Outreach and Widening Participation

The Outreach and Widening Participation department is very proud of  its achievements in raising aspirations and attainment in school  students across Hertfordshire.

Our work with schools across the county falls into four categories:

  • Schools  which have been identified as having low progression to Higher  Education. Typically, these schools have high numbers of students  receiving free school meals and whose families have no history of  attending university. Most of these schools received support under the Aimhigher scheme before it closed in 2011 and are now known as Widening  Participation Schools.
  • Schools which have entered into a partnership or cooperative agreement with the University.
  • Schools which the University has been involved in establishing, such as the  Hatfield Community Free School and the Elstree University Technical  College.
  • Primary schools.

For all of our outreach  work, priority is given to those who have been in care. We also support  care leavers during their time at the University. The support the  different schools receive varies according to their particular needs.

Please  see the Widening Participation Schools activities page for an overview  of the standard activities on offer. We are also happy to develop  bespoke talks and workshops when requested.

More information

Please contact the Outreach and Widening Participation team for more information.