Representations of Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater Communities in higher education

Representations of Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater Communities in higher education widening participation discourse

A critical review and agenda for future research

Final report



Dr Natalie Forster

Martin Gallagher

Dr Christina Cooper


SHRE Society for Research into Higher Education


Available evidence points to considerable under-representation of Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater (GTRSB) communities1 in higher education. After being historically overlooked, growing research, policy and practice attention is being devoted to improving access and participation in higher education for GTRSB students in the UK, and pockets of innovation in this area are emerging. However, confusion surrounding appropriate definition and targeting of these groups within widening participation initiatives forms a key barrier to inclusion.


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