Schools, colleges and communities

Widening Participation

What is widening participation?

Widening Participation is a government-led initiative to increase the number of people from under-represented social groups who progress on to further and higher education (HE). At the University of West London we provide opportunities and specialist programmes for people within these groups to experience HE and access support that they may need to progress further.
By combining knowledge of higher education and careers routes, with insight into industry gained from our network of employers we aim to challenge preconceptions, raise attainment and help people develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet their aspirations.

Who do we work with?

We work with various groups of people interested in further and higher education, but we focus on those who come from under-represented social groups in HE,
  • people from low income backgrounds
  • disabled people
  • mature and part-time learners
  • care leavers
  • carers
  • people with no parental history of higher education
  • people from lower socio-economic groups or from neighbourhoods where higher education participation is low

What activities do we offer?

The Outreach team organise a wide variety of programmes and events each year, more details coming soon!

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about what activities and support we offer, or how you could get involved, please email the Outreach Team at