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Widening Participation

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:  

*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 both of 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.

Every month 500+ teachers pan London receive our E-bulletins containing details of the many activities and programmes taking place across campus. All the programmes promoted on our E-bulletins are for students from state schools. 

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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.

Boys, Books and Blogging

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.  

Outreach across QMUL

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:

QMUL 2018-19 Access Agreement [PDF 483KB]

Widening Participation and Enhancing Opportunities Strategy (WPEOS) 2015-2020 [PDF 638KB]

WP Yearbook 2016-17 [PDF 2,271KB]


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:

Data protection information for students, parents and teachers [PDF 414KB]

Follow us on Twitter @QMULWP 

This page is maintained by the Widening Participation Team. Contact: wp-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk

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