Alternative pathways into higher education is an extensive free list curated by Newcastle University Australia
It includes sections on widening participation and social justice. There are extensive detailed annotations. Most articles were published in 2010 or afterwards. While the main focus is Australia it also covers some materials published in UK and News Zealand.
Also on the theme of education a new free resource Transition Skills online training programme developed by The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has to assist students making the transition from school to higher education.
It focuses on common real-life concerns experienced by many new undergraduates. The 4 modules are academic expectations, research literature, searching the web and referencing. Each is clearly laid out and suitable to prepare school students and new undergraduates for HE . Taking about 30 minutes to an hour, a quiz follows each element and the entire programme can be taken module by module as and when time permits. There is a printable certificate for those who complete it all.
A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights highlights the importance of spaces such as libraries to human rights worldwide.