Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education

We are funding a new independent 'What Works' centre to help universities meet challenging targets to eliminate equality gaps in higher education within 20 years.

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) will use evidence and evaluation to understand and show how higher education contributes to social justice and mobility.

TASO is being established by a consortium from King’s College London, Nottingham Trent University, and the Behavioural Insights Team. It is currently funded by the OfS and will be fully independent and financially sustainable by 2022.

TASO will exist as an independent hub for higher education professionals to access leading research, toolkits, evaluation techniques and more, to help widen participation and improve equality across the student lifecycle.

Launching and funding TASO is one key component of our strategy for evidence and evaluation in access and participation.

Find out more about TASO

Evaluating TASO

Ensuring evidence and evaluation is being used effectively by both the OfS and higher education providers is important to drive improvements in access and participation. So, it is important that we understand the impact of our investment and understand how TASO are delivering against their aims and objectives.

We have commissioned Technopolis to undertake an independent evaluation over a five year period, to understand the impact of TASO beyond the original grant funding.

Technopolis will be working with TASO, the OfS, higher education providers and other What Works centres to determine its impact.

Current evaluation work

  • All higher education providers in the Approved (fee cap) category of the OfS Register have been invited to complete a voluntary survey to establish current use of evaluation and evidence in access and participation practice, and their perceptions of TASO and its role as an independent What Works centre. The survey will close on Sunday 31 May 2020 and we encourage all providers to submit a response.
  • For further information on the evaluation, providers can contact Dr Adam Krcal ([email protected]) from Technopolis.
Last updated 21 May 2020
21 May 2020
Changed survey close date
07 May 2020
Changed survey close date
20 April 2020
Minor text updates and new section on evaluation

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