In particular it has committed to:
- Continue to improve the number of full-time mature students who are able to successfully complete their degrees
- Continue to maintain the number of full and part-time students in receipt of Disabled Student Allowance and the numbers who are able to successfully complete their degrees
- Improve the number of those students in receipt of Disabled Student Allowance who move into jobs or further study after graduation
In addition to these new commitments the university will continue to maintain the numbers of its students who come from state schools and disadvantaged backgrounds with low participation rates in Higher Education.
Around £9 million of its income will be used to support under-represented groups. This will include £5 million in financial support for students who get into financial difficulties whilst studying, including those who will be affected by the government’s decision to significantly reduce Disabled Students Allowance.
University of Brighton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris said: “This university already has a great track record in opening up Higher Education to students from all backgrounds. But we want to do more. Our new five-year strategy commits us to providing an innovative curriculum designed to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse student population.
“This means continuing to invest in meeting the needs of learners entering Higher Education with a wide range of entry qualifications and further developing our Widening Participation strategy to support all our students to progress and succeed.”