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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. GCSE and/or A level requirements are applied to some activities.

Every month 800+ teachers pan London receive our E-bulletin containing details of the many outreach activities and programmes which are taking place across campus. All the programmes promoted on our E-bulletins are for students from state schools. 

Join our teacher mailing list

Below are links to all the activities we currently run split by age group.

Boys, Books and Blogging

For two years we have worked with Year 10 boys at Eastbury Community School in Barking 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.



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]

QMUL 2017-18 Access Agreement [PDF 618KB]

QMUL 2016-17 Access Agreement [PDF 856KB]

QMUL 2015-16 Access Agreement [PDF 140KB]

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

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

Research on bursary impact 2016: 

Executive Summary - UG Student Finance Survey 2016 [PDF 420KB]

Executive Summary - Impact of Financial Assistance Measures on Progression 2016 [PDF 409KB]


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. 

Follow us on Twitter @QMULWP 

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

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