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