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Widening Participation during COVID-19

Find out about what the Widening Participation team are doing to continue to delver activity throughout these difficult times



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.

2020/21 academic year

Our plans for 2020/21 are now in full flow

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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.

Find out more about the opportunities for tours of the University campus for family groups and individuals

Find out more about how school groups can experience the University campus

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.

Find out more about the Be Ready webinar programme

Outreach Programmes

We are continuing to run our outreach programmes

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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

Despite the situation we have still managed to launch our new Access programme

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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.

Going Virtual

We've moved a lot of our resources online

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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.

Explore the resources on the hub

Virtual Experience

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.

Explore the virtual experience of Bath

Open Days

Our Open Days have moved online. Students, parents and teacher can experience the University and hear from University lecturers and students.

Find out more about the virtual open days

Digital Divide

We're supporting students with the Digital Divide

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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.

Pre-university students

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.


Some highlights of our news items

Explore all our outreach opportunities

Outreach at Bath

Contact us

If you have any questions please get in touch with us