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Widening Participation

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

The Times and Sunday Times have named us the UK's University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2020, recognising the work we do to ensure that high-quality education is available to students from all walks of life, regardless of their background.

There are a number of ways that we support students who are looking to enter Higher Education:

Progression Scheme

We are committed to raising aspirations and widening access to Higher Education.

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

Adult Learners

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

Adult learners make up around a third of our undergraduate community and make a valued contribution to University life.

Care Leavers

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

We know the transition to higher education can produce particular challenges, so we offer tailored support and advice to help you have an enriching and enjoyable experience.

Estranged students

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.

Bradford can offer you a personalised package of support to help you have a full, enriching, and enjoyable experience while you study with us.

Young adult carers

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

Bradford can provide one-to-one support throughout the application process and arrange individual visits to campus to see our facilities, talk to academics, and meet current students.

Asylum seekers & refugees

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.

We can provide one-to-one support throughout the application process and arrange individual visits to campus to see our facilities, talk to academics, and meet current students.