School and college students take part in a range of activities organised by the Widening Participation department. Watch our sixty-second video to learn more.
Widening Participation Criteria
To take part in our activities students must meet one or more of the below criteria:
- parents did not attend Higher Education
- previously or currently eligible for free school meals
- parents are from non-professional occupations
- have a disability
- is a young carer*
- is estranged from their family / living independently**
- have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care
*A younger carer is someone age 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition or a drug or alcohol problem.
**Estranged means that you are not supported by/not in communication with your parents.
The majority of our activities are open to eligible students from any state school pan London.
However a limited number are only open to students from schools and colleges within our 11 target boroughs.
GCSE and/or A level requirements are applied to some activities.
Below are links to all the activities we currently run split by age group.
We are once again working with an incredible group of Year 10 boys from Eastbury Community School this year. We attempt to challenge their views about reading, and increase the amount of time they read for pleasure. Read their blogs to find out more.
Resources and useful links can be found on our teachers webpage.
School and college students are also invited to outreach events ran by departments across QMUL, including free public talks.
Students are also supported once they arrive at QMUL through Peer Assisted Study Support.
This successful mentoring scheme gives first-years the opportunity to discuss study-related problems with higher-year undergraduates in their subject.
Access Agreement and Widening Participation Strategy
Further information about the variety of Widening Participation work undertaken across Queen Mary can be found in our:
The Widening Participation team and their student ambassadors have received safeguarding training and undertake enhanced DBS checks. QMUL staff who require advice about safeguarding should check the intranet page found in the ARC Policy Zone, A - Z policies.
Evaluation and Monitoring
To evaluate the impact of our work we use the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT). Information about the students who take part in our activities is recorded in this secure database. More information about why we collect data and how we use it:
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