Access and Participation

We are committed to encouraging and improving the equality of opportunity in Higher Education.

Through our Access and Participation activities, we actively encourage a broad spectrum of students into Higher Education and support all students to achieve their potential. We work with our local community and with local schools to deliver Access and Participation projects to develop aspirations, support attainment and therefore widen access to Higher Education.

We work with students at both primary and secondary school level, and aim to support students at different stages of their academic journey.

What is Access and Participation?

Unfortunately, some groups of young people are less likely to achieve the necessary qualifications to access and study at University. These gaps in opportunity and achievement are apparent from a young age. There can also be inequalities between different groups of students once access Higher Education, and some groups of students are likely to do better than others, even when their prior academic achievement is the same. Finally, we know some groups of students find it easier to find jobs after university or access further study.

At AECC University College we are committed to improving equality of opportunity in Higher Education. We are working to ensure all young people we work with have equal access to Higher Education and chances to find out about University. Once students start with us we are keen to ensure they have equal chances of success and to complete their studies. We are also keen to equip all students with the skills and experiences they need to progress on to professional employment or further study after they graduate.

Our Access and Participation Plan sets out how we plan to do this:

 

download the access and participation plan for 2020-2025

DOWNLOAD THE ACCESS AND PARTICIPATION PLAN FOR 2019-2020 

DOWNLOAD THE FAIR ACCESS AGREEMENT FOR 2018-19 

DOWNLOAD THE FAIR ACCESS AGREEMENT FOR 2017-18 

How do we support different groups of students?

Care Leavers (and those who have experienced care)

We're committed to supporting students who have been in care at any time before starting university. Disclosing if you’re a care leaver allows us to offer advice and support which might include helping you find a suitable place to live, providing you with a dedicated member of staff to help guide you through various aspects of student life, and signposting you to relevant support within Student Services.

We know that students with little or no family support could benefit from accessing support within the University and that there can often be additional challenges whilst at university.

Estranged Students

We're committed to supporting students who are estranged from their parents. We know that students with little or no family support could benefit from accessing support within the University and that you often face additional challenges whilst at university.

For more information please visit our student support pages or email Lisa Bates at lbates@aecc.ac.uk

Get in touch

To find out how we can support you and your school or community organisation, contact: Lisa Bates,  Access and Participation Manager, 01202 436238 lbates@aecc.ac.uk

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