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Widening participation activity

The University of Bradford has a long established reputation of widening access to higher education, and in supporting a diverse student population to succeed in their academic careers, moving on to valuable, professional and managerial employment.

Underrepresented groups in higher education include:

  • Students from areas of low progression to higher education
  • Low household income and/or low socioeconomic status
  • First in family to attend university
  • Students of particular ethnicities
  • Disabled students
  • Looked after young people and care leavers
  • Young carers
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Estranged young people
  • BTEC applicants
  • Adult learners

We offer a range of intensive outreach activities and support to these groups including:

  • One to one support and guidance from our dedicated Outreach and Widening Participation Officers
  • Mentoring services with our current students who faced similar challenges on their journey to university
  • One to one, intensive support throughout the application process
  • One to one campus and accommodation visits including the opportunity to meet with academics, current students and relevant support services on campus
  • Transition activities focused on preparing for life at university both academically and socially
  • Our award winning accommodation facilities are open all year round, this is particularly beneficial for some underrepresented groups in higher education who are unable to return home to family during holiday periods
  • Supoprt and training for relevant professionals and organisations who engage with underrepresented groups such as local authority teams
  • In some instances we are also able to offer financial support

Progression Scheme

The University of Bradford offers a Progession Scheme which is designed to benefit applicants whose personal and educational circumstances mean they could be less likely to receive an offer based on our standard entry criteria.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Those applying from an area of low progression to higher education
  • Care leaver or previously looked after
  • Mature student aged 21+
  • Refugee / asylum seeker

Eligible applicants will automatically receive a reduced offer when applying to the University of Bradford, this is equivalent of one A Level grade (8 UCAS points).  These applicants also have the opportunity to engage with a number of outreach activities in order to receive an additional 8 UCAS points towards their offer (16 UCAS points in total).

For the latest eligibility criteria, and to check excluded courses, please visit our progression scheme webpage.

Widening participation contact

If you work with under-represented groups and would like to find out more about the support we can offer please email


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