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Widening Participation

We support the principle that people from any background with the potential to benefit from higher education should have the opportunity to do so.

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We aim to ensure that all those with the potential to benefit from higher education have the opportunity to do so, whatever their background.

We value our strong relationships with schools, colleges, the community and local businesses in supporting our Widening Participation Strategy and helping us meet AUB’s ethos and values. Our overarching aims include:

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

To do this, we work closely with schools and colleges to provide an extensive outreach programme which can be tailored to meet the needs of the learners in each school and college. To meet the commitments set out in our Access and Participation Plan, we prioritise working with schools and colleges who have a high proportion of learners from groups underrepresented in HE. This includes students living in low participation neighbourhoods, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, care experienced learners and those with special educational needs.

Spring and Summer School

We are committed to attracting the most talented people from all backgrounds. Every year we host Spring and Summer Art School - a unique three-day activity session for those in years 8, 9 & 10 who have an interest in art, design, media and architecture.

We also host a Specialist Year 12 Summer School that aims to encourage students who can benefit most from what we have to offer to apply to further and higher education.

Find out more about our events below.

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Spring Art School 2020

A unique three-day activity session for those in years 8, 9 & 10 who have an interest in art, design, media and architecture.

Abstract artwork created with blue and yellow paint

Summer Art School 2020

A unique three-day activity session for those in years 8, 9 & 10 who have an interest in art, design, media and architecture.

Abstract artwork with red, green and blue paint

Year 12 Summer School 2020

Year 12 Specialist Summer School aims to encourage students interested in the art, whatever their background, to apply to higher education

Student Case Studies

Meet some of our students as they share their experience of being at university.

We're part of The Southern Universities Network. It’s a partnership of six universities and is the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) formally recognised Single Point of Contact in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight for state-funded 11-16 schools.

This exciting partnership aims to ensure that state-funded secondary schools and colleges in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight know how to access widening participation and outreach activities and resources.

Find out more about going to university and frequently asked questions page.

One, Two, Three. I want to be.

One, Two, Three I Want to Be is an illustrated storybook which introduces the concept of university study to primary-age children by showing them the infinite career and life possibilities open to graduates.

You can either download it free as a PDF or, for teachers, as a PowerPoint to use in the classroom.

Explore more

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Outreach

We offer activities and opportunities to help those from under-represented groups to raise their awareness of the creative industries
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Care Leavers

AUB is committed to providing support for young people leaving care who wish to study at the university
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Summer School Show

Check out the creative artwork from our Year 12 Art Summer School students that were inspired by resources and virtual workshops!