Centre for Widening Access and Participation

Widening Access and Community Engagement Sub-Committee

The Widening Access and Community Engagement Sub-Committee (WACESC) has a remit to keep under review and, as appropriate, advise and make recommendations in relation to the University's Access Agreement, Widening Participation Strategic Assessment and student application and entry profiles. Furthermore WACESC has a role in overseeing and monitoring the development and implementation of a programme of innovative activities to help the University achieve its aims in relation to widening participation thus maintaining its position as a sector leader in widening access to higher education. Drawing its representation from Faculties and Departments, WACESC is tasked with bringing about an institution-wide understanding of the objectives, policies and practices pertaining to widening access and participation.

DEL Widening Participation Regional Strategy

  • Access to Success - AN INTEGRATED REGIONAL STRATEGY FOR WIDENING PARTICIPATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Bursaries

The University of Ulster is committed to provision of excellent, accessible teaching and learning and is a sector leader in widening access to higher education. To support students from socially and economically diverse backgrounds Ulster offers a wide range of bursaries, scholarships, awards and prizes as well as an extensive portfolio of outreach targeted activities, initiatives and programmes delivered in partnership with schools, communities and employers.

University Access Bursaries - eligible students will receive a bursary of £380 per annum to help meet the costs associated with their course. Bursaries, like grants, do not have to be repaid. The amount of bursary depends on family income and on the level of fees charged for the course. Full details and eligibility criteria for which are available at http://study.ulster.ac.uk/applying/bursaries.php

Fostering Aspiration Bursaries - the University provides a care-leaver bursary of £1,000 per annum as part of a comprehensive suite of financial and non-financial support available to students with a background of care that includes access to year-round accommodation and assistance with the application process. Full details and eligibility criteria for which are available at http://addl.ulster.ac.uk/wap/bursaries

Fund for International Travel - funded as part of Ulster’s WAP Plan (formerly known as the Access Agreement), the Fund for International Travel (FIT), will provide on-course support to widening access students with a focus on experiencing cultures, environments and countries other than that of their domicile and socio-economic background.

International Work Placements: up to £2,000 will be available to cover the cost of flights and other directly associated travel, the first month’s accommodation and subsistence.  This element of the Fund is managed and administered by the University’s Work Experience Development Unit.

Study Visits to international partner institutions:  Financial support provided will include travel and subsistence.  This element of the Fund is managed and administered by the University’s International Office.

Further information on eligibility can be found at http://addl.ulster.ac.uk/docs/WAPSupportInitiatives_criteria.pdf

University of Ulster Fund - supports a comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes of up to £1,000 for both undergraduate, postgraduate students. Full details and eligibility criteria for which are available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

Accredited Learning Bursaries - Ulster's flexible learning frameworks support accessibility by enabling participants to achieve academic credit can be accumulated to achieve full University awards in a way that suits their individual circumstances.

Outreach to Children from Care

The University of Ulster encourages applications from students and will advise young people who have been looked after by their Local Authority in foster or residential care. If you are leaving care or have previously spent time in care and are thinking of applying to the University, there is a range of services and provision that the University of Ulster can offer you.

More Information

University of Ulster Widening Participation Strategy 2011/12-2015/16

During 2012/13, a full review of our widening access and participation initiatives across the University was undertaken, chaired by Professor Linda Clarke.

This strategy is the culmination of that work, and attests to our commitment to work in partnership with key stakeholders to allow all who can successfully participate in higher education to achieve their full potential.

Download the University of Ulster Widening Participation Strategy 2011/12-2015/16

Widening Access and Participation Sub-Committee