University of Bath

Widening Participation's external links and partnerships

We collaborate with schools, colleges, universities and external organisations to encourage students from under-represented groups to apply to university.

Our collaborators

We work with Link Schools and Colleges, other universities and external organisations.

This helps us reach more students from under-represented groups as we are able to communicate with schools and colleges outside our catchment area. We also share ideas and best practices for future activities.

Our current links and partnerships

Bath Education Trust (BET)

The University of Bath is a partner in the Bath Education Trust, a collaboration of education providers and businesses in Bath. BET’s aim is to improve the educational experience of students in local schools and colleges and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.

Bath Spa University

We work with Bath Spa University, coordinating our outreach offer to make the most of our very different subject specialisms. This involves:

  • hosting regular meetings with Bath and North East Somerset schools and colleges
  • offer a joint GCSE tutoring scheme
  • coordinate our primary school activities
  • collaborate to provide information about choosing and applying for higher education


IntoUniversity centres help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to university or take a different path. The University of Bath, along with Bristol and Exeter universities, sponsor the IntoUniversity centre in south Bristol.

Nuffield Foundation

We work in partnership with the Nuffield Foundation, a non-profit organisation providing 4-week and 6-week research placements in universities and industries in the South West. These research placements are for students in their first year of a Post-16 STEM course, and take place during the school or college summer holidays.

This scheme gives students a chance to work alongside professional scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians, and to carry out their own piece of research. The scheme is particularly targeted at students from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds. These students may be awarded a weekly bursary while they are on placement.

The project provides them with a well-recognised achievement to put on their UCAS form or CV. It also helps them to improve their written and verbal communication skills and overall levels of confidence.

UNet Universities Partnership

UNet is a collaborative partnership between the universities of Bath, Cardiff, Imperial College London, Oxford, Reading and Southampton. UNet provides Post-16 students with in-depth information about universities and courses available and offers support for making informed choices.

Western Vocational Progression Consortium (WVPC)

The University of Bath chairs the Western Vocational Progression Consortium, a collaboration between seven universities in the region.

The WVPC aims to encourage more adults and students taking vocational courses to go on to higher level study. It also does research about vocational progression routes and raises awareness of effective practice.

Vocational Progression Network (VPN)

The University of the West of England leads VPN to bring together those working with young people aged 14 to 19.

Western Access Progression Agreement Steering Group (WAPA)

Bath Spa University chairs WAPA to support Access to Higher Education Diploma students.

Lifepilot and Careerpilot

The University of Bath hosts the careers support websites Lifepilot, for adult, part-time students, and Careerpilot, which focuses on education and careers advice for 13 to 19-year-olds.

Western Outreach Network (WON)

WON is part of the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO), which is led by the University of Bath. Other network partners include the University of Bristol, Bath Spa University, the University of the West of England and Bath, Bridgwater, Hartpury, Yeovil, Weston and City of Bristol colleges.

WON has links with numerous schools in the South West. This network raises awareness of higher education by improving access to outreach activities and supporting teachers and career advisors so that all pupils have the chance to learn about higher education.