Access and participation plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.
The plans include: the provider’s ambition for change, what it plans to do to achieve that change, the targets it has set, the investment it will make to deliver the plan.
Our current institutional Access and Participation Plan runs from 2020/21 - 2024/25.
Who needs to have an Access and Participation Plan?
English higher education providers are required to have an approved access and participation plan if wish to charge higher tuition fees for home/EU undergraduate and ITT (initial teacher training) students.
Which groups of students are underrepresented in higher education?
Students categorised as being underrepresented in higher education are:
Those living in areas of low higher education participation (POLAR4 which can be searched here) or from lower household income or socioeconomic status backgrounds (English Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) which can be searched here);
Black, Asian and minority ethnic students (BAME);
Mature students (over 21);
Disabled students (those in receipt of DSA and those who have declared a disability but are not in receipt of DSA);
The OfS also consider the groups below as underrepresented in higher education:
People estranged from their families;
People from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities;
Children from military families.
I am a student at the university, which Access and Participation Plan applies to me?
The Access and Participation Plan that applies to you is based on the academic year that you started your current studies with us, even if the university introduces a new plan in subsequent years. All plans can be accessed via the Office for Students' website.
What activities has the university undertaken as part of its Access and Participation Plan?
As part of our commitment to equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups, we deliver a broad range of activities, including but not limited to:
We know the transition to university can be a challenge for everyone. That's why we launched our transition support programme for offer holders at Leicester. This programmes provides our future students with relevant resources, guidance and academic support as and when they need it, from May all the way through the summer, right up to their very first class in October.
As well as our academic support, students can access all our student support services through the Student Services Centre. The Students' Union also provides a range of support services for students.
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