General informationWidening participation and access

Our aims

We aim to ensure that all those with the potential to benefit from Higher Education have the opportunity to do so, whatever their background and whenever and however they need it.

This means providing for the needs of a growing number of students with a broad variety of previous life, educational experiences and styles of learning. We value our strong connections to, and work closely with, schools, the community, business and Higher and Further Education institutions to increase opportunities for learning. Our Widening Participation Strategy helps us in our Mission and to support the Arts University ethos and values. Its over-arching aims include:

  • To raise the aspirations of those who may not traditionally have considered higher education as a viable option, but who have the capacity to benefit
  • To support the progression of under-represented groups onto higher education courses
  • To provide a support infrastructure which secures excellent retention and achievement from students from under-represented groups.