Our Widening Participation

School children in a classroomWe are a selective university with the most consistent commitment to widening participation. Unlike most selective universities, we have consistently recruited the expected numbers of students from state education, low participation neighbourhoods and lower socio-economic households.

Every year, we welcome thousands of children, young people, parents, carers and teachers onto campus for activities designed to promote higher education and its potential benefits. We proactively visit local schools and colleges in areas of disadvantage to help teachers raise aspirations of young children and prepare older pupils for applying to universities in the near future.

REACH Partnership

We are a member of the REACH Partnership for Leicester and Leicestershire. The partnership:

  • supports the progression of under-represented groups into higher education
  • encourages the achievement and attainment of learners throughout Leicester and Leicestershire
  • encompasses all universities, schools and colleges in the city and county, as well as other key education stakeholders

East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership

The University of Leicester and five other universities in the region founded EMWPREP to continue the work of Aimhigher by helping to target, monitor and evaluate widening participation activities.

Belonging to this partnership allows us to work with academic departments and state schools to maximise the effectiveness of their widening participation work by ensuring that those who attend outreach activities are those who will benefit from them the most.