COVID-19 has bought many challenges. We were quick to move a lot of our activity online and have been able to continue to support students working with us on our sustained programmes. We've continued to work hard and have put in place additional activity and support, you'll find more information below.
Widening Participation during COVID-19
Find out about what the Widening Participation team are doing to continue to delver activity throughout these difficult times
Visits to the University
For many years we have hosted groups of schools and individuals on campus for a variety of activity. You will be unsurprised to know that we have similar challenges to schools with social distancing and capacity of our site and buildings. We will therefore be limiting external visits to the University. There will be limited opportunities for year 13 potential applicants to visit the campus, but unfortunately, we will be unable to host other groups on campus until 2021. We have a suite of digital alternatives that will allow students to get the best impression of the University as possible.
Visits to schools
Unfortunately we cannot currently visit you in school but we are happy to engage digitally either live or we have a hub of resources that can be used as part your planning and teaching. Our programme of webinars and online workshops are also available for individual students or school groups.
When COVID-19 hit we were quick to move any in person activity online. We've used the learning from several years of online outreach to develop these programmes and we're offering more than ever before to support all students to succeed. Our programmes run throughout the year.
Access to Bath is a programme to help students from under-represented groups receive an alternative offer from the University of Bath. Although students from certain backgrounds are less likely to attend a high tariff university like Bath, we want to give them the confidence that, if they have ability and support, they will succeed.
Hub of resources
When COVID-19 began and we were all sent home, we quickly moved all our content online to allow us to still provide information to students. Over the past few months these resources have grown (and continue to) and now include curriculum related, information talks, skills sessions and talks from our own students.
We've built a whole host of always on content that will help students understand what Bath is like and whether they feel they will belong at Bath.
Our Open Days have moved online. Students, parents and teacher can experience the University and hear from University lecturers and students.
Many students are struggling with the Digital Divide at present. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the divide with the most-disadvantaged students the most likely to be negatively impacted by it. As a University we're trying to support students before they enter as well as while they are at Bath.
We have a project that is coordinating a response from charity partners to support post-16 students providing access to technology, the internet and/or necessary skills.
Students at Bath
For students at Bath we are providing early bursary payments, hardship fund, short term loans and a library of loan laptops so no student should be left out due to technology. We are also supporting the digital skills of all students starting with an initial self-assessment and bespoke signposting to additional resources to develop students' skills.
Collaborative launch of new programmes to help prospective university students make informed decisions