Widening Participation student support

We believe that all students should have equal and fair access to Higher Education. We also recognise that studying at university isn’t as straightforward for everyone, and depending on your financial, personal or ethnic background, you may face additional challenges in both accessing Higher Education and throughout your studies. We have dedicated staff who are on hand to help students who require additional support, including financial advice and assistance, access to accommodation, learning and career advice, peer support and help with wellbeing.

We are committed to supporting students from all walks of life and building an inclusive learning environment. We support equality and diversity across all of our campuses and are proud to welcome all students to our campuses, and are committed to supporting our LGBTQ+ community. We also welcome staff, students and visitors from all faith backgrounds, as well as those from none.

Find out more about how we are working with students, researchers and academic staff to build an inclusive learning environment on the Centre for Social Mobility website.

» Care leavers

We work with young people, carers, foster families, social services, virtual schools and organisations to support progression to HE.

» Carers

We are developing a number of initiatives to better support those with caring responsibilities. 

» Students with disabilities

Living with a disability should not be seen as a barrier to accessing higher education - we have a range of support services available.

» Estranged students

We have proudly taken the Stand Alone Pledge which will help provide support for estranged students, those without family support.

» Low income households

If you are from a low income household, you may be able to access additional funding to support you throughout your degree.

» Mature students

If you entering university for the first time and are aged over 21, we may have additional support available to our mature students.

» Mental Health

We are committed to ensuring the healthy wellbeing of our students and offer a range of support services.

» Race and religion

We welcome students from all backgrounds and want all of our students to feel at home with us.

» Asylum seekers and refugees

The University is proud to welcome asylum seekers and refugees to study at all levels.