A focus on students and a commitment to social mobility

A student-centred approach and a commitment to social mobility are fundamental commitments, not afterthoughts.

Students are at the heart of everything we do. Their experience, whether in the classroom or on campus is the very first thing we think about. We are also committed to widening participation and welcome students from all backgrounds to fulfil their potential with us. We aim to be open to everyone with the talent to succeed in higher education.

Pathways: Your degree, your choice

Our commitment to widening participation has never been stronger. We understand our role in supporting students to be the best that they can be.

The addition of major/minor degrees to our single and joint degree programmes means students can choose a combination of two related or diverse subjects from areas across the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, giving them the opportunity to shape what their degree says about their skills, interests and future directions.

This student-centred approach was introduced following wide consultation by the University and the Students’ Union, including a survey of 2,400 current students and discussions with teachers, parents, employers and school leavers, which revealed a big appetite for more flexibility in degree options. Major/minor degrees allow students to explore new options, combine disciplines in novel ways and follow their personal areas of interest. For example, science students may also have a talent for the arts or already study a language, and other students whose major interests might lie in politics or media studies might like to develop their skills in aspects of business, management or marketing through a minor.

Single, joint and major/minor pathways all have their particular attractions for employers and graduate recruiters. Modern employers find the major/minor model attractive as they look for graduates who have the ability to work across different areas and show multidisciplinary skills.