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Widening Participation and Outreach

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Outreach in Economics

We believe that people from all backgrounds should be able to access a world-leading university like Warwick. Through our outreach work, we hope to raise student aspirations and increase their awareness of the benefits of Higher Education in general and of economics as a subject to study.

What we do and who we work with

In the Department of Economics we run a wide range of free events and activities for a diverse range of students, including young people at state schools, students who would be the first in their family to attend university, students from less affluent backgrounds and students who come from neighbourhoods where there is low progression to higher education.

Our events are often organised in partnership with associations, campaigns and institutions including the Royal Economic SocietyLink opens in a new window, Discover EconomicsLink opens in a new window and key Economics Student Societies at Warwick, in order to give our participants a better understanding of what economists really can do.

School Engagement

We run our own events in the Department of Economics and also contribute to initiatives led by other departments at Warwick including the Widening Participation Team.

View our Objectives

Read a summary of our strategic objectives to increase the diversity of the student we attract to our programmes.

Join our Mailing List

Join our mailing list to keep informed of upcoming events and activities run by the Department which are relevant to students, teachers and parents.

Join a Working Group

Join our established group of teachers and advisors who work closely with us to support our initiatives of making economics a more inclusive discipline.

Contextual Offers

We are committed to admitting the most talented students from a diverse range of backgrounds. In order to ensure that every application is treated fairly and judged on its merits, we consider an applicant’s academic potential in the context of their educational background and individual circumstances. We actively welcome and encourage applications from candidates who meet the contextual eligibility criteria.

Programme Typical Offer* Contextual Offer*
BSc Economics A*A*A A*AB
BSc/BA Economics, Politics and International Studies A*A*A AAA

*including A* in A-Level Maths for BSc Economics or A* at GCSE Maths or equivalent for BSc/BA Economics, Politics and International Studies. You can view the full entry criteria and check your eligibility for a contextual offer.

Support at University

We recognise that there are times in university life when a little extra professional support may be helpful. Therefore, the Department's access and inclusion strategy continues throughout our students' studies, where eligible students have the option of accessing additional support including an Enhanced Induction Programme.

In addition to the support available in the Department, the University also organises a range of activities for current students from widening participation backgrounds, including a student network, a student advisory group, mentoring service and bespoke transition support.

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Academic Resources Portal

We have put together an exciting portal of academic resources relevant to prospective students who may be considering studying economics at university, including:

A Virtual Bookshelf

Maths and Economics Refresher Resources


Podcasts and Radio

Student Research

Access Portal

Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more about our activities, work or strategy please get in touch with our Widening Participation and Outreach team. Whether you are a student, parent/guardian, teacher or a staff or student at Warwick, we'd love to hear from you.

Further Resources

Here are some quick links to further information you may find useful: