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Birds eyeview of an Undergraduate Open Event in the Richmond building atrium on campus.

Widening Participation

The University of Bradford is committed to raising aspirations and widening access to Higher Education.

The Times and Sunday Times has ranked us in the UK's Top 10 Universities for Social Inclusion in 2024, recognising the work we do to ensure that high-quality education is available to students from all walks of life.

The Daily Mail University Guide has ranked us 3rd in the UK for First generation students, showing our dedication to making Higher Education accessible to all, especially those from underrepresented groups who typically would not go to university. 

We can provide tailored support to students coming from a range of challenging backgrounds, who are looking to enter Higher Education.

Tailored support at Bradford

The progression scheme is designed to support undergraduate applicants whose personal and educational circumstances mean they could be less likely to receive an offer.

An adult learner is someone who is applying to university for the first time, who has had a break from education, and/or is applying with non-traditional qualifications.

A care experienced student is any student who has been in the care of a local authority as a child.

We define an estranged student as a young person, aged 25 or under at the time of enrolment, who no longer has the support of their biological or adoptive parents due to a breakdown in their relationship.

We define a young adult carer as a person aged between 16 and 25, who cares, unpaid, for a partner, relative or friend with a long-term illness or disability, mental health condition, or addiction.

A refugee is someone whose claim for asylum has been granted official ‘refugee’ status. An asylum seeker is someone who is in the process of seeking asylum.