chapter  1
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LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

In the UK, as in many parts of the world, there has been a significant change in higher education in recent years, in terms of the overall increase in the number of students and the social diversity of the student population. In particular, there are increasing numbers of ‘non-traditional’ students, that is, students from social groups historically excluded from higher education: these include students from working-class backgrounds, those who are older than 18 when they start a university course and students from a much wider range of cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds. The relevance, in this changed context, of conventional higher education institutional and pedagogical practices has yet to be fully explored. The dimension to be explored in this book is that of student writing.