NERUPI Overview


The NERUPI Framework grew out of practice and was developed by Annette Hayton, University of Bath and Dr Andrew Bengry, Bath Spa University.

Higher Education providers are under pressure to show the effect of their widening participation interventions. The Office for Students (OfS) requires HEIs to report on evaluation in their Access and Participation Monitoring Statements and has put evaluation at the heart of its most recent WP initiative, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. The 29 Consortia are required to report on outputs and impact as well as demonstrating increased HE progression rates.

The establishment of the Office for Students with its combined mission as regulator, funder and agent of social mobility is likely to increase the pressure to demonstrate impact. However, in the effort to ensure rigour and comparability it is easy to develop simplistic approaches to evaluation that lose sight of the underlying reasons for unequal access and differential attainment.

The NERUPI Framework seeks to combine:

  • Clear aims with an appreciation of context
  • Comparability without uniformity in delivery
  • Rigour without prescription of research or evaluation methods

The framework aids effectively capturing and demonstrating impact.

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