Widening Participation

Widening participation (WP) 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 of #DMUlocal and DMU Square Mile, 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 Students 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.

We work closely with the local Leicestershire HEIs, University of Leicester and Loughborough University as part of the REACH partnership. This allows a collaborative approach to ensure the young people of Leicester and Leicestershire have the opportunity to experience all three HEIs.

DMU is currently part of the Pathways Consortia as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Project (NCOP), which is a government led initiative to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into Higher Education by 2020. The consortia is a collaboration of DMU, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and University of Northampton.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Jessica Bogic jbogic@dmu.ac.uk.