Since the 1940s, the Federal government has regularly sought to widen participation in higher education. Each time new people have been brought into the university, so have new kinds of knowledge, re-shaping the university. This historical study will consider the ways that two universities navigated and debated the issues attached to widening participation in two key decades. It will enable us to contextualise and evaluate strategies for widening participation in the last seventy years and consider which approaches have led to a more socially inclusive university and professional environment for disadvantaged sections of the population.
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