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Our Widening Participation team have developed a long-term programme of activity with identified target cohorts, designed to raise students’ aspirations and give them a clear idea of the benefits of higher education. Over the course of their school career, our dedicated team will work with students at key transition points, delivering a range of activities and events that will offer impartial information, advice and guidance. The aims of this activity are to debunk some of the myths that surround university, give them an awareness of the many different paths that are open to them, and to help them to achieve their academic potential.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

Key Stage 3 / Year 7 and 8

Key Stage 3 / Year 9

Key Stage 4 / Years 10 and 11

Key Stage 5 / Year12 +

Our first interaction with your students will introduce them to the concept of Higher Education and show them that university is an option that is available to everyone.

We can welcome all of your Y7, or Y8 pupils, on to one of our campuses to take part in a range of fun, interactive sessions designed to raise your students’ aspirations, and highlight the many courses available to study and introduce them to the vocabulary of HE. This will equip your students with a solid foundation of knowledge that will then be built on with each subsequent interaction with the University of Chester.

We have developed a series of talks and workshops that can be delivered in your school which will ensure that your students have a clear understanding of what their options choices could mean for their future. The fun and engaging workshops will  highlight the links between the school curriculum and the different university courses and graduate careers available to them.

We also host a number of different option subject taster days that  students can attend at the University, giving them an idea of what courses related to their option choices look like at university level.

At this phase we work with specific groups of students, and although we don’t have specific criteria, we  like teachers and advisors to help us identify those students who are ‘most able but least likely to attend HE’ to take part in our activities. This could include children who would be first in their family to attend HE, be in receipt of Pupil Premium, be in local authority care or have experienced a care environment, or students who are a from an ethnic background that are currently under-represented in HE.

The focus of our activity at this stage supports your your students in achieving their academic potential. This could involve a visit to campus, a summer residential or even ‘revision clubs’ based either in school or on one of our campuses, where your pupils will work with our team and  current University of Chester students.

Our talks and workshops at this phase make your students fully aware of the various university courses and post-18 options open to them.

Our team provide impartial and accurate information, advice and guidance, on student finance and the UCAS application process. In addition, we have also developed a number of study skills workshops that can help prepare your students for life at university.

This activity could include:

  • Visit to the University Campus
  • In-school requests such as talks and workshops delivered as part of your schools timetable

This activity could include:

  • In school options talks and workshops
  • Option subject taster days
  • Our attendance at your options evenings and parent’s evenings 

This activity could include:

  • A 3 day Summer Residential
  • Revision sessions in school, or on campus
  • Future First (spaces are limited for this programme)
  • Themed campus visits focusing on the areas of attainment and aspiration

This activity could include:

  • Student Finance talks
  • Student Life workshops
  • Study Skills sessions
  • UCAS & Personal Statement workshops

Activity for Under-Represented Groups

As part of our commitment to the Office for Students (OfS), previously Office For Fair Access (OFFA), and our approved Access and Participation Plans​ which set out the University's plans for continued investment in activities to ensure fair access, student success and progression for students from under-represented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds.​​

Who are the ​underrepresented groups?

The OfS have outlined which students are categorised as underrepresented in HE. They are:

The OfS also consider these other groups as underrepresented in HE:

  • Estranged students;
  • ​Carers;
  • People estranged from their families;
  • People from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities;
  • Refugees;
  • Children from military families.

To find out more about our work in these areas please contact the Outreach Team