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School of Geography

Stepping Stones Programme

Widening Participation through our Stepping Stones Programme

Stepping Stones mentors and mentees 2018
Stepping Stones mentors and mentees 2018


The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London supports prospective students from groups who may experience social and economic barriers to accessing Higher Education through our academic mentoring scheme Stepping Stones.

This programme which has been running since 2014, provides information and guidance about applying to universities, university life, studying Geography, Environmental Science or Global Development and future careers.

We work closely with selected local schools to provide in person support for small groups of Year 12 students through workshops, academic speakers, and interactive activities with our fully trained undergraduate mentors. Our 2023 Stepping Stones students have been able explore our campus, meet with our academics in-person and speak to current students studying a range of degree programmes within the School of geography.

The Stepping Stones programme:

  • helps students to get to know what studying at university is like and what it can offer them in terms of personal fulfilment and careers options
  • introduces students to different geography and geography related degree programmes (e.g. environmental science or global development)
  • provides guidance about choosing degree programmes and on the application process
  • provides guidance on student finance, budgeting and student employment opportunities and time management
  • helps students feel confident about applying to university and being happy and successful in their university studies.

Congratulations to the class of 2023

Huge congratulations to Bleona, Tasmiah and Zafrin from Mulberry Girls Sixth Form and Juaera from Central Foundation Girls Sixth Form for completing our Stepping Stones programme in June 2023! 

Belona, Tasmiah, Zafrin and Juaera took part in a series of taster talks and workshops with academics, staff and ambassadors and had the opportunity to apply and demonstrate their geographical skills, knowledge and understanding though their independent 'Geography in the news' task. We had some great presentations, from the expansion of ULEZ in London to the neglect of public green areas and plants.

We enjoyed working with all students and look forward to running the programme again this academic year. More information about our Stepping Stones programme 2024 will come out in the new year, so stay tuned.

Additional support

QMUL offers a comprehensive programme of widening participation support and activities to students and schools in 11 London boroughs. You can find out more about these opportunities through QMUL’s widening participation team.

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