We partner with schools that may have a higher percentage of pupils living in a postcode where people are less likely to go to university. We work collaboratively with schools to tailor activities and events for pupils and their families/carers through different stages of their education to support their progression to university.
Who we support
We work with all pupils in years 6 to 11, and with their families. We offer activities and events to explore the opportunities that a university education offers, to raise aspirations of studying at university and to help smooth the transition into higher education, particularly for pupils from under-represented backgrounds.
We also offer practical information, advice and guidance to families/carers supporting pupils applying to university who may not have first-hand experience of the process.
What does the widening participation programme include?
We offer in-person activities and resources to eligible students that include:
- Interactive presentations and talks with staff and student ambassadors which aims to introduce university, the courses available and the benefit of a university education.
- Mentoring and events which answer your questions about university and how to make an informed choice about your education options.
Benefits of our programme
- The University of Brighton directly supports our partner schools with Gatsby Benchmark 7 – by the age of 16, every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities.
- Activities tailored to individual schools.
- A partnership valued by the OFSTED inspection process.
To book onto events or for more information visit our events page.
Our team brings interactive and fun activities for year 6 pupils in our partner primary schools.
Activities are designed as a first step to introduce younger school children to the concept of university, from exploring the differences between school and university to demystifying the language around higher education. This first step helps broaden children’s horizons and introduce the idea that university is an option that is open to them when they are older.
Our student ambassadors help to bring university to life for the children, opening up possibilities and sparking enthusiasm about learning and their future careers.
Professor C Gull
"It defiantly changed the attitude of those children who hadn't previously considered university. It was made clearer that the opportunity was open to all"
"She said it was really cool and she loved it. She had previously expressed concerns about the expense but now is very clear that she wants to go". When I was growing up I wasn't encouraged to go to university. I'm so glad you are encouraging the children and inspiring them to have the confidence to achieve. So thank you!"
Professor C Gull, created by Brighton alumnus and former Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell
Our team works closely in partnership with secondary schools to provide training, information, advice and guidance for teachers, and tailor activities that raise awareness of the opportunities arising from university study.
Next steps activities are aimed at pupils in key stage 3. By providing firsthand experience and real examples of university life, the activities aim to increase young people’s confidence. We introduce the academic, social, economic and personal benefits of studying at university and the career opportunities it offers.
Looking forward activities encourage pupils at key stage 4 to consider higher education as an option, and help make informed choices about their future. Activities and events build confidence and encourage pupils to consider applying to and studying at university – from financial support to learning style and transferable skills, as well as introducing the broad range of subjects available.
Our student ambassadors bring a personal touch, sharing anecdotes and experiences.
Pre-16 events and activities online include:
- University experience project
- Study skills
- Saturday clubs
To book onto events or for more information, please visit our events page or email email@example.com.
Support for parents and carers
For parents, carers and families at our partner schools, we offer information, advice and guidance to provide support for their children about applying to university.
We are able to attend and or give presentations at virtual parent and option evenings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
For further information, visit our page for parents, carers and guardians.
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