Widening Participation Events

Welcome & Covid-19 Update

At Sussex we passionately believe that Higher Education should be open to all who have the ability and potential to benefit, regardless of family background, ethnicity, disability or age. We regret to inform you that all on-campus events have been cancelled until next academic year (2020/21). We are in the process of working to produce alternative online content, including Summer Schools.

Improving access at Sussex

Our innovative First-Generation Scholars’ pre-entry programme involves students, their parents and teachers in a sustained series of activities that aim to: raise awareness of opportunities, raise students’ self-confidence and motivation, raise aspiration and attainment levels and applications to Higher Education from under-represented groups. Widening Participation at Sussex encompasses the following key areas:

Access: schools, colleges and communities

Fair admissions: recognising potential

Student success: supporting achievement

Progression: unlocking opportunities

Over the past five years we have developed and expanded our offer to partner schools of curriculum enhancing events, projects and summer schools. We do this in partnership with academic tutors from across the university who submit proposals for activities with younger students.

Academic Events

School Partnership

In order to support under-represented students, we work in partnership with schools from London and the South-East, in coastal, urban and rural areas from year 5 (9-10 years old) through to year 13 (17-18 years old). Our programme of engagement offers campus visits, workshops, academic events, academic programmes and summer schools, along with personal statement and UCAS support.

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Widening Participation - Academic Events


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