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The University of Chester has a strong reputation and track record for welcoming students from a wide range of backgrounds and providing students from under-represented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds with a high quality and supportive experience.

The University will continue its long-standing commitment to:

  • Widening participation and fair access by investing in increasing its intake of undergraduate students from under-represented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds. The University works with schools and colleges to improve the achievement of children and young people, and raise awareness of and aspiration to Higher Education (HE)
  • Delivering high quality learning and teaching and the provision of support services to include, retain and develop successful learners who may have diverse characteristics
  • Supporting students throughout their time at University and beyond, underpinning our commitment to their progression by providing opportunities to enhance their readiness for  graduate employment or further postgraduate level of study.

Significant investment has been made in these areas over the years, including financial support, 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.​