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Widening participation (WP) programme

Widening participation activity attempts to increase the amount of students from underrepresented groups in to higher education. De Montfort University (DMU) has a long record in supporting the widening participation agenda and has significant experience in meeting the needs of underrepresented groups both pre-application and post entry.

DMU has traditionally attracted a high percentage of students from underrepresented groups. This is due in part to our geographical location in a multicultural city (Leicester) and in a relatively low-skilled region (East Midlands) but is also credit to the sustained work in school and college liaison, strong regional college and employer links and courses with industry ready learning outcomes and high employability rates. In addition, our robust and extensive infrastructure of student support (academic, pastoral and financial) and our friendly, flexible and fair admissions policies and processes mean we are a well equipped to support all students from enquiry to graduation and beyond.

The recent changes in fee status and the subsequent requirements by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) to ensure the needs of underrepresented groups continue to be met means that DMU has been able to maintain and develop much of its WP recruitment and retention activity, including:

  • Much of the Aimhigher Leicester + Shire work continues under a newly formed local partnership, the Widening Participation for Leicester and Leicestershire (WPPLL) and is made up from many of the original Aimhigher school, college and local authority partners, including the three local universities DMU, Leicester and Loughborough
  • A strong portfolio of scholarships and bursaries
  • Continued further investment in activities to support academic learning, graduate employability, and welfare needs

To enquire about our WPPLL, G&T or other WP school and college programmes speak to our WP advisers on:

T: 0116 207 8877 

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