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Third in the country for widening participation

22 Feb 2019 12:30PM

The University has been recognised, for the second year in a row, for its work on widening participation by being ranked third in the country by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the proportion of students entering the University from low-participation neighbourhoods. 

The table puts the University of Suffolk as the highest ranked university in the south of the UK, with overall only Newman University and University College Birmingham with comparable data. 

HESA looked at the data for full-time students under 21 years old entering university for the first time from traditionally low participation areas and from state schools.  

Widening participation is at the core of the University of Suffolk’s mission and the University was created to help reverse the low participation rates in Suffolk and the region. The University has maintained its position and raising aspirations while upholding its entry standards and producing high quality graduates. It is committed to supporting and encouraging students from non-traditional backgrounds to go on to higher education, successfully complete their course, and progressing into employment or postgraduate study.  

Professor Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk, said, “As a community impact university we are committed to widening participation and our aim is to attract, retain and to support students from non-traditional groups.  Around a quarter of our students, come from a low participation neighbourhoods compared to an average for the UK of 11%. We also attract a significant proportion of mature students from low participation areas and our targeted work with local schools is producing successful results in terms of raising aspirations among young people who are then encouraged to enter higher education on leaving school.”  

“We are delighted to be recognised, for a second year, as the most socially transformative university in the south of the UK. Every university in the country is required to undertake an element of outreach work, and as the recent HESA data shows, widening participation is in the DNA of the University of Suffolk.” 




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