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Access and Participation - Overview
Access and 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.


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. Underrepresented 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 underrepresented 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.

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Raising Aspiration

We continue to develop strong, targeted outreach work which raises aspiration and encourages application from all.

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Progression to HE

Access to our specialist courses can be gained through non-traditional entry routes, providing a variety of progression pathways.

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Supporting Success

We continue to review our curriculum offer to ensure that we are providing opportunities to those from under-represented groups.

Learners can also benefit from our programme of activities, such as:

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Year 12 Online Summer School 2021

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

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Dance Forward

A unique 2.5 day workshop for students in years 8-10 with a passion for dance and creativity.

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Creative Careers

Having access to creative careers advice can open new doors for future progression.

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Master Classes

Intensive Master Classes lasting a day give an opportunity to complete a short creative brief.

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Portfolio! Is an initiative which, through targeted links, aims to support students from diverse backgrounds to access university.

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School Workshops

TheGallery offer a diverse program of activities for schools that offer young people the unique opportunity to engage with AUB's TheGallery

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AUB aim to ensure that all those with the potential to benefit from higher education have the opportunity
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Care Leavers

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

Summer School Show

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