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Widening Participation's external links and partnerships

We collaborate with external organisations to encourage students from under-represented groups to apply to university.


We partner with other organisations in the third sector to support our aims and objectives. Our partnerships are a collaboration where we work together to achieve our joint aims.

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Our current partnerships

An overview of our current partnerships

Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools. In addition to University of Bath PhD researchers running projects in schools we also host launch and graduation events on the University campus.


Brightside support students to make confident and informed decisions about their future through a programme of mentoring.


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


We work with third sector organisations to jointly deliver activity. With our collaborators we run a variety of events and activities from summer schools to a one off talk.

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Our current collaborators

An overview of our current collaborators

Black Families Education Group Bath

The Black Families Education Group in Bath are a local group that support black students and their families through education. They run a supplementary school, workshops and advice and advocacy


MEI - Mathematics Education Innovation promotes further mathematics study, supporting teachers through an annual conference which the University has hosted and sponsored.

SEREN Network

The Seren Network supports only the most academically able students from all state schools with a 6th form and further education colleges in Wales. It helps these students gain entry to leading universities in Wales, the UK and overseas.

Social Mobility Foundation

The Social Mobility Foundation provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families.

Smallpiece Trust

The Smallpiece Trust support young people with their progression into Engineering through scholarships and events.


We are part of a number of groups and initiatives that support young people with their decisions.

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Our current groups

An overview of the groups and initiatives we are part of

Care network

The care network is a collaboration between South West universities to support students from care experienced backgrounds, those who are young carers.

SCiP Alliance

The SCiP Alliance South West Hub is led by Bath Spa University and hosted at the University of Exeter. The hub allows collaboration between universities to best support service children and their families.


STAR is a network of students working with refugees locally and nationally

Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN)

The WIN is part of the UniConnect partnerships (formerly NCOP) which is a government initiative to address social mobility through improved take up rates to HE for students from certain wards and postcodes.

Western Outreach Network (WON)

The WON is a partnership of universities and HE colleges working with schools in the west of England. The University of Bath is the lead partner.

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.