The University of Birmingham is proud of its comprehensive suite of outreach activities which includes work with pre-16s, post 16s, specific access to the University and collaborative activity locally and nationally. We believe this ensures a spread of interventions throughout the educational career of a young person from year six to year 13; starting with low engagement visits to campus, and extending into intensive courses that lead to University admissions.
Our activity is targeted at students who are under-represented in Higher Education (HE) including students from lower socio-economic groups, from postcode areas with low progression to HE and with no parental history of HE. Every year, The Outreach team engages with more than 10,000 West Midlands students on campus to motivate and widen participation in HE.
Leading the sector when it was launched, our flagship Access 2 Birmingham scheme is a model which has been used by a number of other universities and collaborative partnerships. Applications through the scheme have grown to 1,200, with 611 offered places leading to 334 entrants in 2014, almost six per cent of our home undergraduate entry.
Once students have joined us our widening participation activity continues across the student lifecycle including activities to support retention, progression and graduate employability such as the Gateway Bursary Scheme supporting internships.