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.
We are now recruiting Queen Mary students to work as Widening Participation Student Ambassadors in 2018/19
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 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.
Below are links to all the activities we currently run split by age group.
Resources and useful links can be found on our teachers webpage.
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, however, they are not all Widening Participation specific.
School and college students are also invited to outreach events ran by departments across QMUL.
Please see the WP intranet pages for more information.
Students are also supported once they arrive at Queen Mary 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.
Evaluation and Monitoring
We believe that we have a responsibility to deliver the best possible programmes for young people and schools and to take an evidence-based approach to our work. As part of this, we evaluate all our core activities and use the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT), a secure database, to record information about the activities we deliver and the young people who take part in them. This database enables us to track participant education journeys to better understand the effectiveness of our programme.
If you would like to hear more about our approach to data protection, we have a dedicated webpage which outlines our Widening Participation Data Protection Privacy Notice.
Further information about the variety of Widening Participation work undertaken across Queen Mary can be found in our:
Research on bursary impact 2016:
The Widening Participation team and their student ambassadors have received safeguarding training and undertake enhanced DBS checks. Queen Mary staff who require advice about safeguarding should check the intranet page found in the ARC Policy Zone, A - Z policies.
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