city. It will explore those areas of similarity and difference between institutions and will explore how different institutions focus on various areas of disadvantage and how the nature of what they do to reduce these barriers differs. It will explore how institutional strategic missions can develop into a ‘linguistic habitus’ (Bourdieu and Wacquant, 1992) that shapes the focus of local policies in a way that shifts it in directions unintended by the author of the overarching national policy. The paper will conclude by discussing how these findings only offer a partial view of what is happening and will discuss future work on the relationship between these institutional policies and enactments.