‘Miss, is anthropology about studying ants?’ An experience of university Widening Participation activities reflected upon by a teacher of the rural working-class

  • Sally Dennehy Court Fields School


As an English teacher and student of anthropology, I have experienced how rural and urban students have different experiences of access to university. This paper is a reflection on the lived-experience of widening participation activities, considering location as a factor of inequality. These experiences raise observations about familiarity as an important concept for considering university study, and exposes how some students are currently strangers to widening participation provision. In contemplating how these circumstances come about, I conclude by proposing some potential solutions for widening participation in the future.