Widening ParticipationWidening Participation is a government-driven initiative to increase the number of students from under-represented groups participating in higher education. It aims to increase take-up of HE by:
- raising aspirations
- encouraging applications
- ensuring progression, retention and success.
Areas we cover: Hillingdon, Hounslow, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow
Why do we exist?
- lack of aspiration
- financial concerns
- insufficient information
The Target Groups
We aim our activities at students who demonstrate the potential to achieve the entry requirements for higher education and who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Little or no family history of higher education
- From a school or college with a poor record of entry to higher education
- From a low income/low participation area
- Looked-after by a local authority
- Have studied vocational courses
We also target widening participation students from ethnic minority and/or gender groups that are under-represented in particular subject areas at Brunel.
How can we help?
Activities on campus
- Higher Education awareness visits (Year 6 - Year 13)
- Master classes (Year 11 - Year 13)
- Subject taster days (Year 6 - Year 13)
- Summer schools (Year 8 - Year 13)
- Careers fairs (Year 10)
Activities off campus
Activities we provide in schools/colleges and community organisations
- Higher Education advice talks for students, parents and community groups
- Preparation for Higher Education workshops
- Attendance at parents and options evenings
- Support for regional initiatives
- Input by academic staff into collaborative events
Support for Transition into Higher Education
Support for Staying in Higher Education
- A student ambassador programme, providing training and part-time employment for widening participation students wishing to help with Brunel's widening participation outreach activities.
- An 8-week Summer Internship Scheme for Level 1 WP students.
- Business mentors from the community for a number of ethnic minority students as part of a National Mentoring Consortium scheme and for other widening participation students as part of the Brunel Widening Participation Professional Mentoring programme.