Widening participation and fair access
The universities of Bath, Cardiff, Oxford, Reading, Southampton and Imperial College London are committed to widening participation and fair access for groups currently under-represented in higher education. We are committed to increasing diversity and welcome all students with the academic ability and potential to benefit from our courses, regardless of background.
UNet provides post-16 students in our region with in-depth information about our universities and courses, helping them to make an informed choice. Students in Year 12 have opportunities to attend UNet events at partner universities and find out more about UNet institutions and the courses on offer. Through working together UNet institutions can provide post-16 students with the opportunity to explore their options within a supportive structure.
At the Choices conference students have the opportunity to meet staff, students and graduates from all five universities; attend a Higher Education Fair; participate in workshops to help them choose the right course; take part in UCAS personal statement sessions; find out about student budgeting; and explore career opportunities with graduates. Choices 2015 was hosted by the University of Southampton - watch this video of the day:
Our subject enrichment programmes are designed to enhance the post-16 curriculum, develop students’ independent learning skills and increase their knowledge and understanding. As well as providing a taste of university study these programmes can help to improve their grades and increase the chance of being accepted onto the course of their choice.
Demonstrating real enthusiasm for a subject and commitment to higher level study are important considerations in the university selection process. Experiences gained through UNet activities provide excellent examples of additional activity for students to include in UCAS personal statements, enhancing and strengthening their application.