How Widening Participation works with schools and colleges
How we work with local schools and colleges to encourage under-represented students to apply to university.
Collaborating with local schools and colleges
A successful widening participation programme is important to us. We want to work with your school or college to raise your students’ attainment, help them explore opportunities for the future and support their progression to higher education.
Working together, we develop programmes of activity which meet the needs of your primary, secondary and post-16 students.
If your school or college is within BANES, Wiltshire, Swindon, Bristol, South Gloucestershire or North Somerset and has a high number of students from under-represented groups, the Outreach team particularly want to work with you to encourage these students to go to university.
Formal working agreements
If you enter into formal working agreements with us, you can benefit from a structured, substantial programme of activities. You also benefit from priority booking on our events.
When we agree to work collaboratively, the University and your school or college (within BANES, Wiltshire, Swindon, Bristol, South Gloucestershire or North Somerset) sign a working agreement. We will draw up an action plan which includes the 'on-campus' and 'in-school or college' programme of activities that best support your students.
Our programmes of activity aim to:
- complement and enhance the school or college curriculum in areas where the University can provide subject expertise
- help students with academic potential to achieve the grades they need to make a successful application to a selective university
- increase students' understanding of higher education structures and practices, including choosing and applying for courses
- encourage students to see the University of Bath as an attainable, realistic option
We assign a WP Outreach Officer to your school or college to be your first point of contact at the University. They work with your school to develop your programme of activity.
Link Schools and Colleges
We currently have working agreements with a number of local schools and colleges within BANES, Wiltshire, Swindon, Bristol, South Gloucestershire or North Somerset, known as Link Schools and Colleges.
Informal ways of working
While we recommend that you work with us on a formal basis, you are welcome to simply pick and choose from the following events. However our Link Schools and Colleges have priority booking.
You can bring students to our events, including:
Local Post-16 students can also take part in a two-year sustained programme of curriculum enhancement activities as part of On Track to Bath.
We also run FREE Year 12 residential Summer Schools for national schools and colleges.
Outreach Ambassadors and Teaching Ambassadors
The majority of our events and activities are supported by Outreach Ambassadors - current undergraduates. Your school or college can also book one of our Teaching Ambassadors to provide curriculum support for subject-specific lessons and activities which take place either pre, during or at after-school clubs.