Here at Newcastle University, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to pursue further and higher education regardless of their social background, age, gender, disability status or ethnicity. Unfortunately, the North East has the lowest young participation in HE rate in England at 33% (compared to the national average in England of 38% and a rate in London of 48% - HEFCE data).
As such, NUSU: Into Schools was set up to encourage students involved in NUSU activities to get out into schools and showcase everything we have to offer!

But how can you help us to widen access to university?

What is Widening Access?

Some examples of widening access target groups include:

  • Young people whose parents did not attend university.
  • Young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
  • Young people who have spent time in the Care system.
  • Young people who have caring responsibilities for a parent or relative.
  • Young people who live in an area/attend school in an area of low progression rates to higher education.
  • Young people who are living independently of their parents due to family breakdown or estrangement.
  • Young people receiving financial support such as Free School Meals or Pupil Premium.
  • Young people with a disability or a long-term health condition.
  • Mature learners.

If you’d like to support our important work working closely with these underrepresented groups, you can join an existing project or even set up your own!

Want to find out more?

Newcastle University Schools Pages
Find out some more about the widening access work completed by the University team, as well as our graduate and student ambassadors.

Newcastle University Access Agreement
Our commitment to ensuring that students of high ability are able to study here at Newcastle University, regardless of their personal circumstance and background.

The Guardian Widening Participation Network
Lots of interesting articles about WP and the studies being completed nationally.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England - the home for government policy relating to widening access and participation in Higher Education.

Action on Access
The National co-ordination team for widening participation in higher education.