Widening participation and access supports the principle that people from any background with the potential to benefit from higher education (HE) should have the opportunity to do so.
The Arts University is committed to attracting the most talented people from all backgrounds.
We offer activities and opportunities to help those from under-represented groups to raise their awareness of the creative industries and aspirations towards creative subjects at university. Under represented groups include those from lower socio-economic classes, from neighbourhoods where fewer than average people attend university and those on lower incomes. Other groups that are significantly under represented in higher education are looked after young people and young carers.
We believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to sample university life for themselves in order to gain a greater understanding of what higher education can offer. Outreach activity aims to motivate, excite and inspire, to enable students to make an informed choice.
Some of our work is with schools and colleges as students learn to recognise the clear link between the school curriculum, study at higher education level and a career beyond.
Learners can also benefit from our programme of activities, such as:
- Advice on higher and further education options and application.
- Benefits of higher education.
- How to apply to university.
- Information, advice and guidance about routes into creative careers.
- Intensive sessions which are specific with a focus on art, design, media or performance.
- Introduction to the creative industries.
- Preparing portfolios.
- Student life and student finance.
- Summer schools.
On Course Support
On-course support includes tutor and technician activity; study skills support for students with a disability; and the wider work of the Student Services team, which provides career education, information and guidance; disability support; counselling services; study skills workshops; and an accommodation service.
Discretionary financial support aims to support those from under-represented groups, with a residual household income of below £25,000, who are permitted to make applications to this fund. Benefits include bicycle vouchers, which have been very successful and facilitate student travel to the campus; support for educational visits; and exceptionally, hardship loans.
Contact Widening Participation
Tel: 01202 363209