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Widening Participation Student Advisory Group

Would you like the opportunity to get involved with the widening participation (WP) agenda at the University? We want to hear from UK students (Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Part Time) who are from WP backgrounds and would like share their voices and thoughts around WP issues and join a new Student Advisory Group.

The group will act as a forum where current students from a diverse range of backgrounds can support the University to enhance its WP practice and policy. This extends across the whole student lifecycle, from pre-entry through to graduation and beyond, incorporating access, transition, success and progression.

If you would like to be part of this new group and share your thoughts around opportunities and barriers to access and participation in higher education, and identify as a student from a Widening Participation background please complete the short application form here 

The group will meet around twice a term and meetings will last for approx. 1.5hrs and will be co-chaired by the new Part Time Student Union WP Officers Aqsa Akhtar and Fatima Soomro, email: 

If you’d like to have a brief chat about what’s involved or have any questions please feel free to get in touch with Claire Edden, WP Co-ordinator Faculty Social Sciences, email: Or Andy Johnson, Widening Participation Lifecycle Officer, email: 

    • If you are a Home/UK student (paying ‘home fees’ for your course of study)

    and meet any of the following criteria you can apply:

    • You were eligible for Free School Meals while at secondary school
    • You come from a low socio-economic background where your household income is below £35,001
    • You come from an area with low progression rates to higher education
    • You are in receipt of a Warwick Bursary or other means tested financial support
    • You are a student with disabilities - including seen and unseen disabilities, specific learning differences, mental health difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder or any other disabling condition
    • You are a mature student who entered higher education over the age of 21
    • You have spent time in local authority care, either in a foster home or a group home
    • You are an estranged student who is not supported by their parents
    • You have caring responsibilities - this could include, physical, practical or emotional care
    • Neither of your parents attended university and gained a degree (e.g. BA/BSc or equivalent) - excluding if they were/are a mature student

    Apply to become a Member of the Student Advisory Group here

    Applications open:
    - Monday 8th February 2021

    Applications close:
    - Friday 26th February 2021

    Decisions communicated:
    - Wednesday 10th March 2021

    Initial Induction / preliminary catch up:
    - Wednesday 17th March 2021